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:
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. 

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.

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.
Owner and Lead Designer of Gorgeous and Green, Pilar Zuniga

Collaborations and Community

I was recently asked to collaborate with a marketing and branding guru, Anastasia from The Identite Collective.  She was in need of beautiful florals for a two day workshop at the famed Oh Happy Day Studios in SF, and I was in need of some great pointers to help me with my brand and social media marketing.  It was friendship and collaboration magic, and I believe we both got a lot out of helping each other. It was also a great opportunity to create supportive community, and with some amazing business gals to boot. Here are a few photos from the fantastic weekend workshop and the florals. If you are in need of a marketing guru who specializes in women entrepreneurs, check her out!  

All photos by JennaLynnPhotography  

#goals women entrepreneurs talking about business, collaborations and social networking

the table scape for the Identite collective workshop at O Happy Day studios in San Francisco

Anastasia, the founder of the Identite Collective with Gorgeous and Green florals at Oh Happy Day

up close with the Gorgeous and Green florals in pinks at Oh Happy Day Studios

Pilar and Anastasia meeting to talk about instagram marketing and networking at the Identite collective workshop

details of the Gorgeous and Green tablescapes and giveaways at the Identite collective workshop at Oh Happy Day

Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green and the florals for the Identite Collective workshop at Oh Happy Day in SF

   G&G

Pilar Zuniga Foraging for floral design materials, England St. Giles

Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop, Part 2

More details and inspiration from the Spring 2016 Ponderosa workshop in the English Countryside at St Giles.
Large foliage and floral arch for a wedding in a barn by Gorgeous and Green

A little bit Country, a little bit Vintage Wedding

A couple of weeks ago we created beautiful wedding flowers for a favorite customer of ours. The vibe was natural, vintage inspired, classy and a bit country. The reception and ceremony took place out in Oakley, CA in a beautifully restored barn and neighboring field. Without any distractions around, the setting was beautiful, peaceful and perfect for a celebration of over 300 guests. Here are a few shots from the designs we created:

olive branch arch for a wedding by Gorgeous and Green

Closeup of the arch with mock orange branches, olive and peony.

avante garde bridal bouquet with white david austen roses by Gorgeous and Green

cobalt blue glassware with olive and white blooms for reception tables by Gorgeous and Green

The Beautiful wedding bouquet featuring David Austen Garden roses, peonies, olive and a few airplants.

olive, thistle and white rose boutonnieres by Gorgeous and Green

Wedding cake with white peonies and olive by Gorgeous and Green

 

All local, all beautiful. G&G

Gorgeous and Green signage and flowers

A new website and a Celebration for Gorgeous and Green!

Gorgeous and Green's new website launch and Celebration party on April 23rd 2015.
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