Meet the team

 

 

Meet the team

  

I was first introduced to floristry by a close friend, I attended tyne met college where I gained level 2 diploma in floristry with distinctions. I love learning and discovering different elements principles and techniques in floral design. While working at a local florist many years ago I was introduced to debbie where I actually found someone as crazy and as weird as myself! and she has been stuck with me ever since!. I took a break from floristry to work in the a local government criminal justice department but due to the ill health of my son I took a career break to look after him, it was during this time where debbie and myself had found the perfect premises in Shiremoor where I have lived most of my life. We can honestly say it is the best decision we have made although it is very hard work with early mornings, late nights and it can be a very cold and dirty job at times it's not all "just playing with flowers" but I can honestly say I wouldn't change a thing.

 

 

 

My journey with flowers began back in 1991 when I took a job in Newcastle at Katherines Florist as a sales assistant. The following year I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship with another Newcastle florist based in the Granger Market. It was then that 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.

The one thing I discovered early on at college was that I had a true passion for floristry. I believe that passion is still as strong if not stronger all these years later. I love trying new ideas and working with new products (fresh products and sundries). I’ve always loved reading up on the work of florists in Holland and Germany, so I decided to try and specialise in European style floristry wherever I worked. Throughout my career as a Florist I’ve had the opportunity to meet and do work for some lovely people like Alan Shearer and Tamara Ecclestone. I’ve also made the floral arrangements for two Catherine Cookson TV adaptations. Although I’m qualified and experienced in all aspects of floral design my true love is wedding work and feel very privileged helping brides to create their vision.