Spotlight On: Jo Mann, The Wild Bunch
Jo’s Mother was a florist.
She fondly tells stories of spending childhood evenings making a countless number of bows to aide in whatever floral projects her mother was currently working on. You would think this ‘boring’ task would be enough to put any child off following in their mother’s footsteps, but that’s not what happened!
After working at a local florist during a summer vacation, she was hooked. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Jo has now been working in the NZ flower industry for around 30 years (though she doesn’t like to admit it!) She is a ‘walking encyclopaedia’ for all things flower related. From when a certain season starts, to how to master a specific technique, Jo provides a wealth of knowledge and with that, endless patience for those of us just starting out. (all of us here at NZ Flowers Week included!)
The Wild Bunch in Remuera was started by Jo in 1999 and has built a strong reputation for providing beautiful, fresh and innovative flower arrangements.
Jo has given us her thoughts on what it means to be a florist in the NZ Flower Industry:
What does it mean to you to be a NZ florist?
The challenge of Fresh flowers regarded as a ‘luxury’ category and not considered as an ‘everyday’ item in New Zealand, this attitude is slowly changing but people still do not regard a perfect high quality bloom or even a bunch of foliage as having been commercially grown to perfection for longevity and quality. I think it is a shame when flowers are cheapened by some retailers supplying poor quality abundantly without care for the product giving fresh flowers a bad reputation.
What do you love about NZ Flowers and Foliage?
I love the seasonal nature of the NZ flower market buying local and supporting the NZ flower industry
‘The Wild Bunch Remuera specialises in lavish posies, Beautiful bouquets, and Stylish arrangements. The team of experienced florists are dedicated fashion forward florists creating innovative floral designs for all special occasions from the simplest single stem to wedding flowers, office flowers, funeral flowers we can transform any occasion with our gorgeous floral styling.’