Flower shop’s a floral favourite
A village florist’s is one of 12 in the country featured in a book about the best flower shops in Britain.
The Potting Shed at Navenby, owned and run by Mrs Becky Macnab (36) of Vicarage Lane, Carlton-le-Moorland, features in Flower Shops And Friends by Mrs Sally Page.
Mrs Page (47) of Dorset, who works part-time as a florist, visited flower shops nationwide before choosing her favourites to feature in her latest book, her third about flower shops.
Mrs Page, who previously ran her own shop in London, said: “I met Becky at a flower show and she talked about her shop with such enthusiasm, that when I decided to do the book and I was travelling round to all these gorgeous flower shops, I thought I must go and see Becky, and it was well worth the trip.
“Flower shops see every aspect of life from birth to bereavement, and that is an aspect I find very interesting.”
Mrs Page thought the qualities a good florist needed were passion and hard work.
“I think one of the things that makes Becky special is her passion. I think her passion and also her experience,” she said.
“She has been a florist for 23 years and it shows in her work and the way she deals with customers.”
Mrs Macnab previously ran her business from Leadenham before moving to Navenby a year ago.
She said: “We moved to Lincolnshire about five years ago from near Reading. I had been working part-time demonstrating for a while but I thought because my daughters had grown up I wanted to get back into it.
“We out-grew where we were in Leadenham so we decided to take the plunge and buy a shop here.”
Mrs Macnab said her daughters, Amy (11) and Emily (8) took an interest in the business.
She said: “I have loved flowers really since before I could speak and there are pictures of me holding handfuls of weeds and sitting in a field of bluebells.
“I always said I was going to be a florist and I did work experience in a florist’s and it all went from there.
“My daughters do help but it can get quite busy. We have a bucket out at the back where we put broken flowers or flowers that are just past their best and they make their own bunches from them for their bedrooms.
“They did all the flowers themselves for their grandfather’s funeral and everyone said how good they were, so I think it is definitely something they have inherited.”
Mrs Macnab hoped the book would encourage more people to visit her shop.
She said: “I look at the other shops in the book and think how beautiful they are and mine must be beautiful too to be up there with them.
“It would be nice if people picked up the book and if they were coming to Lincolnshire thought they might stop in Navenby to visit the shop. It would be good for the village as well because while they were here they would probably look around.”
Flower Shops And Friends is available from The Potting Shed and other book suppliers.