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Let’s Get Down to Business: Annette March, White Garden Florists

Let’s Get Down to Business: Annette March, White Garden Florists

ANNETTE MARCH is the proprietor of White Garden, the florists in Hart Street Henley, which she acquired six years ago. She was born in Nottingham but her family moved to Ascot when she was six. She left school at 16 and then studied floristry and botany at Merrist Wood College, near Guildford. She worked in a florists at a garden centre on Saturdays while she was still at school and continued there in order to pay her way through college. Annette is now a level five national certificate City & Guilds florist and a Dutch master florist. She moved to Henley when she bought the shop and now lives in Albert Street with her chihuahuas, Angel and Pixie. She is a keen runner and has completed the London Marathon twice. She also enjoys swimming, watching polo and boating — she has a small boat called Little White Garden for weddings at Temple Island. Describe your business We are a florist catering for every occasion with impeccable service and providing our customers with high-quality design in both natural and artificial form. We enjoy exceeding our customers’ expectations. How many people does it employ? As well as me, there is a full-time member of staff, Alice Murphy (who is wonderful), and I have a pool of four others who I call upon regularly. What did you do before you started this business? After leaving college I continued to work as a florist but wanted my own shop. Two became available, one in High Wycombe and the one here in Henley, which I chose. I was aged 23 at the time. When did you start your business? January 2013. What was your objective? I had wanted to live in Henley since the first time I drove down the hill and saw St […]

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