I have always had a deep love of flowers, growing up in a garden full of scented roses, and helping my mum who won many awards for her colourful and unusual flower arrangements. Click here to read My story with flowers.
I attended a number of courses with Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener of Great Dixter www.greatdixter.co.uk Fergus is very generous with his knowledge. His passion and enthusiasm for gardening and flowers inspired me, along with the amazing book The Flower Farmer’s Year by Georgie Newbery, to set up our own garden farm where we live at Orchard Oast in rural Kent.
Small compared to many flower farms, Ian and I worked together and quickly learnt that organising the space we had and sowing seed batches at regular intervals provided heaps of glorious, colourful British garden flowers for months. We work entirely with the wisdom of nature’s seasons, so our flowers really are fresh and in season!
We began with selling posies at our garden gate, which turned into orders for all sorts. We had wonderful feedback, hearing that our flowers were lighting up the local hospice and cheering neighbours along who were experiencing tough times. Shelley’s flower medicine wheels began to be used for healing purposes as well.
Ian and I grow flowers which we both love, and this inspires our natural garden posies and bouquets, free-spirited floral designs and the many other ways we work with our flowers.
For us, a big part of growing the flowers is to have a way of engaging people with the energy and wisdom of flowers beyond simply sharing a flower essence in a bottle. Flowers speak a language your soul understands. The flowers you are drawn to have wisdom to share with you.
Our love of flowers and love of sharing their wisdom comes together perfectly in each of our floral creations using Orchard Oast Flowers.