In a nutshell, I’m mesmerised by colours and shapes, utterly obsessed with food and I wish the Greek Islands were closer.
Hi, I'm Francesca, the founder and owner of Polyanthi - 'πολύς ἄνθος' Ancient Greek for 'many flowers'. I'm a florist who is not only obsessed with flowers, plants and nature but the range of colours our world comes in. If I was to choose an era to be alive in, I think it would have to be the 60's and the 70's because of the variety of vivid colours, fun shapes and textures used. These are the fundamental principals I apply to each bouquet and flower installation I create.
After a long week of 'flowering' in my Vaucluse store, you'll find me trying out new Sydney restaurants or whipping up a 3 course dinner at home for friends. Since I was 8, I've been hanging out in my father's restaurants and only left the hospitality industry in 2016 so good food and wine is paramount in my life!
I'm a very proud Griwi-Aussie (Greek-Kiwi). My granny in New Zealand was a florist and champion gardener, I like to think she's watching over my shoulder each day. In store you may also notice the Greek antiques and ceramics I use to decorate my store, including big copper pots used in the 1920's to make moonshine. Greece is one of my favourite places on earth and if I could have it my way, I'd be flying to the Greek Islands every weekend! If only they were closer...
Since becoming a florist in 2016, my world changed for the better. I was able to transfer my hard working skills from hospitality to the floral world and I wouldn't have it any other way. The incredible amount of flowers and foliages we produce in Australia is such a blessing and I feel so lucky to be a florist in Sydney. We have so many amazing farmers who work harder than anyone I have ever met.
And so, now you know a few things about me, please drop in to the store or give me a call so I can get to know what flowers are about you.