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Cultivating Place: Growing Gently: Honeysuckle & Hilda, The Floral Work Of Claire Bowen, UK

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All photos by Claire Bowen or Eva Nemeth for Honeysuckle & Hilda, all rights reserved

Claire Bowen is the woman behind Honeysuckle and Hilda: a florist who likes to write and her two little dogs.

Based in Oxfordshire, in a tiny village nestled in England’s Chiltern Hills she has a love of country walks, foraging in hedgerows, and dreaming about flowers in her studio, where she looks out into her in-process garden.

All photos by Claire Bowen or Eva Nemeth for Honeysuckle & Hilda, all rights reserved.

Through the many twists and turns of life, hers including a life-threatening battle with an auto-immune disorder and lung cancer, Claire’s organizing ethos has become: “Go Gently."

An environmental advocate before turning to flowers as her life path, Claire is also the author/co-creator of a new book entitled “The Healing Power of Flowers”, which looks around the year at the meaning, magic, and medicine of 80 flowers.

The Healing Power of Flowers

The book, photographed by Eva Nemeth, is an update and expansion on the Victorian Language of flowers, with seasonality and sustainability at its heart.

As we in the Northern Hemisphere approach the Summer Solstice, Claire shares more about her gentle garden and floral life journey.

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Jennifer Jewell is the creator and host of the national award-winning, weekly public radio program and podcast, Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History & the Human Impulse to Garden, Jennifer Jewell is a gardener, garden writer, and gardening educator and advocate. Particularly interested in the intersections between gardens, the native plant environments around them, and human culture, she is the daughter of garden and floral designing mother and a wildlife biologist father.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.