While I had been designing garden and garden borders for clients in Surrey, I’d been asked on lots of occasions to add in, or create a whole area for cutting plants.
I’d loved the research for these gardens, and having sourced and planted them, I also got to see how the annuals and perennials bloomed in my client gardens BUT I didn’t get to pick them – that was my customers’ prerogative.
Back in 2012, I became more and more interested in growing cut flowers and that summer my allotment and garden got taken over by summer annuals. I researched growers all over the world, but could find nobody near me in Surrey who was doing what I wanted to do – growing lots of flowers for sale in bunches, bouquets and buckets.
Having made up a budget with many guesstimates (that could have been accurate, but turned out to just be fantasy) I started my search for land. I looked on google earth for patches that I thought might not be used, I phoned local land agents and councils to get an idea of local prices and I asked all the customers that I had designed gardens for if they knew anyone local with land to spare. One of my garden design customers happened to mention that they’d bought a field joining their land, and they were looking for a use for it.
I started the flower farm in 2012. It was just an unused pasture with wide reaching views from the Surrey Hills over Northern Surrey and Berkshire. The views mean that it’s open to the elements and the wind, but over the last nine years, I’ve created windbreak hedges, and planted a mixture of shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals to produce large amounts of flowers during the spring, summer and autumn, and enough for funerals and foliage bouquets in winter.