Manning Valley Flower Collective
The Manning Valley Flower Collective is a group of flower growers and florists from the Mid North Coast of NSW who are looking to connect with other growers and designers, share knowledge and insights and create a community of like minded flower folk who value collaboration over competition.
Our members range from small scale flower growers, studio florists and floral creatives. We live in such a beautiful part of the world from the rivers to the oceans to the mountains to the towns and there is so much that can be grown here and is being grown here. A shift has begun around Australia with an emphasis on grown not flown, local flowers. Flowers are ephemeral and shine in their place, in their season and time and this growing awareness around the impacts of imported flowers is resulting in vibrant growing flower communities popping up around the country.
The benefits of being an active part of the Collective are the opportunities for collaboration and connections. We organise gatherings where we discuss all many of flower growing and the 'business of flowers' topics from what seeds we are sowing now, to price of flowers, to education, what inspires us and everything in between. We have also had seed swaps and shared bulk seed and plug orders as many of our members are small scale growers where wholesale orders would be too large and unnecessary for one. Most importantly, the connections and friendships made have been the most beneficial and joyful part of it all. We are looking forward to the world opening up allowing us to gather and drink tea and talk flowers again in person.
Some of our members include Broula Farm, The Little Orange Farm, Dogswood Botanical, Flora Adora Studio, Rose Myrtle Farm, Tranquil Garden Nursery, Blooms With A View, Arcadia Flower Farm and Hello Posy Co.
We welcome all flower growers on the Mid North Coast no matter the scale who are interested in growing for cut flower or is a florist looking to connect with our growers and design with local flowers where possible. The world always needs more people growing flowers.