Flower Grower Workshops

Mayfield Flowers flower field
Cutting Dahlias in the flower field

Growing Skills and Techniques

These seasonal “how to” tours for small scale growers let you in to the workings of Mayfield Flower Farm. Based around seasonal tasks we will show you how we have tackled these, with hands on opportunities for participants and discussion of variety of methods you may wish to consider in your own enterprise. A tour of the Flower Farm lets you see how we manage the seasons.  We use a no-dig, organic system and our methods are suitable for an intensive bed system using hand tools up to approx 2acres.  The aim of these sessions is to give you the skills and knowledge to develop efficient systems for your plot.  You will be aware of all the varieties you should be growing and the long list of jobs to do, let us help you manage these tasks by having a full understanding of techniques and rationale for you to use or reject for your own circumstances, saving many seasons of growing to get your best method.

We have spring, summer and autumn dates but as tasks are determined by the weather we have outlined areas that we may cover on the day, subject to change. Please bring your own waterproofs, wellies and gloves. This is a hands on day and we can’t guarantee good weather! Conversely please bring a hat, gloves and sunscreen if it is nice and covered shoes/boots.

Refreshments included. 10-1pm £55

Dates and tasks likely to be included:
Spring – 19 March 2018: seed sowing and transplants (spreadsheets, soil blocks, covers), dahlia sprouting and propagation

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Summer – 23 July 2018: successional sowing and planting, feeding regimes, support netting

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Autumn – 22 October 2018: lifting and storage of dahlias, pruning shrubs for stem length, bareroot planting

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Funeral Arrangements for Growers

Naturally grown blooms fit perfectly with a woodland burial or eco friendly coffins as well as those looking for less formal funeral tributes. This course is for Flower Growers who want to include natural sympathy flowers in their work and avoid the use of floral foam. This workshop covers suitable flowers to grow for funeral work, construction of large sheaf for coffin top and round willow wreaths for smaller arrangements as well as transporting arrangements and crematorium criteria.

Light lunch and refreshments included. Small class size. No previous floristry experience required. £150

10-3.30pm, 17 June 2018

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