Creating a flower farm and making a living from it is a dream held dear by many. Come on this day and flower farmer and florist Georgie Newbery will help turn that dream into a reality.
Georgie will show you how eleven years of growing flowers for sale has taught her which flowers are best to grow, how to make sure she has a full season of flowers, and enough stock for all her commissions. She’ll take you through sales and marketing as well as planning your flower farming year. Georgie started off selling bunches of sweet peas from a barrow at the front of her house: see how she has grown her business to sending 2,000 bouquets by post a year, creating flowers for weddings and events, and teaching inspiring, informative and enabling workshops for hundreds students a year. It all started with a patch the size of an allotment…
While making sure that you are realistic about how much you can hope to take home financially from such a venture, and showing you how to practically combine the time you have available, with the flowers you want to grow, and the money in your pocket at the end of the day, Georgie will give your a truly inspirational day.
You’ll have a full tour of the flower farm at Common Farm Flowers, with honest demonstrations of how to create useful beds for growing in and useful space for harvesting. You’ll learn how to manage your year to make sure you are making the most of the flowery opportunities you have to make a living doing something you love. And at the foundation of it all will be Georgie’s insistence that you learn how to run your cashflow as the most important part of your venture, closely followed by your marketing strategy.
Lots of people can grow flowers. Georgie will show you how to grow them strategically and for a realistic profit, using your time effectively, so that you can enjoy earning a living doing something that you love.
One of recent workshop participants had this to say after they'd been along to this workshop. "The content of the course, the wander round Common Farm and Georgie’s personalised advice gave us much food for thought. We spent at least 48 hours digesting everything we had taken in separately before we sat down and worked out our plan forwards together. Thanks again for a really helpful and inspirational day. We wouldn’t have been able to do such careful planning without our day at Common Farm."
The workshop takes place between 10am-3pm at Common Farm, BA9 8HN.
The cost includes lunch at a local farm shop, so please advise us of any food allergies / intolerances at the time of booking. Please bring your own drinks (water / hot drinks flasks etc) and any mid morning / afternoon snacks you might like.
As a result of current coronavirus restrictions (October 2020) there will be a maximum of 5 people on the workshop.
The cost of the workshop includes all materials you will need to use on the day.
Please note that workshops at Common Farm Flowers are taking place outside, under cover of our sail and out on the farm (where there is no cover!) Please wear clothes suitable for the weather (layers, waterproof clothes) and bring shoes / boots that are designed to walk on rough grassy paths.
Most of our flowers and foliage are grown on our flower farm in Somerset. During some of the winter months we order flowers from our flower farming friends in other parts of the country. We only ever use British grown flowers. Our flowers are cut from the farm fresh each morning, before being arranged and sent for next day delivery.
Because our flowers are picked fresh each day, each of our bouquets is totally unique. Although we can't guarantee a particular flower or colour scheme in your bouquet please let us know if you have any particular requests and we will do our best to meet them. We promise that your bouquet will be fresh and beautiful.