The stories behind our homepage slideshow

    Those are our members you’re looking at. They dug those fields, they grew those flowers, they have dirty hands, they can be found outside in all weathers. They all have a story to tell . . .

    FIND A NEW CAREER IN YOUR GARDEN

    Rachel www.ducksanddaffodils.co.uk grows on a corner of an organic farm on the outskirts of York. If you’ve visited the city and admired the seasonal flowers on the café table, they were probably Rachel’s. Her bunches are also added to the veg box scheme run by www.goodnessgrowing.co.uk and delivered throughout York and local villages.
    Photograph by www.tessabunney.co.uk

    GROWING BUSINESSES FROM CORNWALL TO SCOTLAND

    And in Lancashire too. Friends Clare Ashcroft and Alison Matthews www.theflowerfarm.co.uk work together and have turned a mutual love of flowers into a flourishing business. Clare formerly taught floristry at Myerscough College and co-ordinates the North West region for Flowers from the Farm. We think she may have had her nails done especially for the photographer’s visit . . .

    YOU GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO GROW

    Although Becky, with her background as an actress, hardly needed help to grow hers. With previous work at City of London cemetery, in the West End and on Coronation Street; she underlines the wide array of professions, talents and qualifications our members bring with them. www.pickingposies.co.uk

    LOCAL, SEASONAL FLOWERS FOR FLORISTS

    Snapped by Tessa Bunney www.tessabunney.co.uk , this photo proves that it’s not only about the flowers: access to seasonal foliage, seedheads, fruit and branches will turn your displays, bouquets and weddings into works of art.

    WEDDINGS WITH A WOW

    www.brideandbloom.co The bride asked for a small piece of her dad’s memorial tree to be included in the flowers she carried on her special day. It’s little touches like this that make a very special occasion even more personal.

    Photo by Emma at www.emmacasephotography.com

    GROWING, SELLING AND PROMOTING BRITISH FLOWERSI CAN'T BELIEVE HOW SUPPORTIVE EVERYONE IS;

    Husband and wife team Clarey and Barney Wrightson run Manor Garden www.manorgarden.co.uk> on the banks of the river Tees. They’re growing flowers and a young family in an old walled garden and proving that flower farming isn’t about floral pinnies and woven trugs – it’s about getting to know your soil at close quarters.
    Photographs by www.tessabunney.co.uk

    FLOWERS WITH NO AIR MILES – VERY FEW ROAD MILES

    This has to be our favourite image of all time. It appears on our banners and postcards and has travelled the world on social media. It’s a combination of an iconic ex-M.O.D. LandRover and gorgeous flowers: old versus new; tough versus gentle; rugged versus delicate.
    Created by two very talented friends Fiona www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk and Sarah www.simplybyarrangement.co.uk and captured by www.sarahmasonphotography.co.uk

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