Ethical Floristry Eco Christmas Wreath

Ethical Floristry Eco Christmas Wreaths

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Ethical Floristry Eco Christmas Wreaths

Making Environmentally Friendly Christmas Wreaths

WORDS: Kathryn Cronin
PHOTOS: Ricky Bache


The sentence - “The decisions that we make every day add up” - and its consequences have been swirling like the winter weather ever since I heard it uttered by an environmentalist earlier in the year.

For me, it’s time to take to action. It’s about nudging things in a direction that may not be perfect but it is at least a start.

I have used floral foam rings in the past to make Christmas wreaths. It sounds like a confession these days but if you have been trained as a florist, it will have been impossible not to have come across it. Floral foam has been the stalwart of floral designs for decades now but of course it has not always been so.

While it was an absolute innovation in its day, in the 21st century there is more understanding about the environmental impact of floral foam. Most people when asked what floral foam is made of will have no idea it is essentially a form of plastic. In a year when single use plastic has been highlighted as the biggest contributor to the planets plastic problem, the single use of floral foam is the obvious plastic waste issue in floristry the world over.

There is always resistance to change though however obvious it seems to stop using floral foam. One unnamed famous florist told me they were a “proper” florist so could never stop using it as it was so deeply embedded in the workflow of a modern large scale floral practice and the cost of change would be untenable for customers.

I am the first to concede that new design thinking is required to achieve what you can do already with floral foam. Some current design’s would be down right impossible. Consumers have choices. Often when individuals are given the information on which to make those choices, they would rather you avoid using foam too. Generally, I would hope consumers would want to be part of the solution rather than a net contributor to the plastic problem.

The good news is that there are alternatives that are not other floral foams (much more research and development is required before these approach a sustainable option). Before the advent of floral foam, florists used containers with water and chicken wire. Moist moss gathered from certified growers is an excellent medium in which to create bases with frames of willow and other woods. Even wire frames can be recycled. It is all about how we use and then reuse the planets resources. Jute string can be used to bind these materials. All completely recyclable. And if that is all sounding a bit basic, the floral designs that can be created using these environmentally friendly materials are beautiful, original and authentic.

Before the advent of foam, florists used containers with water and chicken wire.

Quite a few Christmas wreath frames are now built from willow and wood and are beautiful and completely biodegradable. Wire frames may not degrade like their wooden counterparts but they at least they can be reused and many of my customers return them to me every year for that purpose.

Transport is another environmental issue. Many are aware of carbon emissions from vehicles and planes so it is very obvious link that if transport is involved, and the more distance that a particular foliage or flower travels, then the more carbon is being used.

This is the first year that my Christmas wreaths have been created using pine sourced locally in Cheshire. Of course it was easier to press a button on the wholesale site but I wanted to start somewhere. It takes time and energy and effort to source locally for seasonal and sustainable materials. No-one may even notice but I know there has been less impact from me using that pine than in others years when I was less aware and frankly less bothered.

Many ethical florists, myself included, are using natural materials to create Christmas wreath designs. Each Christmas wreath is a unique one off piece that is gathered from and inspired by the countryside that surrounds me. Our wreaths never cost the earth literally and many are choosing to embrace both local and seasonal ethical floristry for their Christmas decorations. What Christmas wreath will you choose this year?

The fierceblooms blog has been going for about 3 years now. In this section of my site, I write about my exploits and passion to grow British flowers in my canalside cutting garden with other articles and videos on how I use them in my floral designs. I am thrilled that the blog has reached the voting round of the 2019 UK Blog Awards in the primary category of Green and Eco.

May I please ask for a little bit of your time to vote for me. It would mean such a lot to me if you did - all you have to do is click a little heart next to my name - here is the link.

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More of my flower arranging work can also be viewed on my floral design portfolio. If you fancy getting creative then why not book to attend one of my fierce flower classes in our local village hall featured below.

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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
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Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
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Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

christmas wreath
2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

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2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

christmas wreath
2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

christmas wreath
2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

christmas wreath
2 classes each day on 27th,28th,29th November and 4th,5th,6th December 2020
Virtual Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Wreath Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style wreath....

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8th and 9th December at 9:30am and 7:30pm both days
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8th and 9th December at 9:30am and 7:30pm both days
Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Garland And Table Arrangement Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style Christmas garlan...

Fierceblooms Christmas
8th and 9th December at 9:30am and 7:30pm both days
Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Garland And Table Arrangement Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style Christmas garlan...

Fierceblooms Christmas
8th and 9th December at 9:30am and 7:30pm both days
Zoom Class Live Online

Live Online Christmas Garland And Table Arrangement Class

As the nights grow darker literally and figuratively, join me virtually in one of our “Tis the Season”  live Christmas online Zoom classes to inspire you to create your own beautiful and sustainable wild garden style Christmas garlan...

British flowers are key to my wild garden style floral design for both aesthetic and environmental reasons.

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Iam an artisan florist growing British flowers with a design studio and cutting garden nestled beside a historic canal in rural Cheshire.

If sustainability is important to you, if it matters that your flowers are as lovely to the environment as they are to look at, then I am a kindred spirit.

Get in touch to discuss your wedding or event. You can also be inspired and learn what informs my original designs by attending one of my flower classes . Update - 2020 FTF classes in our local village hall have been cancelled due to Covid, but get in touch with me regarding live on-line 1-2-1s.

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In Greek legend, Sisyphus was punished in Hades for his misdeeds in life by being condemned eternally to roll a heavy stone up a hill. As he neared the top, the stone rolled down again, so that his labour was everlasting and futile.
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Here in our canalside cutting garden, our seasonal Sisyphean back-breaker is lifting the leaves. There are no trees without leaves, and as we gather them on one day, so more appear the next.
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So we are embracing the season of leaf lifting, and with our wild gardeb style British sustainable flowers over for another year, it is Christmas wreaths that are occupying our time.
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A wreath for the love of some online digital distraction and discovery are this weeks deeds....
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It has been a week of discovery here at the Wharf. The wood that’s been unreachable behind the shed for over a decade? Well, it turns out that’s a lock gate. A beautiful old blue and white painted gate which leads me to the second discovery.......
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......the rubble...... quite marvellous drainage I thought when planting the bulbs this year. Well, that turns out to be the remains of a dock! No, not my favourite weed that I love to use as beautiful texture in my Christmas wreaths but an actual way in from the canal into what is now our canalside cutting garden.
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This was not greeted with enthusiasm from all quarters in the household you can imagine but I am delighted.....
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So this week while we are holding our Autumn classes via the marvellous zoom, we are launching our next digital distraction - live online Christmas classes. Digital design with a difference. You can have an actual discussion with me while I show you how you can make your very own sustainable wild garden style designs. The IT is as magical as our Wharf is revealing its nostalgic roots.
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