Anna Lambert

I am delighted to introduce you to Anna Lambert, the talented force behind Nevefloral in Vancouver.
Anna and I met a couple years ago through a mutual friend who knew we would bond over our shared love of beautiful things. 
I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with many florists over the years, and Anna's work really stands out. Her pieces are unique and reflect her love of modern design and natural beauty. Visiting her home and studio felt like an extension of her floral work, and it was a pleasure to see where the magic happens and get to know her a little better.  

What does this season of life look like for you? Describe a typical day/week?

My work tempo varies from season to season in response to events, wedding and holiday design work, and
the flower season. Weekday mornings Peter leaves early for work and my twins Audrey and Oscar get
ready for school while I have coffee and breakfast. If I have a slower week, I will go for a run before
heading to the flower wholesale market. The beginning of the week is spent preparing and conditioning
flowers and the end of the week is spent designing and planning for the following week.

Can you share about your upbringing? What experiences have most led to who you are today.

My parents emigrated from a small town in Puglia, Italy to Vancouver in the late 60s. My parents had a
tireless work ethic and learned English without formal education. My father was an entrepreneur who
built his craft as a stone mason into a viable trade. His meticulous eye for details and perfection really
shaped how I work.

When I was a child, my parents grew their own vegetables and had a huge larder of
conserved tomatoes, pickled vegetables and preserves. I grew up eating cucina povera, the no-waste
“poor cooking” tradition from their upbringing. I cooked alongside my mom from a young age and
realized that working with flowers is in many ways quite similar to this method of cooking.

In floristry,
one must be creative with the ingredients you have, trust your instincts and don’t follow a strict flower
recipe per se, find ways to use left over flowers and foliage, source local and seasonal ingredients when
you can, invest time in ingredient preparation and planning; and finally experience the positive benefits
from the happy recipients receiving your creations.

What is something you have been learning lately?

I am always sourcing and looking for inspiring ingredients or materials to inform my designs. Lately, I
have been visiting gardening centers and even produce markets in search for color, texture, and form
inspiration. I am intrigued with biophilic design and how it can be applied to floristry. I am learning and
testing different plants and styling them with fresh and dried florals.

Is there something you tend to collect? (In your home, in your wardrobe, in life)

I collect handmade ceramics and objects made with wood. I admire ceramic artists and woodworkers for
their skill and craftsmanship. Flowers as a design medium are very forgiving and fluid, you can always
edit or take your designs apart and start over. Clay and wood are not that way, you must have the
confidence to fully commit!

Describe your "everyday-wear." Do you have a wardrobe workhorse or staple piece?

I’ve always dressed the same; it’s a cross between menswear with some feminine touches. I like mixing
loose fitting trousers with a fitted floral print button up blouse, a touch of jewelry and classic shoes like
brogues. Recently, I edited my clothes and accessories and invested in a few timeless pieces, a cashmere
sweater, black wool trousers, a trenchcoat and a long floral print dress.

Something you swear by or recommend frequently?

I think it’s important to have family rituals and
routines that bring us together. Almost every day our family eats dinner together. Pete and I usually plan
and prepare dinner, while Audrey and Oscar set the table and clean up. Home cooked meals with
everyone at the table was what I grew up with, we hardly ever went to a restaurant!

What are you passionate about?

I am happiest in nature. I tend to collect things from my walks or hikes. I drive my kids crazy with my
collection of flowers, mosses, grasses or interesting twigs! When I’m running or walking, I am looking at
my surroundings and thinking about floral design forms, colors and textures. Nature is really the best
design guide!

Favourite place to escape to in nature when you want to take a breather or clear your mind?

Qualicum Beach