From field to flowers
Just over four years ago Ali and Clyde returned to their Goudhurst home after having spent an amazing couple of years in Australia. With both children now in school Ali wanted to do something with her time. Returning to teaching did not appeal to her, they had lots of spare land and she was keen to utilise her love of gardening in some way.
Over dinner with friends one evening, the seed of an idea was sown. Having contemplated setting up a glamping site in the back field, Ali and Clyde’s thoughts moved to flowers and the idea of a pick-your-own flower farm, partly inspired by the good fortune of living next door to Lower Ladysden Farm, a wonderful pick-your-own fruit farm. A quick internet search led to an appreciation that there is no such thing as an original idea – there were plenty of British flower growers scattered across the country with a similar aim in mind.
A few weeks later, whilst having coffee with friends, Ali received a text message from Clyde. He’d just been talking to the neighbours at the farm and had asked whether they knew someone who could help us out by ploughing our field. As luck would have it, they were having some work done soon as they were planting more asparagus, and they promised to send their chap around when he arrived.
A few days later the tractor appeared and work began on Flowers at Summerhill.