8-10 Church Street in Folkestone has been a florist shop for over 100 years and at Stem by Stem we hope to continue this amazing service for many years to come. The shop itself is an interesting example of Victorian shop architecture and is set in the heart of the oldest part of Folkestone near the 13th century church of Saint Mary and St Eanswthye. Local legend has it the old garden at the rear of the shop formed part of the convent grounds founded by St Eanswythe in the ninth century.
The business is owned by Tanya Henton. Originally from Sussex, she settled in London and worked as a stockbroker before retraining in the more creative career of floristry! She set up a wedding flower business and taught floristry for a number of years before moving to Kent and starting Stem by Stem in Church Street, Folkestone in November 2007.
The ethos of the business has always been a ‘green’ one and now with the impact of climate change it is even more important that we aim to be as sustainable as we can. This means we source local and UK grown flowers, foliage and plants where possible. All of our green waste (there is a lot of it!) is composted by a local farm. All of our gift wrapping can either be recycled, composted or is biodegradable. We either recycle the packaging that comes from our suppliers or it gets sent back to be used again. The shop’s lights are all low energy LED. We even have a water butt to water the plants we sell with rain water!
We are open 9-5 Monday to Saturday. Pop in and say hello!