EMERDEN is a small flower farm and florist located in Tikorangi, Taranaki, New Zealand. Started by flower obsessed colour enthusiast Sarah Hawkless a few years ago, we're now a very small team attempting to make our way growing & sharing the most beautifully interesting flowers we can find.
We were previously based in Stratford originally, before moving to our new bigger permanent farm in Tikorangi, just before lockdown. We grow a wide range of seasonal flowers, mostly annuals, along with a few spring bulbs (tulips, anemones + ranunculus), dahlias and garden roses mixed in for good measure. As we expand into our new farm, we'll be adding lots more permanent plants (peonies, woodies, perennials & shrubs) which'll take a few years to settle in before we start reaping their beautiful harvests!
Mixing both growing and floristry is so intrinsic to us, one is not whole without the other. We love the freedom to grow all the different and interesting flowers not commonly commercially available, and are always trialling (at large) new varieties to add to our line-up.
Throughout our main growing season September to March, our flowers and Seasonal Bouquets can be purchased directly on our website for hand-delivery to Northern Taranaki (New Plymouth, Waitara, Bell Block, Urenui), with the rest of Taranaki & NZ available for courier delivery upon request.
We've also started selling flowers direct from the farm for pick-up on weekdays - we're calling it our Petals on the Porch, while we have them up by the house (eventually we'll move our flower stand into our harvest shed when it's finished construction and had a good tidy up).
One of our great passions is scouring the globe for the most interesting flowers to grow in all the best colours. As we find these special gems of varieties, we're slowly working to make them available to both home-gardeners and fellow small scale flower farmers. We'll be creating a flower farmer specific sign-up list very shortly for all our specialty offerings (think Italian Ranunculus & Anemones, Colibri Poppies).
We've been planning to sell seeds for years, but I think we are very close to making it happen this year! It's not quite going to be the fancy perfectly designed packets I was trying to make happen, but something is always better than perfect so I'm putting my perfection aside and just going to make it happen! So make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to hear all about them when we do (form in bottom footer).
We also sell wholesale to other florists, both locally and shipping further afield throughout NZ (if you're a florist and you'd like to register, just sign up here: Wholesale Registration).