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Xyris Botanicals

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My story goes back to creating Christmas wreaths using whatever I could forage from my husband’s family farm. One December, our agronomist saw me making them at the kitchen table and said “when Christmas is over, why don’t you grow cut flowers?” I thought about what he said but I had no idea how to go about it. After much badgering farming friends, gardeners, reading numerous books and blogs and enrolling on various courses at vast expense (thanks Archie!) I decided to make a small investment in some raised beds. I started with seed trays... and it got very exciting. However, the first lot died because I got too eager and moved them outside too early on. I got very frustrated so I decided to sign up at a wholesaler as I wanted flowers now now now. I didn’t really consider the environmental impacts of importing cut flowers and was more excited about the fact I could order in whatever I wanted in every colour combination going. However, the more courses that I went on and the more grower florists I spoke to, the keener I became to use my own and locally grown British flowers. I went back to the drawing board and took great delight in the annuals that had flowered, together with the great abundance of perennials in the gardens here on the farm. I contacted local growers and decided that I really want to make it as a sustainable and environmentally aware florist. I decided to make it my goal to get rid of carcinogenic floral foam by the end of 2019 and in came sphagnum moss...Fingers were cut with chicken wire, sweat poured, but things were starting to take shape. Then Archie said in the winter, he would get the digger out and create some beds in the back field. Well this was exciting to hear. I read a post on one of my bride’s Instagram pages which resonated with me. It said “you can do anything, but not everything.” I get that not every bride will want garden style wedding flowers, but I truly hope those that do will get in touch xx


CONTACT US

Contact Details

Laura Montgomery
laura@xyrisbotanicals.com
www.xyrisbotanicals.com
01843845650
Monkton Road Farm
Seamark Road
Birchington
Kent
CT7 0JL

What I offer

Florist using local, seasonal flowers
Event flowers
Flowers for brides

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