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Greenly: Recipe for a Slow Flower Arrangement

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Lessons from flower farming come to life! Here are three tips on creating a beautiful slow flower arrangement.

Once I learned about the philosophy of slow flowers, tons of fun opportunities to play with local, seasonal blooms began cropping up. Since my recent visit to Worlds End Farm, where I was able to pick up a few flower arranging basics, I’ve been lucky enough to participate in a couple very exciting floral arranging demonstrations around the city, too.

With an abundance of Spring blooms at the ready, I thought I’d share some my favorite flower arranging tips I’ve picked up along the way:

Think beyond (just) flowers: Lilac branches and potted plants from the farmer’s market or vines from your very own backyard can make for an ideal compliment to just about any bud — just remember to choose local or seasonal for those, too!

Snip, snip: First, remove any extra foliage from the stem to ensure water feeds directly to the flowering bloom. Then, give the bottom of each stem a fresh cut before placing in the vase.

Create shape: If you’re interested in making a more dynamic arrangement, consider using chicken wire to anchor your stems. Simply cut a square of medium gauge wire, form it into a ball, and place it at the bottom of your vessel. The best part is, it’s reusable for arrangements to come.

While I’m definitely not an expert, I’d love to hear your arranging questions and conundrums. Leave a line in the comment box below and I’ll try to help out! Would love more tips, too!

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.