Your Cutting Patch – the easy way

Learn how to have a cutting patch in five easy steps.

 
Field Gate Flowers have been flower farming for nearly ten years. We would love you to join us on our short, accelerated course over five weeks to having your own patch. We are passionate in helping others to grow their own cutting flowers.

You need a gift for a friend, a splash of colour and sunshine for your home, a pick-me-up for someone special, or a little addition to your dinner table. Of course, flowers are just the thing!

So, you dash to the local supermarket only to find:

  • An astounding lack of sweet peas, larkspur, cornflowers and British natural blooms
  • Hum-drum arrangements, boring bouquets, and strange colour combinations
  • You can’t smell the flowers over the scent of the bakery
  • None of the fragrance you remember flowers having when you were a child

You could go to the florist instead, but that’s so expensive and you know the blooms have travelled miles!

The only other resort is garage flowers. Let’s not even go there.

Even worse you realise:

  • The flowers you bought still have no fragrance ~ even in your favourite vase at home
  • These flowers were treated with awful chemicals that aren’t healthy to inhale
  • These blooms are imported (which is not eco-friendly nor sustainable)

Our course includes the following:

  • Access to our Rose Masterclass detailing pruning, propagation, pests and disease, care and treatment led by RHS trained Emma Thomas
  • Learning over five weeks everything you need to do for growing your own beautiful, fragrant blooms, including how to: grow in a greenhouse, polytunnel, cold frame, or windowsill
  • No dig beds, raised beds, compost and all that muck.
  • Transplant seedlings into the ground as well as direct seed planting
  • Arranging your beautiful flowers -a Spring arrangement
  • Plain-language explanations to take you to the next level of your cut flower journey
  • An expert team of horticulturalists and florists to follow step-by-step (we do, you do)
  • Newfound confidence in your floral abilities​
  • Skills you can enjoy for the rest of your life!

When do we start?

  • We’ll start together on the 10th April online at 10am and then run weekly for five weeks
  • All sessions are recorded and available to you if you miss them so don’t worry.
£127

What are the modules?

Our informative, jammed packed and fun workshops with plenty of time for questions and answers are as follows: -

Workshop 1

All that jargon. No dig, raised bed, compost, manure ……. we will unravel it all in easy-to-follow steps. This workshop will cover all about the siting of a patch. We will cover no dig beds, raised beds, weeding, position of a cutting bed and how to create a fine tilth soil for direct sow.

Workshop 2

Confused with all those seeds and how to grow each one. This workshop is all about seeds and germination. We will cover where to grow seeds, how to sow different seeds, what seeds to put where, caring for seedlings, pricking out, potting on and planting out. Learn what seeds to direct seed and which need to germinate first on a windowsill, propagator, greenhouse or polytunnel (any of these locations will be just fine)

Workshop 3

Our amazing Peony Masterclass. What an amazing bloom to add to your cutting patch but so many varieties and where to start. We will discover in this session, why grow peonies, the different types of peonies (herbaceous, tree and intersectional), how to plant and grow, propagating to get more stock, and which top ones to grow easily.

Workshop 4

Eucalyptus Masterclass. Every garden needs one of these. The workshop will cover why grow eucalyptus, how to grow, pruning and forcing juvenile foliage, the different types available and how to use in arrangements.

Workshop 5

Beautiful arrangement. Today we will teach you how to arrange beautiful spring flowers. The lesson will cover easy steps to flower arranging. Nothing is better than bringing your own beautiful blooms indoors - the scent, and the wonderful achievement of having grown them yourself will delight you for hours.

Investment

Your Cutting Patch -the easy way is a five weeks of learning together The value you’ll get is tremendous!
  • Access to a Rose Masterclass for a year - value £27.00
  • A sweet pea masterclass online – value £27.00
  • Savings on costly mistakes ~ for roses alone, you could save £100's
  • Savings on purchase of floral arrangements ~ valued at over £250 yearly
  • Live video teaching weekly ~ valued at £75 per session.
    • You’ll have over 5 sessions ~ Total value of £375.00
  • Enjoying eco-friendly, sustainable flowers ~ value of £Priceless
    • Ditch the nasty chemicals and pesticides
    • Lower your carbon footprint
    • The ultimate in sourcing locally
  • Confidence and pride in your ability to grow, cut, and arrange beautiful bouquets ~ value of £Priceless
  • Skills you can enjoy for life ~ value of £Priceless
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Total value = (well over) £700.00

You’ll get all this for your investment of £127.00

Be quick! Doors close on 7th April

£127

Here what clients have to say about Field Gate Flowers...

