Sophie started out in Floristry whilst working for a Country house in Sussex as a PA. 'There were cutting gardens that were bursting with colour and I couldn't resist bringing the flowers into the home. High street flowers looked so outdated as table centres for dinner parties and were taking away the natural beauty of flowers.' On a wish and a prayer Sophie left her job as PA and was offered The Old Estate Office at The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst as a workshop to 'create'. 'I've never looked back' - Sophie now creates arrangements for the same family and many more, from her rustic workshop in the depths of the enchanting Kent countryside.

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Sophie's signature style works with a carefully picked palette of colour, incorporating the most beautiful roses picked especially for their exquisite tones. Colour is paramount in Sophie's work - and she is always trying out new combinations to broaden her portfolio. 'Astilbe & Sorrel is now known for it's signature style - often using Amnesia, Quicksand or Wild Look roses, veronica, country garden flowers such as love-in-a-mist, delphiniums and cornflowers in the Summer months, hypericum and seedpods in the Autumn, ranunculus, tulips and anemones in the Spring - and always including a variety of foliages, picked for scent, colour and texture'.

 Photo by Alun Callendar

Photo by Alun Callendar