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!

 

Thursday Flower Class

Today we cranked through three new flower designs; basing, parallel and line arrangement. Fun and fast work!

Basing design is typically used for a center piece for formal dinners etc., parallel design is very artistic and not commonly arranged and the vertical (line) design is one of the most common type of arrangements since it can be made quickly, looks good and does not require a lot of flowers.

 

Basing Design

Vertical Line, Basing and Parallel Design

 

My car after class!!!

A Jungle themed baby shower

Recently, some friends and I hosted a baby shower for a mommy-to be at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. We decided to go for a sweet jungle theme which was quite easy to work with. Lucky for me, my lovely teacher; Michael Gaffney assisted me in making flower choices the day before….!



 

Elephants walked down the center of the table each filled  with a bird of paradise and sprig of pink alstromeria to make the look a bit more delicate. Bear grass accented each arrangement and looked like water spraying out the sides of the elephant. Each elephant had pink and green tea leaves in front and behind them to act as tracks and lengthen the arrangement on the table. Pink anthuriums accented the table in various spots.

Champagne bar with wrapped leaf accent


Giraffe vase with orchids, pink and green tea leaves, 3 shoots of bamboo and a palm frond

Photos by Dana Maione