Covered Market florist owner praises the “feeling of community” at Oxford Covered Market

Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Paul Birtles, owner of florist The Garden of Oxford, has praised the unique atmosphere and “feeling of community “in Oxford Covered Market.

Paul, who has owned The Garden for 34 years, was enamoured from a young age with the Covered Market. 

He said: “I used to work here at a Saturday job at the fruit and veg stall, and that job gave me a feeling of the community, and the sense that the market has. It’s different to working just in a shop.”

The Garden is an independent florist with a particular passion for English-grown fresh flowers.

Paul said: “our main focus is, and always has been, to source as much English fresh flowers particularly, that’s our passion really. I personally do that myself in Covent Garden a few nights a week and choose the best English flowers that are available.

To watch Paul talk more about The Garden on YouTube.

The Grade II-listed Oxford Covered Market, which first opened in 1774, features more than 50 traders selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery, and provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink.