It is with great sadness that the family of Vine & Roses Florist Jane Gilman Wallett announces her passing.
Jane, who was widely known for her expertise in floristry, died suddenly on May 19 following a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage.
She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many.
She opened Vine and Roses Florists in Penrith in 1990 and quickly became one of the region’s top flower designers, supplying wedding flowers for brides and venues across the county.
His creativity, enthusiasm and flair have inspired both his clients and all who have performed in the business. Vine and Roses was not just a florist – it became a bustling hub of activity, an extension of her creativity and joy, and a world where she touched the lives of many.
When the business grew from a small shop to larger premises next to Angel Lane, Jane completely redesigned the large upstairs hall to accommodate exhibitions, events and life drawing classes.
Jane’s spontaneity and positive attitude were contagious. Once she decided the family would go to see the Queen and packed family and friends into a classic car and drove to Kielder Forest, picking heather and wildflowers on the way to make some a bouquet. She indeed saw the Queen and her daughter Kate gave her the bouquet despite it being hordes of other children lined up with their own bouquets.
Jane began life in 1947 in Leek, Staffordshire, then Congleton, Cheshire, where she was raised by her parents Joyce and Gilman Wallett, along with her younger sister Sue. She went to school at Brereton Hall before undertaking an apprenticeship in a flower shop in Newcastle.
She then entered the London Flower School with Constance Spry, a florist renowned for having “radicalized and democratized the art of decorating with flowers”. Jane also worked in Oxford Road, Manchester, in a furniture store where she found her first attraction for antiques and furniture restoration.
In 1968 Jane met Mark Brundrett and they married in 1969. They first lived in Bramhall, Cheshire, where their children – James and Kate – were born.
After a brief move to Darlington, the family, along with goldfish, settled in Andrew House, Stainton, in 1978.
Jane loved life at Andrew House – a dilapidated farmhouse which she lovingly brought back to life, restoring the buildings and redeveloping the gardens. She was very fond of raising children and going on adventures as well as raising sheep, chickens and ponies and a few goats.
During these years Jane opened a shop – Country Kitchen Supplies – based in Mayson’s, Keswick, and traveled the county giving demonstrations of Magimix and getting lost in the country lanes with her friend Gladys.
Jane’s love for the countryside and nature shone through. Her real pleasure was found in fly fishing and, like her father, she would be found on local rivers and her favorite river Esk in Scotland. She tied her own flies and, when pregnant, had a commission for over 2,000 flies, which she says kept her busy.
In the 1990s Jane left Andrew House and settled after a time in Maulds Meaburn and later Cliburn. While continuing her floristry business, she also completed an MA in Landscape Architecture in Edinburgh and an MA in Conservation in York, traveling to college with the family cat, Panther. She found studying and being around young people to be invigorating.
Jane moved from Cliburn in 2020 to Newbiggin and in recent years has suffered from persistent health issues. She eventually underwent open-heart surgery and slowly recovered to full health. During the last weeks of her life, Jane was in full swing and it was wonderful to see her rediscover her lively, creative and high-spirited self.
Jane’s constant abundance of love and kindness, no matter what was going on in her own life, was astounding, her family said. She always had time to stop, to help and listen to people and to always put others before herself. She found so much joy in nature and the little things.
“We are grateful that Jane passed quickly to her favorite place surrounded by flowers, her friend and her daughter. She touched the hearts of so many and all our love goes out to those who knew her. She will be sorely missed. the family said.