Introduction to Organic Cut Flower Production

Event Date:

April 6, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am

Event Location:

Bell Meadow Flowers

Please note – this course is now SOLD OUT. Please email with “Cut Flowers” in the subject line to be added to a cancellation list for the course.

NOTS are delighted to be offering a first-of-its-kind, 6-day course – Introduction to Organic Cut Flower Production in 2024. Taught on site at Bell Meadow Flowers, Co. Carlow, this will be a practical course on establishing a cut flower garden business.

Beginning on April 6th, join flower grower and designer Maria Ryan along with organic market gardener and teacher Paula Pender for this comprehensive, six-day introduction to cut flower production.

The course will provide training and advice on how to design and establish a cut flower garden for both the home gardener and those wishing to establish a successful cut flower business.

Course Information:

  • Dates:
    • Saturday 6th April
    • Saturday 18th May
    • Sunday 30th June
    • Sunday 25th August
    • Saturday 19th October
    • Saturday 23rd November
  • Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm each day
  • Venue: Bell Meadow Flowers, Co Carlow
  • Trainers: Maria Ryan & Paula Pender
  • Cost: €300 when you sign up through NOTS. This is a massive 40% reduction on the full course price
  • Eligibility for Funding:
    • Participants can only pay the reduced rate of €300 through NOTS if they fulfil both of our eligibility criteria:
    • Participant must be resident in Ireland, and
    • Participant must be employed or self-employed in any sector (this includes part time workers)

The course will have lots of practical tips on site design, succession sowing and planting, protected cropping production, organic methods of pest, disease &  weed control, crop cultivation & planning, selecting suitable varieties, flower harvest techniques and also natural flower arranging.  In addition this course will  provide up to date information on cut flower market outlets,  pricing and the financial side of setting up and running a cut flower business.

Topics Covered:

  • Site assessment and design for cut flower garden
  • Soil fertility and compost
  • Sowing and planting techniques
  • Choosing suitable annual, biennial and perennial flowers for year round production.
  • Choosing and planting a wide range of bulbs, corms and tubers
  • Organic pest, disease and weed management for small scale systems
  • Flower harvest techniques
  • Hands on practical experience on bunching flowers, market bouquets and natural flower arranging and seasonal bouquets to suit different events through the calendar year.
  • Potential earnings from a cut flower garden
  • Pricing and marketing outlets

If you have any queries about funding, contact us here at or call us on 071 9640688

No More Seats Available
Total Seats: 13
  • Bell Meadow Flowers
  • Co Carlow
  • Ireland

Event Schedule Details

  • April 6, 2024 10:00 am
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