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Talk | All About Flowers!

This talk is part of the Public Programme for the exhibition of Constance Spry.

The event brings together four formidable flower growers, Jane Scotter from Fern Verrow, Kitten Grayson, Cel Robertson from Forever Green Flower Company and Marianne from Wolves Lane Flower Company, to discuss their inspirations, their own stories and how they came to growing flowers for cutting and the challenges facing this industry today.

The talk will be chaired by Polly Nicholson, founder of Wiltshire based organic growers Bayntun Flowers.

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  • Chaired by Polly Nicholson

    Chaired by Polly Nicholson

    An avid flower-picker since childhood, Polly’s first career was as a book specialist at Sotheby’s, where she developed an interest in antiquarian gardening books. There followed a year spent in Russia. On her return to London and whilst raising four children, she retrained in horticulture at The Chelsea Physic Garden.

    A long planned move to the country followed, and the purchase of the house at Blackland was sealed with Polly’s discovery of its magical gardens.

    Polly’s ambition was always to build a floristry business, but she was unable to find a flower supplier within workable distance. The obvious solution was to grow them for herself, and in abundance. The seeds of Bayntun Flowers were sown.

  • Jane Scotter - Fern Verrow

    Jane Scotter - Fern Verrow

    Jane Scotter has been growing at Fern Verrow in Herefordshire, having moved there from London since 1996. Fern Verrow is a certified biodynamic farm and for the past eight years has been in a farm to table collaboration with Chef Skye Gyngell and her Somerset House Restaurant Spring. Alongside the vegetables and fruit, Fern Verrow produces all the flowers for the restaurant and for Springs new shop Spring to Go in Notting Hill.
    Jane is also biodynamic growing consultant for Heckfield Park Farm in Hampshire.

  • Cel Robertson - Forever Green Flower Company

    Cel Robertson - Forever Green Flower Company

    Cel Robertson started Forever Green Flower Company in 2013. Her flower farm is located on a one-acre field based in North Norfolk, England. Cel supplies seasonal flowers to local customers including farm shops, florists and wedding clients as well as offering a local bouquet subscription service.

    Originally trained as a garden designer at Capel Manor College in London, Cel is just as passionate about education as she is about cut flowers. Her Advanced Flower Farming workshop has been running since 2018 which explores the business of growing flowers for profit; she also hosts a beginners level workshop at the flower farm. Sustainability in business as well as for the environment is the driving force of her workshop program.

  • Kitten Grayson

    Kitten Grayson

    Kitten Grayson Flowers is a London-based floral studio, founded in 2016 by florist and passionate gardener Kitten Grayson. Advocates for biodynamic growing and the importance of soil health, the studio’s work is informed by Grayson’s almost synesthetic relationship with nature and commitment to sustainability. Best known for their creation of wild and whimsical floral installations for luxury events, weddings and bespoke commissions, Kitten Grayson Flowers now grows its own flowers at The Cutting Garden in Bruton, which feeds into the studio’s work.
    With over 18 years’ experience, Grayson grew up in rural Somerset and began working with flowers as soon as she left school. She trained under some of London’s top florists whilst also honing her horticultural skills working with landscape architect and horticulturalist studio, Urquhart and Hunt, as well as influential Dutch landscape designer and author, Piet Oudolf on the perennial meadow at the Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Bruton.
    In 2018 Kitten Grayson Flowers was appointed as floral consultant to Heckfield Place, the biodynamic Hampshire-based hotel. Grayson collaborated with Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow Farm to lovingly fill the hotel’s cutting gardens with some of the country’s rarest species and unique flora. The homegrown blooms come together in painterly arrangements throughout the hotel, complementing the harmonious interiors, to create an enriched, holistic environment. In addition to cut flowers, the studio has cultivated hundreds of indoor living planters, which are dotted around the ground floor interior.
    Grayson works closely with the studio’s Managing Director, Harriette Tebbutt, who transitioned into the world of flora from a career in interior styling and art direction almost five years ago. Together they have developed the studio’s unique signature style – refined yet wild blooms paired according to habitat and season. Kitten’s horticultural know-how and Harriette’s eye for styling makes them the perfect union.

  • Marianne Mogendorff - Wolves Lane Flower Company

    Marianne Mogendorff - Wolves Lane Flower Company

    Marianne Mogendorff co-founded Wolves Lane Flower Company with Camila Klich in 2017. The duo grow seasonal, chemical-free flowers on a small external plot and in a 40 metre glass house in Wood Green North London . Their flowers are used in their own design work for wedding clients, local customers and to supply other like minded florists. They are passionate about encouraging others to try growing flowers at home and to seek alternatives to the global, industrially farmed flower industry. WLFC have appeared in British Vogue, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and Bloom Magazine.