Dawn’s Flower Box Florist Creates Christmas Door Arch


A SOUTHAMPTON florist brought Christmas cheer to the Merryoak community with a seasonal and handcrafted door arch.

Florist Serena Bartlett, 19, created a Winter Wonderland-themed Christmas door arch for her workplace, Dawn’s Flower Box in Deacon Road.

Inspired by London and the city’s annual Christmas event in Hyde Park, Serena set out to bring joy to patrons and the surrounding community.

Serena Bartlett’s Christmas Ark for Dawn’s Flower Box in Merryoak

Serena said: “The idea came up last year when I was at Winter Wonderland in London. As I walked through London I saw all these arches in the gates and thought it would be amazing to bring a part of London at Merryoak.

“I made one last year using traditional colors, berries and poinsettias. My boss Dawn loved it.

“Because we’ve had a really tough year, I wanted to do something bright and colorful and do a Winter Wonderland theme for my bow.

“It’s nice to spread some Christmas cheer because people haven’t had the best year.”

Daily Echo: Serena Bartlett creates her Christmas arch for Dawn's Flower Box in Merryoak Serena Bartlett creates her Christmas arch for Dawn’s Flower Box in Merryoak

Serena used chicken wire, oasis moss blocks, and cable ties to create the structure, then used nobilis pine fern for the foliage and colorful balls and lights for the decoration.

She said: “When I was making the ark, the kids and their parents would walk by and say it looked amazing. People just stop in their car to say it’s amazing. One woman even said it was amazing. asked how much it cost and said it was lovely We got a lot of comments about it.

“This Sunday (November 28) I’m doing one for Shamblehurst Primary School because they wanted an arch for the school.

Daily Echo: Serena Bartlett with her Christmas Arch completed for Dawn's Flower Box in MerryoakSerena Bartlett with her Christmas arch completed for Dawn’s Flower Box in Merryoak

“For me, I have suffered a lot in recent months and I wanted to challenge myself and show that there is more to floristry and that there are many different aspects.

“The ark is something that I am proud to have achieved.”

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