Manuela Lipsham grew up on a flower farm in Halswell and therefore has always lived and breathed flowers. in 1998 she opened her shop 'Flowers Manuela' on Cuba Street, Wellington. With an eclectic style and a love for native fauna, Manuela is forever surprising and inspiring those around her with her work.

1. What does it mean to you to be a NZ florist?

I feel proud. The different types of flowers and foliage that can be grown here due to the longitude and latitude is fabulous and our amazing scenery is so inspirational.

2. What do you love about NZ Flowers and foliage?

I love the freshness, colours and often the size and longevity. There are also great varieties to be able to make such different designs.

3. What sparked your interest to become a florist?

Colour, texture and respect for the growers. They work so hard and with so much passion to create and sell their product.

4. Where did you study/practice floristry?

I started in Christchurch as an apprentice with Jenny Burt.

5. How long have you been working ‘in the biz’?

I was raised on a flower farm and I have been a florist for over 25 years.

6. What has been your biggest challenge as a florist so far?

Time.

7. What has been your biggest highlight as a florist so far?

Owning my shop, ‘Flowers Manuela’, for over 20 years, the people we have met, the staff and interesting varied job briefs.

8. How would you describe your design style?

Balanced, Avant Garde, organic natural design. Letting the flowers be showcased to suit their style.

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