Meet the team
Meet the team
Floristry qualifications and experience
1998 – 2005 trainee florist
2010 – 2012 Level 2 Diploma in Floristry - teleflorist trained
2010 – Present St Marks church voluntary floristry work
My journey with flowers began back in 1991 when I took a job in Newcastle with Katherines florist as a sales assistant. When I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship with another Newcastle based florist I fell in love with the job and everything that went with it. Since then I have been lucky enough to work at some of the best shops in Newcastle and Northumberland and i feel so lucky to have learned from some of the most talented individuals. Although, I did attend college to gain my NVQ floristry qualification I refer to myself as a bench trained florist, meaning most of my education was in busy shops learning the day to day running of a shop as well as all the latest styles and trends within the constantly evolving business that is floristry.
During this time, I developed a real love for creating funeral tributes, particularly unusual bespoke tributes. I believe it is an honour to be trusted with the responsibility of creating something special for a loved one. I love the challenge of taken an idea or an image and recreating it in flowers.
Working for myself has always been a dream of mine and in 2015 together with my best friend Sharon Heatherington we took the plunge and opened our own shop. Gyp and Green. The name came from many years of hearing florists take orders for floral bouquets, thy would ask ‘would you like gyp and green included? a bit like ice and a slice I always thought lol (florist humour perhaps) My personal goals include continuing to train and develop my skills, keeping them up to date and fresh. I also like to research the industry on an ongoing basis and strive to develop Gyp and Green, so it becomes the best it can be.
My name is Victoria but everyone calls me Tori. I started my career by first, going to Tynemet college to do an NVQ in commercial floristry in 1992. Whilst doing a YTS scheme at a flower shop in Ashington, where I lived at the time.
After completing two years at college I got a full-time job as head Florist in a small family owned flower/fruit and vegetable shop in Seaton Delaval. When the family decided to retire I investigated the idea of moving away to do some more training.
In 1995 I moved to Ashford in Middlesex to work with a lady whom had previously worked as head Florist for Buckingham Palace. It was a six-month training course in a very busy Interflora flower shop. It was very intense and enjoyable, and I find that some of what I learned there I still do to this day.
Once I returned home worked in a newly opened flower shop North Shields. Which is where I first met Debbie and Sharon. I worked and helped run the shop for nearly ten years before leaving to open my own shop called Japonica. After ten years I sadly closed the doors due to ill health.
Finally in November 2017 I started working for Gyp and Green where I am very happy working with two of the most fabulous people I know.