You're familiar with the slow food movement. Now comes its slow flower cousin, a growing trend (in more ways than one!) toward locally grown, pesticide-free, cut flowers. Debra Prinzing's new book "The 50 Mile Bouquet" explains and celebrates this, and she was kind enough to send me the names of flower shops and floral designers in the Philadelphia region who adhere to this philosophy.
You know of Jennie Love, of Love 'n Fresh Flowers in Philadelphia (email@example.com, www.lovenfreshflowers.com), which does weddings and other events only, whom I've written about, but there are quite a few more, including:
Market Blooms at the Reading Terminal Market (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.marketblooms.com/flowers/market-blooms-farm), where the organically-grown flowers come from its own South Jersey farm. Steve DeShong says he's added 10 new sunflower varieties, new zinnias, and a lot more callas, which seem to be gaining in popularity; Kate Parks of Lilies and Lavender in Doylestown, who grows on a cut flower farm there, email@example.com; and Cari Bonifacino of Bucktoe Creek Flower Farm in Toughkenamon, Chester County, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also: Lyn Hicks of Harmony Hill Gardens in Sellersville, Bucks Co., email@example.com; and Bob Landis of Sunrise Sunflower Farm in Harleysville, Montgomery County, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Whole Foods and Trader Joe's markets.
The more I read about pesticide-drenched cut flowers, the more I see uninteresting, uninspired (and, in some stores, half-dead) bouquets and bunches of blooms, the more appealing Debra's idea becomes. It only makes sense. If we're going to be so conscientious about what goes into our mouths, we should be equally vigilant about what decorates our homes.