As with so many things, it was an alchemy of circumstance, timing and family bonds that led us to set up Blooming Green, a no-dig flower plot and floristry business in the middle of a fruit farm in Kent. I was working on a London newspaper when a copy of Amy Stewart’s book Gilding the Lily arrived on the reviews desk. At the same time, there had been several articles in the national press about the less appealing side of the global cut-flower industry. Key issues included the excessive use of chemicals, air miles and poor working conditions, to name but a few. I had always loved flowers, ...


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