3 GENERATIONS EXPERIENCE
How it all started...
Starting at a young age, Rachel slowly learned about the flower industry through her Opa (Abe Koole) and her Dad (Pete Koole), the owners of Apko Nurseries. Apko Nurseries Limited began as a dream of her grandparents, Abe & Elizabeth Koole as they immigrated from Holland to Langley, BC Canada. There first greenhouses was built in 1963 and assorted crops were grown. By 1984, roses became the main crop and through the 1980’s, Apko became known as a premier cut rose grower in the Western Canadian market. In 2008 Apko began cultivating hydrangea plants to complement its floral selection to their customers.
Founder of Floral Support
Being born into the flower industry, it only makes sense that I have a passion for flowers. I have learned so much working for my families business, that I want to share it with all of you! I love supporting local businesses and local growers, as well as learning even more along the way. What it really comes down to is, I really love flowers!
Main florist of Floral Support
In high school, I took a floristry course and I caught the flower bug. I was hooked after finishing my course and I now look at flowers differently. When I see flowers, I imagine what I can create and my mind wonders off from there! I worked with Rachel at Apko for one summer, learning how roses grow, how to do quality checks on roses and I learned what it was like behind the scene of purchasing flowers. With that knowledge, I am now much more picky with the type of quality we get for our weddings and events – local is the way to go in my books! I love creating anything from whimsical bouquets, to posey’s and cascading bouquets. I have a passion for flowers and I love creating!