Florist ‘Champetre’ opens in Meizancho, Kagoshima: owner is rose sommelier

PUBLISHED May 17, 2023

Owner Ide arranging a bouquet of flowers

A month has passed since the florist Champetre opened on the first floor of Retroft Chitose, a commercial complex in Meizancho, Kagoshima City.

The owner, Satomi Ide, is certified as a “Rose Sommelier” by the Japan Instructor Association and also grows 15 kinds of roses in her garden. She has been holding events to offer seasonal flowers at the complex four times a year and was approached by the building owner when the former Morikazo Store moved to the streetcar side, which led her to open the store on April 14.

The store name means “countryside style” in French, and there is a rose variety with the same name. In France, a natural style of flower bouquet that looks like a bunch of wildflowers is called a “champetre arrangement,” which is also the style that Ide wants to promote at the store.

The store usually stocks about five varieties of seasonal cut flowers for floral arrangements. Instead of offering a wide variety of flowers, Ide focuses on flowers in season and posts them on Instagram, encouraging customers to come to the store for the flowers. The store also offers a selection of houseplants, such as ficus and everfresh trees sourced from Ibusuki.

Ide recommends that customers contact them at least four days in advance to order bouquets and flower arrangements. Prices vary depending on the customer’s request, but “anything over 3,000 yen is better for the bouquet,” she says.

Ide added, “I hope people will enjoy Champetre-style flowers as gifts and also for their own personal enjoyment.”

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Wednesday through Saturday). Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and the third week of the month.

  • Stocked houseplants at Champetre

  • Examples of flower arrangements at Champetre

  • Lisianthus arrangement from Champetre

  • Hydrangea arrangement from Champetre