Ex-Hadlow Floristry Students Eco-Florist Business a Great Success
Two ex-Hadlow College floristry students have, for the past seven years, firmly established their eco-florist business on an acre of land within the family fruit farm.
Focusing on the rustic, Kentish country garden flowers, as well as experimenting with unusual seed heads and foliage, from spring through to autumn they open their plot to the public for a unique adventure in picking your own flowers. Brides-to-be and flower lovers are handed a slender silver bucket and pair of secateurs and invited to lose themselves, collecting foliage and stems as they go.
Reflecting on their time at Hadlow, Jen, who studied the Introduction to Floristry course and the RHS Certificate in Horticulture, stated that the horticulture course helped with the basics of propagation, cultivation and identification of plants, so she now understands what she is doing on the plot. The floristry course provided the basic mechanics about how to put together a bouquet and make buttonholes, as well as tricks of the trade such as conditioning and preparing stems and foliage. Bek, who also studied the Introduction to Floristry course, confirmed that it has enabled her to make her own arrangements for friends and customers.
The business, which has grown successfully each year, has at its heart an ethos which reflects the founders love of the land, their creativity and passion for organic and locally grown produce. It provides a spot for locals to retreat from urban life with hundreds of visitors attending open days and flower arranging courses. It has also continued to forge links with the College, providing work placements for current students and hosting talks in partnership with us.