Gardens Illustrated
Howe Farm Flowers

The best pick your own flower farms and gardens to visit

Published: July 21, 2022 at 3:17 pm
Try 3 issues of Gardens Illustrated for just £5

Now is the season for filling your vases with freshly cut flowers to brighten the home. We recommend the best flower farms and gardens in the UK that invite you to pick your own blooms.

Surely there can be no finer way of spending a summer's day than roaming fields of flowers with your family and friends, posing for photographs among the glorious beds and cutting your own blooms to take home. Many pick-your-own flower fields and gardens offer refreshments and host workshops in flower arranging and making hand-tied bouquets. Plan your next day out with our guide to the best places where you can pick your own flowers.

Advertisement

Remember to bring your own scissors or secateurs, and wear suitable footwear for muddy and uneven ground.

The best pick-your-own flower farms and gardens in the UK

Pick your own flower farms and gardens in the south west

Abbey Farm Flowers, Dorset

Abbey Farm Flowers

What a spectacular setting for a cutting garden – in the grounds of a medieval abbey on the Jurassic Coast. They've recently added more beds for a more diverse mix of shrubs, annuals and perennials. The garden welcomes hen and birthday parties as well as general visitors for pick your own sessions, and they can arrange workshops, such as hand-tied bouquet making. Tea, cakes and ice creams are available to fuel your flower picking.

Abbey Farm Flowers, Church St, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4JJ, abbeyfarmflowers.co.uk

Brothers Farm, Dorset

Brothers Flower Farm
© Lucy Shergold

Originally growers of blueberries, brothers Dan and Josh Benson started growing flowers in 2018. While pick your own isn't available on the flower field, visitors can choose their blooms from buckets of daily cuts in the cafe, which serves fresh coffee and blueberry bakes. Open from May to the end of August.

Brothers Farm, Trehane Nursery, Stapehill Road, Wimborne BH21 7ND, brothersfarm.co.uk

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, Wiltshire

A south-facing 18th-century walled garden filled with a myriad of plants, fruit and vegetables. The cutting beds are lovingly tended to by head gardener Annie Shutt – among them you'll find dahlias, cosmos, delphiniums, foxgloves, sunflowers, candytuft, sweet peas, and a whole host of other flowers. Open for PYO from June to November.

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, West Hatch, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6PA, pythousekitchengarden.co.uk

Court House Farm, Somerset

Court House Farm offers gift vouchers for picking their flowers in spring, summer and autumn, from tulips and sweet peas to the finest roses and dahlias. You can also add a luxury afternoon tea to the experience. If you're not up for picking, they have a pop-up honesty box shop selling their seasonal blooms.

Court House Farm, Church Road South, Portishead, Somerset BS20 6PU, courthousefarm.com

Pick your own flower farms and gardens in the south east

Howe Farm Flowers, Buckinghamshire

Howe Farm Flowers

Located in the Chiltern Hills, this flower farm growing peonies, nigella and other lovely blooms has sustainability at its core, using municipal compost from collected garden waste. PYO sessions are from Thursdays to Saturdays, and you can arrange to have tea and cake if you wish to extend your visit. After cutting, your flowers will be wrapped up for you to take home. Flower-arranging workshops are also available.

Howe Farm Flowers, Ashendon Road, Dorton, Buckinghamshire HP18 0NY, howefarmflowers.com

Merri Flowers, Bedfordshire

This flower farm is open for PYO sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays from mid July to the end of September – book your ticket via their website. Expect to find roses, dahlias, sunflowers and zinnia, as well as a host of grasses and greenery. They also sell Christmas trees in winter.

Merri Flowers, Queens Close, Oakley, Bedford MK43 7TB, merriflowers.co.uk

Little Buds Peony Farm, Kent

Little Buds Peony Farm

This peony specialist grows over 50 varieties on their farm, including the blousy Etched Salmon and heavenly Coral Sunset. While pick-your-own isn't available, visitors are welcome to walk through the fields and take photos, and there are freshly cut bunches and potted up plants for you to buy. Open late May to mid/late June.

Little Budds Farm, Coldblow Lane, Thurnham, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3LR, littlebuddspeonyfarm.co.uk

Pick your own flower farms and gardens in central England

Wysall Flower Farm, Nottinghamshire

Wysall Flower Farm

From mid-May onwards you can pick-your-own flowers at this Nottinghamshire flower farm – just book your picking slot via their website. If you don't have time to pick, they have an honesty shed open on Saturday mornings where you can buy simple bunches to arrange at home.

Wysall Flower Farm, Cricket Field Farm, Widmerpool Rd, Wysall NG12 5QW, wysallflowerfarm.com

The Picking Patch, Lincolnshire

At this Lincolnshire flower farm you can pick tulips and daffodils in spring, peonies, alliums and irises in early summer, and dahlias, gladioli and sunflowers in late summer. Entry is free and you pay per stem. They also host hand-tied bouquet and wreath-making workshops.

The Picking Patch, Swayfield Road, Corby Glen, Grantham NG33 4LP, thepickingpatch.com

Pick your own flower farms and gardens in Wales

Emma's Flower Field, Powys

A new flower field in the Brecon Beacons National Park, a half-hour drive away from Llangorse Lake. You'll find cottage garden flowers to pick in spring, sunflowers in summer and pumpkins in autumn. There's a play area for children, and you can book a gazebo and fire pit if you wish to have a bbq with friends after your picking session. Camping is also available by the flower field during the summer holidays.

Emma's Flower Field, Heol Hemley, Llangorse, Brecon, Powys, emmasflowerfield.co.uk

Pick your own flower farms and gardens in the north of England

Rowes at Priory Gardens, Yorkshire

Established in 1962 as a market garden on the grounds around a medieval priory, Rowes has been growing its stunning cut flowers for 50 years. Among them are tulips, cornflowers, scabious, larkspurs, salvias, rudbeckias and, of course, dahlias. You can book your cutting session online or buy PYO gift vouchers for loved ones. They host wedding flower workshops and 'Pick & Paint A Posy' sessions, where you pick your flowers and paint them under the guidance of a professional artist.

Priory Gardens, Bow Street, Guisborough, TS14 6PR, rowesatpriorygardens.co.uk

Pick your own flower farms and gardens in Scotland

The Walled Garden, Dumfriesshire

The Walled Garden

A beautiful walled garden surrounded by woodland in the Ewes Valley. Visitors can cut their own flowers every Saturday throughout summer, working up an appetite for tea, cake and wood-fired pizza! Via prior arrangement you can even pick your own wedding flowers – a lovely thing to do with your bridesmaids – and bubbles can be provided to make the day more special.

Ewes, Langholm, Dumfriesshire DG130HL, the-walled-garden.co.uk

Millpond Flower Farm, Berwickshire

Millpond Flower Farm

On this Berwickshire farm you'll find two acres of fresh flowers ready to cut. When you arrive you can choose the size of vessel you want to fill, from a medium vase to a large bucket – plus there are little pots for children under 12 to join in. The farm also hosts 'cut and arrange' workshops.

Millpond Flower Farm, New Mains, Foulden, Berwickshire, TD15 1UL, millpondflowerfarm.co.uk

The Flower Field, Aberdeenshire

On these cutting fields you'll find tulips, iris and alliums in spring then sunflowers, gladioli and dahlias in summer. There's an honesty box near the entrance to the field to make your payment. The farm also grows peonies but they aren't available to pick-your-own – you'll find freshly cut bunches in the shop.

Advertisement

The Flower Field, Oatyhill, Laurencekirk, AB30 1AU, theflowerfield.shop

Authors

Abigail is a freelance writer and editor based in Hereford.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sponsored content