Business is blooming for entrepreneurial Beijing florist

Cao Xue is always thinking of new ways to ensure his business in Beijing is coming up roses. Photo: SCMP

After nearly a decade of hard work and literally digging in for the long haul, everything is coming up roses for Cao Xue, a 26-year-old florist in Beijing who has carved out a niche for himself in the industry. Cao specialises in weddings, parties and galas. He opens up about how the mainland flower business has slowly developed over the years but continues to lag behind other countries.

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31 Aug 2012 - 11:57pm

Green route fits the bill

Elaborate banquets and imported fresh flowers in a beautifully decorated venue can set the scene for an ideal wedding, but greener choices can be kinder to the environment - and the bank balance.

And it's becoming easier to incorporate them into a dream wedding.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

An ultimate touch of class

The bouquet may seem on first sight a trivial part of the entire bridal ensemble. But more brides are giving almost as much thought to the styling of the bouquet as they are to the dress.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A blooming good time

No wedding is complete without flowers. Floral designer and founder of Gary K, Gary Kwok, says fresh blooms add colour, life and fragrance to the big day. 'They can help make table settings more beautiful, and can transform a dull space into a gorgeous personality-filled one,' says Kwok, who helped set up Armani Fiori in 2002.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Romance in bloom among HK's lovers

As the city turns pink and red and the scent of flowers wafts through the streets, lovers in Hong Kong seem to be celebrating Valentine's Day the traditional way, with dinner dates and roses.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The hosts with the mosts

The art of room-keeping

Joseph Tsoi Yan-chi is a room management instructor. His job is to teach students all the tricks of the trade to ensure that rooms are made perfectly clean at top speed.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A fragrant bunch

Being the son of an ikebana (flower arrangement) artist, Takashi Kimura grew up surrounded by flowers. And although he studied business management at university, his interest in art and affinity for flowers eventually drew him towards his mother's trade.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Wreathed in tears

In response to an internet appeal for a 'rose rally', 150,000 people attended a mass vigil outside Oslo Cathedral for the victims of terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik. Queues snaked outside florist shops, whose staff battled to meet demand. Within hours a carpet of bouquets, candles and flags covered the square outside the cathedral.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Bake and flower sale to raise funds for victims of Japan's quake

Just a day after the quake and tsunami struck Japan last month, Natasha Lawler's 74-year-old grandmother, Inez Baskerville, hopped on a plane from Wisconsin, USA, to Tokyo and is still in the country helping with relief work.

14 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Blooming marvellous

The smell of fresh flowers is as comforting as baked bread and cookies in creating a home.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Making time for self-reflection

Ikebana is a Japanese form of flower arranging which offers a spiritual journey to the practitioner and a stylised glimpse of nature to those who view the arrangements. Originating in the sixth century, it was practised by monks when offering flowers in honour of Buddha and is a traditional form of Japanese art.

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

It's a blooming marvellous idea

With Christmas approaching, flowers can add a touch of beauty and elegance to festive gatherings of family and friends. If you would like to do something special, a flower-arranging course can provide you with the ideas and skills to prepare the right arrangement of colour and form for these special occasions.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Fragrant flowers add to occasion

An essential element of any wedding is flowers. Fresh, fragrant, blooming flowers add celebration and vibrancy to the joyous event.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Revamp project will ruin unique character of flower market

The Urban Renewal Authority has proposed a package of renovation projects targeting Mong Kok's theme streets, including Flower Market Road and a row of pre-war apartments in Prince Edward Road West.

I wonder if it will really benefit the vendors who operate there?

I fear that this process of 'gentrification' could harm retailers in the flower market.

12 May 2010 - 12:00am