Chelsea Flower Show: North East florist shows off plants


A FLORIST who opened her shop in lockdown has returned to her early days in business for inspiration from her display at the Chelsea Flower Show.

David Morley, who runs The Plant Workshop, is exhibiting at this year’s show as part of the indoor plant studios.

The show starts today (Tuesday) and will continue until Saturday.

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His team set up an exhibition showcasing easy-to-care-for plants to improve mental health and well-being while working from home.

The 39-year-old, from Stockton, said: ‘We started our business in lockdown and we really wanted to get back to our roots. When we look at how people now work from home, they buy plants and really want something that will help them with their well-being.

“People don’t want to sit and stare at a wall, they want greenery. We focus entirely on materials and textures, but also on plants that are easy to maintain.

“Chelsea can often be devoted to more unusual plants, but we have done our show with plants that you can get from any store. It’s also about affordability and inclusiveness.

Mr Morley had to delay his store opening due to the first lockdown in 2020, which came shortly after he decided to quit his job as an NHS dietitian.

Since then The Plant Workshop has grown to have stores in Billingham, Northallerton and Fenwicks, Newcastle, as well as an online shipping plants across the UK.

Mr Morley curated the exhibition alongside his Fenwicks team of Meg Holtom and Kirsty Emery and it also features candles and home fragrances made by her husband, Steve Vernon in Hartburn.

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They will find out later this week if they won.

Mr Morley added: ‘We didn’t do this for a medal, we wanted to show how easy it is to improve your space, no matter what your budget or how much or how little space you have. have.

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“We’re 4m by 3m so it wasn’t huge but we really managed to create a wonderful space.”

He added: “The atmosphere is really exciting. Everyone is really happy with what they have created.

“We are a creative team, so we relished the opportunity. Who could say no to the Chelsea Flower Show?

Some of the other designs in the indoor plant studio section include a 1980s disco theme, a living room design, and one with the audio of the noises plants make as they grow.

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