Fall Virtual Flower Workshop

Fall Virtual Flower Workshop

The leaves are changing colors, the Bay Area is finally getting some rain, the days are getting shorter... it's Fall y'all! And you know what that means... it's time to gather round the table and celebrate all that we are thankful for. I don't know about you, but we are ready to P-A-R-T-Y this holiday season (safely of course).

Thanksgiving Floral Design Workshop

We've all been having a time, so it feels necessary for our sanity to highlight the good things and nurture our relationships. One way to do that is through creating space for each other: we're talking literal, embodied space. Get together outside in the lantern light or in a small group inside where it's cozy. Whatever you do, make it a space that inspires delight and awe.

Thanksgiving Floral Design Workshop

How can we help? The flowers of course! GG is offering a virtual workshop for centerpiece and table design. So whether it's Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or just a dinner party, we got you. This workshop could even be a way to get your community together and do something fun and fruitful. 

Thanksgiving Floral Design Workshop

 The Deets: If you're in the Bay, we'll deliver all the materials to you (select the Local option from the dropdown). If you're not, we'll send you a list of what to gather and meet you on zoom (select the Login option from the dropdown). 

Thanksgiving Floral Design Workshop

October 26, 2021 by Pilar Zuniga

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and green thanks

Photos courtesy of Corduroy Media I recently shared some pics and some thoughts with the Allison Beck, an editor of a website in NYC called The Daily Meal.  They showcased some Thanksgiving themed centerpieces that my assistant Celia and I worked on for Gorgeous and Green.    I also answered some questions about sustainable arrangements and Thanksgiving.  Take a look at some thoughts I shared in the article: When creating centerpieces for Thanksgiving, what inspires you? Pilar: With any of my arrangements, I always look to what is locally in season. Follow the seasons around you to find colors and themes; in the fall to use browns and yellows and reds, because as plants and leaves die, we get to see some magnificent colors. Squash is also prevalent, so we see the use of pumpkins and gourds and squash in a lot of displays and arrangements. Pilar, what about creating stunning centerpieces, without breaking the bank? In a lot of my arrangements, I use vintage and reused containers and items that a lot of people may have around their house but never thought to combine with flowers or plants—I love unique containers. Sometimes an old gravy boat, candy dish or an old bird cage make for a stunning display. Plus, it's all about reusing and reinventing and that means it's also eco-friendly. Pilar, what are some "green" floral decorating tips that people should remember when purchasing materials? In addition to reusing and buying local/in season, it's also important that people pay attention to pesticides, organics and fair trade as well. As with food, flowers can be sprayed with a lot of toxic chemicals that affect everyone involved, from the cultivators of the flower to those who cut, sell, arrange and end up enjoying its beauty. I try to use as many growers as possible who don't use sprays, so that we can have fewer toxins that affect our people and the earth. Fair trade is also important to think about, and is directly linked to the health of communities and the environment. Hopefully, when you buy local or fair trade, you are supporting businesses who can then support and pay their employees fairly. Hopefully if you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, you can remember to show your thanks in the many actions it takes to put something like a dinner or gathering together, and all the people and the planet that is touched by our actions, every day. In Green and Health, G&G
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