Local Flower Bouquets are Seasonal and Eco-Friendly


Image from my luscious backyard

Fancy exotic bouquets are losing their bloom. Flying in flowers from around the world is expensive in terms of money and the environmental impact. Some florists this summer are starting to use local flowers for their bouquets: as in picked from neighbourhood gardens.

Now florists are turning gardens into mini-flower farms for their small businesses; renting or trading space in neighbouring gardens for flower beds. Part of the success comes from a change in attitude: before neat and perfect bouquets were stylish. Now the wild, english country garden look is in.

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Image from my luscious backyard

According to the Globe & Mail, this cottage industry is becoming a cross-Canada trend. My Luscious Backyard is one local Toronto floral business. Its owner trades space in gardens for a flower garden. She sees them as an "urban farm" where "small plots of land are intensively planted with flowers to bloom all season." Her bouquets are completely local: picked and delivered in hours. Over 50 different kinds of flowers are organically grown, with no pesticides and a small carbon footprint.

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Image from Olla Flowers

In Vancouver, the Olla Urban Flower Project is a new social enterprise plant and flower shop. It's a brand new, socially conscious shop specializing in locally grown and ethically traded flowers and plants. Their flowers are either grown on urban farms that are run by non-profit organizations, on backyard flower farms, or are harvested from the mature flowering shrubs of already established gardens.

They have 3 backyard flower farms, from which they get dahlias, rudbeckia, giant sunflowers and even winter blooms such as Christmas roses. Sometimes the owner knocks on doors to acquire blooms, approaching gardeners with particularly beautiful plots.

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Their bouquets are influenced by ikebana, the japanese art of flower arranging. They also use aromatic herbs in their arrangements, adding another element to the mix.

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