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Verde flowers

VERDE FLOWERS

 

Photo courtesy of GASP Photography Company

 

The wedding season started a brisk day in early March 2017 and finished on a snowy December 28th, so you can see that British flowers and foliage aren't just for summer.  Some of the venues I've most enjoyed dressing include Healey Ban, Capheaton Hall, Lambton Castle, Northside Farm and Alnwick Gardens and I've collaborated with some wildly talented florists such as Fiona Pickles of Firenza Floral Design,  Hannah Price of Wildflower Ouseburn, and Sarah Statham of Simply by Arrangement.

I grow on a friend's farm near Durham on a little under an acre, mostly from seed or cuttings, without using any chemicals at all.  The flowers are picked a few days before your wedding, conditioned overnight on the farm and then ready for your Big Day.  And because I grow everything I use, the price I quote you will be the price you pay, becauseI don't ever buy from overseas.

If you'd like me to grow flowers for your wedding or event, I offer a range of options: from a bespoke service where we discuss the flowers you might like, and I grow them for you; a 'Picking Party' down at the flower farm with friends the day before the big event, or a fun DIY wedding where I supply buckets of freshly cut, seasonal flowers for you to arrange with friends and family as you wish. Take a look over some of the options I offer below.

 

"We loved working with you, from start to finish. We knew instantly that you 'got' our vision for the wedding, trusted you completely, and sure enough the flowers could not have been better. Those sunny Friday afternoon hours with our impromptu florist shop beneath the colonnade will live long in the memory."  Tom and Vanessa (East Harsley)

 
 
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful wonderful flowers- they were just perfect, a beautiful part of a beautiful day. And thank you also for being so incredibly helpful, it was such a joy to work with you.
— Bride, Ceri Boulton
 
 

The Verde Team

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caroline

Caroline is the dungaree wearing, flower growing, life and soul of Verde flowers. Often found knee deep in soil, packets of seeds in every available pocket and a cup of milky tea nearby, Caroline is the floral companion every florist or bride needs. Always making sure her team is supplied with tea, biscuits and secateurs in all seasons, she seeks to provide her clients with the most seasonal British grown produce she can muster from her patch of County Durham earth.

With a 20+ year career in garden writing and journalism, she likes to think the double-decade apprenticeship has served her well in her quest to bring British flowers to the people. Using nothing but good old knowledge, some luck and a whole load of muck from the farm upon which the Verde plot sits, you can rest assured that your flowers are pesticide and air-mile free. 

Air miles and pesticides aside, years of interviewing people has given Caroline the ability to take what she knows about a client and ensure that the flowers work for them, in colour, shape and style. Rest assured that with Verde, your wedding day or event will be everything you florally require.

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Charlotte

Part Architect, Part Florist, Charlotte is our resident Queen of structure. Charlotte has seen the transformation of Verde HQ from small plot to garden of plenty, and has taken quickly to the shock of four seasons in a day that comes part in parcel with working in County Durham. Architecture and floral design both require careful composition, an understanding of what people want from the spaces they inhabit and the interaction between place and the environment, and lucky for us, Charlotte does this masterfully. 

"Working with Verde Flowers means the flowers are grown from the outset with the recipients in mind. There is a lovely connection between the grower and the bride which creates a compelling and individual floral story for each wedding."

roisin

Dress maker and anthropologist, perpetually in earth tones and Doc Martens, Roisin likes to think she brings a certain level of enthusiastic eccentricity to the team. She is currently studying for her MA in International Security Studies in Scotland whilst holding down the online elements at Verde, building and curating the website as well as encouraging Caroline to embrace the Instagram story feature. 

When she manages to escape the post-grad library, she is picking seed heads and thinking about how new foliage she has spotted would look nice in a large installation and trying to convince her flat mates to allow her to buy yet more houseplants. Also making appearances in County Durham when the wedding season hits, she can be found picking flowers to order, making sure everyone is supplied with food and coffee as well as putting together bouquets, buttonholes and large installations. 

Very rarely cuts her hands with secateurs. Trying very hard not to give Caroline a heart attack when she does.

Photo credit: Helen Warner Photography

 

Want to have a look behind the gate at Verde Flowers? Take a look at our Instagram feed and keep up to date with the behind the scenes, day to day goings on at the farm.