Latvian florist in full bloom in Münster, Germany
Latvian Inese Freiberga, for thirteen years, has brought joy and aesthetic pleasure with her floral bouquets and compositions to the German town of Münster, LSM reported August 9.
"My road to Germany started in 2002. Then I came to visit my sister, who already lived in Münster. I met one German gentleman and I couldn’t say it was heavenly love, but we were good together, he was a secure, loyal man. When the suggestion came to move here, I didn’t think much. I raised two daughters in Latvia. I was exhausted and drained at times, working in three jobs to provide us. The daughters had to graduate from school soon, I was dreading that I could afford to send only one to study, because I could not support them financially at the time," Inese said.
Though Inese separated from her German spouse, she continued her life in Münster. Plants had always been her passion, and she had therefore obtained the diploma of a gardener-agronome. Inese is still very proud of this education.
"I’ve always been very active, always interested in everything new, about fashion trends in my field, new techniques. I am still in contact with colleagues: gardeners, florists; we share experience.
I wanted to open my flower shop in Latvia. And when I moved to Germany, it was perfectly clear to me that I wanted to work only in my field and nowhere else.
It was not difficult, because in Germany the florist is a demanded profession and it is simple to find a job. For the first four years I worked as an employee in a flower company. In the meantime I studied the market, walked around all the Münster floral shops, understood the tastes and demands of local buyers."
In 2007, the moment came when Inese felt ready to open her flower salon. Unfortunately, a few years later, Inese fell severely ill. "That was the reason I closed the shop in 2013 — I didn’t know what … was going to happen. Fortunately the health problems have been defeated. With optimism and faith! I was empowered by the idea that I had to keep it all, so that I could leave it to my grandson, so that he could take it over when he was growing up.”
Her grandson, now eight, too has a love and interest for plants and flowers. "The guy has green thumbs already!" said Inese.
Once the disease had been conquered, Inese turned to flowers again, this time opening a small workshop called “Blumen Freiberga.” Basic orders are a supply of bouquets of flowers to petrol stations The bouquets of Inese’s workshop are popular and demanded because each is composed individually, with love and attention.
“The time we spend on bouquets can’t be paid … But I’ve started it! I’ve brought in my clients, too.
We place a lot of emphasis on the fact that flowers are fresh and retain their beauty for the maximum length of time. Customers know my style, if I change something, it is immediately noticed," Inese said.