Who doesn’t love flowers in their home? If you are like us then you are drawn to them like bees to honey. Every summer we used to spend way too much money on pink Peonies, can you blame us? Have you seen the Instagram accounts touting their perfection? Who can resist?
Well us! After digging a little deeper it was becoming harder and harder to find a retailer that could answer questions about where the flowers were actually coming from? Who is growing them? Are they being grown in Canada? What kinds of pesticides are being used? Burning questions for an eco-conscious person like me!
The sad reality is most Canadians have no idea where their flowers come from. Flowers are not required to be labeled with the country of origin, unlike fruits and vegetables.
So, this year for Valentine’s Day, let’s avoid “factory flowers” that are not ethically grown and are sprayed with more toxic crap than you can imagine (to ensure they get to you fresh as can be) and opt for sustainable flowers, that are locally grown and both good for you and the planet.
These 5 Canadian Florists are making buying locally sourced blooms of beauty easier than ever!
Humble Burdock Farms
Is a small scale farm operating in Steam Mill, Nova Scotia. They believe in working with the environment in a sustainable manner; protecting wild spaces and honoring traditional ways of growing. They are devoted to growing healthy, freshly picked produce and beautiful flowers across the seasons; and to adding seasonal extensions with dehydrated fruits, herbs and veggies. Amanda is a third generation farmer and started the floral design business by cutting flowers from her Mother’s garden. Now growing over a hundred varieties of flowers and foliage on her Farm.
Floralia has been growing flowers in Quebec since 2010. The garden relies on organic, sustainable methods of cultivation and uses no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Caroline Boyce grew up in Germany and spent a lot of time with her grandmother in her garden. Floralia works closely with other local farmers, fair trade farms and ethical sources to create arrangements that are uniquely theirs.
Located in Prince Edward County (Ontario) Sas Long has long dreamt of living surrounded by an ocean of flowers, nature, and beauty, she’s not the only one! On their farm, they grow approximately 3 acres of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and vines using only organic and sustainable growing methods to help preserve the health of the ecosystem. Their aim is to use texture and colour, along with natural elements of each season to create interesting and inspiring designs.
Toronto Flower Market
This is truly a one-stop-shop for ethically grown blooms. This market celebrates and supports Ontario grown flowers & plants, connecting growers, and florists directly with the city. Together, they raise awareness about flower varieties grown locally in fields and greenhouses while cultivating a passionate local flower community.
Founded in May 2013, Toronto Flower Market created the city’s first outdoor flower market. The market season runs monthly from May through October, with special collaborations sprouting up throughout the year.
Natasa Kajganic was inspired to create Toronto Flower Market after a visit to London’s Columbia Road. A vision of stalls bursting with fresh blooms in Toronto’s public spaces was planted in her mind and has kept growing ever since.
This place sounds like heaven to us!
Night Song Farm
Located is located in Glenora, a rural community of farms and vineyards nestled in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. They are committed to sustainability by never using any chemical insecticide, pesticide or fungicide. Thye use diluted fish & kelp spray fertilizer throughout the season; both are approved for certified organic agriculture and there is no PVC on their farm, how amazing is that?
All our flowers are grown right in the Cowichan Valley. Purchasing their bouquets has the positive ecological impact of avoiding flowers that have been imported from faraway lands. You also benefit from a far greater variety of flowers since a local grower can choose to grow varieties without concern for long shipping distances.
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Dahlias are one of the main focal flowers in the arrangements we create from July through October. They come in so many different shapes and sizes, from large, fluffy beauties to the cutest little balls. They also come in just about every colour, except blue. In Victorian times, when the meaning of flowers was very important, dahlias were used as a symbol of commitment and a bond that lasts forever, making them a perfect choice for wedding flowers! #dahlia #weddingbouquet #floraldesign #weddingflowers #westcoastwedding
Do you love having fresh flowers in your home?