Anne's Flower Basket - Fresh Flowers for all Occasions
Marlene Barbara Fox and her husband John purchased Anne's Flower Basket Florist in 1977. It was originally located at 71 Curtis Street but in 1981 relocated to 42-44 Main Road, Ballarat.
Anne's Flower Basket staff could often be seen on the first day of spring walking around the Bridge Mall, Sturt Street, and the major areas of the Ballarat CBD handing out Daffodils to welcome the Springtime season. This was a tradition that continued for over two decades.
Floristry has a very long history and flowers have always been used to celebrate and express feelings. Flowers have always been one of the best ways to express emotions and convey a message like perhaps no other medium can. Whether your feelings are undying love, romance, celebration, sympathy, joy, guilt, or grief. They have a strong, beneficial impact on those who receive them and induce positive feelings.
More than thirty years in a business that deals with people's emotions meant that many long-term relationships have been made by John and Marlene and their staff. Many many Ballarat Brides would have had the pleasure of dealing with John and Marlene and their wonderful staff to arrange flowers for that special day. Anne's Flower Basket were significant members and personally involved members of Interflora Australia, the worldwide flower relay service, and were Interflora's longest-serving Members to the Greater Ballarat Community.
Sadly Marlene died on the 10th of November 2002 and was cremated at the Ballarat New Cemetery.
Anne's Flower Basket under the management of John Fox ceased trading on the 25th of April 2013.
Anne's Flower Basket was originally started by Anne Briggs in about 1968 from a room in her home doing bridal bouquets and other arrangements. The business grew and she opened a shop on Lydiard Street for a short while before moving to Curtis Street. She sold the business to John and Marlene Fox in 1977.