Classes, events and experiences on the plots
Grow Your Own Cut Flowers
Our Flagship Year Long Growing Cut Flowers Course.
What to get confident about growing cut flowers?
Join me in a deep dive year long practical program and at the end of it, you'll be just that: Confident and inspired to plan your own growing - be it at home, allotment or professionally growing flowers for market.
We meet at pivotal points in the growing year to cover all the practical tasks and planning for growing flowers and whatever that means for you, in your space. We are now in our 7th year of running it and welcomed gardeners, hobby florists, florists, flower farmers, allotmenteers and many more.
Phases of the Course
'Closing’ down the growing season and preparing for the next
Planning your space and growing season
Executing your plans for your space this year
What is it?
Seven in person practical learning dates on the plots
A 1:2:1 with me on your plot or growing space
Seeds, corms, bulbs and plants to grow on yourself
A private WhatsApp group for your cohort and I to keep in touch, share images and progress
A comprehensive beautifully printed handbook to accompany each session, with images and instructions.
One Year Free Subscription to 'Floral Notes'
Who is it for?
The course is for anyone who wants to commit to a deep learning practical growing experience resulting in a confident connection with your own growing space with the knowledge and resources to plan a year of cut flowers. I share how we grow incredible flowers, foliage and produce naturally, in harmony with nature and the earth and you will do too!
What do we do?
I learn best by doing things myself so this course takes each element of growing cut flowers, from planning bouquet ingredient combinations, plot planning and successional sowing schedules on paper right through to practical seed sowing and cutting, composting and green manures and everything in between. By returning to the plots seven times across the year, you will see plants in every stage of their growing and truly learn the requirements in real time and for yourself. We'll grow together, taking plants 'started' on a session back to your growing space. We'll catch up and share developments on the WhatsApp group in-between dates.
For the professional florist and grower, I offer tailored business mentoring across the year to supplement the course alongside appropriate to your business model, space and skills. Choose a 'quick call' to speak about this together discuss a plan and quote. With so many business model, service and product options to the farmer and florist, I work with the individual - this has been one off mentoring session on the plots or on line, business planning and plot design through to ongoing monthly accountability check in's.
Read more on blogs about each session here - (click on each one)
Early Autumn Class
Late Autumn Class
Late Spring Gathering
What knowledge or experience do I need to have?
None! In fact it could be better because there can be a lot of 'unlearning' for a traditional gardener (I was one!).
There is a lot to learn regardless of your experience - I teach the absolute fundamentals to ensure nothing is missed out. These are what matters and creates the foundations for the ultimate success of your growing and confidence.
What happens after the course?
Participants return to the plots in many ways:
For professional mentoring and development as florists and farmers
As employees working on the plots
As freelancers for events, classes and course assistance
To buy our flowers to supplement their own
For classes, talks and courses for further learning and interest
What is the investment?
The course costs £1,500 and is payable either in full or £1,600 by 6 instalments.
Book your spot with £500 then 5 payments spread across the course of £220 invoiced directly.
If you'd like to have a chat about the course, book a 'Quick Call' here and see if it's right for you.
When does the next course start?
There is only one course a year, each starting in September with 'Early Autumn' Session. We meet on a Tuesday. The 1.2.1. on your plots can be arranged for anytime during the course year as suits your planning.
The 2023/34 Course is now SOLD OUT. If you'd like to be on the waitlist and have the first oppotunity to book on next years 2024/2025 course, please email Anna at email@example.com
Over the years.
Outline of the 2023/24 Course
Early Autumn Class
Tuesday 19th September 2022 - 10am-2.30pm
Ranunculus & Anemones| Bulbs |Hardy annuals| Composting
Late Autumn Class
Tuesday 14th November 2022 - 10am-2.30pm
Tulips| Lifting dahlias | Mulching | Root cuttings | Dividing perennials
Tuesday 16th January 2022 10am-12 midday.
Planning your space | Schedules & plot plans | Successional growing
Included in course and booked separately 90mins, January or February
In your garden, allotment, farm or at the plots here
Tuesday 12th March 2022 10am-2.30pm
Annuals | Seed sowing | Preparing beds | Dahlia splitting & starting/cuttings
Mid Spring Gathering
Tuesday 16th April 10am-Midday
Tour of plots & gathering to discuss progress
Tuesday 21st May 2022 10am-2.30pm
Planting out | Staking | Feeding | Biennials | Composting.
Mid Summer Gathering
Tuesday 9th July 10am-midday
Tour of the plots, review and looking ahead
See Blogs here for more open each session -
Late Autumn Class