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To Market To Market, Flower Market That Is!
Serendipity Garden Designs - Floral Arrangement Sydney Flower Markets
I joyfully visited the Sydney Flower Market on a number of occasions while I lived in Sydney. For me, visiting the Flower Market required planning. It was always an early morning start to make the long trek across the city to arrive in time for the start of the buzz of vendors and regular visitors. And when visiting the Flower Market you always want to make sure that you’ll be home the following weeks to enjoy the flowers you purchase. The flowers are fresh cut so they do indeed last weeks in your chosen vase and arrangement.
Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora
Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora

On one particular occasion I rose early on a Winters morning, I remember feeling the buzz of excitement as I readied myself in the dark. I had often ventured to the Flower Market with a friend but she couldn’t go this particular time and I was concerned that my lack of companion would propel me into Saturday morning laziness. But I am happy to report, no laziness occurred, I was ready for my early morning adventure. I climbed out of bed, popped on my winter warmer layers, heated up my tea, grabbed my market basket and scooted off to the market.

You might think me a little nuts for rising at 5.00am in the middle of winter to go to the Flower Market but I thought it was all rather lovely. Very rarely do I venture out into winter mornings except when required to so this self-propelled early rise was refreshing and exciting. There were not as many flower varieties (or stalls for that matter) at the market as there was when I visited in late spring and early Autumn the year before but there were still bounties of blooms – I certainly didn’t miss out. And because it is winter with less vendors, there were less people and that is always a good thing.

Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora
Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora
Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora

My tips for visiting the Flower Market:

Give yourself a budget…. it doesn’t matter what the budget is just have one. This was made easier with my second visit to the market, I had an idea what was available (of course this is seasonal), the volume of the flower bunches and the average prices being charged. My budget was $30, I spent $49 and I was completely fine with that. The extra $9 was for greenery which I thought essential to completing my arrangements – it was a quick last minute purchase.

 

Get there early…. the market opens at 5.00am and finishes at 11.00am. However, I suggest that you not rock up at reasonable o’clock because all the goodies will be gone. For me 7.00am is a late Flower Market arrival. 5.00am to 6.00am is perfect because remember, the Flower Market isn’t about just the flowers, it’s about the atmosphere. The sellers have already been up longer than you have so their enthusiasm is best experienced in the wee hours.

 

Take a basket… armfuls of flower bunches make it difficult to navigate through the market and pluck out perfectly formed blooms from the shiny silver buckets. I have been popped in the head from an unexpected bunch of blooms on a number of occasions and while there are worse things to be popped with, a basket for your purchases is best.

Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora
Sydney Flower Market - Serendipity Garden Designs Landscape Design Terranora
Serendipity Garden Designs - Floral Arrangement Sydney Flower Markets

So get out there, have fun, experiment with your flower arrangements, remember that your arrangements can evolve during the week or weeks – trim, chop, rearrange and try new vessels, not to mention move locations, think outside the floral square and enjoy.

Flowers Markets to visit around the Norther NSW and Tweed Heads area…

Gold Coast Flower Market
Monday–Friday: 5:30–10:
5/17 Crown Court
Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast
QLD

Brisbane Flower Market
Monday-Friday: 5am-3pm
Saturday: 6am-1pm
385 Sherwood Road
Rocklea QLD
https://brisbanemarkets.com.au/bfm/

Until next time, Carmel

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