GARDEN TO VASE
A digital course in cultivating cut flowers
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Imagine for a moment walking through your garden at sunrise, with an abundance of flowers blooming around you and pollinators dancing from stem to stem. Imagine carrying these stems to your studio to create a work of art imbued with freshness and beauty. Imagine sharing your garden and flowers with new students, clients, or couples who are getting married and want the source of their flowers to reflect their values.
All of this is possible for you when you know how to garden well.
As much you love idea of wandering through the garden picking flowers, the work and skill required to create a great garden can be daunting. Not to mention the time it takes to learn the intricacies of floriculture. Plus, most gardening information is geared towards perennial flowers (many of which aren’t good for cutting), or for people growing on a large scale, or for people who want to grow vegetables.
Until now, there hasn't been a place to learn how to cultivate
a small, diverse cutting garden.
With Garden to Vase, you'll learn that it's possible to create a thriving cutting garden that doesn’t take a tonne of time, or years of trial and error to figure out, so long as you have the right information and the right techniques at your disposal.
Garden to Vase is a 4 week digital course in cultivating cut flowers
With a curriculum designed exclusively for the small scale cut flower gardener you can create a beautiful, thriving garden and grow any cut flower you want.
Garden to Vase is a step by step course that gives you all the tools and techniques you need to cultivate cut flowers. But it also gives you the principles behind those techniques, so you know WHY you’re doing it.
The course covers everything I wish I'd known when I started. I stand in your shoes and answer the questions you're wondering about, and the questions you didn't even know to ask.
Garden to Vase isn't about any and all flowers - it's specifically about those that work well as cut flowers - the annuals, perennials, bulbs, flowering vines, herbs, shrubs and foliages that are great for a cutting garden.
The curriculum is delivered electronically via a private membership site with text, images, video, downloadable pdf exercises and a forum. The content is delivered over four weeks, but membership includes evergreen access to the course materials.
Meet Your Teacher
Garden to Vase was created by floral designer and master gardener Clare Day.
In addition to Clare Day Flowers and Garden to Vase, Clare has helped some extraordinary brands advance their educational content and digital strategies. Her clients include OnceWed, Joy Thigpen, Hollyhock and Dr. Gabor Maté.
Clare has been interviewed by the Globe and Mail, Canadian Gardening, Gardenista and other media as a leader in the garden to vase movement, and her work appears in Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers, co-authored by Erin Benzakein of Floret.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The exact steps to creating a beautiful cutting garden that will help you attract new clients and make your micro farm or floral design business more profitable.
Month by Month Gardening Calendar
Biostimulants for Amazing Blooms
Pruning 101 for the Cut Flower Gardener
5 Ways to Build Great Soil
The Only Way you Should Ever Transplant
A Detailed Guide to Growing 14 Of The Most Sought After Cut Flowers
The #1 Most Important Skill Every Cut Flower Gardener Needs to Cultivate
A Step by Step Guide to Post-Harvest Care
How to Antique your Hydrangeas
40 Plants for the Cut Flower Shade Garden
5 Common Peony Problems and How to Solve Them
A Guide to Creating Optimum Health for your Flowers
Step by Step Guides to Growing Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, Tubers and Flowering Shrubs
Everything You Need to Know to Grow Spectacular Roses, Hydrangea, Peonies, Hellebores and More
Rose Pegging and Why You Need to Do It
The Best Foliages for the Cutting Garden
And so much more...
A simple four-step process for designing and planning your cut flower garden. Create a space that's functional, beautiful and unique to you and your vision.
The best flowering shrubs, vines, foliage, annuals, perennials and bulbs for your cut flower garden + what to plant for a seasonal mix of cut flowers.
A step by step guide to building great soil + the key steps you need to take at the very beginning to ensure you have a great garden for years to come.
The #1 most important skill every flower gardener needs to master + how to create the healthiest and most productive garden possible.
Everything you need to know to cultivate cut flowers including transplanting, pruning, nutrition, watering and more.
How to approach the most common flower gardening challenges (including pests and disease) with confidence and ease.
The nitty gritty on how to grow fourteen of the most sought-after flowers included roses, peonies, clematis and many more.
Everything you need to know about harvesting and conditioning annuals, bulbs, woody herbs, flowering shrubs and more.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT GARDEN TO VASE
Garden to Vase is a wonderful course. This information will serve me and my business for years to come!
Kristen Carrier, Lavender & Lace Flower Farm, Canada
I’m seeing some fantastic results from the Garden to Vase course. It truly is a wonderful resource and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Kelly Day, Australia
The Garden to Vase course has completely opened my eyes to a new approach to gardening and saved me countless hours of research.
Kim Spears, Canada
The course offered heaps more than I expected. I can't put a price on what I've learned but honestly, at this tuition, the course is a steal! And knowing that I have all the materials to refer back to makes it that much more valuable.
Erin Urton, Canada
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Even though I've studied botany, did the Master Gardener course and have been farming for 12 years, there was still lots of new information, ideas and thinking for both the new and the experienced grower.
Marla Limousin, Canada
Who is the course for?
Garden to Vase is for aspiring or experienced gardeners who want to grow amazing flowers. It’s also for floral designers who want to expand into growing as a way to build their business and have access to the best materials.
Who is the course not for?
