Local Flowers and Meeting Ariella Chezar

If you read my last blog then you know this blog is a week later then I promised.  I do apologize.

I made a rookie mistake that I haven't made since high-school by forgetting to save my work, and just as I was about to click "publish" deleted everything instead.  Total bummer!  

 If you don't have Ariella's book,   The Flower Workshop , its a must!

If you don't have Ariella's book,  The Flower Workshop, its a must!

The only bright side is that in the mean time I had the pleasure of meeting a floral star and grow slow advocate, Ariella Chezar.

 Me and Ariella

Me and Ariella

In Boston, I took a Saturday afternoon Master Class with her in which we were bestowed with some stunning flowers.  Green and salmon tulips, fragrant hyasinths, bulbous ranunculous, apple green hellebore and the most delicate peach centered daffadils I have ever encountered.

Ariella flower detail

The color palate was incredibly harmonious, but of even more interest was that they were all "spring" flowers and grown local.  The Narcissus even came from Ariella's own farm, Zonneveld.  "Just because you can buy flowers out of season, doesn't mean that you should," -Ariella Chezar

Daffadils

As Ariella describes it, slow flowers that are not mass produced and grown in season have a "life force" that is vibrant and undeniable making them infinitely more beautiful then a flower traveling far from home.  After working with this gorgeous product, it is hard to argue.

Bouquet with Ariella Flowers

The Slow Flower movement is important, and if you don't know what it is, just think of it as Farm to Table but for flowers.  A resurgence in quality, sustainability, and accountability.

Below are some resources for slow flowers and seeds:

Lynn Vale Studios 

Butler's Orchard

Floret Flower Farm (for seeds to plant local)

Wollam Gardens

Hope Flower Farm

Don's Dahlias

Next Week: Prepping for a Courtyard Wedding