Spring Blooms

September 14th, 2017
Spring Blooms
A bunch of local florists have come together to create a day celebrating everything floral.

When Anna Vogt from Gooseberry Hill Farm heard about Australian Flowers Week—September 16-24—she thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate locally grown flowers.

In just a few short weeks, Anna and other Hills florists organised the day of flower power at Mylor’s Harvest Cafe this Sunday, September 17 from 10am-2pm.

There will be an array of activities and market stalls, such as fresh flower and seed sales, painting, demonstrations, posy making, and the chance to make your own flower arrangement.

Anna will be joined by local florists and growers Farmhouse Flowers, The Rose and Radish, Red Earth Studio, and The Botanical Heart.

“The day is about celebrating local, seasonal flowers and supporting the community,” Anna Harris from Farmhouse Flowers said.

“Who doesn’t love flowers? They are such an important part of so many milestone events and they make people happy.

“Flowers connect us to the seasons and nature and they’re really rewarding to grow. It’s not just about the way they look, but their smell and texture — they stimulate all the senses.”

The florists chose to host the event at Harvest Cafe because of its beautiful setting.

“It’s a lovely space with big oak trees – we wanted to do something outdoors,” Anna said.

“Harvest Cafe really do have the best coffee and lunches — they’re just awesome.”

Rosie Winter from The Rose and Radish said Australia Flowers Week is about raising awareness of buying local, seasonal flowers.

“Floristry is not a new industry, but our approach has been similar to the slow food movement,” she said.

“The huge environmental and social costs when we purchase something out of season are unseen costs. We want to keep it local and enjoy our environment.”

Rosie said that there’s something about flowers that stimulates our memory and provokes nostalgia.
“I think buying cut flowers from the market is a way people are able to connect with nature — that’s vital to all humans,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to chatting with people on the day and working with the other growers.
“We’re all a bit isolated on our patches of land, so it’s nice to spend some time supporting each other.”

The day will be a chance for flower lovers to chat to local growers and see them at work.

Anna established Farmhouse Flowers in 2015 and she both lives and grows her flowers in Mylor.

“I began floristry as a hobby and people began asking me to arrange flowers for their weddings and it just grew from there,” she said.

Anna sustainably grows seasonal flowers to create bouquets, flower crowns and decorations.

Many of her flowers are heirloom varieties and she incorporates wild flowers, pods, twigs, herbs and berries into her arrangements.

If they day goes well, Anna hopes to make it an annual event.

The Australian Flowers Week event will be held on Sunday, September 17 from 10am-2pm at Harvest Cafe, 240 Strathalbyn Road, Mylor. Activities require a gold coin donation.

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