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When Gill Hodgson first set up Flowers from the Farm (FFTF) in 2011, her business Fieldhouse Flowers was member number one. She put out a press release to tell the world about the organisation and her reasons for starting it and this gained coverage in her regional newspaper, The Yorkshire Post. Before she could blink, Gill was asked by The Great Yorkshire Show if she’d exhibit there, so she took a deep breath, pretended she did stuff like this all the time and said yes with a lot more confidence than she actually felt.
The display was a triumph and the public loved it, and more importantly, so did Gill. Chatting with the visitors about the flowers, about growing and about her experience, she realised that flower show displays could be a hugely valuable platform for the fledgling FFTF. They allowed it to connect directly with the public on large regional stages, and even more importantly, to put scented British cut flowers right in the line of sight and under the noses of visitors.
As Flowers from the Farm member numbers grew, Gill encouraged local groups to collaborate to put on displays at flower shows across the country and every region’s experience echoed her own in Yorkshire. The public love our displays of beautifully natural, seasonal scented blooms. The show organisers love the enthusiasm of our FFTF teams and their interaction with visitors: making buttonholes and flower crowns, floral selfie stations and charity sniff tests. FFTF teams love the experience: just as Gill learned in the early days, working with other local growers on a large scale project, sharing ideas and arranging skills brings a huge boost to experience and confidence. The show judges seem just as keen too, as FFTF has netted bags full of gold and silver gilt medals over the last 10 years.
A collection of photos from our flower show archives. Images to bring back memories of the laughter, fun and hard work which goes into making our show appearances such a success.
Hear how Gill Hodgson was inspired to start a flower growing network and her feelings about how FFTF has grown since those early days.See more
Working with other regional members on show displays is a great way to build your confidence. Watch an FFTF team at work building a show display and read more about our regional activities.See more
Marianne Mogendorf of Wolves Lane Flower Company talks about why, in the summer of 2020, it was important for members to come together to improve diversity in our membership and in the flower industry in general.See more