Peterculter florist is blossoming

Wednesday 13th May, 2015, Aberdeen, Scotland. Elevator Awards judging day at their HQ in Aberdeen'''(Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)
Wednesday 13th May, 2015, Aberdeen, Scotland. Elevator Awards judging day at their HQ in Aberdeen'''(Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

A PETERCULTER florist has found her talent blossoming via a new concept in floristry design.

The owner of one of Culter’s newest business, XOXO Floral Boutique, opened the shop on the village’s North Deeside Road last year, becoming the very first ‘designer florist’ in Aberdeen - the concept has created a new species of florist in what has been a very traditional market.

Working in the business alongside her son Andrew, Dona Gibbon has used more than 10 years experience in the floristry industry to quickly establish the business and was recently shortlisted in Aberdeen’s Elevator Awards ‘Most Promising New Business’ category. The Elevator Awards, organised by Elevator and their headline sponsors The Royal Bank of Scotland, highlight young up-and-coming businesses, family-owned enterprises, local community organisations, and long-established companies across the North-east.

She said: “I wanted to revitalise and reinvigorate a very stagnant market and introduce a new and truly modern, bespoke style of floristry. I never envisaged just how successful the business would be. We have experienced fantastic business growth in a very short space of time and have already been shortlisted for prestigious awards, which is a huge achievement in itself. I get a huge buzz out of everything I make, and everything is carefully designed with love and passion. I’m really excited for the next few years ahead of us.”

XOXO Floristry Boutique is based in her Peterculter shop on North Deeside Road and is open from Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm, and Saturdays from 9am-1pm.