Owner, Grower, Florist
I have been a passionate gardener for many years. In 2006 I graduated in Garden and Landscape Design after studying at Moreton Morrell completing a 2 year HNC. I ran a garden design business for some years.
My love of gardening and arranging flowers has grown year on year. I decided I'd like to share these skills and founded "From Garden To Vase" in 2016 to bring my flowers into people's homes. I grow all my flowers in my cutting gardens in Culworth. I love working with flowers and creating floral arrangements for others to enjoy.
I take inspiration from vintage colours and textures and like to use wild flowers from the surrounding countryside in my arrangements where possible.
My flowers are truly seasonal, I do not have polytunnels to force the first flowers of the season or extend them beyond. For this reason my flowers are only available in the season nature intended, the main flowering season being between April and October for bouquets.
One of the most important factors for me is the scent a British grown bouquet gives. A rose isn't a rose worth growing if it doesn't smell amazing! I select my plants with this in mind and am currently increasing my range of David Austin old English roses.
All my flowers are picked to order, they are then conditioned overnight to increase their longevity, for this reason please allow 24hrs notice when placing an order.
Care Tips for Jam Jar Posies and Bouquets
Whether you choose to keep your flowers in the jar or decant into your favourite vase, it is best to refresh the water every couple of days. To do this carefully lift the whole bouquet out, rinse the jar/vase out adding fresh water with a drop of house hold bleach and a pinch of sugar. This keeps the water clean and feeds the flowers. Best placed in a cool spot out of direct sunlight if possible.
There is a big resurgence in British grown flowers at present but still most of the cut flowers sold in this country come from europe or even further a field. They are flown, in some cases, thousands of miles and treated with chemicals to prolong their shelf life. Buying British reduces your carbon footprint and supports the local economy.
Although my cutting gardens are not certified organic all my gardening methods are organic and chemical free. I work hard to encourage benefical wildlife into the garden to help control pests. The composts I use are 100% peat free and I reduce plastic use where possible making use of soil blockers when growing plants from seed.
I only use cellophane if absolutely necessary, instead I place hand tied bouquets in large jars. An added advantage of this being that the recipient can choose to leave the flowers in this jar as, unlike an aqua packs using cellophane, the flowers will be fine provided the care tips are followed. All gift orders include care instructions and are presented in florist gift bags which are made from biodegradable craft paper and jute.
My flower and Christmas willow wreaths have no wire in sight, instead I use locally sourced moss and jute string, making them 100% biodegradable. I never use floral foam for my floral arrangements and installations - all my floral mechanics are constructed using chicken wire and moss.
Collection & Delivery
Orders can be collected from Culworth or delivered for free to neighbouring villages. I also offer free delivery to surrounding villages within approximately a 6 mile radius including Brackley and Banbury for orders over £35.
For lesser amounts or if you live a little further a field I am happy to deliver up to 10 miles away at an additional charge. Please contact me for details.