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A hand holding some blue Iris flowers, with a blue pansy tattoo on the wristNurturing plants and living things means we nurture ourselves.

Here at The Flower Deli website you’ll find updates on my work and studies in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) as well as my own projects and writing about growing and using plants and flowers for food, creativity and wellbeing.

I am a learner, volunteer and worker in the field of STH and I have written about my journey to it on the blog.

The website will be updated as the journey continues.

Some history…

I spent most of my childhood amongst the sunflowers, marigolds and tomato plants of my parents' beautiful, ever-blooming and productive garden, which set in a life-long love of nature and horticulture. Once I had my own home I cultivated our garden, grew vegetables and herbs and always planted more flowers than I could feasibly fit into the beds. Feeling that I wanted to extend upon and formalise the knowledge I had picked up from my dad and from self-learning I later gained my Royal Horticultural Society Principles in Horticulture qualifications and spent a very happy season volunteering in the commercial but family-run environment of Ashdale Nursery in Nottinghamshire. This lovely time lit the spark of a thought of becoming a professional horticulturalist in some way and edible flowers were at the back of my mind.

Since then my interest and love of all aspects of horticulture continued and wove in and out of my everyday life in various ways, as it does with those who gain so much joy from cultivating plants.

In 2016 I established The Flower Deli and began growing and selling edible flowers to bakers, chefs and mixologists in Nottinghamshire. The following year there was demand for my flowers further afield, so I set up my online shop and posted punnets of edible blooms all over the UK. It was a dream come true to see my flowers used by culinary artists for occasions of celebration and love. Through my edible flowers business I met some wonderful people, learned more than I could have imagined and got involved in some great local events.

In 2019 I became increasingly fascinated by the connections between nature and human health and wellbeing. I closed The Flower Deli as an edible flowers business and began to pursue my new interest. This certainly isn't the end of edible flowers, I still grow and use them and they feature a lot on this website. I will always love edible flowers!

In 2020 I began volunteering with an STH project at a local community garden, visited other STH gardens, met practitioners and became a Mental Health First Aider. In early 2021 I completed the Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Programme Development with Thrive. I'm continually devouring books, talks and articles on this fascinating subject and am pursuing further projects.

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