AU: More people have been buying flowers for themselves to get through the pandemic

Many Australian florists have been hurt by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on weddings and events, but some say they have seen a positive side with customers wanting to treat themselves.

Born in the Netherlands, Anja Seebus grew up in a culture in which flowers were always on the table. 

But when she opened her floristry business in Brisbane in 1985, she was surprised to learn it was not common in Australia to buy flowers for the house and that they were only thought of for special occasions.

“My grandfather was a head gardener at a castle in the Netherlands. Our whole house was decked out with flowers every week,” she told SBS News. “I beg to differ that flowers are a luxury, they are an essential item. Flowers keep us connected. They are a lot more important than what people realise.” 

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