It’s (still) the thought that counts
What's your Gardenia story?
Lauren’s Gardenia Story
Fresh off the red eye from Oz, Gardenia was my first job in London. It was also the first time I came into contact with actual Brits (if Geordie counts?).
I trained and worked as a florist back home, but my time at Gardenia has taught me a more luxurious style – and I have Serena to thank for that. It is genuinely inspiring to work with someone I admire and look up to so much. Having been in this line of work for over 10 years, Gardenia has taught me new skills and renewed my passion for floristry.
Being so far away from home is tough, especially at Christmas, but Gardenia has become my UK family. A couple of years ago, I upped sticks again to see if the grass was greener in L.A. – but that only made me realise that true happiness was to be found in Wimbledon Village.
When I returned, things had changed – but everything felt so comfortingly familiar. Jamie gave me the opportunity to step up and lead a team and I have relished the chance to take my career further. I am still amazed by what we can achieve in a single day and I am always grateful to be here, working alongside my flower-loving family.
Ellie’s Gardenia Story
I arrived on Gardenia’s doorstep after a little hiatus from floristry. What I thought would be a stopgap has turned into six years… the first job I have stuck at for more than two.
Perhaps it was meeting Lauren and Serena that sealed my fate. We were the dream team; queens of the pavement display – my favourite task of the day. Serena is an incredible teacher, a supportive manager and an oasis of calm in a floristry storm. Her influence has given me a brilliant foundation to work from both in the shop and at home.
As head honcho, Jamie has a knack of knowing when to throw you in at the deep end. I have shocked myself at what I have been able to achieve when he puts his faith in me. He trusted me to redesign the shop and I am really proud of that.
On a more personal level, the Gardenia team were a huge support and comfort when I lost my dad – in fact I’m not sure how I would have dealt with it without them. When I fell pregnant with my twins, I knew I’d be able to cope because Gardenia felt like my first baby.
Leaving for maternity leave was a real wrench. When I came back again, everything was the same… but so, so different. I’ve managed to find my place again though, and I’m excited for what’s still to come.