Cartier for Flowers was a dream come true for Alma Chan when she took it over 21 years ago. The business has been part of Parnell’s institution for many decades. With well over 60 years of history, it is believed to be the oldest florist in existence in Auckland and, possibly, in New Zealand. Under the ownership of Alice Carter of the Carter Holt family, “i” was added to Carter and Cartier For Flowers was born and was located in the Parnell Village. Under Alma’s influence we have been voted Top Florist by Metro for several years when they had this category. Our second store was opened at 25 Teed Street, Newmarket in January 2003 and we had two shops running parallel for 6 years. We sadly closed our Parnell Flag Store in 2009 to became one Super Store again!
Cartier For Flowers has done numerous large scale floral display installations including the biggest job ever in New Zealand. This was in July 2005 when we took on the challenge to create an extravagant, magical enchanted garden with flowers for Smith and Caughey’s to celebrate their 125th Anniversary at their Queen Street Store throughout their entire three floors for two weeks. In October 2007, we followed up with the re-launch of Smith and Caughey’s Newmarket Store with a classic, modern, white and green theme throughout the Store for two weeks.
In September 2006. we won a gold medal at the Ellerslie Flower Show for our creation to showcase flowers grown by the New Zealand Professional Flower Growers where we constructed and installed an industrial playground using recycled telegraph poles to hang recycled oil drums filled with locally produced flowers.
In January 2008, it was a great honour to be asked to create the casket flowers for the late Sir Edmund Hillary for both occasions of the Lying in State and for the Funeral Service the following day at the Holy Trinity Church in Parnell.
Over the years, we have enjoyed bringing special flower dreams come true for many brides, personal celebrations and milestones and we have a large, supportive following on Facebook where you can see our postings that showcase the work that we do on a daily basis.
Our current team has over 45 years combined experience working together at Cartier For Flowers – of which two have been part of Cartier For Flowers for over 12 years each. Our collective knowledge, talents, great love and passion for flowers makes us leaders in the creative and styling world of flowers. No work is too little or too big for us and we pride ourselves as being at the top of our game with our unique designs, creations and on trend savvy for all events and occasions – birth of babies, birthdays, gourmet gift hampers, graduations, weddings, private parties, corporate functions, funerals and special personal gift shopping.
Cartier For Flowers are proud supporters/sponsors for the following great causes – The Friends of Starship, The Starship Foundation, Heart Kids New Zealand, New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, SPCA and World Animal Protection.