1. Buy Local.
- On top of that, these flowers may have been grown in a country where regulations on the use of various pesticides are looser than ours in the U.S., or where workers are exposed to harmful chemicals, as are the many people who handle the flowers as they make their long journey from grower to auction-house to wholesaler to retailer to you. Independent florists like Gaia buy as many flowers from local growers as possible.
2. Choose flowers that are in season in your area.
- Flowers themselves may be out of season, difficult to grow, and require energy-draining practices to force them into bloom. We know you love peonies, but do you really need them in December if it means using twice as much energy and water to get them to you as it would in May?
Check our website or talk to our florist to find out what’s in season now.
3. Say no to floral foam.
- Using branches for underwater architecture. Bunch up curly willow and put it into the container, then add floral stems.
- Using stones or glass marbles that can be washed and used over and over again.
- Designing with chicken wire or Floral Frogs (small metal reusable prongs).
- Fashioning a grid made from tape that’s affixed to the top of the container.
- Putting colorful fruits such as lemons or oranges in the vase to hold stems upright.
- Cutting down on material, such as in Ikebana designs, or grouping smaller vases with 1-2 stems each.
- Having fun with the gather-and-fill or hand-tied bouquets.
4. Use plants that can be replanted.
5. Use handmade or recycled vases and compost all floral scraps and leftover arrangements.
By incorporating responsible practices wherever possible, we are honoring our commitment Mother Earth’s natural beauty and conserving her resources, while promoting thoughtful gift-giving and enjoyment of the arts.
Want to learn more about these and other eco-friendly floral design techniques from Gaia’s talented designers? Sign up for our upcoming community workshop we’ll show you how! Register here.