We were very lucky a few weeks ago to welcome Suzanne Savill (journalist) and Clare Green (photographer) from The Western Daily Press to my own flower patch to interview Cally and I about our lives, interests, our mutual passion for growing your own and how Our Flower Patch came about. The ladies were very lovely, but I did worry about poor Suzanne struggling down the lane to my patch. Luckily she persisted, as she has written a fabulous article. You can read an online version of it here.
Rest assured the country lane to my flower patch has dried out nicely and it is much more accessible now! It is less of a 'puddle punctuated muddy slime' and more of a cow parsley lined tree tunnel.
We think Suzanne captured perfectly our enthusiasm for encouraging children to grow cut flowers in the school gardens, our passion for British flowers, and how we see them as a perfect opportunity to help schools increase their outdoor learning opportunities, enhance their outdoor classrooms and sell the flowers to run young business enterprises within their schools to make the school gardens self financing, or even profit making.
Imagine our surprise then when the article appeared, not just in the paper, but in the glossy West Country Life Magazine, in the 'Countdown to Chelsea' gardening special. RHS Chelsea has been all over the horticultural Twittersphere and is getting great coverage on the TV. It is really heartening to see the great press that the younger horticulturalists are getting. There have been 'an unprecedented three show gardens' by designers aged under 30 this year. This article from BBC News looks at some of the issues that are facing the UK horticultural profession. There seems to be a lack of young people choosing Horticulture as a profession and undertaking the relevant studies and courses. Alan Titchmarsh himself has been vocal recently about the subject of attracting young people into Horticulture.
So what's to be done? Well, rest assured Our Flower Patch is all about trying to engage young people with the joys of growing and making growing flowers in schools easy to manage, self financing and, most importantly, fun! Take a look at our website to find out more or get in touch with us here.
For another passionate group of #YoungHorts take a look at the Twitter hashtag #YoungHorts or have a look here. We guess Our Flower Patch could have the hashtag #veryyounghorts !! After all, it's the place to start. It's how Cally and I both got started!
Catch them young and sow the seed of a love of growing.
Inspiring a new generation of growers.