Award-winning Goosnargh florist Sara Barrow is putting down roots and opening a flower and gift shop in Longridge this week.
Her Flowers With Passion has been run from home for the past four years but Sarah says she has missed the buzz of having a shop with customer contact.
So she opened this week on Inglewhite Road with a special Easter competition, inviting children to count the number of Easter chicks in the window and inside the shop.
She says: “A stunning bouquet of flowers will be delivered to the winning child’s Mum in time for Easter!”
Sara discovered her love of flowers eight years ago and embarked on a three-year degree course at Myerscough College. After graduating, her first success was winning a silver medal at RHS Chelsea, becoming a finalist three times in four years and winning a prestigious gold medal with her floral dress in 2014.
“This featured on BBC’s Countdown To Chelsea programme and I was also interviewed by Nikki Chapman on the live afternoon Chelsea show which was just an incredible moment in my floral adventure.”
The same year Sara won best in contemporary floral design at Southport Flower Show and last year won gold at RHS Tatton. She was part of a team of four representing the North West Area of NAFAS – the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies – and they created a large carnival exhibit.
“I’ve had an incredible journey since discovering my passion for flowers and nature. I’m loving every minute of it and can’t wait to share my passion through my shop in Longridge.”
As well as gift bouquets and sympathy flowers Sara has built up her wedding work. She is is also a NAFAS demonstrator and holds workshops in her Goosnargh studio. Her husband Carl left his career last year to help her with the business and the two of them will be running the shop together.
She said: “I couldn’t have done any of this without Carl.I started entering competitions while at college because we had to enter one as part of our course – and I got the bug!”