“I feel incredibly joyful when surrounded with flowers and plants,” says floral stylist Jardine Hansen. “It's the only job that makes sense to me at the moment.” However, she is adding to her knowledge base of the green world, studying horticulture this year. Jardine says she started to feel she was on the right track with her career when clients started to contact her and were using her work as their reference images. She is based in the Blue Mountains and works in the surrounding areas as well as Sydney.
Which five words best describe you? I aim for honest, efficient, considerate, humble and hopeful - and succeed/fail to varying degrees.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I'm not really sure, to be honest. I feel like I worked hard but it just sort of happened. I'm studying horticulture this year, which I'm thrilled about.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? That saying no sometimes is okay.
What’s your proudest career achievement? The other day a wonderful gardener I know told me that she planted out part of her garden based on my arrangements. Which is also funny to me because I try to mimic the flow of an untamed garden in my work. So it's a nice little circle.
What’s been your best decision? To start my own business and to take long rambling adventure holidays annually.
Who inspires you? My parents are truly incredible people - it took me a little while to figure that one out despite it being blindingly obvious. My boyfriend is a pretty remarkable human. My dear friend Georgina who started a great online magazine about plants - The Plant Hunter. Nicolette Camille, Sarah and Eric of Saipua, Matt and Lentil at Grown and Gathered. I could keep going all day. There are so many people doing great things quietly.
What are you passionate about? Plants, soil health, garden roses, scented geranium, fog - and specifically how gum trees look on fog-laden mornings - and most recently, trail running.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Any of the old-world explorer/botanists who wandered off into the wilds hoping to discover new plants.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I dream about being an old plant lady who knows a ton of great things about plants and is kind and patient all the time. I really want to grow rows and rows of all the different types of scented geranium that exist. And I've wanted to keep bees for an age.
What are you reading? The Crossing by Cormac Mcarthy for the second time. And garden rose catalogues.
images courtesy of jardine botanic