Sunday, March 28, 2010

Green Events Launch Party with Floral Sense's Environentally Sustainable Floral Designs

As you know by now, Floral Sense is on a quest to going Green. The term 'environmentally sustainable design' has been a puzzling one. I mean, aren't flowers already green since they are decompostable? So far, my research proves otherwise. There is something called Veri-flora certification which I will discuss in a later post. But having certified 'green' flowers doesn't seem like enough.

Floral foam is a huge component used in the floral design industry and it is not biodegradable. Many of the vessels we use to design our flowers in are made strictly for decor. Often, these vessels get thrown out after a one-time use. So, what's the solution? Well, its time for you to meet Karen Hsu of Grandiflora in the San Francisco Bay Area. I had seen this post on the Flirty Guide blog by Stacie Tamaki of Karen's amazing sustainable floral designs she made for a NACE event. This was the first time I started to really understand what eco-friendly designs entail. Karen was so gracious enough to allow me to use the deconstructed ti-leaf design for the Green Events Launch Party at Environment Furniture Showroom in South Coast Plaza West to showcase and educate. Here is my version of her design.

The close up of the leaves:

What makes these eco-arrangements? First, rather than using floral foam (non-biodegradable component) to hold the arrangement together, the reconstruction of the leaf created the design. The spikey decor in the middle was actually the center of the ti-leaf that was reused into arrangement, thus using all parts of the plant. And the container is actually a dining plate. So, with a good wash, it can be reused over and over again.

Here is another design created for the launch party.

A close-up shows that I used horsetail as the base to arrange the flowers. The container is a baking glassware.

I even made a succulent arrangement that was planted directly into the container, roots and all.

There were a few succulent pieces that were cut and arranged into the soil. But the great thing about succulents is that you can keep them alive and growing.

I hope you enjoyed these 'green' designs!

A special thank you to Karen Hsu of Grandiflora for your generous help!
And thank you D. Park Photography for the fabulous photos!

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