For flower lovers and bouquet makers

by Debra Prinzing on August 5, 2010

in Florists and Floral Designers

  Make-it-Yourself floral design

Field-grown Oregon sweet peas, June 2010

So happy to see that today’s New York Times HOME section features an inspiring cover article by Emily Weinstein entitled “What to do With a Blossom.”

The web version of the story was given an interesting title: “Flower Arranging Finds a Younger Audience.” Yes, it seems that like many other Gen Y and Gen Z passions, making it yourself now includes floral arranging. Click here for a slide show featuring teachers, students and their designs.

Emily describes her frequent flower purchases at the weekend farmers’ market such as New York’s Greenmarket in Union Square. The love affair with tulips brought home and plunked in a vase – to be appreciated until “the petals all dropped off” – led to her interest in  the art of floral arranging. She writes:

It turns out that I am not alone in wanting instruction: flower-arranging classes are on the upswing. Established institutions have long offered programs in traditional arranging, but newer schools, with a natural, free-form aesthetic, have begun popping up across the country, part of a swell of enthusiasm for things homemade.

We’re all about the “homemade” movement when it comes to floral design. A Fresh Bouquet takes it one step further — to encourage lovers of flowers, floral designers and growers of cutting gardens to start where it matters: using seasonal, local and sustainably-grown ingredients.

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Joan E. Thorndike August 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Love that flower design school! They also dress pretty over there in New York.

My sister in law tells me that there was a recent story on television in Chile to the effect that if you want to kill your wife, just give her a bouquet of flowers every week. The constant exposure to pesticides coating the flowers is guaranteed to “do her in.”

Wow, Joan. that is a scary tale. Seriously. I guess people in Chile know what’s going on in their own local flower industry – and it isn’t pretty. Thanks for sharing, Debra

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