Planting a seed

Cut Flower growing workshops 2022-23

Seed to vase course 2023

Six sessions take place monthly at Cotswold Country Flowers from 10am to 1 pm on Tuesdays or Sundays from early Feb to July (SEE DATES BELOW). Just six places available on each day, and they’re sure to go fast, so get in touch today to book your place.

Would you like to experience the pleasure of growing flowers but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you’re searching for a Christmas gift that will keep on giving?

Running from early February to July 2023, the seed to vase course gives you the chance to follow me on my journey as a professional cut flower grower, meeting monthly with like minded folk at Cotswold Country Flowers. Be prepared to don your old jeans and boots and get your hands dirty.

In a friendly, supportive environment, you’ll learn all the skills you need to sow, nurture and grow a patch of beautiful flowers in your own garden – and enjoy the rewards of your own stunning blooms from early summer to late autumn.

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Each month we’ll celebrate our successes (and share our disappointments), enjoy plenty of tea and cake, and make new friends. At the end of every session you’ll take a little something home with you – whether it’s a tray of seeds or a recently potted dahlia. At the end of the course, a booklet summarising the main points that we covered will be provided in digital form to refer back to in years to come.

The course runs over six sessions and your investment for a garden full of flowers this year and in years to come is £365. 


Sunday 5th February, 5th March, 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 2nd July


Tuesday 7th February, 7th March, 4th April, 9th May, 6th June, 4th July


"I can’t recommend the seed to vase course enough. When I rocked up in Feb I had absolutely no clue, never owned a pack of seeds, I couldn’t name a perennial from an annual or identify a nigella from a cosmos. But in just a few months I have transformed my garden. Fiona is really patient, knowledgeable and supportive and we had a great group who were all so encouraging. It was great to share ideas and inspiration from Fiona’s  garden each time and progress photos from the group. It’s given me a huge confidence boost to just give things ago and I’ve branched out and given propagation and veg growing a go too. I can’t thank Fiona and our little group enough." (JB)


Seasonal Cut flower growing days

A morning is never enough!  Enjoy a productive day learning all there is to know and do at each crucial point of the growing season.  Each day will include a tour of the garden and discussion about what has to be done and when to get it to each stage.  There will be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty and learn by doing. There will be freebie takeaways at each session whether it be seeds, seedlings,  cuttings, bulbs or plants (giveaways will depend on the season) and a bit of essential equipment. There will be breaks for refreshments and a light lunch on site (included in price). Places are limited to 5 per session.  

Tuesday 16th August 10 - 4pm (£150) - Focus on Hardy Annuals

Time to sow some (not all) hardy annuals so that you have a good strong crop the following spring.  We'll also be planting out biennials sown in June (and you'll have some to take home with you) and learning how to be brave about clearing out plants that have really just had enough. Always a busy time of year but also a great time to take stock of the successes (and failures) and how we might do things better next year.

Sunday 2nd October 10 - 4pm (£150) - Focus on bulbs and corms

Autumn actually gets me looking forward to Spring, forget about that nasty bit in the middle called Winter.  Bulbs (narcissi, allium, tulips need to be planted), learn how to get anemone and ranunculus corms off to a good start, it's a bit early for digging up the dahlias but I can show you what I do and how I would store the few that I do dig up.   It's also a time for sowing sweet peas, splitting perennials planting out hardy annuals and taking hardwood cuttings. There may even be an opportunity to cut the last of the dahlias!


Cut flower growing or seed to vase course with attendees standing beside flower bed