Grow Your Own Flower Garden
It can be daunting to grow flowers from seed for the first time and tricky to know what flowers to start with. Join our Head Gardener Penny Hemming on a one-day workshop and she will take the worry out of growing a colourful flower garden for you.
Penny will talk you through growing in different spaces, what will grow best where, favourite varieties and how to nurture your flowers. As an avid fan, Penny will also chat about the seed saving process and which flower varieties are good for drying.
Flowers are also a great growing companion for vegetables; they attract honeybees and other important pollinators like butterflies, wasps, birds and bees so you will also be doing your little bit for biodiversity.
The workshop is held in our field kitchen garden where you will have the opportunity to sow, pot on and take home a wide range of beautiful organic plants such as dahlias, cosmos and rudbeckias to start your own flower patch at home.
Of course this is also the most sustainable way to have fresh flowers in your home all summer long, and at the end of the season you can either dry them to brighten up the winter months or save the seed to sow again next year.
There will, of course, be plenty of opportunities to ask Penny questions and get advice on growing and caring for your flowers throughout the day.
Of course, you can't come to The Riverford Field Kitchen without eating an organic lunch, full of seasonal produce from the fields around will be cooked for you.
Date: Weds 24th April / Thurs 25th April
Time: 9.30am to 4pm
Price: £150 per person
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About your host: Penny Hemming
Penny is the head gardener at Riverford HQ. She can usually be found in 'Penny's Polytunnel', an Aladdin's Cave of unusual veg and herbs, used to supply the Field Kitchen restaurant. She also runs guided tours and farm walks, takes workshops and is a fount of knowledge about the history of Riverford and its land. Before joining Riverford, Penny used to have a flower nursery so is experienced as she is passionate about flowers and floral design.