Grow your own cut flowers for pleasure or profit with Rachel Siegfried

Garden courses

Ref: S2D10938

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About this course

Learn how to create a productive cutting garden for a consistent supply of flowers from April through till October, whether for home arrangements or as a micro flower farming business.

Course Description

If you have an irrepressible love of flowers and like the idea of growing armfuls of seasonal blooms to fill your house or as a business proposition this course will give you a comprehensive introduction to the subject.

You will learn how to layout and prepare your patch, cultivate your favourite seasonal flowers and foliage so that there is something to pick from April through till October.

The course includes practical sessions on propagation and on how to harvest and condition flowers.

There will be an opportunity to create a natural style hand tied bouquet and vase arrangement to take home.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Rachel will supply all the flowers and foliage for the floristry practicals.

What students need to bring

  • A sketch with measurements and/or photographs of your site/patch would be helpful plus a wish list of flowers you would like to grow.
  • Weather-proof clothes and shoes for outdoor demonstrations would be advisable in case of bad weather.
  • A bucket to take spare flowers home and a box or crate with packing to transport your vase arrangement.
  • A camera and notebook is also advisable.


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'.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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