Designing With LOCAL FLOWERS

You've Heard of Slow Food. Now Meet Slow Flowers.

In our April/May issue, we profiled three spring floral arrangements that make beautiful use of local, seasonal flowers. We have four additional floral arrangements to share with you—three from talented area designers and one from GRAY’s Landscape and Culture Editor Debra Prinzing. Whether they are inspired by the spring floral palette; by the diversity of flowers grown by area flower farmers; or by the season's sense of newness, each designer (and vase) has a compelling point of view.

We've got lovely news for your vases and urns: there's a floral renaissance taking place as more designers seek botanical inspiration closer to home. Similar to Slow Food, the "slow flower" movement reflects a cultural shift, a desire to support regional farms and reduce our impact on the earth.

Freshness and quality, not to mention ephemeral beauty and sensory delight, are at the heart of this story. There's heightened pleasure in knowing the fragrant sweet peas on your dining table were harvested just yesterday by a Pacific Northwest grower.

Thanks in large part to the 2011 launch of a farmer-to-florist cooperative in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood, the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market (the setting for these photographs), designers now have an abundant source of flowers grown nearby. As more of us consider, as with our menus, the source of our flowers, there's much to celebrate.

These heirloom, artisanal and couture blooms tell an enticing narrative of living in the moment and observing nature's transition from one season to the next. With spring's arrival, we've picked the choicest local blooms, expressed as floral poetry by three area designers. 

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01 Apr 2014

By Debra Prinzing