Our Florists at Flowers on the Hilltop, Glendene
Ready to create a beautiful floral arrangements for you, whatever the occasion.
Meet our group of talented, experienced florists ready to help at Flowers on the Hilltop Glendene.
Meet Luke, our talented Senior Florist and Wedding Specialist extraordinaire.
Luke has been a florist for 30+ years and comes to us from the deep via Australia, where he owned his own flower shop in Brisbane. Luke has a passion for flowers and makes whipping up a corsage look like child’s play. He says he was lucky to have been part of creating huge arrangements and bouquets for the 2006 commonwealth games in Melbourne. He has also styled flowers for the Queen and is now working with us, aren’t we lucky. Luke is a master at weddings and is available now for appointments to discuss your needs, He will ensure your day is magnificent! Luke’s favourite flowers are white agapanthus, and the flamboyant Bird of Paradise (I wonder why).
Meet Lynn, our gardening and herbal specialist
Lynn has a wonderfully long association with Flowers on the Hilltop stretching back to November 2008.
Lynn has formally retired but just can’t give up her floristry ,she now assists with training and nurturing our newer florists.
Lynn, along with her ever willing husband Maurice , is a tower of strength on big floristry events like Valentines Day and Mothers Day.
Lynn’s experience stretches back to an apprenticeship in Mt Eden some 51 years ago as a young passionate girl of 16, her love of flowers hasn’t diminished with her favourite flower being the colourful pansy, followed closely by all the spring flowers which she loves as they have a definite season.
When not in the store Lynn can be found growing gorgeous vegetables from her home garden along with many varieties of herbs.
Being the main stay of the local gardening club for over 35 years and two herbal clubs as well for some 12 years plus keeps her very busy and occupied with her community.
PS: if you’re needing herbalist advice, knowledge or folklore , or the how too on mixing a potion to cure arthritis, seek out Lynn’s expertise.
Meet Sandra, formal arrangement specialist and behind the scenes savior
Sandra joined our team in December of 2016 bringing with her a wealth of floristry experience. Her love of flowers began as an eight year old child, helping out in her Aunt’s florist shop, Verlaines in Mt Eden , dare I say, half a century ago .
Sandra has seen floristry change and evolve throughout the years but this hasn’t dented her passion for flowers.
Sandra’s skills and knowledge of the industry are a credit to her continued involvement in floristry and a bonus for the store.
When not involved with flowers Sandra can be found swimming at the local West Wave pool, cooking up a storm for her Hubby and family, painting and keeping in touch with the community via a long standing association with Zonta International Club.
Sandra’s favourite flower is the beautiful Iris.
Sandra joins our team when we have extra busy period to lend her expertise making her gorgeous arrangements.
Meet Pip our flower royalty SUPERSTAR
Philippa was trained by Mr Berin Spiro a household name in floristry for those in the know, a perfectionist in his training gave Philippa the edge , allowing her to travel the globe working in prestigious places like the Savoy Hotel in London, doing designs for Corporate Clients, West End Show Openings, Designs for Superyachts and the America's Cup Fleets.
Philippa brings to Flowers on the Hilltop Glendene , 30+ years of experience, her passion for floristry and a ripping sense of humour. We are so fortunate to have her as a talented staff member.
Meet Betty, our teeny tiny recently elevated Senior Florist.
Betty would love to learn the Violin and is currently learning about music to pursue this dream, she also loves playing tennis.
Betty has another string to her bow being very accomplished in sign language, conversing easily with the deaf community.
Betty’s family ties , church and extra curricular studies keep Betty very busy when not at work.
Betty’s favourite flowers are the spring flowers with delicious perfume, in particular Daffodils and erlicheer.
Meet Eric, our hard working Intermediate florist.
Eric has been part of the Flowers on The Hilltop and Inspired by Eden team since March 2017. He originally started as a ‘sign boy’ and is now through the guidance of Luke trained to intermediate florist level ., quite an achievement as Eric is still at high school working his holidays as well as Saturdays and Sundays . Eric has developed a wonderful eye for colour combinations and has developed his own style . Eric’s favourite flower is the bright and cheerful sunflower.
Meet Lorraine, our girl from the South
Lorraine joined our team in November 2017. Lorraines extensive floristry experience spans some 25 years, Lorraine definitely brings her expertise and love of flowers to the shop. Her favourite flower /plant is the Phalaenopsis Orchid.
Lorraine is a survivor of the Christchurch earthquakes, leaving her previous employment at Victoria Florists and her own successful wedding flower business in Te Anau , to make a new life in Auckland.
Lorraine creates amazingly beautiful bouquets and floral arrangements, which always show off her skills and talents.
At home Lorraine enjoys spending time with her Auckland families and grandchildren, getting out and about to see what the city has to offer and enjoying the vibe of Auckland.
Meet Raewin, Managing Director of Flowers on the Hilltop Glendene Ltd.
Hello, My name is Raewin, I am the Managing Director of Flowers on the Hilltop and have owned the store since February 2004 .
WOW WHAT A JOURNEY!
I am not a professionally trained florist however, I have learned and absorbed most aspects of the floristry industry in the past 16 years.
I have always loved flowers, both in the garden and houseplants ,so bought this passion with me when I purchased the store.
My Mum had all manner of wonderful indoor plants which she carefully nurtured , I can remember trips to the local plant store (where I and my sisters were regarded as an unruly bunch, not very well tolerated) and to the winter gardens for forays to view the amazing array of tropical and seasonal flowers and foliage . Mum taught me and my three sisters about our garden and instilled a green finger or thumb in each of us.
The store has had a number of new faces and new looks over these many years and I enjoy the challenge of the continued journey. I love the fact that we are always reaching out to new customers and finding ways to engage with them.
With the advent of social media and the rise of the website , I have had to try and keep abreast of the many changing facets of business life, this has kept me on my toes and interested in the business and its progress.
When not in store I am at home in Stillwater relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet, I have always loved property, building , renovating and enhancing my current home space so, this is an activity that occupies some time as well.
I love yacht racing and have been a member of the Clearwater Cove yacht club for a number of years.
My musical bent is currently enjoying singing and trying to play the ukulele with a local group of like minded similar aged veterans. My favourite flower is stock.