In her nature

Your Home and Garden|April 2020

In her nature
After successful stints as both a florist and a landscape designer, Fiona Spencer’s green fingers are being put to work once more
Carol Bucknell

Green thumbs often run in families so it’s no surprise to discover that Fiona Spencer’s passion for plants and design was inspired by her grandmother’s garden.

Te Puke-born and raised, Fiona’s favourite childhood hobby was experimenting with different plant combinations.

“In the weekends, I would spend my time weeding and then nag Mum to take me plant shopping to fill the garden with annuals and perennials to finish off my landscape design. My room was full of indoor plants, too,” she says.

Naturally, plants became her career, first as a florist then as a landscape designer. Now a mother of two young boys, three-year-old Cooper and one-year-old Riley, Fiona has once again returned to her horticultural roots. This time she’s selling a wonderful variety of indoor plants and bespoke geometrically patterned pots through her home-based business, Black House Creative.

Design inspiration

“I have always had a thing for pots, plants and patterns and had been toying with the idea over the last few years,” she explains. “Then one night I had a light-bulb moment about designing patterns on white pots. It just felt right, and the right path to head down for me and my family.

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April 2020