In the next part of our meet the team series, we catch up with Lucy Gadd our awesome Hackney florist. Born and raised in London, Lulu left the world of fashion PR back in 2011. After a brief hiatus travelling around Australia, she returned to London to kick start her career in floristry.
What does your job entail?My job varies from day to day, but I basically make sure the shops are running smoothly, oversee the orders, flowers and stock.
Can you remember your first day at Grace & Thorn?I remember walking into the shop actually feeling quite nervous and then Nik gave me a hug. The rest is blurry.
How long have you been part of the team?
I've been with G&T for nearly 2 years. It’s gone so fast!
What triggered your interest in floristry?
Growing up in the city, I have always loved getting away and being in the middle of nature. I spent a lot of time in my nan’s garden and walking in woods or parks. When I travelled around Australia for a couple of years, I spent nearly every day being closer to nature and realised that's what made me happiest. I put two and two together, and thought floristry would be a great way of being creative.
Favourite flower right now?
I always find it so hard to pick just one but at the moment I love Dahlias for a simple statement and because it reminds me of Summer Cow Parsley which is one of my all-time faves.
What's the most satisfying thing about your job?
I love working with people. Being able to make something that is going to have a positive impact on someone’s day is what I find most satisfying.
Proudest G&T moment so far?
I think just being part of a great team and knowing that the business is growing daily and getting such positive feedback. Vogue just recently featured us as one of the top Florists in London. Being a part of making that happen makes me feel pretty proud.
Who in the team cracks you up the most?
There's quite a few characters at G&T, everyone has a funny way about them but Jack for his bluntness and makes after work drinks pretty entertaining.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Winding Nik up... (can i say that?!)
What's for lunch?
Finish the sentence:
Favourite green space?
Kew Gardens or Hampstead Heath.
Perfect summers day?
Preferably I’d spend it at a beach. In London, it would have to be down the park with friends and a few ciders.
What advice would you give to aspiring florists?
Don‘t expect to just walk in anywhere, be prepared to graft. There is so much more to floristry than just making flowers, it's important to be aware of that!
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Work hard, play harder.
There's so many but we recently had someone order The Monty Don - a big whopper of a bouquet for £250 and the message just said 'Sorry!'...
Finally, what's the best gift message you've had to write out for a bouquet?