When asked what flower she believes will always be in fashion, local florist Jo Mann says you can be assured that the rose will never go out of style, and it is hard to disagree with her. Jo knows more than most about the art of floristry, her love for the craft began as an afterschool job when she was in high school.
Jo owns and runs local Remuera florist shop The Wild Bunch, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this December. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Jo certainly has a special gift, and she feels lucky to be able to do something she enjoys every day.
Floristry has been a lifelong passion for Jo, “I have always had a love for nature, gardens and art, so I am pretty lucky to be able to carve a career by combining all three.
“To have built this business in Remuera and for it to have stood the test of time has been a really humbling and rewarding experience,” she says.
When asked what her most interesting requests have been to date Jo says, “I’ve had to make a horse statue out of foliage and flowers, a floral monkey for the year of the monkey, flowers in pineapples for a tropical party, a rose teddy bear and more! The sky is the limit and we love the challenges.”
The Wild Bunch is always prepared to fill requests to create whatever the customer’s floral fantasy may be. “It’s just part of the job!”
“We have noticed in recent years that a more natural look is desired, with large garden bouquets often in demand. We also have Peonies just new in store, and so begins another love affair with these seasonal beauties,” she says.
Jo employs three full-time staff that are supported by part-timers during the busy seasons. The Wild Bunch is unique in that all flowers are personally purchased from a local flower market. Jo and her staff have a love for beautiful fresh flowers and presenting these fresh blooms to their clients keeps them busy every day, so much so that Jo often struggles to keep track of how many bunches head out the door!
The Wild Bunch is also well-known for its wonderful and grand window displays, created by all the staff to celebrate different seasons and occasions. Keep an eye out if you’re passing by, or to contact The Wild Bunch, click here.