Growing and arranging perennials for cutting with Rachel Siegfried

Garden courses

Ref: S1D11603

Join waiting list

Course full - scroll down for other

About this course

Flower farmer and florist Rachel Siegfried will share her enthusiasm and experience of growing and arranging perennials for cutting. The day will include a look at her favourite varieties, cultivation tips, a seed sowing practical and arranging a garden-gathered bouquet.

Course Description

You will learn about the benefits of turning your cutting gardens or flower farms over to a backbone of permanent perennial planting. Why it is better for the environment and low maintenance.

Perennials offer an overwhelming range of species to choose from, allowing you to develop your own unique signature style of floristry.

Rachel will demonstrate how she picks, conditions and arranges perennials and you will get the opportunity to make up a garden-gathered bunch of your favourites from a selection harvested from her farm and picked by you from West Dean Gardens.

You will also learn how she finds new favourites using her trial beds and the propagation techniques she employs to produce even more plants. A practical session on seed sowing will ensure you have the beginnings of your own patch to take home.

Plant selection will be a big part of the day and you are guaranteed to go home with a long wish list and some recommended nurseries to source well grown and interesting varieties from.

This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply flowers and seeds.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring a bucket for the flowers and a box for the seeds tray.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Plants and seeds.


Rachel Siegfried

Rachel is a flower farmer and floral designer who has been growing and arranging flowers for her business Green and Gorgeous for over ten years. She arranges her seasonal blooms for weddings as well as running courses at her farm in Oxfordshire. Her naturalistic style is illustrated in her book 'The Flower Book'.

Courses of interest

Sign-up to be the first to know

Sign up to our Short Course enews to hear about new courses, late availability and get creative inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.