Marlborough Florist Feather Moss Flowers thriving in first month open to the public


Feather Moss Flowers opened in Marlborough last month and already business is booming. The florist run by Londoner Larrie Lang has seen one of the units in the Hughenden Yard shop completely transformed.

The store offers beautiful, professional designs for your home as well as weddings and other events and opened on March 11 after a complete makeover. This is owner Larrie’s very first boutique after eleven years in business.

Hailing from London, she describes Feather Moss as “Your London Florist in Marlborough “after training and working there for several years.”So I moved to Newbury a year ago to be with my partner. I’ve been a florist for eleven years and I’m thirty now and I just decided I really wanted a shop. Then I saw it was advertised and I just thought it would be perfect.”

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She said that the borough is the ideal place for a store of its kind. “I arrived in Marlborough and just thought it was beautiful, I loved the town, it’s so picturesque,” Larrie said.

“I just thought it was kind of me. So I really went for it, took a big risk and it paid off, all on a whim to be honest with you.”

Larrie in front of the shop before its transformation

Feather Moss Flowers ready to welcome its first customers
Feather Moss Flowers ready to welcome its first customers

She did the upholstery and decoration herself before the official opening of the shop last month, which was a complete success. “I had really good interest – a lot of people reacted and heard about me. Day one was great and very busy, I walked in and really got going.

“I’ve worked in quite a few florists, probably ten different florists over the years. I trained in the first one, in Marylebone in London and he was a really cool florist. So I really learned from the better”. Larrie then did his share of travelling, freelancing for weddings and large events in Jersey before working at a florist in New Zealand for a time.

She describes this new venture as “an eclectic collection of old and new, it’s kind of opulent with a rustic edge to it, that’s how I would describe it.” And having a sustainable business is something that is equally important to her, “in a lot of florists there are a lot of mediums and mechanics that are not very good for the environment like oasis, plastic, cellophane this kind of things.

Larrie at work inside Feather Moss Flowers
Larrie at work inside Feather Moss Flowers

The florist uses biodegradable cellophane as well as Agra wool to replace traditional floristry foams – a product made from sheep’s wool that is also fully biodegradable.

Like Feather Moss native Larrie wants to keep things local, “as the seasons change I have local suppliers, it will be really great to stock my shop with flowers that have just grown on the road, taking away airline miles as well,” she said.

She said Marlborough’s response so far has been truly wonderful, particularly from her fellow local businesses: “The immediate community of Hughenden Yard, everyone has been so welcoming just coming in and saying hello supporting me by buying things. Just generally being nice and lovely because it’s just me too – everyone’s been so supportive.”

She thinks what sets Feather Moss apart from the crowd is authenticity. “My point of difference is that I’m pretty authentic with myself, I like to think I’m expressing myself and my emotion and everything through my floristry.”

The florist is open Monday to Saturday for all your floral needs and you can visit their website here.

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