NINEBARK FLORAL DESIGN
In 2014 Ninebark Floral Design began as a pop-up flower shop in Whistler’s Function Junction. Over the past seven years, the company has evolved to become a floral design studio recognised by discerning clients for creating quality floral design for weddings, events and commissions.
Owner Sophie Rivers, founded Ninebark after gaining a formal qualification in floristry and spending eight years working in flower shops in both the UK and Canada.
"For as long as I can remember flowers have been part of my life. Growing up in the English countryside among a family of avid horticulturalists, our garden was a magical kingdom to be explored. Filled with bright blooms, lush greenery, fragrant herbs and towering Chestnut trees.
As a child, on trips to London, Mum and I would often go on adventures to marvel at the beautiful flower shops hidden amongst the busy streets. I would stand on tip-toe and watch the apron clad designers create bouquets with dextrous fingers and strong hands.
Growing up I remained fascinated by flowers. While studying Design at Leeds University I would escape my classes and visit the bustling Kirkgate Market to pick out flowers and create arrangements. After graduating and starting my first real job in Advertising, I simply couldn’t bear sitting still behind a desk and continued to daydream about becoming a florist. In the end, I took a weekend job scrubbing buckets in a local flower shop. It was there, in rubber gloves and a wearing soaking wet apron, I realised I really didn't belong behind a desk.
So now here I am, fifteen years later and the owner of Ninebark Floral Design. As I look out the studio windows up at the Coast Mountains of BC, I often laugh about the adventures it took to get here, and am so proud of how far I've come"