A flower shop with a difference opened in Rugby last week.
Garden Gate offers individually-created flower arrangements for a range of occasions, and can be found in Regent Street.
The formal opening, which took place on Saturday and was attended by Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias and town MP Mark Pawsey, realised a liftime’s ambition for co-owner Sue Ainley, who had always to run a flower shop.
Her husband and fellow co-owner Simon Ainley said: “We’re already getting a lot of lovely comments and passers-by, saying how good the shop looks.
We’re doing something different from other flower shops – we’re not an Interflora-type business. We seem to be hitting the right spot, and to have received such a positive response is encouraging and rewarding.”
Garden Gate is the latest chapter in Simon’s varied life, which has included work as an architect and engineer. He also helped develop the Braunston Boat Show and, in the 1970s, was a member of Roxy Music spin-off band The 801.
His gardening credentials include winning a silver medal at Gardeners’ World Live for a children’s garden. Joining Sue and Simon in the new venture is gardener Frankie Frankland.
The shop sells cut flowers, house plants, dried flowers, cards and gifts and will offers classes in flower arranging and other topics, as well as providing gardening advice and a full garden design and build service
Pictured at the launch are Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias, Sue Ainley, Frankie Frankland, Mark Pawsey MP and Simon Ainley.