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At Pollen, we haven’t used floral foam in years.  You can see why here, and how (generally) here.  Briefly, floral foam is a petroleum-derived product that can’t be reused and contains formaldehyde.  Yuck.  In this post, I’ll break it down a bit more, and show how we prep our containers with chicken wire (instead of […]

One of my favorite parts of my work is being able to share my passion for flowers with others. In fact, I’m so passionate about flowers that I can’t stand to throw them out after our events! Most of our clients rent vases and candles from us, so we return at the end of the […]

We’re having fun in the studio with time lapse videos! Here, I take the mystery out of designing tall centerpieces without floral foam.  This is our first of a series of videos that will highlight eco-friendly floral design techniques!  Keep up by subscribing to our YouTube channel here.

The Details Photography: Genevieve Lauren Photography Catering and Venue: Big Delicious Planet Season: Summer Inspiration: Tomato harvest Color palette:  Red, orange, yellow, coral, navy Flower palette: 100% locally grown, with zinnias, dahlias, gomphrena, tomatoes, clematis, asclepias, purple basil

There are some obvious ways that we at Pollen are more eco-friendly than most.  The biggies are: Working with locally grown flowers as much as possible. Not using floral foam. Our in-house flower donation program, ReBloom. Composting our leaves, stems, and other organic materials with the help of Collective Resource. One of our eco-friendly efforts […]

In my previous post, I shared why I eliminated the use of floral foam from our studio.  Now, I’d like to share how we did it, a bit generally, and I’ll add with future posts with more technical details for each type of design, geared toward florists interested in transitioning away from floral foam.  I’ll […]

I’m often asked what it means to be an eco-friendly florist. To answer the question more specifically, this is the first of a series of posts about how we are an environmentally and socially conscious florist, as well as a lot of my own thoughts about the balance between running a profitable business and being […]

After years of talking about doing it, earlier this fall, I finally attended a floral design workshop.  Don’t get me wrong: I studied floral design in college and while in grad school I was a teaching assistant for the same floral design classes I took as an undergrad, so I’ve REALLY studied floral design.  But […]

I’ve often said that after a wedding or event, the flowers are only six hours older than they were at the start of the event, and they still have a lot of life left in them. As a florist, one of the more painful parts of the event industry is seeing all of our work […]

Part 2: Initial Contact and Narrowing the Search. In the first part of this series, I talked about how to research florists. Now, let’s say you have a handful of florists that you’re interested in working with. What next?  Give the florist a call or shoot them an email to find out a few important […]

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