As the daughter of a horticulturalist and a florist it was inevitable I would find my way to a flower farm at some point.
It was putting together wedding flowers for a friend in 2019 that reawakened my interest in flowers and rekindled the wonderful creativity that goes into growing, curating and sharing them with others for me. I had a vision to include dreamy nostalgic cottage flowers in the wedding bouquets but found them difficult to find. In the end I outsourced the wedding flowers but resolved to grow my own cottage flowers from there on in.
And so, my farming journey began with a few salad greens and herbs, one wee dahlia plant and an idea of the kind of flowers I wanted to grow. My floral repertoire has since expanded to include more dahlias, cosmos, cornflowers, nigella,ammi, daucus, daisies, poppies, lavender, snapdragons, alstroemeria, lavender, hydrangeas and more.
At the end of 2021 I realised my hobby had grown into more and that a change was in order. A shift from corporate life to a lifestyle where there was more creativity, outdoors, sunshine and flowers was needed.
Nestled on just under a quarter of an acre in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, the Urban Floral Farmlet sits snugly amongst new houses and townhouses serving its wider community with flowers grown and arranged onsite.