The Flower Farmer's Year

The Flower Farmer's Year : How to grow cut flowers for pleasure and profit

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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 fl owers

* creating a hedgerow Christmas

* starting a cut-fl ower 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 205 x 255 x 24mm | 1,179.34g
  • Totnes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 Illustrations, color
  • 0857842331
  • 9780857842336
  • 10,776

Table of contents

Foreword by James Alexander-Sinclair

Introduction: Why grow cut flowers?

1. Getting started

2. Annuals

3. Biennials

4. Perennials

5. Bulbs & corms

6. Shrubs

7. Roses

8. Dahlias

9. Sweet peas

10. Herbs

11. Wildflowers

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


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Review quote

"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." -- RHS The Garden "A real treat for anyone who love to grow flowers for business or pleasure." -- All That Women Want "There's something magical about fresh flowers and this stunningly presented book can't help but captivate the novice and experienced grower alike." -- Organic Farmer 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 -- Publisher's Weekly "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...!" -- Rona Wheeldon * * "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." -- Naomi Slade * Berks and Bucks Life * "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 * "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!" -- Countryside Magazine "Georgie Newbery gives sound and cheery advice on growing, displaying and - if that is your bag - selling [flowers] in The Flower Farmer's Year." -- The Sunday Times
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About Georgie Newbery

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
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52 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 54% (28)
4 29% (15)
3 13% (7)
2 2% (1)
1 2% (1)
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