I can't believe that this next week will mark our 5th week of the course. I am having a blast and feel refreshed with all my new knowledge. I am loving putting it into practice too. I had a bit of catching up to do from the last week so I have enjoyed a lovely Sunday afternoon getting up to speed and continuing my journal which I am finding so useful to ensure I capture every top tip. I keep saying it but Thanks Roz Chandler and Emmab Thomas for an amazing course so far. I found Ben's chat yesterday so inspirational and in recent weeks I have got quite obsessed with sustainability, something I would deem of key importance when I start my own business. I wondered if we could get a podcast/session or talk from someone who can tell us more about why imported flowers are so bad for the planet and how it is impacting villages etc. I would just love to be loaded with more understanding on this as I think this would help to educate people and potential future customers on why buying British is best. I have done lots of reading on it but loved Ben's knowledge and infectious attitude towards it yesterday and would love to hear from someone that knows more. Not sure if this is possible. Lucy Elizabeth
I just wanted to thank you so much for putting on this course only just started and I've already learnt so much David was brilliant last night looking forward to the rest of the course and yes we have started lambing at last. Many thanks once again to you all. Liz Reynolds
Just thought I would thank you for the card and kind thoughts. The course is great. Kim Vaux
Thanks for the podcast inforrmation regaurding the book. Just seen a video you posted yesterday on your beautiful flowers, looks great. Really enjoying the course! Diane
 

Introducing Emma, our Horticulture Expert


Emma Thomas believes that she has the best job in the world ~helping people to fall in love with, develop, and get the best from their gardens (whilst wading in ponds and climbing trees)! Emma trained for her RHS diploma at Shuttleworth College and hopes to undertake the RHS Mhort, when her small children are a bit less needy.

Emma has a passion for wildlife and natural planting. She loves plants so much that she’s vegan (eat, grow, and dream about plants, it’s an obsession)! Her style is Piet Oudolf meets Dave Goulson with a bit of old English cottage garden thrown in. Emma is constantly on courses and working towards further diplomas to expand her knowledge.

She also has a bit of a thing for gardening books!

Emma's favourite podcasts

  • Roots and All Pod
  • Gardens, Weeds and Words
  • The Garden Log
  • Fresh From The Pod

Organisations

Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Plant Network
The Gardeners Guild
RHS

And the person behind it all, Roz Chandler


Roz Chandler together with her team in Lathbury, Milton Keynes (the home of roundabouts and concrete cows) is passionate about growing, harvesting, and arranging seasonally grown British blooms. Field Gate Flowers established for nearly ten years is a thriving flower farm.

As a child Roz loved nothing more than messing around outdoors. Her favourite memories were on a school French exchange on a farm in France This was a long way from the New Town of Hemel Hempstead that Roz grew up in.

The outdoors featured highly in Roz’s early years, and then she went to Plymouth Polytechnic (those A levels were never going to get her into medical school) to study Environmental Science. Her thesis was on the carcinogenic effects of nitrates from fertilisers in water. A lot of dark winters evening were spent collecting samples in the River Lea. (felt very radical back then).

Nearly 10 years ago Roz purchased a rather sad looking barn with five acres of land and so the dream begun. Roz was a novice and certainly had not come from a background of horticulture.

Roz is passionate about reducing the number of imported flowers coming into the UK. The Dutch government heavily invested in the 1970s and Holland became the hub of European flowers – flowers coming in from Africa and further afield to adorn our supermarket shelves.

When not in the fields, Roz loves having adventures. A keen cyclist she always takes on at least one charity ride a year in far flung places, the most recent have been India, Madagascar, Morocco (those Atlas Mountains) and Vietnam.

On her bucket list is the dream to cycle all the Greek islands over 6 months with just a bike and a friend for charity. What could possibly go wrong?

Roz has two daughters, a husband, 7 pigs, two goats, 5 chickens, a dog and a recently added kitten. What next?

Roz’s dream is to encourage more people to grow, harvest and arrange seasonal flowers.

She truly hopes you will join her on this journey.

 
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