Hi - I'm the founder of Floribunda Garden Care & Claire Talbot Garden Design. I live in Hauraki, with my husband Mark and our 3 children, Tom, Molly & Charlie & 2 elderly cats.
4 years ago I decided to follow my passion, and studied Landscape Design at Unitec. It was the beginning of a journey where I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some wonderful people who are passionate about plants, gardens and garden design.
I wanted to create a business that would provide job opportunities for women who wanted to flow work around their families. The team started small with first Toni, who I knew from Playcentre days, then Nadine, next Viv and then Pam and her son Zac. I utilised the skills of Naomi to provide my clients with stunning landscape designs. Keely left the world of banking to join us, after graduating with her Diploma in Landscape Design. Then we met Victoria, with her wealth of horticultural knowledge after interviewing her on Takapuna Beach. Next Andre, with her strength & passion for outdoor work and Terry, with his attention to detail. We love the way he folds our garden bags every Thursday, ready for the week ahead! We are always looking for the right people to join the team too.
Nowadays, the vision of the business isn't solely around work opportunities for women, but to give opportunities for our team to work in gardens, doing work that they love and are good at.
With a team of gardeners we are able to match client to gardener to garden. It is like match making. I love to meet a new client and choose which gardener would be a perfect pairing.
I think my skills are being organised and being generous with my knowledge to clients. I offer a free garden consultation so that I am able to share ideas and create relationships with those who live around us on the North Shore. I'm also happy to recommend other local businesses to help with garden related jobs too, such as Simon, the great French window cleaner and Steve, the waterblaster! Did I forget to mention Travis, the hedge & tree trimmer....!
With having a landscape design background, I am able to share ideas on garden layout as well as what plants are best in what spots. I particularly love bringing together different leaf textures and shapes into a garden and suggest plants that look great together.
My goal is to grow the business three fold over the next 3 years and spend more time designing. To do that we need more clients, so if you know anyone who doesn't have the time or isn't able to keep their garden tidy and looking beautiful, let us know. We'd love to help them. And we offer a 20% discount on a garden tidy for new referral clients.
The best way to contact me is to call or text 021 549 161.