Yay! We're stoked to share that we are contributors on the Field to Vase Blog, and that our first post, on personal cutting gardens, went live today. Head over to their site to read our post, as well as so many other informative and inspiring pieces written by growers and designers from around the country. Field to Vase is an amazing resource and we hope to continue their mission of inspiring and advocating for the local flower movement. Now, how about them personal cutting gardens?!
Sustainability is the word of our times, and we are thankful it has inspired more people in the floral industry to shoot for better and more environmentally responsible practices. A driving concept behind our floral design business is the marriage of art and agriculture, and fostering a healthy relationship between the two. We both grew up in the garden and have a deep appreciation for those that cultivate our cut flowers on a large and small scale, and are also finding a lot of enjoyment in some small scale cultivation of our own.
The unbridled freedom we feel walking through the market on a good day is sometimes juxtaposed with the feeling “something’s missing” when we’re back in the studio designing. Whether it’s just the right shade of plum, or that perfect texture to unify the bridal bouquet, we often find ourselves wanting just a little bit more. Our solution to that is one you can cultivate yourself.
We might not all have access to large amounts of land, but there are plenty of plants that can thrive in small beds or pots, both indoors and outside. We’ve found the satisfaction of having more options within reach goes beyond convenience. It gives us a certain freedom and provides us with a deeper knowledge of our materials and a connection to the growing process. Below are some of our favorite cuts from plants we have growing in pots outside of our studio, as well as our landscapes at home.
Being able to test new materials, incorporate different textures, and include items that aren’t available in your market are great ways to expand your experience and options. For example, gorgeous foliage like Heuchera don’t have the stem length and durability to make it through the market, but plucking a few leaves to create boutonnieres the day of an event allows for elevated and unique designs.
Folks with limited space can find efficient ways of cultivating for themselves like standard terra cotta pots, indoor plants, and window boxes. The smaller amounts of materials needed to create items like boutonnières, corsages, and crowns is often proportionate to what we can grow just outside our door (or window) and is enough to create these items on a weekly basis, and fuel our excitement.
If you’re inspired to grow some specialty botanicals of your own, the first step to finding out what you can grow yourself is assessing the space you have to work with. Is it in full sun or shade? Will the light change throughout the seasons? Is it exposed to frost or extreme heat? Will you consider replanting between seasons? Our studio garden consists of potted perennial items that we can move throughout the year to give them exactly the growing conditions they need. A little digging in gardening resources (and some good dirt) and you could have a personal cutting garden that enriches your design space and practice. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…good luck out there!