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Inspired by the Coloring-as-Creative-Therapy craze, we commissioned artist Jenny Diaz to illustrate a USA Floral Map in honor of American Flowers Week! Please download and print extra copies for your marketing and promotion. Or, just get out your art supplies and color this adorable map yourself.
When you do so, please scan the image as I've done here and post it to Social Media with the hashtag #americanflowersweek.
The potential color combos are endless and I sure had fun working with Jenny to come up with the best illustration to capture our nation's floral diversity, along with a few friendly pollinators.
Katherine Ross, an Associated Press Features Writer, turned to Slow Flowers as an expert resource for her May 2016 article, "Wild, natural and local: Trends in floral centerpieces," which ran in dozens of major newspapers across the U.S.
She highlighted the work of Slow Flowers member Ariella Chezar, whose new book, "The Flower Workshop," exemplifies the focus on local and natural-looking floral design. Thanks to Ariella for referring Katherine to Slow Flowers!!!
Here's what Katherine wrote:
Debra Prinzing of Seattle, who launched [slowflowers.com] two years ago, said: "Farmers who sell to the public are an incredibly useful resource for brides, a real repository of knowledge. And the ethos of local, or at least U.S. sourcing is something brides really want these days."
Farmers know what's in season, and having a story behind the flowers at your wedding — a sort of provenance — adds to the event, said Prinzing, who adds stationery tags to centerpieces for local weddings telling where the flowers were grown and what variety they are.
"It's a cultural pivot toward local sourcing for all things. And in terms of the aesthetic, it's a mindset of looking for all things seasonal and natural," she said.
In her post "Slow Flowers for a Sustainable Wedding," popular environmental writer Holly Rose of the Leotie Lovely blog asks:
So how does one celebrate their wedding day ethically and sustainably?
1. Ask your florist/grocery/wholesaler for locally grown flowers, if they don't have them, tell them you would love to see them supply some local options (and don't support them if they don't).
2. If you're buying in a grocery store, look for origin-specific labels and shop fairtrade (you guessed it, we've got slave labor problems in the flower industry!)
3. Try a dried flower bouquet created with flowers who started their life in season and were sequestered organically and ethically.
4. If neither your local florist nor your grocery store can provide you with sustainably sourced local flowers, try visiting:
[USA & CANADA] SlowFlowers.com for some terrific sources for organic and locally grown bouquets.
Thanks to the amazing legwork from Slow Flowers member Andrea K. Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Designsbasedoutside Kansas City, Missouri, people in the "Show Me State" now have new awareness of local flowers and floral designers who source from Missouri flower farms. Here's an excerpt:
Although she has no brick-and-mortar store, Andrea gets a majority of her business catering to weddings and corporate events. Increasingly, she’s becoming involved in the slow flowers movement. “This is a movement where floral designers and event planners are thinking about where they source their flowers from and how that can impact local farms,” she says.
The article by Jonas Weir featured Andrea's photography and highlighted numerous Slow Flowers members who are based in Missouri. Kudos to you, Andrea!