JULIANA BERMINGHAM - FLORAL DESIGNER
My love of flowers started when I was young, and was heavily influenced by reading F.H. Burnett's "The Secret Garden" late at night when I was supposed to be asleep. I was captivated by the idea of a hidden, rambling garden filled with an enveloping, unconventional beauty. Reading about the changing of seasons in this garden, imaging the sun warming the brown earth in the spring, the heady scent of forgotten flowers in the summer and the inevitable transience of it all as winter approached, impacted me in a deep way, filling me with a longing for my own "bit of earth."
I would try to find corners in my parent's garden to make into my own magical place. Between the old lilac and the fence, underneath the willow tree whose branches touched the ground, amongst the peonies - I would wile away hours in these sacred spaces. I learned first hand about the effect flowers can have, how they can transform a place and the visceral memories a certain flower's scent can evoke.
I'm always trying to capture this floral magic in my arrangements, taking my cues from nature and not contriving or controlling my materials too much, but rather letting the idiosyncrasies and personalities of each stem guide me.
After studying Sustainable Horticulture, I trained with the wonderful Hanna of Hanako Floral Studio in West Cork and then went on to travel & work as a florist in New Zealand as well as the United States. Now back in Ireland, I can usually be found wandering through the garden or the hedgerows, secateurs in hand, trying to find a perfect branch or bloom. If the weather doesn’t permit that, I’m often hunting down unusual varieties or heritage seeds to grow. I get indescribable delight out of our little farm and seeing a plant develop from tiny seedling to a thing of beauty.
I would love to create something beautiful for you.