Meadowsweet is the name that I chose for my flower business – and my name is Liz Doherty. I spent 20 years working as a university lecturer, but 12 years ago I started thinking about how to develop a flower business. I acquired a couple of qualifications in floral art from Sheffield College and I attended Jane Packer’s advanced floral design course in London. From here I developed my own values, ideas and practical skills for working with flowers – I hope some of this comes across in my website and my blog. I get ridiculously excited about cut flowers and love communicating this enthusiasm through the designs I create and the workshops that I run.
about my flowers and foliage
I source most of my flowers and foliage from a Clowance Flowers in Cornwall. This began as a family business that grew and sold beautiful flowers for over 65 years. Clowance now acts as a hub for gathering and selling seasonal flowers produced across Cornwall by a range of local growers. I usually add a few hand-picked flowers from my own cutting garden in Sheffield to my work. When there are very few English flowers in season I also buy them from the Sheffield flower market where I can pick out the freshest and best on offer. All my designs are put together in water – I never use floral foam which is not biodegradable and contains substances which may be carcinogenic.