Growing cut flowers brings that ‘grow-your-own’ excitement to a whole new level – being able to step out of the back door and pick a single stem to go beside the bed, pull together a bouquet for a friend to take home, or cut an armload of annuals for a party is a joy. Flowers are an emotional marker through our lives, a symbolic gesture to mark our rights of passage - and it's unbelievably special to honor these with your garden-gathered blooms.
Growing your own also lessens environmental impact -your flowers will be local, sustainable and eco-friendly; they won't have been drenched in chemicals and pesticides or flown half-way around the world.
On this course, I'll help you figure out the best varieties to suit your personal style and the arrangements you want to create- so you get the right look and feel for your home. I'll share my own favourite varieties that I've tried and tested over the years both as a gardener and as a stylist.
I'll answer those all important questions.....how much space is needed? How many flowers to grow? When to plant? When to pick? I'll guide you through all these practical aspects; from the planning stages of getting the timings and quantities right, through to sowing and planting as well as harvesting - so that you'll have enough flowers to pick when you need them and you'll know how to care for them and extend their vase life.
Suitable for beginners - no previous gardening experience is required.
The course is based in rural South Oxforshire, near Watlington (OX49). An hour fifteen from London. Public transport links are limited. The Oxford Tube runs a regular service from central London to Lewknor, our local stop. Taxis can be arranged from there.
What to expect on the day:
The course runs from 10am until 3.30pm. It is theory based, but there will be a small element of practical after lunch; such as taking cuttings or sowing seeds (depending on the season). We'll be based in my garden studio, using my cottage garden with cutting patch, greenhouse and potting shed as our 'classroom'.
You'll be gifted a goody bag to take home with you on the day and will also have the opportunity to buy plants, seedlings, seasonal cut flowers and other items.
Please arrive by 10am for a prompt 10.30am start.
What to bring:
A waterproof jacket and sturdy shoes - we'll be outside for part of the course. All equipment required will be provided during the course. Course notes will be given out, but you may want to bring your own notebook and pen.
Food & Drink:
The day begins with a welcome tea/coffee and light refreshments. A two-course healthy vegetarian lunch will be provided (local, seasonal and organic where possible).
Please notify us at time of booking of any dietary requirements (diary-free/vegan/gluten-free etc).
GARDEN WORKSHOP: Grow your own cut flowers
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