Flowers by Sophie Millington is a wonderful little shop full of botanical goodness located on Castle Street. Here, locally sourced flowers and foliage are incorporated with home grown flora from the family allotment to create beautiful bespoke floral creations.
For this week’s #FinditinExeter we caught up with Sophie, of Flowers by Sophie Millington, to discover more about her seasonal and wildly romantic floristry.
Born in Guildford and relocated to Exeter with her family when she was 12, Sophie went on to study Fashion at university in Bristol but her hobby of floristry in her childhood home garden took her career in another direction. As soon as she graduated Sophie was recruited for a job at The Real Flower Company, which had a concession in Selfridges. Here Sophie learnt all her floristry skills, and after four successful years she returned to Exeter in 2012 to begin her own business.
Jump forward to today and Flowers by Sophie Millington is thriving. Sophie has both the shop on Castle Street, which opened November 2018, and a studio in Alphington.
Sophie’s floristry style is natural, free flowing, seasonal and romantic.
Pop into Flowers by Sophie Millington on Castle Street for a one-off bespoke bouquet, the perfect gift for a friend, loved one or even yourself. Or visit simply to say hello, take in the floral aromas and peruse the selection of artisan-made cards and gifts (petals from left over flowers are dried to make confetti). You can also visit Sophie to enquire about flowers for weddings, funerals and events. Sophie and her small freelance team create free flowing gorgeous arrangements that are the epitome of a sophisticated, wild, English garden. If you don’t have an occasion but are desperate to be surrounded by gorgeous blooms, then the flower shop also hosts lots of workshops. From an intimate group in the shop making Christmas wreaths, to visiting a hen party to create flower crowns or a pop-up hand-tying bouquet class in a boutique, if Sophie isn’t already running a workshop that takes your fancy she will go out of her way to arrange one for you.
For the ultimate treat, you can have beautiful flowers delivered to you or a loved one’s door each month with a Flower Subscription. The subscription lasts for three or six months and the bouquets are “florist’s choice”.
So, next time you need a beautiful selection of flowers for an occasion or simply just for yourself, head to Flowers by Sophie Millington. Keep your eyes peeled, Sophie’s 2019 goal is to get her flower arrangements into a shop window in Exeter city centre as well!
To enquire about wedding, funeral and event flowers visit the Flowers by Sophie Millington website.
The shop is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00am – 5:30pm, but deliveries can be made at other times of the week in Exeter, its suburbs and surrounding villages.
Photo credit: Jennifer Jane Photography