"Georgie has written an inspiring book for anyone who's ever wondered what it would be like to grow flowers on a commercial scale." - Constance Craig Smith, The Daily Mail Weekend Magazine
“I love this book – it’s a beautiful yet practical and accessible guide that will help you transform whatever sized patch you have into an abundant oasis of flowers.” - Mark Diacono, journalist and author of The New Kitchen Garden
Grow your own cut flowers and you can fill your house with the gorgeous colours and heavenly scents of your favourite blooms, knowing that they haven’t travelled thousands of miles – and you can make money while you do it!
Combining boundless passion with down-to-earth guidance and practical advice, Georgie Newbery draws on her own experiences as an artisan flower farmer and florist as she takes you through:
• how to start a cut-flower patch
• what to grow
• cutting, conditioning and presenting cut flowers
• creating a hedgerow Christmas
• starting a cut-flower business
• where to sell
• marketing and social media
• a flower farmer’s year planner.
Whether you want to grow for your own pleasure or start your own business, The Flower Farmer’s Year is the perfect guide.
Foreword by James Alexander-Sinclair
Introduction: Why grow cut flowers?
1. Getting started
5. Bulbs & corms
9. Sweet peas
12. Cutting, conditioning & presenting cut flowers
13. Hedgerow Christmas
14. Starting a cut-flower business
15. Where to sell
16 . Marketing & social media
Appendix 1: The flower farmer’s year planner
Appendix 2: Plant names
Artisan flower farmer Newbery brings horticultural and agricultural logic to the process of farming flowers—planning, planting, growing, harvesting, and then arranging them—in a way that surprises and enlightens
"A real treat for anyone who love to grow flowers for business or pleasure."
"There's something magical about fresh flowers and this stunningly presented book can't help but captivate the novice and experienced grower alike."
"With such a friendly writing styl, it is easy to imagine cutting your home-grown blooms in the morning and delivering them to the local florist, with the author at your side. [...] For those who want to grow cut flowers simply for pleasure and to fill their home with blooms, this book is also essential reading."
"This coffee table book is both beautiful and practical, with more than 200 pages of well-written and wonderfully illustrated advice and inspiration. A must for the flower lover in your life!"
"Georgie Newbery gives sound and cheery advice on growing, displaying and - if that is your bag - selling [flowers] in The Flower Farmer's Year."
"Georgie has written an inspiring book for anyone who's ever wondered what it would be like to grow flowers on a commercial scale."
"Whether you are actually planning to flog a few flowers or just want decent, straightforward advice on creating a cutting garden for your own use, this book is an excellent choice."
"If you’re thinking of setting yourself up as a flower farmer, you’ll find Georgie’s book indispensable. And if you’d simply like to grow flowers for pleasure, then I’m sure you’ll really enjoy the book too. Plus it would make a great Christmas present…!"
"The Flower Farmer's Year gives advice targeted to our mild, dark-in-winter climate, and also gives practical advice on both preparing flowers for sale, and most importantly of all perhaps, how to actually sell them!"
"It's the sort of book that will make you want to jack in your day job and start growing sweet peas, dahlias and roses for a living."
"Whether you're an amateur gardener or aspiring artisanal florist the book won't be read just once, with it's wealth of invaluable information and beautiful pictures you'll find yourself returning to Georgie's blooming corner of Somerset again and again."
“I love this book – it’s a beautiful yet practical and accessible guide that will help you transform whatever sized patch you have into an abundant oasis of flowers.”
Georgie Newbery is an artisan flower farmer and florist, supplying cut flowers direct to customers from her smallholding in Somerset. Georgie set up and runs her own business and is a leading authority on growing cut flowers. She also runs courses on growing and arranging cut flowers, and on marketing via social media for fellow growers.
Image (c) Heather Edwards