The Potting Shed – seeding a new business at Wickham’s Courtyard 

If you’re a resident or regular visitor to Limpsfield High Street, you may have already met Emma and Nicole – the newest arrivals in Wickham’s Courtyard on Limpsfield High Street with their business, The Potting Shed. 

Emma Pye, a former high flying fashion buyer and Nicole Williams, a trained florist and former Florist of the Year, got together by chance and having had a spooky dream about owning a shop called The Potting Shed, Emma proposed the idea to Nicole who was looking for a new focus now her kids are settled at school…and that was that! 

The entrepreneurial pair found the barn at Wickham’s Courtyard and opened a month ago and are already very settled in their space and the community. 

So how’s it going so far? 

Having launched on 17th March, the girls have settled in nicely (despite it being rather chilly in their little barn) and did a roaring trade for Mother’s Day in their first week. Since then they’ve been focusing on developing a customer base for their beautiful arrangements of locally grown and seasonal flowers, as well as expanding their range of potted plants and other shop items. 

Who’s who in this relationship?

Emma is the creative thinker and business driver with a career in fashion buying, she knows about developing a style for a particular market and what customers are looking for. 

Nicole is the expert in all things floral. A very well regarded florist, she has worked for some of London’s top florists, as well as premier retailers and hotels, including Harrods and Royal Garden Hotel Kensington. 

While Emma is a ‘blow-in’ who now lives on Caxton Lane in Limpsfield Chart, Nicole is a born and bred in Oxted / Limpsfield girl, having attended Limpsfield Infants School and Oxted School before training as a florist. 

What’s their plan? 

Emma and Nicole are all about creating beautiful displays using sustainable, seasonal, locally grown plants and flowers. 

We’re all about the organic and “undone” sort of look when it comes to our arrangements, says Emma. We love handpicked meadow flowers in the main, with a stylish country garden vibe. Their individual look has already caught the attention of Conde Nast’s prestigious House & Garden Magazine, who has invited them to run a pop up shop at the Chelsea Flower Show from May 24th, which is an amazing achievement in such a short time. 

They will also be starting a pop up shop on Saturdays at The Flower Farm from 22nd April, as well as working with The Botley Barn wedding venue. 

“It’s going to get very busy over the next few months,” says Nicole. “We’re going to have our work cut out when it comes to juggling our families and the new business. But this is a great little base for us and it’s lovely being in Limpsfield.”

They’re going to be very busy!  Pop in and see them in The Potting Shed, Thursday-Saturday, 10-4pm. 

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