Since she was 8 years old, Lyndsey O’Sullivan always wanted to run her own flower shop. Inspired by her florist mum and stepfather, she was lucky enough during her training to spend many an hour in Covent Garden alongside some of London’s top florists as they designed bouquets for royal weddings, high profile funerals and red carpet events. She was so dedicated to the art she would be up at 4am every morning during her training and head to Covent Garden to work before starting college at 9am. After three years training she qualified as a florist and at a young age took over Paradise Flowers in Bantry under the guidance of previous manager Margaret Zwaarmann. “Together we made a great team. Sadly Margaret passed away a few years ago, but all who had the pleasure of knowing her will remember her as the heart of the shop” said Lyndsey.
October marked the 20th anniversary of Lyndsey owning Paradise Flowers. “I consider myself so lucky. In the last 20 years I have seen many changes; good times, recession times, happy times and sad – but throughout the years the continuous loyalty of the local community has supported me and helped me to stay open” Lyndsey said.
To show her gratitude to her loyal customers and to celebrate 20 years in business, Lyndsey is giving a way a free bouquet each week during Level 5 restrictions – for details of how to win your free bouquet, head over to the Paradise Flowers Bantry Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Paradise-Flowers-Bantry-298907896791150