36: 036 From Lockdown Seeds to Flower Farm Dreams: A Journey with Sue McGlasson

In this episode, Roz Chandler introduces her special guest, Sue McGlasson, who began her flower farming journey during lockdown. Sue started by growing seeds in small plastic boxes in her garden and got addicted to gardening and growing plants. She eventually acquired an allotment plot and expanded her flower-growing venture with the help of courses on flower farming.

Sue and her family then made a significant leap by purchasing a property with a walled garden and a Victorian greenhouse. They plan to convert the property into a flower farm with various possibilities, including flower subscriptions, DIY buckets, selling to florists, workshops, and even pick-your-own apple events and cider-making.

Sue draws inspiration from Roz Chandler, her fellow flower farmers on the “Best Bunch” group, and several growers she follows on Instagram. She mentions that she is more visually inclined than a reader and prefers to get inspiration from social media platforms.

For new flower farmers, Sue advises them to keep dreaming big and to take every opportunity that comes their way. She encourages them to follow their passion for flower farming and enjoy the journey of creating something beautiful and fulfilling.

Key takeaways  from todays episode

  • Sue McGlasson's flower farming journey started during lockdown, growing seeds in small plastic boxes.
  • She expanded her venture with an allotment plot and flower farming courses.
  • Sue and her family purchased a property with a walled garden and a Victorian greenhouse to convert into a flower farm.
  • Potential plans include flower subscriptions, DIY buckets, selling to florists, workshops, pick-your-own apple events, and cider-making.
  • Sue draws inspiration from Roz Chandler, the “Best Bunch” group, and growers on Instagram.
  • Advice for new flower farmers: Dream big, take every opportunity, and follow your passion for flower farming.

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