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Dereham Florist wows at Royal Nook Opening

Written by  Simon Hempsall
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Dereham Florist wows at Royal Nook Opening

Rebecca Larner, 22, of florist The Botany House in Dereham has wowed guests, families and Royalty with her floral displays at the recent opening of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) new hospice, The Nook at Framingham Earl in Norfolk.

Monitored and helped through the Prince’s Trust, Rebecca is already a force to be reckoned with in the world of floristry. This was recognised through the beautiful posy and flowers created for and given to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of EACH at the opening of The Nook on Friday 15 November. The stunning floral arrangements were provided to the charity free of charge and included a combination of flowers which at their centre had the meaning of remembrance and healing for those children and their families enduring the challenges of a life-threatening illness.

Rebecca’s passion for sustainability ties in nicely with the focus of her long-term hero Shane Connolly who did the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding flowers and like Shane she thinks carefully about the flowers and their meaning before incorporating them into an arrangement.

The central theme of The Duchess’s bouquet was soft peach ‘tinkerbell’ roses symbolising Peter Pan and the lost boy’s journey to neverland, the pale pink astilbe – meaning that I will be waiting for you – a dedication to a loved one – interspersed with sweet peas and Hypericum to calm and help anxiety, forget-me-nots, rosemary to heal and remember and chamomile daisies often given as a gift from child to mother. The peaceful colour combination, beautiful smell and subtle meaning were intended to heal and comfort. 

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In hot demand to date she has also produced flowers for Chelsea Flower Week in London, Liz Earle (of skincare fame) at the stately home Holkham Hall and has done a solo exhibition at the newly opened Jarrold’s restaurant in Norwich. Rebecca also works closely with interior designers and one of her biggest fans is International interior design company Kelling Designs whom she helps with their flowers for houses countrywide.

In the brave new world of floristry she is ploughing a fresh and interesting new furrow that incorporates a more holistic and caring side to their preparation and use. Gone is the tight roses and rows of the same flowers, unsustainable florists block  – fast forward to the world of fresh, breezy, beautiful natural flowers with provenance and meaning, greenery garnered from nature and the neighbours gardens.

Not a great believer in the formal approach to floristry, Rebecca’s flowers are often seen to be bursting with colour, energy and passion.

Simon Hempsall, EACH Head of Marketing and Communications said: “As a charity relying so heavily on voluntary support, it’s really important we do everything we can to minimise expense while at the same time being able to put on a first-class high profile event for families, supporters and the world’s media. Rebecca generously gave her time, flowers and expertise completely free of charge, something we and the families appreciated so much – even more so that we were able to showcase such talent in the county.”

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