I was so sad to see on Facebook this morning that Jane Packer has passed away. From her website:
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Jane Packer has passed away. Jane had been fighting the consequences of the stroke that she suffered in February 2010, which has ultimately taken its toll.
Noted International florist and author, Jane championed the vision that flowers are as exciting as fashion and interior design, but entirely more accessible. Her passion for flowers and inspiration taken directly from nature has contributed in revolutionising the florticulture industry.
Jane’s legacy is an international business – London – Tokyo – New York -Seoul – Hong Kong, and despite the worst recession in living memory, the business has gone from strength to strength. In the UK alone, the recent launch of the acclaimed JANE PACKER fragrance range, the expansion of the JANE PACKER on-line flower shop, and the opening of our latest store in association with John Lewis on London’s Oxford Street, are all testimony to the potency of the JANE PACKER philosophy and brand.
Jane has been busy building a strong creative team who succeed her, led by her husband, Co-Founder and CEO Gary Wallis.
Her books have been so informative and inspiring to me, and although she built a huge empire, her genuine and humble love for flowers shone through everything she wrote and created.
Below is an image of the bouquet that I will most remember her by: