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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 1M ago

It's probably fair to say that this blog needs little words.  Put the kettle on, sit back and lose yourself in our rose garden. 

Thank you Baxter and Ted for creating such a pretty film for us.

 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 2M ago

It was our last wedding of 2017.  September weddings are usually our favourite.  A sunny day in Autumn is the best in Cornwall and roses, dahlia's and autumn foliage rule in the garden. 

Last year Kate and Tom were getting married at the lovely Fowey Hall, overlooking the pretty fishing port of Fowey, just down the road from our flower farm. 

It was a bit unusual for us as we had a film crew following us around for to record the process of picking and arranging their flowers.  Filming is way harder than it looks!




So we spent Friday picking and arranging with the crew from 7 Wonder Productions trailing behind us.  We did a bit of everything that day, from sowing hardy annuals to ironing ribbons for the bride's bouquet. 

On Saturday morning we were up early to deliver the flowers.  The team at Fowey Hall are really lovely and let us use their library to prepare the final flourish to the table arrangements and also make us coffee.  

Tom and his groomsmen were nervously waiting until it was time to leave for the church so Becca took the opportunity to pin on their boutonnieres.  Their smart blue suits were the perfect choice for Fowey in Autumn. 

All ribboned up, we delivered the bouquet to Kate and her showed the bridesmaids their flowers.  The moment the bride gets her bouquet there is nearly always a bit emotional and it is a real joy to be there to see her reaction.  We love our job and hope that we can make a tiny contribution to making a really important day all the more special. 



So! All this got filmed and last night, more seven months later, we nervously watched as Kate Humble dived for seaweed and helped out with baby ducks before we had our little slot on Back to the Land. This was the first time we had seen the film and we are really proud to be part of a Cornish small business revival.

Watch the episode

The program showcased a range of small rural businesses in Cornwall.  We are all so remote from one and other it was really positive to see how we do all experience similar issues - often relating to the weather! 

We are also part of a bigger British Flower movement that offers local and seasonal flowers as a more natural and sustainable alternative to imported and mass produced flowers. The lovely thing is that each region and each grower/florist/floral designer has their own style and character and this makes each bouquet unique.  Flowers specific to the growing conditions, the place and the time of year perfectly compliment the landscape and atmosphere of the wedding or event.  We invest our creative energy and time in choosing and growing the flowers we love and hope that our 'tailor made' approach can provide something special for all of our customers. 

It was a fantastic to be on the BBC with Kate Humble - we couldn't have imaged this happening when we first started out.  We are also really grateful to Kate and Tom, and their lovely families, for letting us be a bigger part of their day than they might have imagined, and hope they have some happy memories to look back on too! 







Our garden photographed in Spring by Britt Willoughby Dyer

 

If you are interested in having British Flowers for your wedding please get in touch via our 'wedding packages' page.  

We also run a series of workshops throughout the year locally and further a field visit our 'floral classes' page of our website.

 

 

 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 2M ago

We are delighted to be offering potential brides an opportunity to meet us and our garden.  If you would like to arrange an appointment please fill in the form below. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our garden soon.

Name * Name First Name Last Name Email Address * Phone Number * Wedding Venue * Wedding Date * Wedding Date MM DD YYYY If you have looked at our wedding packages which one are you most interested in Would you like to have information on wedding planning and what we have in season Yes Where did you hear about this open day * Thank you!
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We are delighted to finally share with you some beautiful images by Allen Tsai of our workshop last June.  These images where under wraps until Once Wed recently featured them.



Teaching collaboratively with Sarah Winward was so much fun.  Her designs are so feminine and she has such a keen eye for seasonal flowers that it was great to have her come and join us in teaching A Summer Study.  

The course took place in Cornwall on a beautiful farm called Botelet - you feel so far from the hectic day-to-day duties of life we just knew it was the perfect location for our students to switch off and get back to nature.  

With hedges on the farm filled with wild foxgloves we foraged for flowers and foliage that formed part of an installation demonstration. 





For each student a bespoke Leach Pottery bowl was made with a snow glaze to reflect the rustic nature of Botelet.  We carefully guided our students through the colour and design elements of centrepiece styling.  









Using our own home grown flowers we taught our students the art of bouquet design.  Working with full blown English roses and beautiful ribbons by Adorn we each demonstrated our signature styles. 







 

Finally we taught how to create larger arrangements and explored the world of pricing.  





Thank you to all the lovely students and suppliers that joined us for A Summer Study and a big thank you to Sarah Winward for coming to work with us. xx

If you would like to join us for this year's retreat we will be returning to Botelet for Colour Theory A Cornish Edit from Monday 11 June - Wednesday 13 June.  Our collaboration this year will be with Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral.  

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 4M ago

We are really looking forward to joining Rachael and Ash at Green and Gorgeous this April. 

 

Rachael had been a leading the field (!) in flower farming in the UK for a long time now.  Her gardens never fail to impress us in April with stunning ranunculus of the like I have never seen anywhere else. 

Rachael and Ash do their research.  Years of experience and trailing new varieties from bulb producers in Europe and beyond means that Green Gorgeous always have flower varieties the rest of us have never seen.  Lucky for us they are also quite generous with their knowledge and have been known to share a few secrets with the rest of us.  

If you are thinking of flower farming or just want to grow your own cut flowers Rachael will take us through her farming year with a clear and steady guide to growing seasonal British flowers like a pro.  We always pick up new ideas here, and love meeting like minded people.   These two days offer the opportunity to sharing experiences and ideas with a group of fellow flower fans, whilst testing out your floristry skills using anemones, tulips, blossoms and early spring flowers all picked on the day.  Rachael will guide us through her gardens whilst we select and cut our flowers for day two. 

 

On the second day of this workshop we will discuss new trends in floristry and how to grow to achieve the aesthetic you want, what ever that might be.  In the morning we will talk shop with Rachael who has just published a beautiful new book with stunning images of her work.  We will talk about marketing, branding and style and attracting the customers you want.

Rachael is so good at maintaining a colour palette through the seasons and we continue this theme through day as we create our own hand tied bouquets.  We will talk colour, texture, size and style as we guide you through the process of making centre pieces and bridal flowers.

Eva Nemeth takes many of Rachael's professional photographs and will be there to create portfolio images of your work.  We will chat through photo shoots, working with others and collaborating to keep your business creative and forward thinking, whilst Eva can give us some insider tips on getting the best shots of your flowers. 





The Detail

Course date: Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th April.

10am - 4pm

£695 per person

To book your place please follow this link

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 6M ago

We are rather lucky that Cornwall attracts so many talented photographers - mind you I'm thinking it may have something to do with Poldark too?!  

Well lucky for us the filming of Poldark is on our doorstep (but no I've refrained from hanging around Charlestown drooling at Ross!) so we have a lot to offer now in our little patch of Cornwall!

Rewind to last May and we opened our flower garden up to Samantha & Reid of Orange Photographie.  I wafted around the garden in my trusty TOAST smock, which I will take this moment to add, yes, even I have noticed that many photos of me contain me wearing an orange top!....New Years resolution is to try a new colour (I'm trialing green at the moment and the jury is out).  I picked all the ingredients for a hand-tied bridal bouquet which, later that day, formed part of a photoshoot for Orange Photographie.  

It's lovely looking back at this time of year on what the garden was like.  The garden looks so brown and sludgy at the moment and we've had sooooooo much rain.  These pretty images really cheered me up!  So thank you Sam & Reid today we live in hope and excitement for the coming May!













If like Orange Photographie you are visiting Cornwall and would be interested in working with us please do drop us an email with a bit about yourselves and link to your website. 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 8M ago

This week has been about the bulbs.  Clearing away annuals, mulching for winter and digging trenches for narcissi, iris, alliums and tulips.  We had a light dusting of frost earlier in the week which is unusual for us here in Cornwall, so the tulips which normally have to wait until late December, get a head start this year.  Typically it was followed by torrential rain and flash flooding - fantastic weather for gardening! It'll be interesting to see how things turn out in spring.  

Alliums and Tulips by Melissa Love http://www.melissalovephotographer.com/

We worked recently with Melissa Love who took some beautiful still life pictures of winter bulbs.  We are so lucky that Melissa lives just down the road and her still life skills are amazing.  We wanted to echo the Dutch Masters' vibe but put the bulbs centre stage.  Melissa's artful eye and clever use of natural light resulted in making a cold, muddy task that little bit more easy, every year.   

Ranunculus corms and the tools to plant them by Melissa Love

In the tunnel we are planting a ranunculus (or rat lunch - depending on whether you are a rodent or not).  We have not had much success in getting these through the winter for the past few years, despite full on rodent-war.  Rats are clever.   Possibly cleverer than me.  So these funny little bunches of potential have been soaked in a weak solution of disinfectant for 24 hours, to make them swell-up ready for planting, and also to disguise the smell.  Safely tucked up in a freshly dug bed, topped with fresh compost there is a whole lot of hope ready to be munched when winter squeezes the food supply for not just rats but lots of the wildlife that lives on the farm.   

Amaryllis by Melissa Love

Narcissi by Melissa Love

Also in the tunnel, are amaryllis, foxtail lilies and bearded iris, in tiny pots, are a very pale ice-blue muscari and  dainty dwarf fritillaria.  We hope the very light cloud-blue will work with the delicate translucent Dolomite glaze on our Leach Pottery bowls.  All that spring lightness is yet to come as we head into the dark days of winter and make the most of the slanting sunshine when we get it. 

Photography by Melissa Love 

Here are some more images (of actual food - not rat food) from Melissa that will make you cherish winter all the more and appreciate the calm, watery light of winter.  

Photography by Melissa Love

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 1y ago

July, until this week, has been relatively calm....weatherwise that is!!!  Wedding wise it's been hectic.  

Grabbing moments in amongst a busy wedding month to gather flowers from the garden and try out new combinations in these bowls have been really inspiring.  It's funny how a creative boost can be found from simple things like a new vase!  



These bowls have the Dolomite glaze which is a soft grey blue.  They have worked really well with Spring colours and now leading into summer they look great with all the dahlias in those light tones.  I should add that Maz can finally chalk up a win....she offically has me liking ferns!  (Still don't want so many in my own garden though!).  



Looking on to autumn this Snow glaze, which was commissioned for our Sarah Winward A Summer Study Course, is going to be perfect for all those burnt tones and seed heads.  We are already plotting a new colour to be released next spring along with an exciting new workshop - which we will share news of in the coming months!



Wedding Couples Shout Out: -

For our 2018 couples we will be offering these bowls as part of our 'styled service package'.  If you would like to discuss the design concept of your wedding day and how each supplier links to your overall brief please feel free to email us and ask for more information on our 'Wedding Curation & Design' which is due to be launched soon! 

Floral designers and Studio Pottery Lovers: - 

We are excited to launching an Online Shop soon - our Dolomite (grey blue) bowl will be available to purchase in a medium & small size.  Shipping is UK only.  

 

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The Garden Gate Flower Company Blog by The Garden Gate Flower Company - 1y ago

We thought as the bride and groom's are now starting to book their 2018 wedding it might be nice for us to shine the spotlight on some of our local venues and how, over the years, we have styled them.  

We start with Boconnoc House, a family run estate in South East Cornwall.  Set in the most beautiful grounds this impressive house has been carefully restored to provide an amazing location for your wedding.  With a stable yard and barns, ancient bath house and pretty church the ceremony options are vast.  Being an exclusive use venue you really can feel like the owners of this wonderful estate!

The Stable Yard Ceremony 

The ceremony is often the first look that guests will have of your wedding day and the florals can be an exiting part of that.  If you choose to get married in the Stable Yard at Boconnoc the large doors look amazing with long garlands draped from one to another.  Consider having large churns at the base to bring the focal points lower and create interest on another level.  If churns aren't your thing big stone urns would work well too. 

