It’s Spring and that means it’s bloom season. Let’s talk about my cutting garden as a wedding florist.

Imagine a wedding where every bouquet and centrepiece is filled with blooms freshly harvested from the florist’s own cutting garden—each stem a testament to the care, creativity and commitment they have to crafting truly unique floral experiences.

It’s not just a charming notion—it’s a growing trend among wedding florists that’s blossoming beautifully. Let’s delve into why nurturing my own cutting garden as a wedding florist is a game-changer.

First off, there’s the undeniable allure of infusing my arrangements with a personal touch. I put my heart and soul into each of the florals I provide for my weddings, and for me, sustainability, locally sourcing and ensuring all of the intimate details are met are my top priorities. Imagine being able to handpick each bloom, knowing it was grown with your own two hands. It adds a layer of authenticity and meaning that can’t be replicated with store-bought flowers. 

Plus, there’s the satisfaction of reducing your carbon footprint by sourcing locally and sustainably. With concerns about environmental impact on the rise, couples are increasingly drawn to eco-friendly options—and what’s greener than flowers grown right in your own backyard?

But creating my own cutting garden is not just about eco-consciousness—it’s about the quality and uniqueness of the blooms themselves. By growing my own cutting garden, I have the freedom to experiment with a diverse array of flowers. This can include seasonal and heirloom varieties that may not be readily available from wholesalers. 

This allows me to offer couples a truly bespoke floral experience, tailored to your unique tastes and wedding themes. 

And let’s not forget the practical benefits: a steady supply of fresh cuttings at my fingertips, reduced costs over time and the flexibility to make each wedding unique and personal.

Cutting garden

Now, if you’re feeling inspired to embark on your own floral journey, just for fun, it’s easier than you think! Starting seeds indoors is a fantastic way to kickstart your cutting garden and set the stage for a bountiful harvest.

Here are the steps I take to start seeding indoors to create my own cutting garden:

  1. Pick the Perfect Seeds: Choose a variety of seeds that suit your climate and style, ensuring a colourful mix of blooms.
  2. Get Your Gear Together: Gather your supplies—think seed trays, potting soil and a sunny spot to kickstart those seeds.`
  3. Plant and Nurture: Follow the instructions on the seed packets to plant your seeds, keeping them cozy and moist until they sprout.
  4. Introduce Outdoor Life: Gradually expose your seedlings to outdoor conditions, helping them toughen up for their future in the cutting garden.
  5. Watch Them Grow: With a little TLC and some green-thumb magic, watch as your seedlings flourish into beautiful blooms, ready to dazzle on wedding days.
Cutting garden

What am I starting to seed for my own garden? 

Here’s the list and varieties in order:

  1. Lisianthus First Love
  2. Astilbe Rhapsody Mix
  3. Stock Harmony Mix
  4. Chaubad Carnations
  5. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
  6. Echinacea Feeling Blanche
  7. Calamintha Marvlette Blue
  8. Verbena Vanity
  9. Heliotrope Marine
  10. Statice Pink Pokers
  11. Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea)
  12. Snapdragons Potomac (specifically growing White, Royal and Lavender)
  13. Dahlia Showpiece mix (will keep the tubers of the ones I like for next year)
  14. Phlox Beauty Mix

Want to learn more? Check out the reel I made about my own cutting garden!

Cultivating your own cutting garden isn’t just a trend—it’s a transformative shift in the wedding floristry landscape, and an honestly, wonderful, grounding and peaceful hobby. It’s about reconnecting with nature, embracing sustainability and creating unforgettable floral experiences for couples on their special day. 

So, fellow florists and green thumbs, why wait? Grab your gardening gloves and let’s embark on this blooming adventure together!

If you’re looking for wedding florals for the 2024/2025 season, feel free to explore my floral services. I value the uniqueness and brilliance of each wedding and each couple. I put my whole soul into each arrangement, and each arrangement will include flowers that are sustainably grown, locally sourced and filled with flowers I have personally grown in my own garden. This way I can ensure you feel good about doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint and know that you are receiving the best quality flowers.

Learn more here!