ILEA Sustainability Panel — Links
I’ve collected these resources for further reading on sustainable floristry for an educational panel on sustainability, presented by ILEA, the International Live Events Association, Chicago chapter. I’ll fill in with more info as time allows. For now, this is a reading list on the topics I touched on in my talk on sustainable floristry. Photo credit: Corbin Gurkin Photography.
Amy Stewart. A comprehensive overview of the floral industry, including why there was a shift from domestically grown flowers to imported. The book that really raised my consciousness of the floral industry.
Slow Flowers is a movement promoting the support and purchase of American-grown flowers in the United States.
Cut Flower Growing and Production
Hinrich Foundation, Trade Vistas, February 2019.
Smithsonian Magazine, February 2011. Chances are the bouquet you’re about to buy came from Colombia. What’s behind the blooms?
The Ecologist, August 2009. What’s the real price of your bouquet? Pat Thomas dishes the dirt on cut flower production in less-industrialised countries.
Trade for Development Centre, February 2014. Kenyan roses
Cut Flower Dying/Bleaching
What goes into that perfect stem of bleached greenery? Take a peek behind the scenes….
Part 2 of the “Cost of Altered Floral Materials” posts. Read on for a look into the trend of spray painting natural floral materials and the troubling expense this practice leaves behind.
From Pollen’s blog, our alternatives to using floral foam.
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 2018. Australian newspaper article on floral foam.