Visit the field
The flower field and house are not open to the public* however, there are two occasions this year that you can come and feel how wonderful it is. June 1 for an early Summer plant sale to get your cutting garden off to a flying start, and August 16-18 for the Flower Farmer’s big weekend. Details below.
*if you are a photographer interested in visiting or using the field for shoots, please get in touch here
1 June 2019 - Plant & seed sale
My flower field is a 25 x 25m patch cut out of what was a sheep field. Now my bit is an orchard and flowers, and the sheep field is the village fete field. I can’t help being at the fete, whether I like it or not. I won’t be running tours or anything, but I will be standing by the fence with a stall and so you are welcome to how a jolly good look and ask me any questions. I’ll also be having a bumper plant sale. Mostly because I have over-sown everything but I absolutely cannot bear to throw anything away.
There will be cosmos, Cephalaria gigantea, irises, echinops, scabious, pots and pots of nigella, geums, all sorts. Even some box balls. If you are planning to buy lots (and I obviously hope you are), please bring bags and/or boxes to carry your little ones home in.
All details for attending the fete are here. Entrance is £3 fo adults and free for children. I note that I’m not listed on the website, but you can peer over my fence for free. There are also plane aerobatic displays, a climbing wall, classic cars, bids of prey and some really good live music.
I’m on the fete committee, can you tell?
16-18 August 2019 - Flower Farmers’ Big weekend
For three special days this August, over 100 growers from the Flowers from the Farm cooperative will be opening their gates to visitors for the first ever Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend in events across the country. See our cut flower farms at their blooming best, and peek behind the scenes of our award-winning artisan movement on farms, allotments and in cutting gardens of every shape and size.
I will be offering morning and afternoon sessions on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The morning sessions will start with coffee and freshly baked croissants on a long table in the orchard. We will then have an hour’s tour around the house garden, the cutting patch, the courtyard, the studio and the flower field. I’ll talk about how the field has evolved over time, lessons, I’ve learned, tips and tricks for making the most out of any space. (I have a bit of everything!) Then half an hour of a cutting and conditioning demo and then you will be handed a bucket and some snips and set loose. I’ll send you off with a box of seeds for autumn sowing, lots of knowledge and enthusiasm, and a huge bucket of flowers.
The afternoon sessions will follow the same schedule, but ending with tea and scones in the orchard.
Spaces are restricted to only six because my house is tiny and what if it rains, so please do book as soon as you can.