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Twyllo Flower Farm is hosting what could be Canberra’s cutest date night

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Picture this: A picnic for two with a glass of Prosecco in hand, surrounded by colourful blooms at one of Canberra’s only flower farms.

No, this isn’t heaven – this is the reality you and someone special could indulge in at Twyllo Flower Farm’s Date Night: Petals and Picnics on Saturday 16 March.

Taking place in the lush grounds of Twyllo Flower Farm, just 35 minutes from the CBD in Tharwa, the event is your chance to grab your best gal pal or partner and explore the flowers at twilight with your very own luxe charcuterie platter for two – and yes, you get to pick flowers too!

With a Prosecco or beer and charcuterie platter created by Goodgrazd on arrival, all you have to do is BYO your favourite person and a picnic blanket to enjoy this unique date night experience, with Prosecco, beer and frozen margaritas available to purchase on the night and live music from Jack Biilmann. Golden hour on a flower farm? Sounds blooming good to us.

Picnicking among Twyllo’s signature dahlias, you’ll also learn how to cut these stunning blooms, and receive a large vase to fill as your take-home gift from Twyllo.

Twyllo owner Teigan Priest says the event was inspired by her “favourite things”.

Picnics, live music and flowers – oh, and good food and champagne too, what more do you need?” she laughs.

“It’s all about sharing what we love – our life on the farm, the beauty of the flowers and being able to create unique experiences. How often do you get to picnic in a flower field and listen to live music?”

“Whether it’s a date night with your girlfriends or partner, they never happen enough! It’s the reason we decided to make this a child-free event – it’s all about the adults this time. In saying that, there’s nothing cuter than seeing our babes running around the paddock picking flowers, so there will absolutely be some family-friendly events in the future.”

 

Having grown up in Tharwa, Teigan says she was drawn back to the land after the birth of her daughter in 2018.

 “In the early days of sleep deprivation, I drifted in and out of the garden, attempting to grow organic veggies for my newly formed little family. Being born and raised in Canberra I assumed with our long winters that cut flowers wasn’t really an option. But after planting a small batch of ranunculus and watching them bloom into stunning flowers that I hadn’t seen locally, I was hooked.”

Enter, Twyllo. A boutique flower farm created on Teigan’s family cattle property of 600 acres, just outside Tharwa Village.

“From a little idea that I had in my first year of maternity leave, it is now very much a family collaboration with my mum, dad and husband. We all have our part to play.”

Starting with “barren grazing land”, Teigan has used regenerative farming techniques to “rebuild and restore” the soil, which each year produces a riot of colour you’ll be able to see and sample for yourself.

“Right now, it’s all about the summer/autumn blooms – dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, rudbeckia, scabiosa and sunflowers.”

Having found a niche creating “luxe supermarket bouquets” for places like Kingston Supabarn and supplying local florists like Moxon & Whitney, Twyllo also offers a unique wedding package where nearly-weds can purchase bulk flowers to create their own designs. Naturally, Twyllo also offers wedding floral styling packages.

Inspired by Twyllo’s blooms? Keep an eye out for their other events, including Bloom + Gather, a workshop hosted alongside Moxom & Whitney, and a watercolour painting class with botanical artist Cheryl Hodges.

“Our workshops are all about collaborating with other Canberra locals who are doing and creating amazing things in their field, always with a floral twist,” says Teigan. “In the future you can expect to see curated experiences such as kids’ workshops, life celebrations and photography sessions among many more picnics and design workshops.”

As for the atmosphere at Date Night: Petals and Picnics, Teigan says it’s all about “flowers everywhere, good vibes only.”

“It’s an intimate event with limited tickets, so if you’re after a big crowd, head to Skyfire instead.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Date Night: Petals and Picnics
Where: Twyllo Flower Farm, Tharwa, a 35-minute drive from Canberra (exact location supplied after booking)
When: Saturday 16 March from 5.30 – 8 pm
Tickets: $299 per couple. Ticket sales close 13 March at midnight or until sold out.
Purchase tickets: twylloflowerfarm.com.au/shop/p/flower-farm-picnic

Photography: Vibe Photography

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