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Class this week – Pave design, wreath and topiary

We had a full class yesterday. 3 new designs. None of them are my favorites but it was really interesting to do the different styles.

Wreath – Roses, with wax flower, daisy poms and carnations

Pave Design – Roses, daisy poms, spider mums and galax leaves

Topiary – Daisies, daisy poms, spray roses and wax flower

What is a floral forager?

I stumbled across a really interesting article on a book coming out this spring called the 50 Mile Bouquet. It is a book that introduces the readers to inspiring floral designers, farmers and interesting visionaries in the botanical world.

Debra Prinzing and her husband David Perry have been travelling and doing lots of research and are excited to announce their books’ availability this April. You can pre-order it on Amazon.

I’m so excited to get this book and see all the amazing people who are breaking traditional stigmas attached to the floral industry. There are ways to look at the floral industry in a sustainable and thoughtful manner. Flowers and plant design which inherently is beautiful can be even more so when cultivated in an environmental and social manner.

Debra shares a quick snippet as a teaser to her book by talking about the most interesting and unusual women named Valerie Prosek. She is considered a ‘floral forager’ which means she travels around the San Fransisco area before the San Francisco Flower Market and gathers her goods to be sold off the sides of highways, behind buildings and anywhere she sees interesting plants, flowers and foliage that she thinks people will be willing to buy. You can see a video if you click on the attachment. Pretty interesting!

http://www.hvjmphotography.com/p635039014#h1a43dd44

Practices of Sustainable Designers

Sustainable Floristry

In floristry, sustainable design is just approaching the horizon and unfortunately, is not practiced by most designers.  Because floral design is driven by aesthetics and cost, sustainable practices are not yet perceived to be a mainstream consumer demand.  To complicate things, the supply chain is structured in such a way that product information and knowledge is refined and disseminated based on aesthetics and cost, not on grower information and product management. Even when a designer has the best of intentions, it is sometimes difficult to gather enough information to truly know if a product is sustainable. In an interview last year, I remember being asked if a rose sold in London is more sustainable if it is grown in a local green house or if it is grown in Kenya and shipped to London via the Dutch flower markets. This of course was a trick question because it is probably…

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Sustainable Floristry

In floristry, sustainable design is just approaching the horizon and unfortunately, is not practiced by most designers.  Because floral design is driven by aesthetics and cost, sustainable practices are not yet perceived to be a mainstream consumer demand.  To complicate things, the supply chain is structured in such a way that product information and knowledge is refined and disseminated based on aesthetics and cost, not on grower information and product management. Even when a designer has the best of intentions, it is sometimes difficult to gather enough information to truly know if a product is sustainable. In an interview last year, I remember being asked if a rose sold in London is more sustainable if it is grown in a local green house or if it is grown in Kenya and shipped to London via the Dutch flower markets. This of course was a trick question because it is probably…

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Tropical arrangement

I attempted to do a tropical arrangement the other day. It was a bit tricky because the stems of most tropicals are pretty tough and weigh alot. It is hard to get the stems to stay in the right places. I used a whole lot of shells and less flowers than I had originally planned and it worked. The good news with tropical arrangements is that they last for so long.

I added some raffia and a folded tea leaf at top of arrangement for more visual effect.

 

Welcome baby RJ arrangement

My friend; Caroline had her little boy on Wednesday and I went to work right away figuring out what arrangement I’d like to make to take to the hospital. I love Olive and Cocoa’s arrangements and was so  intimidated to try to do one but I did anyway. It took me about 20 minutes. I love the way it turned out. I hope the happy family can enjoy it!