It’s British Flower Week! What better time could there be, we thought, to introduce you to Jane MacFarlane Duckworth of The Flower Union? Jane has long been a champion of locally grown, British flowers - from those she nurtured in her own garden to building an entire network of likeminded growers. Read on to find out from Jane just what makes British Flowers so special.
Could you please tell us a little about your background and how you came to decide on / make a career for yourself in the world of flowers?
I started the Flower Union because I believe in the power of flowers. Flowers inspire, soothe and bring people together. To give flowers is an act of kindness and to receive them brings joy.
I myself began working with flowers after a difficult period in my life. I didn't have much but I had a garden, so I started to grow flowers to use in my floristry. I soon needed more flowers than I was able to grow so started to look for other local growers. Florists that I was working with then started to ask me if I could get British Flowers for them as they were so different, and so things evolved.