February 1, 2016
Who says a Valentine’s bouquet has to be a dozen roses from Colombia that have no fragrance and wilt in a few days?
And who wants to be party to the exploitation of flower workers in Colombia and Ecuador? These countries supply about 80% of the flowers for the U.S. flower market and even more around Valentine’s Day. Read about The Women Suffering for Your Valentine’s Day Flowers in a Guardian piece or The Secrets Behind Your Flowers in the Smithsonian Magazine.
So if you’re buying flowers this Valentine’s Day where will you purchase them? What criteria will guide your choices? Price, origin, convenience?
Slow Flowers “urges consumers to rethink how they celebrate and woo by supporting local farmers and florists with sustainable, American-grown bouquets.” SlowFlowers.com is an online directory to help you find florists, studio designers, wedding and event planners, supermarket flower departments and flower farmers that are committed to using American grown flowers.
Check out Debra Prinzing’s take on the subject here.
If you live in San Diego you can purchase bouquets like the above two from La Belle Bloom in Little Italy.
If you live in California, look for the California Grown logo on supermarket flowers.
And seasonally in your region check your farmers’ market for locally grown flowers.