My name is Dr Rachel Petheram; I am an artisan florist, a gardener and a teacher.
My flower story started in 2002 when I grew some of my own wedding flowers. As a full time lecturer in animal nutrition becoming a florist was the last thing on my mind! However, one thing led to another - a bit of faffing, experimenting and flowering on the side - and then Catkin was launched in 2006. All these years later it's hard to imagine that I once had a life without flowers.
I now grow many of my own flowers in the walled kitchen garden of Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire and am an ardent champion of British grown flowers.
I was included in the Independent newspaper's list of top 50 florists, I am a BBC Lincolnshire garden expert and I was featured in the first series of the BBC's Great British Garden Revival. I have been featured in numerous national garden and lifestyle publications and also on Radio 4.
I was one of the original grower/florists who were part of the revival of using British grown flowers in floristry. I use my extensive experience to run many courses on floristry and gardening at Doddington Hall, RHS Harlow Carr, Welbeck School of Artsian Food , the Chelsea Physic Garden and on-line with My Garden School
I also offer one to one training for new and established florists or for anyone looking to learn a new skill.
So, whether you are looking for beautiful, seasonal wedding flowers or you are a florist looking for some inspiration or someone who is just looking for a fabulous course then it would be my privilege to contribute to your own flower story.