Introduction to Flower Farming

A three day intensive course to give you the fundamentals of flower growing for profit, with a mix of theory and practical. From marketing and sales, to caring for your soil, we’ll cover a wide range of topics. And yes, you’ll also get some hands on experience having fun with flowers! This is for those who are dreaming, planning, or have two years or less experience of growing flowers for sale.


If you are interested in ‘Lean’ business principles as applied to flower farming, we have a separate course, which takes place on the following two days after this Introduction course, so you are able to combine them if you wish. Please see separate page to book: Lean Flower Farming Intensive



The following will be covered in this intensive course. Please note Nourish Gardens specialises in growing annuals and short lived perennials in the field. Greenhouse/tunnelhouse growing will not be included.

-Why have a flower growing business?

-Potential flower customers, and how to grow for them

-Marketing: direct, social media

-What do the financial numbers look like? Factors to consider to build a sustainable business

-Types & varieties of flowers suitable for cutting

-Tools, equipment, infrastructure investments

-Growing practices: looking after and improving your soil

-Pest and disease management

-Harvest and post harvest techniques for maximum quality

-Making market and simple retail bouquets, including basic wrapping techniques


Tutoring, resource materials, morning tea and lunch each day.


*Payment plans: If needed, please email to request a payment plan option – what we can do depends on how close your booking is to the course date.



Monday 9am-4pm

Tuesday 9am-4pm

Wednesday 9am-3pm


-Clothes & closed shoes suitable for the weather conditions, and that you don’t mind getting a bit of soil on. If it’s wet we may well be heading outside regardless!

-Gardening gloves (if you have your own – we will lend otherwise).

Numbers are strictly limited in this workshop.


Christy Ralphs

Christy owns Nourish Gardens, a small scale flower farm and education centre on Waiheke Island.
With a background in teaching, Christy likes nothing better than to share her knowledge to help others succeed in building their own dream flower filled sustainable businesses.
Christy is a founding member of Floral Collective Aotearoa, an Auckland based wholesale flower market, and co-creator of the ‘Floral Business Activator’ coaching and mentoring programme for small scale flower growers.


Cancellation Policy

Please note: Before you enrol in a workshop or event, please make sure you are comfortable with, and agree with, our cancellation policy. It has been updated due to Covid-19.

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