Designer & Owner of Poppies Floral Design

For many years Marion worked within the legal profession a marriage and two children and several pets later she re-trained as a florist fulfilling a lifetime ambition.

She studied at Writtle College and qualified with a NCPF (after nearly giving up three weeks before the end stating quite firmly that she could not take her finals (her daughter who was doing her GCSE's at the time told her to get a grip and she had done three years and there was only three weeks to go).
Thank you Sarah - always my calming voice.

Poppies was born whilst Marion was still at college and having started on the kitchen table we have now had our third move into new larger premises next to Writtle College. So coming full circle Here we have a working studio, Coldroom and storage area.

Marion has worked with many clients over the years from Brides, to Celebrities, large country house owners for private parties to many captains of industry. She always claims that being asked to do the unusual will not shock her she has done everything. Watch this space.

Meet the team
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What can we say about Carol her buttonholes and corsages are legendary. Carol had worked with previous florists and therefore has a diverse background.


Margaret came to Poppies through Gill another of our florists. Margaret has been a NAFAS Judge and has entered many competitions and was recently asked to represent the East of England in the National Championships. She has also exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show - known as the Shower Bouquet Queen.


With Gill’s experience for large scale arrangements we have achieved many mouthwatering, jaw dropping displays.  Rely on Gill to bring that special talent for “wow” to your flowers.


Orla is a legend when it comes to packing the van. If Marion thinks it wont all go in then Orla will make it. Oh and she is amazing at tidying and cleaning up the studio - thank you thank you Orla. Her specialality is wire work – If you want a beautiful unique wrist corsage, bouquet or flower necklace ask for Orla.


Is our newest addition. Originally from New Zealand (but we wont hold that against her) she originally trained there she has worked in London and has now decided to join us. Caroline is also the quickest person we know who can do an Aqua pack.


Julie’s knowledge of plant material and flowers is second to none with three “lotties” (Alloments) she can always be relied upon to bring that “garden style” natural wealth of experience to the design.