Carolyn Dunster is an award-winning planting designer, florist and urban gardener. After a career in journalism she trained in floristry with Jane Packer and now runs her business from her home in north London. In 2016 Carolyn designed a small cutting garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on behalf of Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund, which won the People’s Choice Award. This week, sees the launch of her book “Urban Flowers”
Since cities were first settled, urban dwellers have created gardens on their doorsteps, cultivating beauty and gaining delight from their efforts, however small the landscape. Urban Flowers, explores the many ways in which you can bring colour and interest to a small city garden, whatever its location and whatever your taste.
By using her colour-themed planting recipes, her charming projects, and a palette of reliable urban plants, you can turn the least promising corner into a thriving habitat for plants and wildlife. As well as revealing Carolyn’s own floral journey, Urban Flowers encourages you to:
- be inspired by gardening in the city and community gardening
- evaluate your city space and be clever with design
- choose plants and materials that reflect your personal style and suit your urban location
- follow easy practical projects and experiment with colour
- prolong the season by drying or cutting flowers and saving seeds for next year
- choose the best containers and plant varieties for floriferous blooms
Carolyn says: “I am lucky to live a flower-filled life. I grow as many flowers as possible in a small inner-city garden cramming every available space with pots and planters that change with the seasons. In this book my aim is to demonstrate how growing your own flowers can transform the urban environment to bring a multitude of benefits for everyone who lives there.
As our 21st century cities get bigger and become more densely populated it is imperative that we remain in touch with the natural world. From cultivating courtyard gardens to planting window boxes or growing vertically against walls and up drainpipes, there are lots of easy-to-follow projects that will inspire you to do this.”
Carolyn designs planting schemes for small urban plots and grows as many flowers as possible in her own city garden to use in her floristry work. She also sources and sells gardening items that are ethically made by small producers using upcycled, recycled and sustainable materials to create products with a soul and a story. Carolyn is a strong believer in the healing therapeutic power of flowers and also works as a volunteer florist for Floral Angels, a sustainable charity based at New Covent Garden Flower Market in London whose Patron is the Duchess of Cornwall.
Carolyn will be signing copies of her book at The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill House
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