Freestyle floristy in the heart of Morpeth
Teaching natural therapy, Suzanne Chapman would go to work each week with the purpose of encouraging her students to follow their heart and dreams and be passionate about what they are doing. The irony of this being that Suzanne wasn’t listening to her own advice, that is until one day she asked herself what her dreams and passions were. In a leap of faith Suzanne decided to take her own advice and seek out her dreams.
Suzanne’s flower story begins in Sydney many years ago where she first started in the industry. Choosing not to go down the formal training path, instead learning her skills on the job Suzanne started out in Newport training with head florists who had worked under some of Australia’s best, including Susan Avery. Suzanne recounts that whilst it was an incredible experience it was hard work with some hard taskmasters.
“They were hard, tough, one in particular, she used to just throw my stuff down on the floor and get me to do it again.”
Whilst there was a few jobs in between, on moving to Morpeth Suzanne came back to what she loved, before long the requests started coming in with Suzanne supplying local restaurants with her flowers displays. However, it all kind of started for Suzanne when she was left with an oversupply of flowers from a massive event she was arranging, instead of doing away with them the savvy business lady in her decided to set up shop outside Morpeth pub. In just four hours Suzanne sold out. In need of something more permanent Suzanne sent some calls out to the universe saying, “I used to stand out on the street and say ‘please someone give me a shop".