If you’re unsure what flowers to get your mum this Mother’s Day, read what an award-winning florist suggests you order to make her day. We speak to the creative floral designer Bart Hassam from Maison Fleur, whose impressively a World Cup Champion 2019, Asia Cup Champion 2011, Australia Cup 5 x Time Champion and International Floral Designer.
International Floral Designer at Maison Fleur
Where are you from? Bundaberg, Queensland
How long have you been in the floristry industry? I made my first wedding bouquet for a family wedding when I was 13. I have been working in florist shops since I was 17. I’m now 42.
How did you get into it? My grandmother had a huge garden, so every Saturday we’d garden together, and she’d teach me to plant names and how to arrange flowers.
What do you love most about your industry? That the materials we work with are so beautiful and are always changing with the seasons.
What’s the most popular flower around Mother’s Day? It’s hard to go past roses as the most popular flower for all occasions – including Mother’s Day.
What do you suggest purchasing for mum? Flowers that she really loves. It’s not necessary to always pick the most long lasting things. It’s usually the older ‘garden’ flowers that evoke the most emotions and bring back memories. I suggest dahlia, stock, sweet pea – anything with perfume….
Why do you think people love giving and receiving flowers on Mother's Day? Giving flowers is an extension of our emotions. Flowers are a luxury for most people these days – but they should be a necessity now that we don’t really have gardens anymore. Giving flowers reminds us of nature and of the kindness in giving a gift to someone that actually has emotional weight.
Will you be gifting your mum flowers on Mother’s Day? A Florist’s mother always knows that they’ll be lucky to even see their child anywhere near Mother’s Day – let alone get flowers. But she loves old-fashioned roses, so I usually go with those somewhere before or after. Mothers are understanding!
If money was no object, what would be your dream holiday? A two-month road trip with my partner through the Alsace region - along the France/Germany border over the Christmas and New Year staying in beautiful apartments, eating great food and going to cellar doors. We’ve been once before and managed 16 Michelin stars in a week. More time is needed!
Best piece of advice you’ve been given? Trust in the process.
Personal philosophy on life? No matter what happens, you will always be fine.
What are you reading? Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (the horror).
What are your plans for 2019? We have two studios in the city and are looking to open a third later in 2019. Having just won the World Cup of Floral design in the US this month, I have invitations to teach all over the world for the next year or so in Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, America, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia.
What do you love most about Brisbane? The lifestyle and the weather. We are so lucky to live here. The more I travel, the more I realise how lucky we are.
Sum up Maison Fleur in 3 words. Classic, stylish, elegant.
What advice would you give to people entering the industry? Realise that with beauty comes hard work. Long hours, heavy buckets, thorns in your hands, dirt under your nails – you’ll never be a hand model again! But you get to work with the most beautiful things.
What's one thing about floristry you wish your customers knew? That we are educated to do this job. We are trained and we have skills. We don’t grow everything ourselves. Everything we sell to you, we first have to buy ourselves. That foliage is not free. We don’t just play with flowers – there are mathematical rules and scale and proportion that we use to create what we make. Oh, you said just one……
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