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About Lou Wood

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Inspired by home and hedgerows

Born and brought up in a tiny village on the borders of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, Lou was surrounded by flora and fauna of the hedgerows and farm lands.  The garden was awash with colour every year.  Her Mother would plant boxes full of annuals and bedding plants in borders wider than the pavements.  In summer, vibrant walls of colour were all around.  Dwarf dahlias flopped onto the path and geraniums clumped at the edges of the rockeries.  Peace Roses grew huge in the front and tiny rows of orange white and blue bedding plants grew perfectly aligned around the edges. Peonies stood tall backing it all up and tiny lily of the valley grew in the damp gullies around the old sheds.  Fruit trees sprang from circles in the lawns and the vegetable patch was so unruly that her Dad often took the mower to it before it could be dug in the Spring.   Playing between the high hedgerows and fields of the old Common she had the freedom to collect bunches of Cuckoo flowers or Ladies Smock to take home.  This is where her passion for all native flowers has come from.  She says, "To recreate these flowers in as much detail as I can, hoping they are almost as beautiful as those in nature, is a complete pleasure." 

About me...

Fred and I have been together for more than forty years now and are proud to say we have two grown up married children with two beautiful grandchildren as well,  whom we adore spending time with. When it’s just the two of us though, we enjoy spending our weekends in our gorgeous garden and visiting our favourite locals for an evening of rich food and the odd glass of good wine or a pint.  We also enjoy our visits to National Trust gardens or just having a wander around local villages, taking in local summer fetes with home grown plant stalls of course, or the odd tea shop with a thick piece of homemade cake and a good old cuppa.  We also love spending time in London visiting our Son and his husband, taking in a show or visiting places like Kew Gardens and the Victoria and Albert museum.  They are  must do visits, if I am to see the latest seasonal flowers and inspiring exhibitions. 

I have always loved my garden and I am a keen flower grower and member of the RHS.  My favourite flowers are roses and peonies, and the bright whites and yellows that herald the coming of spring, dragging us out of the doldrums of winter.  Azaleas and rhododendrons, daffodils and beautiful delicate snowdrops.  Nodding English bluebells forming the first carpets of colour in spring are both the most delicate flowers to see and make.  But sugar flowers..?  Well, my favourite sugar flower to make is a Renaissance Rose, bringing with it happy memories of my mum every time I make it.  But a close second comes a Peony, with the stigma, stamen and carpels all forming such an artistic work in the centre of that magnificent petal crown.

My passion for real and sugar flowers overflows into my life every day. I like to have flowers near me, wherever I am. They give me peace in a troubled world. Their soft and delicate smells often carry with them birdsong and serenity. No matter if it’s a garden or a florist shop;  heather on a windy hill top or flaming orange lilies in the warmth of the sun languishing in a courtyard pot, they all invoke a happy place for me.  Just the same as my happy place is making and teaching their sugar replications.

Our Story

Over 30 years ago Lou began making sugar flowers for celebrations within the family and for friends.  She learned from the craftspeople of the British Sugarcraft Guild to begin with, eventually achieving fully accredited demonstrator status and winning a Gold Award in the Sugar Flower category at Cake International in 2017.  She continued to seek perfection in her craft, working with world renowned experts in the field, spending time learning privately whenever she could.  She learned from the array of publications and online classes available across the world, picking carefully, only ever the best.  Her knowledge of flowers and foliage is extensive; taking the greatest of pleasure working from the detailed anatomy of blossoms that can be found in her own garden and botanical resources across the country. 

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