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Helen Leighton


A lifelong gardener, Helen has been growing flowers for nearly three decades. From curated rose varieties to an impressive array of annuals, perennials, and Australian natives, her cutting garden provides material year-round for her design work.


Helen Leighton is a floral designer with a sustainable philosophy for growing and creating with flowers at Riverdale Farm.

Her garden-gathered style and romantic aesthetic is informed by her lifelong love of gardens, her studies both in Garden Design at the Inchbald School of Design in London, and Floral Design with Zita Elze and other leading botanical artists in the UK.

Together with her husband, Jim, Helen has built a creative, country lifestyle for her family at Riverdale Farm near Albany, Western Australia.

When not tending to her large country garden, micro flower farm, and floral design business, Helen will be behind her camera or gathering with family and friends at the farm.

Author of the recently published book, Garden Gathered - Floral design and rural life at Riverdale Farm

Relevant qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing)
Certificate in Garden Design

Recent experience

Floral designer, published author of Garden Gathered - Floral design and rural life at Riverdale Farm published in 2022 by he Flower Press.

Garden Gathered captures a year on a flower farm with floral and garden designer Helen Leighton of Riverdale Farm, on the south coast of Western Australia.
Brimming with stunning photography, the book features over 20 floral ensembles showcasing Helen’s garden-gathered approach to floral design and her timeless styling.
Along with insights into living seasonally and gardening in this unique part of the world, Helen shares her secrets for growing, drying and designing sustainably with flowers.

Book Launch events including floral demonstrations at Lilypond Geelong, The Bowmont in Tasmania and The Garden of Eden Nursery in Albert Park.
Speaker Q and A session at the Garden Lover's Fair at Bolobek (Victoria) in Oct 2022.


Garden Gathered - Floral design and rural life at Riverdale Farm

Garden Gathered - Floral design and rural life at Riverdale Farm

Publisher: The Flower Press

Publ. date: 2022

Genre: Non fiction, part memoir, floral design

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