A little bit about me
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 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 have recently become a host farmer with Kerry Social Farming, as I love to share the joy of gardening and growing your own flowers with as many people as possible.
- Seasonal bouquets and arrangements
- Wedding and event flowers
- DIY wedding flowers
- Sympathy & Remembrance flowers
- Weekly subscriptions
- Wholesale flowers
- Christmas wreaths and decorations
- Local deliveries
- Workshops & Demonstrations
- Free Consultation
Bridal Flowers Specialist
I specialise in seasonal and sustainable country flowers, which tend to suit relaxed but unique weddings and reflect the personality of the married couple. I love to grow unusual varieties that have good scent and have that wild, natural charm to them. I like the fact that I can provide an alternative for brides who do not want to rely on imported flowers, or who wish to go for a less structured look on their special day.
Each bridal bouquet is unique and created following an in-depth consultation process with the couple at my studio on the flower farm. This allows me to get to know the bride and groom and accommodate any special requests they might have, such as including a flower that might remind them of a happy memory or a loved one. By growing a huge array of flowers, a bride is sure to have plenty of choice for her wedding day and a bouquet that captures her spirit.