Celebrating 10 years of Flowers from the Farm
On February 24th 2021, Flowers from the Farm celebrated its first decade and in the same week it passed the milestone of an amazing 1000 members – a cause for double jubilation!
Even though we couldn’t gather in person due to Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time, 450 members came together online to share a virtual conference, featuring inspirational floral demonstrations from Frida Kim and Rachel Wardley of Tallulah Rose Flower School, insights into the success of the dynamic Rosebie Morton’s Real Cut Flower Company and an revealing talk about the power of flowers by psychiatrist and author of ‘The Well Gardened Mind”, Sue Stuart Smith.
It was inspiring also to hear from our honorary president and founder, Gill Hodgson, who confessed her amazement at what we’ve achieved in the last 10 years:
“Flowers from the Farm on its tenth anniversary has reached a thousand members. I could never have thought it would reach anything like this. The members are the people who’ve made Flowers from the Farm grow – they’re the ones who’ve put in so much. They’ve come from so many different backgrounds and many are high fliers in their previous careers, but they’d reached a stage where they wanted something different. Flower farming is a wonderful career – I started out on this path in my middle 50s so I’d always say that it’s never too late to try something new.”
A few sniffles erupted as we listened to special birthday messages from supporters including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, gardening celebrities Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel de Thame, renowned florists Shane Connolly, Philippa Craddock and Jonathan Moseley, NFU president Minette Batters and RHS president Keith Weed. It was amazing to see the reach that Flowers from the Farm has managed to establish from our tiny beginnings.
Here’s to the next 10 years!