This course isn’t for people who want to dabble at creating a garden, or like the idea of gardening but know deep down they don’t have the time or interest. It’s also not ideal for people who want to grow flowers on a large commercial scale. Flower farming is very different from gardening, and while many of the organic gardening principles covered in the course (along with all of the detailed lists of flowers and varieties to consider growing), are useful for flower farmers, the course is designed for people growing on a smaller scale.
What if I’ve already tried growing flowers but it hasn't worked?
I’ve been there. My first few years growing flowers was all trial and error. I made a tonne of mistakes and learned so much. With this course, I’m teaching you from experience. I share the information and techniques I’ve tried and tested and that I know work.
I'm unable to pay the full amount now. Do you offer payment plans?
Do you accept credit cards and Paypal?
Yes! The e-commerce system supports Paypal and credit cards.
What's the format?
The course is delivered electronically via a private membership site. There is written text, images, video and downloadable pdf exercises. You also have access to a private forum where you can connect with Clare and other flower gardeners.
Will I receive everything at once?
Upon completion of your purchase, you'll have immediate access to the membership site and Modules 1 and 2. Modules 3 and 4 will be released week 2 (following your purchase), Modules 5 and 6 will be released week 3 and Modules 7 and 8, plus the Bonus materials, will be released week 4.
How long do I have access to the course materials?
I can't promise forever, but your membership to Garden to Vase is evergreen, meaning that you'll have access to the site as long as it's here. I don’t know how long that will be but I see the course lasting well into the future.
What’s the refund policy?
Your purchase comes with a 14 day money-back guarantee. If you go through Modules 1 and 2, do the assigned work, and don’t feel like it's right for you, contact me and I'll refund your investment. In order to receive a refund, you will be required to submit your completed exercises for Modules 1 and 2 as I need to know that you really put some effort in.
What if I’ve never grown anything before?
Then you're in the right place. The course is designed for anyone with a passion for cut flowers. If you have some experience growing flowers, there's lots here for you. If you’ve never grown a single thing in your life, you'll be a pro in no time!
What if I’m in the UK or Australia (or somewhere outside North America?
That’s great! The course was specifically designed for an international (currently English speaking) audience and there are students in the course from all over the world who are loving the content. However, please note that while the gardening information will be relevant no matter where you are, the curriculum doesn't cover growing tropical flowers like orchids. If you’re unsure if the course is right for you, just drop me a line via the contact page and we can chat.
What sort of results can I expect?
Using the techniques you learn from this course, you’ll be able to create a beautiful, healthy and productive cut flower garden. You’ll learn what you need to do to create a great garden this season, and what you need to do now to put in the place the foundation for a thriving garden that lasts well into the future. You’ll know what to grow and how to grow it; the information and techniques in this course will show you how to grow almost any cut flower (and flowering shrub and vine and bulb!) you want.
Does the course cover pricing for flower markets / flower stands?
No. The business of growing cut flowers isn’t covered in the course. One of the bonuses however, does include information on how to sell your cut flowers to florists.
What if I already know how to cultivate a kitchen garden?
When I started growing flowers, I had several years of having my own kitchen garden, and had apprenticed with several organic vegetable farmers. Little of what I learned applied to growing cut flowers.
What if I want to be flower farmer (not a gardener)?
While much of the content is useful for flower farmers, the course doesn't include training on some of the skills needed for large scale cultivation such as greenhouse production, farm infrastructure, etc. You may want to consider offerings by Floret, Love ’n Fresh Flowers or events hosted by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.
What if I'm too busy?
I understand that you’re busy, and I took this into account when designing the course. The content is delivered via series of easy to digest modules that you can work through at your own pace. If you’re purchasing the course in the height of your busy season, you can skip through to the highlights and the exercises for quick results, and then work through the rest of the content when you have more time.
Also, the way I designed the course was to make it streamlined. I don’t want to waste your time with info that isn’t central to the question of how to grow great flowers. At the same time, I wanted to give you options for how to approach your gardening, so you don’t feel locked into a one-size-fits-all approach. I hope I’ve struck the right balance.
The course answers the most common questions beginners face, along with some of common mistakes people make. If you’re just starting out and want to grow great flowers this season, this course will surely help you, and save you time and money.
What exactly is included?
In addition to the eight core modules, you'll receive the following bonus materials:
37 OF THE BEST FOLIAGES FOR THE CUT FLOWER GARDEN
MONTH BY MONTH GARDENING CALENDAR
5 ESSENTIAL FOLIAR SPRAY RECIPES
HOW TO SELL YOUR FLOWERS TO FLORISTS
PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FLOWERS AND GARDEN - A Q&A WITH KELLY BROWN
20 OF THE BEST PLANTS FOR THE CUT FLOWER COTTAGE GARDEN
15 FLOWERS FOR A DUTCH MASTERS CUT FLOWER GARDEN
WHERE & HOW TO GET GREAT PLANTS FOR YOUR GARDEN
35 FLOWERS (AND MORE) WITH MOODY, MUTED SHADES
36 FLOWERS FOR A WHITE CUT FLOWER GARDEN
RESOURCES FOR THE CUT FLOWER GARDENER
Your membership also includes access to a forum where you can connect with the teacher and other gardeners around your gardening questions.