As a member of Flowers from the Farm, a network of UK flower growers, I am passionate about British flowers and I’m always delighted when the spotlight falls on the domestic flower industry each June.
The real challenge, however, is maintaining interest throughout the seasons and encouraging more people to grow and use British blooms rather than those that have been flown halfway across the world.
Back in the 1970s homegrown flowers were just about all people could get hold of and they accounted for 80% of the market. Imported flowers were rare and expensive. Today the reverse is true and British flowers only make up around 10% of all flowers sold in the UK even though the market is now worth around £2.2bn.
British growers are helping to turn things around and they’re also increasing the availability of traditional garden favourites such as sweet peas, dahlias, roses, anemones, ranunculus and gladioli. These English cottage garden classics are hugely popular with interior designers, brides and event planners, whether they want to create a country style theme or something more contemporary.
If you want to support the British flower industry and do your bit to reduce “flower miles” there are a number of things you can do:
- Grow your own – join our monthly gardening classes to find out how to fill your garden with flowers.
- Track down your closest grower – the Flowers from the Farm website has a wonderful interactive Growers’ Map
- Waitrose usually has a good selection of British flowers which are clearly marked and are available in store and online.
To find out more about British Flowers Week visit the British Flowers Week website.