Meadowsweet is the name that I chose for my flower business – and my name is Liz Doherty. I have spent 20 years working as a university lecturer, but a few 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 arrangements 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 is a family business that has been growing and selling beautiful flowers for over 65 years. They use traditional husbandry skills to grow their flowers and they keep crop spraying to a minimum. I usually add a few hand-picked flowers from my own cutting garden in Sheffield to my arrangements. 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 that may be carcinogenic.