Repetition

Sometimes it's nice to see things twice!  Rather than lots of different arrangements - keep some continuity.  Inside the stable yard barn there is a beam which sits above the ceremony table this looks beautiful with loose garlanding and fairy lights to provide soft lighting.  

The Bathouse Ceremony

Outdoor weddings are becoming very popular and if the weather is kind to you finding a venue that has outdoor ceremony options is well worth considering.   Creating an arch that will frame your ceremony is a lovely backdrop and installations like this one are made the morning of your wedding.  We now have two different size arches which can be used in this location.  It's worth pointing out that this end of the Bathouse is not licensed. 

The Dorothy Garden Ceremony

I's hard to beat a beautiful lawn, carpeted walkway, rose petals and sunshine!  Draw on the natural beauty of the surroundings and keep any floral arrangements simple.  

Placing a large footed low bowl on a clothed ceremony table gives a key focal point for the signing of the register and the rose petals (fresh of course) add the touch of English garden to your wedding.

Boconnoc House

This grand house has a beautiful entrance hall and to really make an impact your foral styling needs to go big!  Placing one large footed urn on the entrance table will fit with the proportions of the room.  With an arrangement like this you are still able to utilise the space underneath for items like guest books.  



The Drawing Room

Bathed in natural light this elegant room lends itself to relaxed floral arrangements.  There are two wonderful alcoves which permanently house two very large Japanese style vases and they look dramatic with large branches.  Alternatively and our favourite is to have a low bowl arrangement where the beauty is at eye level and allows for the light to flood into the alcove.



Mirroring the arrangements in the alcove to one on the mantle piece will keep the continuity of colour, texture and style with your wedding.  

The Garden Room

With options to have both long and round tables it's important to choose the right floral set up to compliment your table styling.  Round tables lend themselves to oversized bowls or urns as the space allows for fuller design and more trailing foliage.  Again portions are important a tiny arrangement on a big round table looks wrong and therefore perhaps long banquet style dinning is better if you budget does not allow for a larger sized arrangement.

Creating a outdoor / indoor style of arrangements like this one in the depths of winter works really well with a mix of cut flowers and potted plants.  Adding height above your guests heads with large branches also gives the opportunity to hang tea lights creating a magical dinning experience. 

The Bridal Bouquet

Working with the seasons and the flowers in our gardens has the added advantage that each arrangement is unique.  Depending on the time of year tends to determine the size of the arrangement and I say it again 'proportion is key'!   We love creating a bridal bouquet to be captured at this venue with it's fabric lined walls of the bridal suite it oozes luxury.    






If you would like to arrange a floral consultation for your wedding please visit the 'wedding' section of our website where you will find the different floral packages we offer. 

 Image credits: - 

1, 8- 14, 17, 19 - 21 - Taylor & Porter Fine Art Photography

2-7, 15, 16, 18 - 20 - Amy Shore Photography

22 - Toby Lowe Photography

 

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Runaway Bride is our new package for spring, autumn and winter.  We love a big wedding, but totally understand that not everyone wants to make a big deal of the big day.  We are offering a small package of our beautiful homegrown flowers which will perfectly set off a small venue, intimate dinner or beach celebration. 

Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

This was a spring runaway bride from earlier this year with speckled helebores, ruffled ranunculus and glossy tulips stealing the show.  Many venues are offering mid-week weddings and have flexible booking outside of the busy summer months.  We think this is the absolute best time to be in Cornwall, when the beaches are empty, big skies are full of racing clouds, the light is more dramatic and you can actually park your car at the beach! 





Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

If you want to style your tables yourself and keep things simple we provide three table arrangements ready made, a bridal bouquet with beautiful silk ribbons and buttonhole flowers for him.  These all come in glass jars and can be used for your ceremony, dinner or as you wish.  

Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/





Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

We will deliver for free within a 30 mile radius of our farm and hope to make a small wedding more beautiful without the stress.  

Photos by Irina und Chris Wedding Photography http://www.irinaundchris.de/

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