Sustainable Floral Design

Sustainable Floral Design

I'm a Sustainable Floristry Network Ambassador! Well, I feel like I have been for some time (maybe since I started Gorgeous and Green and was looking to see how other florists were being sustainable, which was very difficult at the time and I mostly had to create my own methods of doing business)
I'm included in a lineup of wonderful people around the world trying to do their art and work in the most sustainable way they can, and sharing their process along the way.  
Here's just a few of us:
Pilar Zuniga and other Sustainable Floristry Ambassadors
Sue McLeary, Toby Nelson and other SFN Ambassadors
Now we have a lot more language to use to describe this way of doing business and designing, from being "sustainable" to "eco-friendly" to "slow flowers" "local grown" and "ethical business practices".  There is a lot we are doing and varying ways we are doing it, but most of the premise is the same, we are taking into account our actions as businesses and business people, and the ramifications of our purchases, our relationships, who we are supporting, who we've forgotten, how we've gotten here, and the physical effects our trash CO2 and other by-products of our work that are having an effect on the planet, it's people and animals.
Pilar Zuniga a Sustainable Floristry Network Ambassador blog interview
Would love for you to peruse or read:
Last Fall in Oakland

Last Fall in Oakland

Small Fall Pandemic Wedding in 2020 was not just sweet but gloriously beautiful and heartfelt with jewel tone drama and lively floral design.
I've started a collective on IG for Florists of Color!

I've started a collective on IG for Florists of Color!

I've started a new Instagram Collective of Florists of Color!
June 28, 2021 by Pilar Zuniga
Neon colors for the win

Neon colors for the win

Beautiful bold colors for a Spring/Summer wedding featuring Peonies! Seasonal flowers are always the most beautiful and sustainable.
Hand tied bouquet made at home during COVID-19 using the spiral method,

Bouquet Making during Covid-19

While Sheltering In Place, I have done some live Instagram Stories to share my love of creating with flowers and to spread a little beauty while we are at home and distant from some of the beauty and people we love.

Here is a shortened video I've completed that can be used as a floral design tutorial or just a glimpse of how to make a hand tied bouquet. 

We are all doing the right thing by staying at home during COVID-19, so let's make and feel beauty

We are all doing the right thing by staying at home during COVID-19, so let's make and feel beauty

I will be making something for you tomorrow on IG after a short meditation and reconnection to our creative selves, so we can all connect to this person inside of us.  They are the ones grounded to nature and will help us find our way.  March 18th at 10am PST and 2pm PST on my live IG feed. 

 

March 17, 2020 by Pilar Zuniga
Tropical mixed with soft and lush blooms for an super colorful and spectacular wedding at the Marin Headlands by Gorgeous and Green

Tropical mixed with soft and lush blooms for an super colorful and spectacular wedding at the Marin Headlands by Gorgeous and Green

My favorite wedding to design for: 

1. Lush and full of greens

2. Colorful

3. A bit of tropical weirdness mixed with lots of local grown and seasonal blooms, all designed without floral foam.

Hey, I'm an Energy Upgrade Hero

Hey, I'm an Energy Upgrade Hero

Did you know I was an energy upgrade California Hero?  Yes, and I don't wear a cape, but I do sling flowers all day!

Here's a link to the story and some cool pics too.

February 25, 2020 by Pilar Zuniga
How do you get shiny leaves without chemicals or sprays?

How do you get shiny leaves without chemicals or sprays?

How do you get your orchid leaves, house hold plant leaves and floral design leaves to shine naturally?  Here's my hack.  And it's not just more sustainable, but cheaper too!