- Flower Farm
- Spray Free
- Flower Garden
You’ll find Slow Blooms just out of Matakana, on an acre of leased land behind a gelato shop. Over the past year Rebecka has transformed this piece of ex-vineyard land into a beautiful, productive flower garden featuring an incredible array of annuals and perennials including dahlias, zinnia, sunflowers, cornflowers, strawflower, cosmos, lilies and spring bulbs (to name but a few), plus a vast range of healing and culinary herbs - all grown sustainably, following permaculture principles.
The name Slow Blooms is a play on the Slow Foods and Slow Flowers movement, which is all about getting your produce locally, in season, and taking your time with it.
Having come to permaculture through growing vegetables and fruit for her family, exploring how the principles could be applied to growing flowers seemed a natural progression for Rebecka.
“Permaculture can be a lot of different things to different people. But one pretty simple way that my teacher Trish Allan describes it, is that permaculture is a design system which helps us live our lives in such a way, that we leave the planet better than we found it. So to put it simply— I'm creating this little piece of paradise, full of flowers that are beautiful and smell amazing. I'm creating it with care for the land, in a way which will make it better, more diverse, and full of life - and then I share it with people!”
Slow Blooms pick-your-own garden is open to the public (current opening hours are published on their Facebook page) but if you’d like a guided tour of the garden hosted by Rebecka, you can book through Secret Gardens.
Rebecka will also be running a range of workshops on growing, harvesting and arranging naturally grown flowers, growing and preparing herbal teas, and seed collecting.
Rebecka brings a wealth of diverse gardening knowledge and skills to Secret Gardens, all based firmly in principles of permaculture and self-suffiency.
Four years ago Rebecka and her partner left their high-stress jobs in Sweden, seeking a simpler life, living closer to nature, in Aotearoa. In that time she has since created two diverse, productive gardens, responding to the subtropical Matakana climate and the needs of her family. Rebecka’s quarter-acre hillside home garden is a beautiful, productive ‘mini-farm’ and in 2020 she launched Slow Blooms, a spray-free, pick-your-own flower farm.
Rebecka holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, a NZ Certificate of Horticulture, and has taken numerous specialty courses including banana growing, hot compost and biochar. She is a co-founder of Permaculture Mahurangi and a regular participant at Matakana Greenswap.
Rebecka’s passion and enthusiasm is infectious, and her knowledge is as diverse as her gardens, both of which are open for visits through Secret Gardens.
I'm creating this little piece of paradise, full of flowers that are beautiful and smell amazing.
We had a really great visit to Slow Blooms. Rebecka spoke so well, and so knowledgeably, making it so so interesting. We were all very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed her talk and her setup. Tasting her many varieties of herbs was fun and many of us took bunches of flowers to enjoy at home. We will certainly go again in another season and will happily recommend another Garden Circle to visit.- Barbara - Beach Haven
Absolutely loved our morning amongst beautiful blooms. Was the perfect wee break away from the hustle and bustle of life! Looking forward to returning soon.- Ema