Mill Pond Flower Farm

Beautiful flowers grown in the Scottish Borders

Introduction to Flower Farming

1 day workshop   

Saturday 22 February 2020

10am - 4pm 

£100 including light lunch


A full day's introduction to growing flowers for sale.


It will include organising your plot, making the most of your resources, identifying your market, which flowers and plants to grow, dealing with barriers, glitches and pests, cutting, conditioning  and  selling your flowers. Paula will lead a tour around Mill Pond Flower Farm as part of this workshop, with the chance to see all elements of a working flower farm and examine the detail. 

Photo: Jo Tennant Photography

Rose Growing for Cut Flowers

ONLINE COURSE

£49


If you want to grow roses as cut flowers on a relatively small scale, but aren’t sure how to do it to get the best results, this course is written for you. It uses my experiences of growing roses as cut flowers over the past 7 years. 

When I first started growing roses the only resources I could find were for growing roses for gardens and they didn’t work well for a small scale flower farmer in the northern UK. It took a number of years and lots of experimentation to be able to produce high quality roses for sale .  This course distils that learning into an easy to understand course to get you set up and growing beautiful roses for sale as cut flowers or use in your own floristry. 


The course is delivered through The Business of Selling Flowers online teaching platform and is easy to access from any computer. It focuses on specialist cut flower growing knowledge and techniques, but does not include detailed guidance on rose pests and diseases as these can easily be found in general rose growing publications. 

Winter Wreath Workshops

Friday 6 December 7-9pm SOLD OUT

Saturday 7 December 2-4pm 1 SPACE AVAILABLE

Sunday 8 December 10-12am 2 SPACES AVAILABLE

£40 per person

Come and join us in our cosy workshop and make a seasonal wreath for your door.

Create a birch or willow ring, decorate with locally grown foliage, dried flowers and herbs and finish it off with fine ribbon ,

We'll provide seasonal nibbles and soft drinks, you can bring a bottle and organise a designated driver if you fancy a tipple!

The Business of Growing Flowers

ONLINE COURSE 

October 2020 to March 2021

You’ve grown flowers for at least a season, you’ve even sold some and have some customers. It’s the end of the season, and you know there’s more potential, but there’s never enough hours in the day or energy left to get it all done….. Can flower farming be anything but a hard slog?

We’ve been there, and done that, and the answer is that there is another way…. With thought, planning and lots of exercises in productivity, you can advance your flower farming, make your plot more productive, grow more flowers, advance your business AND feel like you are in control.

This course has been developed by Paula with Claire Brown of Plantpassion and Carol Siddorn of Carol's Garden, and will run during the Autumn, Winter and Early Spring of 2019/2020. It is an in depth workshop developed from our 5 Successful on-farm Advanced Flower farming workshops of 2016-2018 in the Scottish Borders, Cheshire and Surrey.


We’ll be covering subjects like Getting Ahead for Next Year, Market Planning, Increasing the Productivity of your Field, and your own Productivity. We’ll also cover Record Keeping, Planning for the Future and Growing more flowers for less work.


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Photo: Jo Tennant Photography
Grow your own Cut Flowers Workshop 
Saturday 28 March
10am-1pm

£45.00

Have you ever fancied growing flowers that you can cut for your home or to give as a gift? 

This workshop will introduce the basics of growing cut flowers in a garden. We'll look at what to grow, when to plant, how to cut and condition your flowers so that they look beautiful and last well in the vase. We'll also cover what to do about common pests and diseases before getting out the compost and sowing some cut flower seeds to take away. Get your growing off to a positive start in 2020!

Light refreshments provided

Photos: Jo Tennant Photography

Love Flowers: Spring Blooms

10am-1pm

£45

Join us on the farm for an indulgent morning of floral delight. We'll meet in the workshop for a chat about the flowers that are in bloom, then wander the flower field to choose some blooms and foliage for our arrangements. While you relax with coffee and cake, Paula will do a demo of a Spring vase, then it's your turn to make your chosen blooms into a gorgeous arrangement to take away. 

Love Flowers: Summer Blooms

Sunday 5 July

10am-1pm


Join us on the farm for an indulgent morning of floral delight. We'll meet in the workshop for a chat about the flowers that are in bloom, then wander the flower field to choose some blooms and foliage for our arrangements. While you relax with coffee and cake, Paula will do a demo of a Spring vase, then it's your turn to make your chosen blooms into a gorgeous arrangement to take away. 

Love Flowers: Autumn Blooms

Sunday 13 September

10am-1pm

£45

Join us on the farm for an indulgent morning of floral delight. We'll meet in the workshop for a chat about the flowers that are in bloom, then wander the flower field to choose some blooms and foliage for our arrangements. While you relax with coffee and cake, Paula will do a demo of a Spring vase, then it's your turn to make your chosen blooms into a gorgeous arrangement to take away.