Good Organic Gardening


Are you somebody who loves a bouquet of cut flowers but have some niggling doubts about their provenance? Do you wonder what you’re breathing in when you bury your nose into a bunch of flowers? While they look the part, they often have no scent and a soulless quality.

In search of the old romance and scent of flowers once again, I discovered a flourishing movement of slow flower growers in the NSW Northern Rivers and went to see what it takes to grow and supply local, organic flowers.


Janelle Johnstone’s family has been farming Weetalabah (“a place of many water springs”) since 1926. It’s now a certified organic farm. The paddock where flowerbeds now flourish was last ploughed using a horse and cart.

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