It’s time for our very own antipodean sensation to step into the limelight. We spoke to McQueens florist Rodney about his love of flowers.
How did you start to work in the flower industry?
I fell into flowers by happy accident really – I’d never considered it as a career option. I applied for a job as a customer service advisor back home in Australia. I turned up on the first day and discovered that it was selling flowers. I became instantly drawn into flowers and was inspired to go to college and learn more. I ended up top of the class and I have loved to work with flowers ever since.
What advise do you have for anyone considering working in the flower industry?
Most people have a very idealistic view of working with flowers. I think they imagine that all florists delicately place flowers into a vase, with no real urgency, and a serene look on their faces. The reality is very different. I still think it’s one of the best jobs in the world but my advice to anyone is be prepared for hard work, early shifts and long hours!
What does a typical day look like?
One of the main clients that I that I look after is the Grove Hotel, a fabulous five star hotel an hour or so out of central London. I am also involved in working with a number of diverse corporate clients including the newly opened The German Gymnasium in Kings Cross, so no day is ever the same. This for me is the best aspect of the job and I really enjoy the variety!
What are your favourite flowers?
I am very promiscuous when it comes to flowers and my favourites change throughout the year. Gardenia is one that I love very much, along with sweet pea and peony when they are in season
What is your favourite thing about working at McQueens?
McQueens has a unique family atmosphere. It is extraordinarily hard work and can be quite challenging physically, but my favourite thing about working here is the people that I work with. They are a very creative bunch, and also lots of fun.