About Moat Farm Flowers
Moat Farm Flowers is an English flower farm in the heart of Suffolk, just north of the market town of Framlingham.
It was started by Frances Boscawen in 2013, when her love of flowers, gardening and particularly of using seasonal flowers in her bouquets and arrangements, left her thinking about their origin (Holland, Kenya and South America). We have all become aware of food miles, now is a chance to cut our flower miles too.
With plenty of space here at Moat Farm, the obvious answer was to start growing an ever expanding range of flowers ourselves. So the sheltered vegetable garden has been turned over to tulips, larkspur and peonies, the crumbling red bricks and cracked concrete of the old cattle yard have been transformed into a cutting garden bursting with annuals and dahlias in raised beds, and the one-time pony paddock has been planted for full-scale flower production. We also have a polytunnel to extend the season and tide us over the cold, dry East Anglian winters. Whilst we are not totally organic we try to follow organic principles and the farm is home to a wonderful range of wildlife. Ours are flowers which are grown naturally and slowly.
As advocates of British grown flowers and co-ordinator for Flowers from the Farm in East Anglia we will be exhibiting this year at various regional shows as well as The Chelsea Flower Show under the Flowers from the Farm banner.
We hold regular workshops in our Flower Barn on various aspects of growing, arranging and appreciating flowers, as well as flower related crafts. Groups are generally limited to 8 people so there is plenty of space, time and attention for each participant. The atmosphere is informative and relaxed. This year we welcome return visits from visiting tutors Babs Behan of Botanical Inks and willow weaver Jo Hammond.
We welcome gardening clubs to visit during the summer months. Tea, cake and a short guided visit and talk are included. In the past year Frances has given talks to the Ipswich Organic Society, Orford Gardening Club and The Chelsea Gardens Guild, London. If you are interested in organising a visit or talk in 2018 please contact us.
What we grow
(An incomplete list)
Spring: hellebores, narcissi, muscari, hyacinths, tulips, lilac, solomans seal, various early flowering shrubs
Summer: alliums, astrantia, sweet peas, lilies, peonies, antirhinums, lavender, roses, delphiniums, larkspur, foxgloves, ammi, scabious, cosmos, nigella, nicotiana, zinnias
Autumn: gladioli, dahlias, sunflowers, chrysanths, amaranthus, grasses and seed heads