The Thrive Story
Who’s Thrive anyway?!
Thrive is – in a nutshell… me! Hi, I’m Claire Cowling.
Mum, wife, florist and owner of Thrive. And thrive is home for my love of flowers and everything floral.
I’ve been a florist for all of my working life. I live and breathe flowers. If I’m not making up a floral design, you’ll find me talking flowers in one way another – maybe to a bride – creating their floral heaven; maybe suggesting a book or two to someone starting out on their floristry journey; it might just be cajoling our dog to pose for a picture in a field of flowers like the one above!!
Ok, you can also find me walking our beautiful dog, maybe paddling on the Suffolk or Norfolk coast, taking a bike ride… usually it’s somewhere surrounded by nature and the people I love the most.
I love nature and am constantly inspired by it and its versatility, ingenuity and adaptability. The changing seasons brings me so much joy - with the latest favourite flower unfurling its petals… yes, I’m fickle – I have so many favourites, but then who wouldn’t when there are so many beautiful flowers!!
I love to include local and seasonal blooms in my designs, alongside natural treasures, cones and seed heads, trails of delicate vines and feathery grasses… if you don’t that’s fine – just say and gorgeously plain and simple it will be.
I'm chuffed to bits of our RHS Chelsea Gold medals and having created and published our own series of floristry books - of which I hope to expand soon enough and absolutley love the diversity that working with flower bring me.
SO, here at Thrive, we create:
The most beautiful wedding florals – from tiny intimate weddings with just a buttonhole and bridal bouquet, to the whole affair – bridal party florals, church and reception decorations – and we love it! You can view our wedding gallery for a glimpse of our designs.
Gift bouquets for a birthday, thank you, I love you… or any other reason; stylish arrangements and planters; and the most emotive and memorable funeral designs for that last goodbye - my heart and soul goes into each and every design.
We teach WORKSHOPS
Love to learn? Our floristry workshops are small and intimate, where we create the most gorgeous designs, you’ll learn new skills and techniques in a relaxed and informal way – right from beginners to advanced designs workshops - group and one to one sessions, plus our brilliant Workshop Kit Boxes for those of you further afield, but love our style.
We sell BOOKS
Books - well, we have one of the widest ranges of floristry and flower related books in the country! We have instructional books if you're looking to get into floristry or develop and extend your repertoire; books to inspire and push your boundaries and techniques and business books to get your teeth into too.
We sell magazine subscriptions for Fleur Creatif, plus hold stock of Fusion Weddings Magazines and our own Flowers for Funerals magazine if you're looking for a little inspiration.
Personally recommended - our small but superb range of floristry tools are a cut above the rest! The most amazing Knives, secateurs, florist scissors and wire cutters around.
You'll find our gorgeous range of gifts, homewares and art in our online shop.
and lastly, THRIVE HIRE
Our range of hire items is just superb - from lanterns, vases and candelabras… vases, charger plates to chair sashes.
So that’s us – we hope you enjoy browsing our site – if you need any help, please just give us a shout.
Love Claire and The Thrive Team Xx