WHY LOCAL FLOWERS?
You may be wondering why local flowers are any different than what you pick up at the grocery store. Currently, more than 80% of flowers purchased in the United States are grown overseas, most commonly in South America. These flowers are raised with heavy use of dangerous pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, and under very poor labor conditions. Additionally, by the time you purchase them at the grocery store, they can be as much as a week old, meaning they often last just a couple of days in your home.
Buying local flowers, much like buying local food, is activism. By purchasing a bouquet from us, you are saying no to harsh chemicals, exploitative labor practices, carbon emissions from long-distance shipping, and to a flower industry that is all about cheap rather than quality. There is no reason to ship flowers in from South America, when we can grow gorgeous blooms right here at home. Not to mention the fact that relying on imports means that your selection is limited to only the flowers that can handle shipping and being out of water for several days. Growing & buying flowers locally opens up a whole world of beautiful, delicate blooms that can't be shipped--things like dahlias, sweet peas, and stock (which also have amazing fragrance).
Local flowers are a clean, beautiful, interesting, and long-lasting alternative to traditional flower sources. When you buy one of our bouquets, you know that the flowers were harvested within the last day, meaning they will last at least a week and likely much longer in the vase. They are also grown using sustainable practices: no dangerous residual chemicals here. Our flowers are safe to bury your face in, and will have the kind of scent, color, and variety that you can't find anywhere else.
We are proud to be a part of a new movement in the US toward sustainably grown, locally sourced, and seasonal flowers!
Learn more about your flowers
For a quick introduction to the Slow Flowers movement, check out this great short (10 minute) documentary, Local Flowers, Local Farmers: A Growing American Movement.
To learn more about flowers, we recommend reading Flower Confidential, an eye-opening exploration of the floral industry. To learn more about local flowers, check out The 50 Mile Bouquet, a book about the growing domestic & local flower movement.