Still, no floral foam!

Still, no floral foam!

It's been about 9 years (woah!)  since I first blogged about floral foam and I'm still foam free.  I shared an old msds sheet for a popular brand of regular foam online so folks could see what was in it.  I even made some suggestions for more transparency, better alternatives.

Have companies offered alternatives in response? There are the new plastic cages from Holly Chapple that allow you to design foam free. But still, it's plastic. Would love to have seen a reusable metal version. There is also a biodegradable foam from a major brand that is said to biodegrade in under two years in a biologically active landfills.  But I have not heard anything about the msds cautions or if the formaldehyde and other toxins and carcinogens are still in this new formula. But, there is still plenty of metal chicken wire, and that is still what I depend on the most.

a pedestal arrangement made by Gorgeous and Green without floral foam (chicken wire mechanics)

Florists all over the world are noticing that we don't need to depend so heavily on plastics and foam, and there seems to be more movement in this generation to go back to old methods of floral design without plastics. (I for one try to never use plastic vessels)  There is even an instagram movement to share foam free designs and to get more information about floral foam's effect on the environment and oceans on a molecular level. 

Let's continue to fuel this movement toward a healthier floral industry, including florists and the planet we live on.

A large and branching floral arrangement by Gorgeous and Green without floral foam

 Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green and a bridal bouquet (no foam)

June 06, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Color and texture for wedding centerpieces by Gorgeous and Green

Color and texture for wedding centerpieces by Gorgeous and Green

As we start the 2018 wedding season, here's a glimpse at some centerpiece magic by Gorgeous and green with color, interesting textures and some natural lines.  Compote vases are back in style, and we love them too and still never use floral foam with our designs.
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Wild and Natural compote vase centerpiece by Gorgeous and Green
Gorgeous and Green unique and textural compote vase arrangement
Wedding centerpiece with texture and playfulness by Gorgeous and Green
In no-floral foam and health, G&G
April 13, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
white and muted tones against a black velvet backdrop

Black Velvet

Nothing quite like the drama of a black velvet backdrop to make your flowers float in luxury. This one's called the Muted Beauty.

Wild and dramatic arrangement by Gorgeous and Green against a black velvet backdrop

Wild arrangement by Gorgeous and Green against a black velvet backdrop

From our daily offerings for bike delivery.

March 13, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Rustic Mexican vase with tropical and colorful florals by Gorgeous and Green

Floral designs with a lot of Mexican flavor

Apart from our usual daily offerings for local bike delivered flowers and gifts, we create designs special events and weddings.  Here are a few designs from a special event that required vivid florals and a genuine feel of Mexican art and culture.  I gathered some beautiful vases from an artist in Baja Mexico, and tried to translate my own experience of Mexican art and culture into the designs.  I think they came out well.

Large Mexican ceramic Vase with tropical and colorful flowers by Gorgeous and Green

 

 

Mexican ceramic vase with colorful and tropical flowers by Gorgeous and Green

G&G

March 08, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Arrangements by Gorgeous and Green in the little red wagon

My New favorite arrangement: The Fancy Pickle Jar

I love this vase.  It's ceramic, and reminiscent of a pickle jar.  So meet: The Fancy Pickle Jar arrangement by Gorgeous and Green. The wide mouth allows for a full and playful design that spreads wider than our other arrangements, and it still is floral foam free! We use some tape mechanics to help keep the stems of foliage and blooms in place.

Available for local delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville (by bike if available) 

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New arrangement from Gorgeous and Green: The Pickle Jar of local grown and a little wild blooms
Jewel rich flower arrangements for delivery to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville by Gorgeous and Green
February 19, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
local grown bouquet and girly things gift basket La Femme by Gorgeous and Green

Valentines is just around the corner...

