Our Story

We at Victoria Park Florist hold ourselves to the highest standards of customer satisfaction and offer an unconditional guarantee on everything you buy. Simply put, we will do whatever it takes to make you happy.

Dave and Margaret Pender are the owners of Victoria Park Florist and you will almost always find them at the shop. Here's their brief story: Dave grew up in Illinois until, at the age of 16, his parents took him to Africa when they decided to become missionaries in 1972 and he landed up as a very disgruntled teenager who would rather be enjoying the fruits of the student revolution just getting under way in the USA and instead found himself in a backwater village called Fort Victoria in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) with his hair cut short and wearing a school uniform complete with a tie, short pants and knee socks. However, his misery turned to joy when he met Margaret at Fort Victoria High School and she completely changed his perspective on the situation at hand.

Margaret grew up on a farm outside of town and, to attend school, used to ride in and out with the daily milk truck. Besides the dairy, they also grew commercial flowers on the farm, and Margaret's mother and grandmother were expert floral designers and taught little Margaret all the tricks of the trade. The farm was called "Victoria Park" after the park across the road from the house where Margaret's grandfather was born in London. Now you know how the florist got it's name. Margaret and Dave fell in love, married and were blessed with two lovely daughters, Melanie and Michelle. In 2004, after living for over 30 years in Africa, they decided to move to David's homeland and bought a florist (formally known as Flynts Flowers) here in the beautiful, friendly and progressive town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Over the years Margaret has developed an eclectic design style, constantly reaching out to explore new ways to bring flowers together into exciting and inspired creations. Many of our customers have learned the joy of discovering what will come when they ask her to do something different. As the florist has developed and expanded we have been fortunate to enlist the expert assistance of some very fine designers each with a style and flair of their own.  It's a large team all with a passion for flowers and a dedication to our customers. Interestingly almost all of our designers are artists in another field as well. Among them are ceramics, stained glass, painting, beadworking, mask making and singer/song writing. Creativity and inspiration follows many paths and we've found that the best artists are often excellent in more than one. Our goal is to offer you a friendly, customer oriented service in all aspects of floral design for all occasions. We also stock a nice range of high quality green and blooming plants.

In April 2022, we moved into our own premises - a charming old farm house who's foundations date to 1882 just north of Chapel Hill at the intersection of two major roads and a railway.  Once an unincorporated town called Blackwood boasting it's own post office and train station.  We spent two years renovating the old place and it's now our new spacious and comfortable home, next door to the popular New Hope Market and near to the old Allen & Sons BBQ that closed a few years ago but we've been told will be reborn sometime soon.  Parking is easy and access is too, so come see us at 6113 NC 86 and we'll show you around.


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