Surprise Surprise First Episode – Suzanne’s Story

by Bethany Day on June 22, 2015

In the opening show of the brand new series of Surprise Surprise, charitable worker, Suzanne Cooper, was given the surprise of a lifetime by her daughter, Katherine, for all her amazing voluntary work.

Katherine brought her mum to the Langham Hotel in London for a special afternoon tea, when suddenly the staff and customers burst into a song and dance routine for her favourite Lionel Richie tune ‘Hello’, before introducing the man himself to Suzanne. Lionel also presented Suzanne and Katherine with special VIP tickets to his concert in Edinburgh

We  caught up with Suzanne to see what she had to say about her experience:

“My experience of Surprise Surprise has been amazing, I was completely ‘surprised’ by Lionel Richie and the beautiful words received by all involved with the surprise.  I have had a once in a lifetime experience which I could never have dreamed of.  I was completely bewildered at first and kept thinking why is Lionel here? Something like this just does not happen to me.

“I volunteer my time to help others because I enjoy it, I feel great and I know the impact I am having on real people.  My real love is helping a poverty stricken village in Kenya, they may not have a lot of resources but their drive and passion to succeed in life drives me to help them.  This experience has shown me how important my fundraising is and in the future my dream is to set up my own charity, which would support an organisation out in Kenya called PROCAD. 

“Having a programme like Surprise Surprise helps ordinary people be shown how important their efforts are, because I never realised how important my efforts are to others.

“If one thing could come from my story, I would love to encourage others to volunteer their time in helping others, by either volunteering their time with a local charity or getting involved further afield.” 


Interflora’s London Fashion Week Event

by Julia Bradley on September 27, 2013

We were thrilled to see that many designers at London Fashion week this year were inspired by flowers. Designers such as Christopher Kane as well as luxury brand Mulberry incorporated a lot of floral designs into their spring/summer 2014 collections.

In celebration of this we decided to host an event which brought catwalk designers to life through flowers. If you would like to read more about the day and to watch our video then go to: Interflora London Fashion Week 2013.


Interflora’s ‘Time Frames’ Exhibit Takes Double Gold

by Bethany Day on July 25, 2013

Interflora has been awarded a second Gold Medal for its landmark design exhibit Time Frames, which is currently on display at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The exhibit has also been named Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio.

Hot on the heels of its success at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibit features six individual ‘frames’ decorated with thousands of flowers, and has been recreated for the last time at RHS Tatton Park as part of the celebrations surrounding Interflora’s 90th anniversary.



Interflora Florist to Represent UK in WorldSkills Competition

by Bethany Day on May 3, 2013

A young and talented Interflora florist has been chosen to represent the UK in the finals of the prestigious Worldskills competition.

Chloe, who has worked at Bluebell Flowers in Newport Pagnell for six years, was selected as the country’s representative after winning a series of regional heats and beating some exceptional competition.



Survey reveals Britain is a Nation of Hopeless Romantics!

by Bethany Day on February 6, 2013

Valentine's Day FlowersIf you thought romance was dead, think again. A new study into our love lives has revealed we are actually a nation of true romantics who prefer to show our love the old-fashioned way…

The poll – conducted by romance and flower experts Interflora – shows that, despite our addiction to social media, poetry scores higher than Facebook as a means of communicating true love. It also reveals that we like to woo our other halves with hand-written love letters and to say ‘I love you’ with Valentine’s Day flowers.

The study, which involved 2,000 people, set out to discover more about modern relationships and found that a surprising number of us had fallen in love at first sight. And, despite the 50 Shades of Grey effect, when it comes to relationships laughter, support and friendship are deemed more important than money or sex.

Here’s what the survey revealed…




Interflora Florist of the Future: The Finalists

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 13, 2012

Florist of the FutureThe heat was definitely on at this year’s Florist of the Future competition, despite the chilly November weather and we are delighted to announce the finalists who have made it through to next year’s grand final.

For florists with less than 4 years of experience, the Florist of the Future competition is a fantastic way for them to showcase their talents at a professional level.


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The Interflora Mercury Man visits Solihull Florist

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 11, 2012

Mercury ManInterflora’s golden Mercury Man paid a special visit to the staff at a Solihull florist shop in recognition of their excellent customer service record.

At a time when reliable and trustworthy service is really important to consumers Fleur de Lis florist shop on the High Street has been acknowledged for offering the best customer service in the country.




Interflora Blogger Network

by Bethany Day on June 2, 2012

interflora-blogger-networkWith so many talented Interflora florists up and down the country, we thought it was about time we launched our own network of expert bloggers; giving you an insight into the every day life of a working florist on the high street and our florists an additional stage on which to showcase their amazing creativity and expertise.

Our expert florist blogs are a brilliant way to indulge your love of flowers, take a look behind the scenes of the industry and learn something new. Take a look at our latest recruits…

Morgan Nuth

Morgan is the face behind The London Florist Blog and has worked in the floristry industry for nearly twenty years. Born in the UK with Dutch ancestry, Morgan studied floristry in Australia and Japan before returning to London to open his multi-award winning florist shops in the capital. Morgan enjoys a reputation of being one of London’s most creative floral stylists and his work is often requested by London’s television and film as well as the odd celebrity client. For the past three years Morgan has supported Interflora in creating their medal-winning exhibits at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Follow his blog for an insight into the glamourous side of the industry.

Jenny Murphy

Former Interflora Irish Florist of the Year, Jenny Murphy went on to be named the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year in 2012. Jenny scooped the coveted title after her stunning floral chandelier design was named Best in Show at the prestigious horticultural show. When not competing Jenny can be found in her flower shop, Flowers by Moira, in Dunshaughlin where she particularly enjoys designing arrangements for weddings and corporate events. Over the past 25 years, Jenny has catered for a whole manner of occasions and events (including a Royal visit!) and The Daily Florist is her account of the day to day life of a florist in Ireland.

Su Whale and Joy Gill

Confessions of a Florist follows the working life of two Interflora florists in Birmingham. Su and Joy work at The Flower Centre in the city’s bustling centre and their blog gives an insight into the life of a twenty-first century florist on the great British high street. You may already be familiar with Su’s writing as she has guest blogged for Interflora on many occasions and also regularly contributes to our Mercury magazine. Read Confessions of a Florist to brush up on your flower knowledge, learn helpful hints and tips and to stay in the know about all the season’s latest trends.

Mark Hollingworth

The Flower Press is authored by Lincolnshire based florist Mark who runs who runs a 40 year old award-winning floristry business called Flowers by Suzanne. Floristry has been in Mark’s family for generations and his blog explains why the task of ‘delivering emotions’ every day is still so very important to him and his team of highly experienced florists. Mark also runs a Flower School in Lincoln so be sure to check out his blog for inspiration styling ideas.

Interested in joining the Interflora Blogger Network?

If you’re an Interflora florist looking to take your first step into the bloggersphere, we can help. Email us at and let our marketing team advise you on how to get started. Already up and blogging? We’d still love you to be a part of our network too! Get in touch today.


Interflora florist scoops top award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

by Su Whale on May 25, 2012

Florist of the Year 2012Interflora florist Jennifer Murphy from Flowers by Moira, Co Meath, has been awarded not only a Gold medal at the world’s most famous flower show, but she has also taken the prestigious title of RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year. Read more >>

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Young Florist of the Year Winner announced!

by Charlotte.Barnes on May 22, 2012

ChandelierCongratulations to Joseph Massie who has been crowned RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

It is the fourth consecutive year that Joe has won the competition, which aims to showcase the very best floristry talent among the 16-25 year old age group.