Imagine filling your home with self-made sweet pea posy’s or a flower bed of foliage, with a bunch of friends and a bottle of floral Shiraz.
If this makes your book club seem boring then Angela Wilmans and her ravishing Rose Café are just up your street! In fact, they quite literally are, being centrally located, a stone’s throw from Claremont Main Road.
Just as we have become aware of buying food in season, there’s a growing trend for cultivating your own foliage and flowers, inspired not only by a desire to reduce the carbon footprint but by the trend for fresh-as-a-daisy arrangements that hint more at the hedgerow than the refrigerated truck.
The new floristry trends are embracing the seasonal delights of red berries in autumn and pink blooms in spring, internationally anyway, and Ange and her Rose Café are making workshop waves in the Mother City.
A fine art graduate who fell upon floristry almost by accident, Ange bought a Dean Street florist in Newlands nine years ago. Today she sells online bouquets both to local and internationals, overseeing over twenty weddings a year.
How does her garden grow?
One of the many things we love most about Ange, other than her breath-taking bouquets is her level of social and sustainability conscience.
She buys seasonally and locally to minimise her carbon footprint, she forages for and grows her own greens, and she prides herself on a low wastage policy, buying in only that which she needs for fresh orders. What’s more, all her packaging is recycled and the water from her buckets and vases are used to irrigate her succulents and self-grown greenery.
Another heart-warming aspect to her business is the story of Thandi, Ange’s right-hand wing woman. “Thandi started working at the Rose Café in 2009 as an inexperienced shelf cleaner, but after a couple years of training she’s been up-skilled to my Assistant Florist whom I trust implicitly with my orders and arranging.” says Ange.
Leaf from her book
A workshop with Ange does not feel like work. On the contrary – she’s as pretty as her pansies with a calm disposition and a creative flair that will leave you feeling intimidated enough to be inspired and ever so slightly sad that you couldn’t have stayed longer.
She offers two main workshops, based on the Basics of Flower Arranging – the first being a taped vase or hand-tied bouquet and the second a vase arrangement touching on working with floral foam. Both cost R650 and include refreshments, all flowers, materials, and containers (where applicable). The sessions run for three hours allowing enough time for a thorough demonstration on proportions, styles, vase/vessel choice, tips and tricks and basic flower care followed by an hour and a half’s free time for budding florists to try their hand at arranging.
“We also offer bespoke workshops to suit client’s budgets and requirements from corporate team building workshops to special event workshops such as Secretary’s Day or Women’s Day, bridal showers, book clubs and girl’s groups as well as age-appropriate parties for little girls.”
“All workshops are held at our shop and can accommodate up to 12 people, but can also arrange pop-ups at a separate fee.” says Ange.
To book a course call or email Ange: