Name: Polly Nicholson

Job: Flower grower and florist


Instagram: @bayntunflowers

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Current Colour Obsession: Edward Bulmer paint ‘Lilac Pink’ 

What is your favourite

Song of the moment:

The Disney Pixar Lava theme song by Jim Murphy

Song of all time:

Nanci Griffith with James Hooker Going back to Georgia, Bobbie Gentry Ode to Billie Joe, Dolly Parton Jolene


I’m about to finish The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, I want it to be longer

Non Fiction:

Flames and Feathers: English Florists’ Tulips by the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society, it’s my go-to historic tulip reference book

Recipe Book:

Mary Berry’s Complete Aga Cookbook


Little Miss Sunshine


Super Size Me by Morgan Spurlock

Exhibition of late:

200 Kinds of Green, the Botanical Art of Franz and Ferdinand Bauer at Teylers Museum in Haarlem

Piece of Advice:

It doesn’t matter if you don’t sleep, you’ll just have some extra adrenalin and perform better tomorrow

Garden to visit:

Babylonstoren in South Africa, The High Line in New York, Rousham in England

Place to stay:

Vamizi Island, Mozambique

People who inspire you:

My husband Ed, Anna Pavord, Arne Maynard

Favourite Painting:

Any of the flower still lifes by Rachel Ruysch, mother of 10, Court painter and lottery winner who worked until the age of 83


Figuier by Diptyque


Hortus Bulborum in Limmen, or the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford


The Ruin, Tresco and I’m liking the Barrafina chain in London

Instagram accounts:

@shaneconnolly @brittwilldyer @thegardenmuseum @tmagazine


I’m more of a radio listener, anything between BBC Radio 2 - 4 depending on the time of day

Snack Food:

Dr. Karg emmental and pumpkin seed crispbread

Bayntun Flowers

Current obsession: Cleaning and sorting all my historic tulips. Historic tulips seem to be an ongoing current obsession in fact