Chiswick Flower Market – Sunday 7 July

Image: Chiswick Flower Market, July 2023; Photograph Anna Kunst

The Chiswick Flower Market is back on Sunday!

Guest blog by Kathleen Mitra

This Sunday, the heart of Chiswick will come alive with the colours and scents of the Chiswick Flower Market. Adjacent to Chiswick High Road, at Old Market Place opposite Waterstones, this monthly market has become a much-loved event for both locals and visitors.

The Chiswick Flower Market is more than just a place to buy flowers, from 9am to 4pm, Old Market Place will transform into a green oasis, with stalls offering a diverse array of flowers, plants, gardening accessories and gifts. Whether you are a seasoned horticulturist or simply looking to add a splash of colour to your home or garden, the market offers something for everyone.

One of the special features of the Chiswick Flower Market is its commitment to sustainability. Many of the traders prioritize eco-friendly practices, offering organically grown plants and flowers.  You can find a variety of plants that support biodiversity.

There is a ban on single use plastic bags and floral foam.  Peat free growing is seriously encouraged, so too is bringing your own bag or buying a sustainable jute bag.

The market is a platform for small independent businesses. You will see a great variety from hardy perennials and aromatic herbs to rare and unusual plants and a wide range of flowers.

New traders this month are Ivy Primrose selling British flower bouquets, especially dahlias, plus dahlia plants and LDB Plants, a small, niche family owned and run plant nursery specialising in predominantly drought tolerant, sustainably grown, cottage garden perennials and grasses.

The Chiswick Flower Market also features a selection of handcrafted goods. Artisans bring goods ranging from handmade pots, garden ironwork to quality garden tools, floristry accessories and even some French garden furniture.

The Chiswick Flower Market is a hub for community events. The Poetry Takeaway will return to the market as part of London Borough of Hounslow’s Summer of Culture. The Poetry Takeaway serves up poems from a diverse and talented group of ‘poet chefs’ from their Burger Van!

Simply have a little chat with them and prepare to be delighted with your bespoke poem. Speak Out in Hounslow will also join the market to generate awareness of the wonderful work they do in helping adults with learning disabilities & autism make their lives better.

There’s also live music to enjoy, creating a lively and fun atmosphere, (see below for timings), and food available. B’licious sells freshly make crepes from their converted horse box.  Caketive offers cakes in the shape of plant pots which look too good to eat!  Planet Organic will have their stall of breads and pastries.

For those who prefer a more substantial meal, numerous nearby cafes and restaurants in Chiswick provide a variety of dining options.

Joined this month by the Art4W4 arts and crafts market

The Art4W4 market will operate on Sunday alongside the flower market.  Located from Devonshire Road heading east, there will be 13 or more stalls of local art and handcrafted goods from artists including printmakers, illustrators and ceramicists.

So, gather your friends and family, and head to Chiswick this Sunday for a day filled with flowers, music, poetry, food, and community spirit!

Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, 9am until 4pm.

Traders

Here is our full trader line up for the market on Sunday 7th July:

Outdoor plants

Stevens of Sibsey – cut flowers and plants all home grown in Lincolnshire
Pepperpot Nursery – wide selection of sustainably grown high quality herbs
Rotherview Nursery – specialist alpine nursery in East Sussex with ferns and camellias
Finest Plants – quality bedding plants and shrubs family grown in Hertfordshire
Andrew Barker – huge selection of indoor and outdoor pots plus great value plants
Steve Burridge – great value perennials and bedding plants from the Whitehall Nursery
W4flowers – local plant sellers offering value plants
Leahurst Nurseries – boutique family run nursery on the edge of Barnet
Ivy Primrose – dahlia bouquets and plants
LDB Plants – drought tolerant, cottage garden perennials and grasses
Jack and the Beanstalks nursery – our youngest trader who grows all his own plants
Matthew Spratt – rare and unusual plants from the Kew Plantsman
Ailand – locally grown plants from a local professional gardener

Flowers

The Godalming Flower Company – artisan seasonal flowers from their flower farm
Bellers Blooms – vibrant, organic cut flowers from the farm in Hampshire
LoveDay Blooms – beautiful blooms grown in a local London garden
Holmbush Flowers – fabulous flowers from the farm in West Sussex
Forever in Bloom – quality long lasting dried flowers at affordable prices
Isabella Florist – a vast selection of cut flowers to suit all tastes and budgets
Tiffany et Fleurs – a convergence of Eastern and Western floral artistry!

Houseplants

House Plants Express – large selection ranging from succulents to large house plants

Other horticultural and flowery things

Dan Cooper Garden – top-notch garden tools, garden accessories and gifts
Florita – unique handmade pots for houseplants
Monas collection – baskets for flowers and plants, hand made by African women
Rutland Stock Market – unique homemade products including flower presses, gardeners gift boxes, vintage vases, pots and bottles
French Collection – garden furniture and accessories from France
Bumblebee Forge – iron garden accessories hand made in Brentford
MG Pots – large handmade garden pots

Food

B’Elicious – delicious sweet and savoury crepes

Caketivate – edible artistry aka gorgeous flower shaped cakes – loved by children
Planet Organic – a selection of bread, pastries etc outside their shop

Charity

Speakout in Hounslow – a charity that works with adults with learning disabilities & autism to help them to make their lives better
Poetry Takeaway – unique opportunity to have a personal poem written for you

Music schedule

Dune                                   10.30 -11.15 am
CTA                                      11.30 – 12.00
Country Piccadilly        12.15 – 1.30 pm
UFO                                      2.00 – 2.45
UFO                                      3.00 – 3.45

We look forward to seeing you at the market this Sunday.  We are open from 9am until 4pm.

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Kathleen Mitra is one of the directors of the Chiswick Flower Market. Photographs by Anna Kunst – annakunstphotography.com

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