Have you heard of Floral Soil? It is an Eco-friendly alternative to Floral Foam and this past weekend we had the opportunity to work with it in the Elevated Centerpieces Workshop that I taught in Seattle. (such incredible luck that Floral Soil is also based here in Washington State!). The class participants and myself were all excited to get our hands on the Floral Soil and give it a try; we designed with hydrangeas, roses, tulips, lilacs, viburnum, chamomile, plumosa, pieris japonica, pitt, currant and sarcococca foliage. We really wanted to see how Floral Soil would perform with a few finicky flowers — we all know that hydrangea, lilacs and viburnum can go down in an instant if they choose! The designers and I went to work paying attention to how the insertions felt — super easy; how many stems we can pack into the Floral Soil — quite a bit; which flowers responded the best — tulips!; and which were the most finicky — hydrangeas. We were also curious about the weight and how will it sit on top of a candelabra, yes, it is a bit heavier than traditional floral foam but not excessively so. To make the whole workshop even more fantastic was that the inventor of Floral Soil, Mickey Blake, joined us and discussed how she created it and how to use it. It does hold a lot of water and should continued to be watered (just like floral foam). What’s so fantastic about the product is that it is non-toxic and biodegradable. Heck, Mickey told us that after we make a flower arrangement we can pull out the stems and then plant seeds into the floral soil and those seeds will sprout! I’m going to try this in my greenhouse.. so curious.
A note from Keita about working with Floral Soil-
Thank you for bringing Mickey to our class! As an aspiring floral designer, I feel so lucky to start at a time when a product like floral soil is a viable alternative to the foam that experienced designers are trying so hard to avoid. It was so easy to use! I couldn’t believe it when she said we could actually put the floral soil in the ground, in the garden when we’re done with it. I loved hearing Mickey’s scientific approach to keeping cut flowers happy (and pretty), as well as her concern for keeping florists healthy!
A note from Eleanor about working with Floral Soil-
Floral Soil will allow me to create certain styles of arrangements and floral installations that I didn’t know how to do without using toxic floral foam. It was easy to work with and I’m so excited to use it to build tall arrangements on pillars for my own wedding this coming May. When I committed to cutting foam out of my business practices last year, I knew there were logistical challenges I’d have to figure out. Floral Soil is a game changer for me and I can’t wait to use it regularly!
Visit http://www.floralsoilsolutions.com for more information and to order!