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.
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.
While their roots are here in Knoxville, Random Acts of Flowers has grown to new lengths, in London.
It's a simple concept; take recycled flowers and turn them into beautiful works of art for people in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers. It's such a great idea that it's gone international.
Interview with the Floral Angels…a new charity in the making
July 3, 2013
Our friendship was forged during a 30 week career course at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers in London. While we’re all passionate about flowers and their ability to bring joy, we had decided that none of us wanted to pursue full-time careers in the floral industry. We were struck by the waste that there is after events, weddings and photo shoots, etc. every day in London and beyond. And we started thinking about how we could put these previously used flowers to good use.