My name is Maria Ryan and I run a small scale garden based flower farm and design studio in rural Co. Carlow called Bell Meadow. I’m at the beginning of my flower farming journey so my days are filled with digging, planting, and a whole lot of dreaming and planning ! Bell Meadow is a small scale garden based flower farm. Flowers can bring so much to a moment, they add joy, they can bring comfort in times of sadness and they show us the beauty of nature.
Its October now and the flowers were hit by the frost in late September. The polytunnel is allowing me to extend the season and there is still flowers growing outside that aren't too bothered by the cooling seasons. I love to seek out uncommon varieties, some heirloom and some new breeds that are beautiful, the kind you won’t see everywhere and many that are naturally scented.
From studying with Floret Flowers, the world’s leading flower farmer, I have learnt how to grow and care for these blooms and through ongoing floristy training , how to use and design with them. I am currently studying for a Certificate in Organic Horticulture though the Organic College in Limerick which is forming the bases for how I grow and tend to the earth.