Talented Hever Castle florist, Pamela Brise, has been creating stunning floral displays for the Castle for the past 18 years.
Previously a chef for a World Championship Rally Team, Pamela then moved into catering for private events and parties. Having a natural talent and enthusiasm for creating floral displays, she also offered this service along with her catering skills.
In a case of ‘right place right time’ Pamela impressed one of the attendees at a function she catered who knew that the in-house Hever Castle florist was looking for someone to take over from her. Pamela was fortunate enough to get the job and has loved every minute of being the Hever Castle florist ever since.
In this role Pamela faces restrictions unique to working in a listed building, particularly regarding taking care of the fabric of the building and the artefacts within. She said, “You must be very careful when arranging flowers, particularly making sure you only water the flowers and not the furniture or carpets!”
She went on to say, “The castle during the summer months can become rather warm, the rooms are all closed and locked at night and no fresh air circulates within them. The flowers can struggle to last for a week which can cause problems.. I must therefore work out which variety of flowers I am to use, bearing in mind the type of event it is to be, and only use the flowers that will hopefully last the distance.”
On a normal weekly basis Pamela does not have as many elements to consider as the arrangements are smaller and there are fewer of them. Floral arrangements for corporate events also allow her greater choice of which flowers to use, as most special events are only for a day or so, meaning the flowers will look stunning throughout.
According to Pamela, whilst she doesn’t have an absolute favourite flower sunflowers always make her smile.