I’m told propogating is like magic. Watching the transformation from a little seed to a giant flowering plant has to be one of the most exciting activities where gardening is concerned. Why buy expensive plants at the garden centre when you can make those plants yourself?
Common Farm Flowers, a small holding in Wincanton run by Georgie Newberry and her husband, artist Fabrizio Bocchia,wouldn’t have a business unless they propogated most of what they grow. They are now running a workshop to teach people how to take cuttings and grow their own gardens. You will be handed a brown paper bag to collect wildflower and other seeds. They will set you up with a little garden to take home with you and all you have to do, is watch it grow.
Propogating queen, Sara Venn of the Physic Garden in Sussex will be on hand to teach.
The course is designed to fit within school run times and you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely lunch whilst you’re there.
The workshop will take place on 4th October from 10am to 2pm and will cost £49 including lunch and lots of planted goodies to take home and enjoy. Call 08458 946770 or go to www.commonfarmflowers.com for more information.
Common Farm Flowers grow flowers to be cut and transformed into gorgeous bespoke bouquets. Everything they offer is in season and they don’t use any chemicals. Their cut flower gardens are especially designed to benefit wildlife. They edge their flower fields with native hedgerows, grow wildflowers from seed in order to increase the butterfly populations. They keep honey bees, mow insect motorways through the long grass, dig dew ponds for the dragonflies and leave heaps of horticultural debris about the place where the grass snakes can over-winter. Georgie’s husband says, “If we look after the invertebrates, the rest of the food chain will look after itself.”