US cut flower grower to undertake UK cut flower nursery tour

Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) executive director Judy Laushman is to visit five British growers in April.

She co-wrote, with Allan Armitage, the industry standard text book ‘Specialty Cut Flowers’.

Laushman was invited by Gill Hodgson of Flowers From The Farm (FFTF) who said: "Judy was such a great help and support to me when I set up FFTF and we have corresponded regularly since. 

"I was delighted to read that she was visiting the UK and immediately invited her to visit.  I’ve put together a four-day trip that will introduce her to some of the biggest growers in the country and also some of the newest."

Their tour takes them from Thirsk in North Yorkshire, where sisters Wendy Jefferson and Sue Barningham recently set up Holme Flowers, to Doddington Hall near Lincoln where Rachel Petheram grows flowers in the walled garden. 

From there they plan to visit two commercial growers near Spalding in the company of Lyndon Mason of HDC’s Cut Flower Centre then to Oxfordshire to visit Green & Gorgeous.

Hodgson said: "American growers are facing exactly the same problems as our own industry, low prices and a high volume of imports. We have much in common and it will be very interesting to hear more about Judy’s experiences and ideas. I’m looking forward to showing her a wide range of growers and the different markets for which they grow."

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