A Berkshire-based multiple award-winning florist, is celebrating 20 years in business this month.

The floral powerhouse founded in Sonning in April 2004, has grown from a modest beginning into a team of 12, operating across Reading, Wokingham and Newbury.

Over the last four years alone, Sonning Flowers has been recognised with five regional awards and one national honour.

Owner Heather, who joined Sonning Flowers 13 years ago, and championed her passion for floral art all her life, became the owner in 2018.

A local lady herself, Heather's spirited bond with the botanic world blossomed at the age of 14 during a week's work experience at a floristry.

Heather said: "The pandemic meant our shop doors closed temporarily and a large number of weddings and events were postponed.

"Some aspects of the business were put on hold, but our website became our shop front and our gift bouquet ranges flourished!

"This kept us busy throughout the pandemic and it's without a doubt why we are still standing today.

"I will never be able to thank our loyal customers for the continuing support they have given us, particularly through the pandemic."

In the course of its journey, one of the many pivots that Sonning Flowers undertook was its move from the High Street in Reading town centre in 2021.

The shift to a countryside workshop in Kingsclere, just outside Newbury, was a strategy to meet the changing shopping behaviours of their customers.

The company continued its operations, delivering gift bouquets across Reading and Wokingham, extending services to being a recommended supplier for local wedding venues, providing corporate flowers to businesses and running numerous flower workshops.

A major feather in Sonning Flowers' cap is its recognition as the National Wedding Florist of the Year in 2022 at the Wedding Industry Awards.

Reminiscing this victory, Heather added: "This was an all-time high for me and still gives me goosebumps to this day, it’s a moment I will cherish forever.

"None of this would be possible without the support and loyalty of all of our customers, wedding couples and also my fantastic team.

"Thank you so much for supporting us and cheers to the next 20 years!"

To mark its milestone 20th birthday on April 12, Sonning Flowers has a variety of events planned, which include surprising gifts for customers and a new birthday gift bouquet range.