Many floral designers and florists are interested in growing materials for their designs.
To have that extra piece of unusual foliage, flower, stem or branch or the colour of the materials creates the feeling that what they have produced is individual and has character.
Knowing how and where plants grow and other horticultural stuff opens the window into how we use them and prepare them for use in our designs.
Several well-known Gardeners started their garden interest through being an Arranger/Designer. One of the most recently noteable Floral Designer to Gardener is Beth Chatto who created her much visited Garden near Colchester. One television programme which has linked the growing of your own materials is The Big Allotment Challenge which featured the guest Judge Jonathan Mosely a teacher and demonstrator of floral design and floristry.
Sean Murray who won the Great Chelsea Garden Challenge the BBC2 – RHS programme in 2015 is also a floral designer and was trained to be an Area Demonstrator in the Flowers North West region. He used the design skills of a floral designer to transfer to Garden Design and his plant knowledge to enable suitable and interpretive planting.
So you see how growing plants for arranging becomes an added interest and an integral part of creativity.
On this page we will feature plants for Arranging and information about how to grow them and how to get the best use of them in our floral design.