Hey there! Did you know it is American Flowers Week!?!! It runs from 6/28 - 7/4 (though it really should be year-round). American Flowers week is a campaign created by Debra Prinzing, Author of Slow Flowers and the 50 Mile Bouquet, to highlight domestically grown blooms. Debra and her Slow Flowers movement have been shedding light on the gorgeous and unique blooms grown by farmers and arranged by florists throughout the US!
Why is this important?
Did you know that 80% of cut flowers are imported!?! Yes, that's right. The vast majority of flowers are shipped to the US when there are talented farmers and designers all across this country. How would you have known that though when flowers require no labeling as to where they're from? I bet if consumers realized that their standard grocery store bouquet was full of chemicals, flown hundreds of miles to be there, supported deforestation, and unfair labor practices, they would not buy it! Luckily, there are now "American Grown" labels that farmers are choosing to slap onto their bouquets as well as "CA Grown" labels to differentiate domestic blooms from imported blooms. Some farmers even have their own sticker with their business name to set themselves apart.
So, please, look for these labels to differentiate the good flowers from the, well, bad flowers! It is even better to meet a flower farmer or florist who uses locally grown and domestic blooms. Oh, heyyyy!! If your reading this, you know I grow and arrange flowers ;) I also have a lot of flower farmer florist friends that I am happy to recommend to you. Plus, SlowFlowers.com is a free, online directory of farmers and florists across America. Just enter your zip code and you can see where to find flowers local to you!
I am grateful to be in this business and grateful for American Flowers Week! Go Slow Flowers!