Recycling Flowers…delivering bouquets of kindness.
January 14, 2014
The Floral Angels are Frances Hunter, Amanda Romain and Julie Ritter, recently qualified floral designers. They were dismayed by the wastage in the floral event industry, and at a time in their lives when they were looking for a way to give back, they decided to set up the very original non-profit charity, Floral Angels. They are currently working out of loaned premises in Battersea.
One of the saddest things about working for some ‘big’ florists was seeing the amount of waste. There were beautiful, huge wedding flower samples costing thousands to set up, which, once seen by the couple, would be dismantled, the flowers filling up to fifty buckets. There were Michelin-starred restaurants and 5-star hotels that requested fresh flowers every other day, even though the ‘old’ flowers were perfectly healthy and beautiful. It was heartbreaking to throw the old flowers away, and a few times I asked if I could take the old flowers home.
Bouquets of Kindness
July 15, 2013
Introducing a group of five floral designers who are doing something very special with their skills. The Floral Angels are a new charity who take green waste created at events, weddings and photo shoots, etc. and repurpose it to create beautiful bouquets and arrangements which they then donate to hospices, women’s refuge centres, elderly care homes and other deserving recipients.
Fresh flowers are everywhere – orchid and rosehip head pieces, carnation corsages, table flowers and chrysanthemum bouquets for the 16 residents to take back to their rooms.
Tonight’s party will end with live music and, as part of the winter wonderland theme, some volunteers dress in white. It’s a stylish affair but it’s confused Maude. She’s asked me twice if we are at a wedding.