I am an award-winning artisan flower farmer and florist running Maura’s Cottage Flowers, which caters for weddings, corporate floral requirements, local deliveries and flower arranging classes.
Living on an idyllic, sheltered hillside site just outside Tralee in Co Kerry, I take great pride in farming the same parcel of land that has been tended by several generations before me. I manage the flower farm sustainably and offer a bespoke service creating flower arrangements that are unique and distinctive, with an eye for colour and attention to detail. My flowers are scented, natural and always reflect the seasons.
Gardening has always been a passion of mine, and after rearing our seven children, I followed my dream to study horticulture through distance learning with The Organic College in Dromcollogher, Co Limerick and have completed several courses since then, including professional floristry with the National Organic Training Skillsnet.
I am a founding member of the Flower Farmers of Ireland and a regular columnist with Irish Country Living magazine. I have also worked as a consultant on school and community garden projects, volunteer with the Inspire programme for people with special needs and am a host farmer with Kerry Social Farming. I love to share the joy of gardening and growing your own flowers with as many people as possible.