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Garden Gathered

Floral design and rural life at Riverdale Farm,
captured in a stunning coffee table book


Garden Gathered is a year in the life of floral designer and farmer florist, Helen Leighton of Riverdale Farm.


Through a photographic portfolio and garden journal, Helen shares her ‘seed to vase’ approach to flowers and her sustainable garden-gathered style, which permeates the country lifestyle she has built with her husband Jim, in Albany, Western Australia.


Limited edition. 280 pgs. Hardcover.

Published by: The Flower Press

Printed in Australia.

ISBN: 978-0-646-86383-2

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Wedding florals
Riverdale Farm flowers elopement 2020_0064
summer bouquet
Bar arrangement
Autumn in the cutting garden
Gentle musings on country life

Bursting with beautiful floral photography, Garden Gathered follows the seasons at Riverdale Farm and captures the essence of a creative, and often old-fashioned country life.

Organised into seasons, Helen's journal of daily life in the garden with Jim (and their dog, Maisy) explores themes such as ‘Timeless Styling’, ‘The Vineyard’ and ‘Keeping Bees’. Helen also weaves in design notes, working with Australian native flowers, tips for flower farming, and ingredients for her arrangements.


Her detailed observations, often meditative in nature, provide rich insight into the rich simplicity of life on the land. Driven by a philosophy of connecting to nature, family, creativity and community, Helen has a genuine desire to share her life on Riverdale Farm in the hope of inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.

About the author, Helen Leighton

An experienced garden and floral designer, Helen is renowned for her garden-gathered style and sustainable philosophy to growing and designing flowers.


In 2014, Helen fulfilled a lifelong dream to complete a Floral Design Course at the Zita Elze Design Academy in Kew, London. This followed on from a 2004 garden design course at Inchbald School of Design in London. Every year, she builds upon her skills by attending internationally recognised workshops around the world, where she works alongside others who share her passion for working with locally grown flowers.


She loves nothing more than bringing the skills and ideas she learns overseas back to Riverdale Farm, and creating beautiful bouquets for local weddings and events. 


When not tending to her large country garden, micro flower farm and floral design business, she works alongside husband Jim in their pinot vineyard, bee hives, vegetable garden and orchard. Or perhaps you’ll find her doing a spot of baking, sewing or hosting family and friends at the farm.


Western Australia

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Debra Hayes Floral 

One Rustic Bloom Vasse


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