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