Bonnie Weidenbach is continuing a family tradition.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS January 31, 2014 4:29am
Flowers run in Bonnie Weidenbach’s blood.
Her grandmother Jean Cantlin, 78, was the region’s pioneer bridal florist and her family owns Murchison’s Avonlea Flowers.
Mrs Cantlin said she set up a flower-arranging business out of her Kialla home more than 40 years ago after noticing a need for the service.
‘‘We milked cows before that and suddenly we decided we would try growing flowers,’’ Mrs Cantlin said.
‘‘There was a call for it and I thought, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’.
‘‘It was the best decision we made.’’
Mrs Cantlin said she was elated her granddaughter was following suit.
Formerly a Melbourne University fine arts student, Ms Weidenbach, 21, decided to set up her own bridal flower arranging business six months ago.
She said her family history meant the transition from student to florist was relatively smooth.
‘‘I’ve grown up all my life around flowers; I’ve been learning about it since I was born,’’ she said.
‘‘Flower arranging has always come easy.
‘‘I do wedding bouquets, corsages and flower bouquets.’’
She said her reasoning for starting up the business was simple.
‘‘(Flowers) make people happy and it’s a good job,’’ she said.
Her mother Julie Weidenbach, 48, also a bridal florist, said it was nice to see her daughter continue the family tradition.
‘‘It does go in full circle — she’s always been very crafty and innovative,’’ she said.
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