Happy accident turns into more than three decades of beauty
A HAPPY accident helped Warwick veteran businesswoman Lynn Bryson stumble into the career that's allowed her to create beautiful arrangements for residents during the most important moments of their lives.
Mrs Bryson has now worked as a florist and owned her own store for over three decades, a milestone marked last week with the arrival of a certificate marking 35 years since she joined Interflora.
Mrs Bryson was doing floral art when she started getting requests from people to put together flower bouquets.
Within 18 months the business had grown so big it took over her home, so it was decided she would open a store.
Mrs Bryson believes flower arrangements are a reflection of personality, with special bunches given extra meaning to significant events such as funerals or weddings.
She has wound rusted wire, floral tea cups, sorghum and sunflowers through arrangements to reference the unique character of those she is arranging the flowers for.
"In an area like Warwick where you know a lot of people, you know what people like," she said.
"It's nice to make something beautiful, on the sympathy side you think making something beautiful might make things a little bit easier."
Maintaining a business for about 37 years hasn't been easy, with Mrs Bryson saying there was a large amount of labour that goes on behind the scenes to create the arrangements.
Each bunch is trimmed, and conditioned at the Palmerin St store before being made into a lovely bunch.
Determination has kept Mrs Bryson going for so many years, as well as support from good staff.
Mrs Bryson has also kept up with style and colour trends over the years, watching gladiolis give way to peach tones and now bright colours are all the rage.
Starting with Interflora to offer a new delivery service to her customers, she has also learnt tips and tricks that have helped her create bouquets that have been sent as far as Japan and England.
"People think you just put flowers together but there's more to it, the artistic side," she said.
"It's interesting how they've (Interflora) has kept up with trends, colour wise and with new trends in design."
Last year Mrs Bryson relocated her store to a new location on Palermin St, which allowed her to focus on the flowers and giftware she loved.
Still taking a bunch of flowers home with her most weekends, she's not planning to put down the ribbon soon.