Flower Farming - Visit to Green and Gorgeous

The barn at Green and Gorgeous flower farm

Making connections

Last year I met Eva Nemeth, a wonderful photographer through Instagram and we started chatting about a possibility of meeting up sometime. We are both from Hungary and share a great passion for growing flowers so I didn’t think we would have a lot of trouble spending a day talking flowers and other things in the Oxfordshire countryside. Eva was shooting a series of photographs at a nearby flower farm Green and Gorgeous at the time, documenting a year of growing at the farm for Homes and Gardens magazine. At Green and Gorgeous they open the gates for Saturday flower sales and you can have a look at the flower fields, which was a lovely thing to look forward to. After having a late breakfast at the local church Scandi style with pancakes, we headed off to see the flowers.

The flower fields at Green and Gorgeous
The flower fields at Green and Gorgeous

June Flower Fields

Visiting a flower grower in June is such an exciting experience as the abundance of summer is already at its best. What strikes you when you look around Rachel’s fields and polytunnels is how neat and tidy all the beds are, with no sight of a weed and well spaced, incredibly healthy looking, rather giant specimens of flowers. Rachel grows flowers, foliages both outdoors and indoors on rented land and hers is one of the most influential flower farms in England. She grows an incredible number of varieties - always a trend setter with the latest colour palettes and flower cultivars, no surprise her floristry and farming workshops fill up pretty fast.

Sweetpeas growing in the polytunnel
Field grown Peonies
Nigella white
Nigella beds outdoors

Weddings and workshops

Rachel runs a number of flower growing and floral styling workshops both herself and in collaboration with other floral designers. Being able to pick from her fields must be an absolute treat for any flower fan. She also offers a service to brides from buckets of flowers to full wedding design. I had a wonderful day there with Eva and we even had time to look around her own charming cottage garden later in the afternoon accompanied by her little dog Henry. Eva’s photographs will appear in the Homes and Gardens magazines this year telling a story of Green and Gorgeous flower farm.

Giant specimens of Antirrhinums in the polytunnel
Foliage of all colours, shapes, textures grown in the fields

Posted by Bea Andrews in Summer Flowers Flower Farming