Flower growers from across the UK travelled to Foulden recently to find out how to successfully grow flowers for sale.
Mill Pond Flower Farm at Foulden is run by Paula Baxter whose focus on traditional native flowers has seen her flower sales going from strength to strength in the four years it has been in business.
Paula grows a huge variety of flowers and foliage on the four acre smallholding and sells direct to the public for weddings, events and parties.
In 2015 she has also set up a wholesale business that delivers weekly to florists in the borders and in Edinburgh.
“Demand for our flowers has been extremely high throughout the season and supplying florists has really taken off,” said Paula.
“It’s very exciting to provide flowers that are used by florists for weddings across the whole of Scotland and to see what they create through post on social media.
“We doubled the growing area this year and were sold out of many varieties most weeks, particularly garden roses and dahlias which look beautiful in bouquets and smell glorious”
Paula has been running a number of workshops to share her experience of establishing a flower farm, from finding a market for the flowers to efficiently organising the land.
“The number of flower farms in the UK is growing steadily, supported by Flowers from the Farm, and it’s encouraging to see new businesses set up and getting off the ground as a result of the workshops,” said Paula. “It’s great to be able to share what I‘ve learned.”