In our video, I talk about those five key things that you can explore to make your Christmas wreaths truly sustainable this year. I believe changing one ot=r all of those things will really make all the difference to creating planet friendly florals.
There were 5 questions we ended up asking ourselves when we were seeking to create even more sustainable wreaths:
- What do you use to create your mechanics?
Obviously no plastic or floral foam here but we’re exploring different bases that can fully compost and that can still provide a good base for wreath making. And even if you wish to use traditional copper wreath rings, perhaps there is an opportunity to have a conversation with your customers about them reusing their rings for next year, even if they send them back to you. There’s even options to avoid any floristry wire and still create beautiful wreaths with movement and texture.
- How do you source your Greenery?
I love the texture of pine and spruce and absolutely adore the scent of eucalyptus. You may have an established supply of greenery but can you find them locally? We’ve found a local Christmas tree farm which is perfect for off cuts of spruce.
- Do you grow or know locally flower growers who have garden grown materials?
At this time of year, there is some really beautiful and scented garden foliage that can be used. There’s a huge advantage in seeking your local sustainable foliage. As well as having an already very low carbon footprint, every locally grown stem will have a unique feeling for the area and very much a “bringing the outside in” for the wreaths you are creating.
- Have you grown any dried everlasting flowers?
There are flower growers up and down the country in the UK. All around the world, there is an increasing interested in using dried and everlasting material
- How to keep your wreath well into the new year.
Since you have created your wreath, you do want it to look its best for as long as possible.
If you have been making wreaths for some years, then it’s sometimes tricky to change old habits. It takes time, energy and research to find more sustainable alternatives. I do think it it so worth it though, as I believe that each of us can make a difference individually to helping the environment.
Starting with Christmas wreaths, I do have a listen to the practical steps that you can explore to craft a really beautiful, seasonal Christmas wreath which is 100% biodegradable.
A 19th century historic wharf and Cheshire canalside cutting garden is the inspiration for our wild garden style ethos. I root my floral design in every precious fleeting seasonal moment, growing and creating only ever with local seasonal scented British flowers.
If sustainability matters to you, if you care that floral creations are as kind to the environment as they are beautiful, then I am a kindred spirit.
We share our artisan florals in our live online virtual flower classes, and with our flowers, create bouquets and undertake a few intimate Cheshire weddings a year.
Floral Classes For 2022
.....our canalside wild garden LIVE online classes have finished for now.
Thank you if you were part of the "Nature and Nurture" flower class series 1H 2021. We loved every single class from everlasting dried Valentine's Wreath's, and wild garden style bouquets for Mother's Day, Easter and Spring with the final bouquet class on the summer solstice.
We don't have any further classes right at the moment, but we are finalising our programme for 2H 2021 right now so check back soon or subscribe to our newsletter to be amongst the first to hear!
We are plotting and planning, exploring and investigating floral classes for 2022.
Always, our fierce focus is to share how we create our signature "Wild garden Style" floral designs using local, scented, seasonal and sustainable flowers.
In fact. we only ever use local, garden grown (in our case) British flowers. Our desire is in every class to inspire you to create your own planet friendly, environmentally conscious floral designs using ingredients that reflect your season, your flora and your locale.
Rather than a constraint, we believe creating with your own seasonal garden grown flowers encourages you to make floral art that truly embodies your own unique floral signature.
2022 is our 3rd season of live online classes. We look forward to continued conversations with sustainable floral enthusiasts from the far flung Scotland Highlands, down to Devon and Cornwall, across to Wales, and way beyond to North America, Australia, New Zealand. To hear more subscribe to our newsletter.
Online Flower Class Testimonial
During this challenging time in our world, it’s important more than ever to embrace the world around us. I’ve truly enjoyed what you are sharing in your online classes. It’s brilliantly uplifting.