Although she has never trained as a florist, Jane Warman’s talent with flowers has bloomed in her three years living at Karori’s Huntleigh Home.
The community of staff, residents, their families and volunteers make sure Jane has plenty to work with by bringing her fresh flowers from their gardens. Jane says home grown astromelias and scented lilies are among her favourites. She also likes the smell of fresh pine and adds it for greenery.
Jane’s arrangements grace the Enliven home’s tables and waiting areas and she also gives bunches to residents and their families in times of bereavement.
With a background in midwifery, bereavement counselling, hospice work and as an interfaith minister, Jane’s experience in comforting people during sadness or joy is vast.
Although Jane is very modest about her talents, she’s adamant that the gift of flowers can express emotions.
“I don’t pretend to know the language of flowers, I feel it. It’s a love language that helps people heal,” she says.
Huntleigh Home Recreation team leader Annelize Steyn echoes this belief.
“Jane is a quiet giver who makes an amazing contribution to the home with her nurturing spirit. She stays in touch with all the resident’s families she comforts with words as well as flowers.”