Photography by Miss Gen
Hi there, my name is Fionna and welcome to Peony N’ Pearl.
A love of flowers and design has always been with me since I was a child. I grew up in Jakarta in a home with a large garden space and fish ponds, where my mum grew her vast collection of tropical flowers, water lilies and fruit trees. My mum also owned her own “Dancing Lady” Orchid plantation for a short time, and I have a very clear memory of hopping from one stepping stone to another underneath the plantation nets.
My journey in floristry began when I was 1 year off finishing a uni degree that I knew I no longer wanted to pursue. I loved flowers, so I searched online for a flower course and looked for a florist position without knowing very much about the industry.
I managed to find a consistent florist position a few years later. While working in a flower shop, I studied CIT cert 3 In floristry where I took advantage of projects and competitions such as the ‘Sydney Royal Easter Show’ and Floriade’s ‘Passion for Fashion’. I was also active in the Canberra Handmade scene creating jewellery and silk flower accessories and regularly appeared at local markets. I loved my time in the shop, but knew in my heart of hearts that something wasn’t sitting quite right.
I resigned from the shop and created Peony N’ Pearl as a home for my creations that enabled me to connect with clients and offer them my artistic services. I love creating and providing floral services for my clients, but underlying this is my true passion: to look beyond the ordinary and to keep creating the next beautiful inspiration. This is why my business is home-based—so I can provide valuable service to all my clients while also maintaining creative focus.