Thursday, October 23, 2008

Impact Tip - Roses, did you know...

Did you know that 90% of wedding flowers still include roses? I know they are popular but I guess I didn't realize they were still that popular. Well I want to tell you about other options instead of roses for your bouquet and centerpieces. This information is just that, information to use at your own disposal. All we can do is stay informed, and if we chose to buy roses anyway, that is our right. But don't say I didn't warn you :)

Some roses facts:
Roses are not native causing them to mostly be shipped great distances and requiring heavy pesticide use.

The harvesters are probably only making $.58/hour which is quite an unfair wage

70% of roses are harvested from third world countries providing unfair wages and toxic conditions

Flowers are not inspected by the FDA when brought into the country and often contain 50 times more chemicals than fruits or veggies which leach into the skin when handled.

BUT if all this pesticide stuff makes you think twice like me, there are alternatives.

Start early and grow your own wildflower boutquet!
Chose potted plants and flowers for centerpieces that can be reused
Chose flowers that are native and don't require pesticide use and buy AMERICAN!
You can offer edible arrangements...interesting :)

But if you just love the look of roses, consider this native plant that looks very similar Lisianthus or Balboa Rose

pretty right! :)

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