About

What is Dear Green Flower Farm?

Dear Green Flower Farm is a brand new community enterprise specialising in the production of traditional Scottish plants, cut flowers and foliage for florists and the general public in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

The flowers produced on the Farm will be naturally beautiful – just as nature intended – and with the added benefit of zero air miles.

Planted in 2015 and taking root throughout 2016, Dear Green Flower Farm is delighted to be setting up its operation in two unique and distinctive outdoor growing sites in Glasgow’s West End – Burnbank Bowling Club in Woodlands, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary, and St Charles Borromeo Church in North Kelvinside.

To allow the Farm to come into full bloom, the initiative is in need of volunteers – with an interest in everything from gardening to marketing to small business administration – to help tame the wilderness and create a beautiful growing space in Glasgow.

All profits made through the sale of plants and flowers are reinvested directly back into the initiative, its volunteers and two fantastic charitable initiatives – arts projects in Glasgow’s East End and Mary’s Meals.   So let’s work together to help make Glasgow Flourish!

The Vision:

Dear Green Flower Farm’s vision is to make Glasgow blooming beautiful! By using highly visible spaces (and always on the look out for more!) it will grow a select variety of scented, colourful plants and foliage, including heritage cultivars that will thrive in the Scottish climate.

The Farm will create an organic growing social hub in the heart of the city where everyone from students, families, asylum seekers and individuals will be welcome to come together and take part in both gentle and strenuous outdoor activity while acquiring new skills, work opportunities and friendships.

The aspiration is for the Farm to create a structured volunteering programme to allow volunteers to gain increased confidence and skills, ensuring Glasgow grows and prospers.

The Farm will help Glasgow become more of a ‘dear green place’ bringing colour, beauty and scent into the heart of the city.

Background:

Dear Green Flower Farm was created in Autumn 2015 by Jane Tomlinson – a Glasgow-based musician and gardener with a strong track record in community education projects.

Born in St Albans and raised in Helensburgh in Argyll and Bute, Jane took inspiration from plants and gardens from an early age.  After graduating – first with a degree in music, and then music teaching – she went on to complete a course in garden design at the Chelsea Physic Garden before setting up her own garden design business in West Sussex which she ran for 12 years.

After moving back to Scotland in 2001, Jane worked as a professional musician and music teacher before turning her focus to community and social projects.

She founded Glasgow’s first multicultural community choir Voicebeat, which in 2015 celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Jane has a passion for art, music and gardening and believes in the power of creativity to create friendships within culturally diverse communities.

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