A nice sampling of some new gift basket offerings in the online store as well as a few examples of the Valentines Day offerings for delivery February 14th to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville.
a floral door swag to dry step by step by Gorgeous and Green

A Floral Door Swag tutorial by Gorgeous and Green

Last year we helped create a photo tutorial with Cheers Babe for Molly My's online magazine.  Here's the step by step of the door swag, beautifully photographed for your enjoyment:

Tools needed to make a swag for your door

Some materials to have: clippers, wire snips, scissors, tape, wires

Gather greens for the back and bone of the swag by Gorgeous and Green

lineup your foliage stems in a bouquet shape

Layer in dried and dryable flower and foliage stems and tie stems together with wire by Gorgeous and Green

Tie with wire, and add in layers of textures and blooms

Add in colorful blooms and textures that will dry well, swag by Gorgeous and Green

Add in blooms that are dried or will dry well

Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green adding in blooms and textures to a floral door swag

Tie with wire along the way, to make sure each layer is nice and solid

Tie and finish the door swag with some color popping ribbon by Gorgeous and Green

Wrap with ribbons

trim the ends of your swag so they are all even by Gorgeous and Green

cut stems to the same length for a clean look

Floral and foliage door swag by Gorgeous and Green

Hang in the middle of your door.

 

Enjoy!  G&G

Blog by Pilar Zuniga, owner of Gorgeous and Green,  a sustainable florist and online boutique featuring gifts and florals for local bike delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville.  Pilar specializes in using locally grown and sustainably grown flowers, foliage and greens in floral designs for small and large weddings, corporate and other events, restaurants, offices as well as gift and home use. The Gorgeous and Green online store includes an array of local and sustainable gifts, recycled jewelry, paper free cards and local grown and or organic flowers when available.

February 07, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Bridesmaid bouquets for a unique wedding by Gorgeous and Green

Amethyst, violet and blue for a bride

A wedding order with a wild, fun and deep violet feel featuring beautiful blue anemones, green ferns, purple callas, blue thistle and other beautiful blooms.  All designs by Gorgeous and Green for a wedding order.
January 30, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Summer flower garland by Gorgeous and Green for a local wedding with sunflowers! and dahlias

Sunny Sunflowers and other late summer blooms last fall

Lat summer, early fall is a wonderful time of year for flowers and for sunshine.  Here's some sunny beauty we created for a small event order that came in from our online ordering system. 
Moody Romance of a Wedding at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Moody Romance of a Wedding at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

This past season we had the pleasure of working with Alexa and Aran for a wedding at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.

Originally, she was just going to order some floral designs for the wedding parts, bouquets and boutonnieres and such. And she actually submitted an order via our online store for small event orders.  But as time went on, she ordered a little more and a little more, and we ended up doing all the florals for the event.

We were so lucky to work with an amazing team including the Photographer, From the Daisies , the Caterer, Trumpetvine Catering and the Wedding Planner, One Fine Day SF.  We also were lucky to have the whole event shared up on the June Bug Weddings Blog earlier this season.

Here are a few snapshots from the gorgeous moody and oh so romantic florals, decor and feel of that day.

 

The Bridesmaids looking adorable in the Berkeley Rose Garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Bridesmaids looking adorable in the Berkeley Rose Garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Beautiful and simple archway created by the couple, adorned with a burst of burgundy blooms and foliage by G&G. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Beautiful and simple archway created by the couple, adorned with a burst of burgundy blooms and foliage by G&GPhoto by From the Daisies.

The Gorgeous Redwoods in the grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Gorgeous Redwoods in the grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

A lovely moment during the ceremony at the Grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

A lovely moment during the ceremony at the Grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

Wedding Party goals: Beautiful people and flowers in blush and burgundy hues. Photo by From the Daisies.

Wedding Party goals: Beautiful people and flowers in blush and burgundy hues. Photo by From the Daisies.

The outdoor patio at the reception adorned with tables and florals by G&G. Photo by From the Daisies.

The outdoor patio at the reception adorned with tables and florals by G&GPhoto by From the Daisies.

A closeup of the natural and romantic florals by G&G. Photo by From the Daisies.

A closeup of the natural and romantic florals by G&GPhoto by From the Daisies.

An intimate moment in the Rose garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

An intimate moment in the Rose garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

Roses all around the love. Photo by From the Daisies.

Roses all around the love. Photo by From the Daisies.

October 16, 2017 by Pilar Zuniga