Sarah has a floral passion that has embraced her life. She has designed and created a myriad of legendary displays in many remarkable locations.
Sarah studied Art , Graphics and Visual Display before fine tuning her unique ability with a Floristry Diploma at Pershore College of Horticulture.
Whilst freelancing as a Florist she joined the “Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme” or WRAGS as they are generally known. As a WRAGS trainee she joined the garden team at Highgrove, the country residence of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Several weeks into her new role she was invited to construct floral displays for an event His Royal Highness was hosting. The Prince adored Sarah's informal natural style and HRH created the role of “Personal Florist” for her.
For more than eleven years Sarah travelled the land with the Prince creating beautiful displays at all the royal residences and wherever he hosted events. A fairytale dream job!
Sarah has had the privilege of working for and with many distinguished characters throughout her career.
They include the previous Head Gardener at Highgrove, David Howard.
The legendary gentleman gardener Dennis Brown, master of The walled Garden at Highgrove. (Sadly deceased)
The acclaimed garden designer and writer Mary Keen.
I owe them all so much” she says “They have given me lashings of their knowledge and inspiration.”
Sarah designed and constructed the Highgrove cutting garden at HRH’s request. This provided a wonderful selection of seasonal flowers throughout the year The experience has proved extremely beneficial with her liaison with the delightful Miss Norbury. Together they are the perfect floral flourish !
Carol is a self-taught grower of cut flowers who has spent the past 6 years creating a cutting garden in a field of meadow pasture.
“It all started with a love of gardening, an obsession for flowers, a passion for nature and a love of the British countryside.” she declares.
“Even now I am still enthralled how a four foot tall plant with glorious flowers starts life out as a seed that is almost too small to handle.” Carol loves all aspects of the growing process. Sowing seeds, pricking out seedlings into small pots that are then planted out after the last frosts as strong, vigorous plants are her forte. She nurtures them lovingly as they prepare to flower their socks off!
Carol relishes the opportunity offered by annuals to start afresh at the beginning of the growing season (early Spring) and look forward to the perennials delivering glorious, scented blooms year after year.
“Although I consider myself successful at growing flowers, I have no talent for floristry and putting them to good use.” This is where Sarah Champier comes into focus. The Champier Norbury collaboration - The Cotswold Flower Company - is a marriage in floral heaven!