Our story

Gwen (my mum) had been a florist for more than 20 years, when she got married for the second time. By the time she had returned from her honeymoon her beautiful flowers were dead, gone forever.  Throwing away her flowers saddened her, and it was with the heartache of that experience the For Keeps System started.

Over the following years she travelled the world, worked, researched, experimented, developed, and tested a process that will preserve your flowers as a beautiful and unique piece of art. As with all art, the possibilities are almost endless.Gwen & Jess 2018

Gwen & Jessica working together 2008

I, on the other hand, was adamant I was never going to work long term in the family business. However, I quickly became enthralled by the love stories and the support that For Keeps provided to families during challenging times. It was only a short time until my part-time job transformed into a full-time passion and I became deeply involved in flower preservation and continuing my mother's legacy.

In 2016, Gwen was diagnosed with dementia, and I formally took over running the business driven by a profound love for flowers and a sincere desire to support others.

Flowers, being a universal love language, possess the unique ability to convey emotions when words fall short. Whether it's preserving a wedding bouquet, commemorating the joy of a new birth, or expressing sentiments of congratulations or condolences, each bloom carries a distinctive story waiting to be told. My small team and I see ourselves as the keepers of these moments, responsible for listening to families' stories and preserving their memories.


Our studio - your haven

Our beautiful studio is located in the peaceful countryside of Shanes Park! Here, you can escape from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Sydney and enjoy the serenity that surrounds us. The sunsets here are breathtaking, with the majestic Blue Mountains as a stunning backdrop. We are lucky to witness the sky transform into a vibrant canvas of colors every evening.

When you walk into For Keeps, we want you to feel like you've entered a safe haven. Our main priority is to cater to your every need and desire. We are here to listen and support you through whatever joys, troubles, or special moments life brings your way. You can trust that within these walls, you are free to be yourself and share your story. We genuinely care and are here to provide a sympathetic ear.

 Our consultations go beyond just designing displays; they are a unique opportunity for us to delve deep into your personal journey. By truly listening to your stories, we ensure that we bring your individual vision to life. Every petal has a story, and we cherish and preserve each one with love and care.