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A Flowering Trend

On a sun swept bluff on Martha's Vineyard, a dazzling field of daylillies - over 300 varieties - sways in the breeze. But at the Seaside Daylily Farm, the beauty is more than skin deep. Instead of using herbicides and pesticides that are common in the flower industry, the farm sets ladybugs, pirate bugs, lacewings and guinea hens loose to eat thick slugs and other troublemakers. It also grows the flowers in organic soil.

The trend toward using natural and organic methods in the flower business is catching on. A 600-acre farm managed by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin, for instance, sells organically grown flowers to Milwaukee-area markets, brides and local chefs. Manic Organics, a company in Lawrenceville, Georgia, produces organic lavendar, roses, sunflowers, and Siberian lillies.

Recently, Gerald Prolman, CEO and founder of Organic Bouquet, an online organic flower store, took things a step further by creating a national certification standard. Along with a panel of 15 leaders in the floral industry, Prolman developed the Veriflora label, which signifies that a bouquet is grown using sustainable practices. Prolman hopes the label will help raise public awareness and encourage more growers to go organic. "Sustainable production is key if we want to preserve our natural resources," Prolman says. "My hope is that retailers will start to insist that their flowers come from farms that maintain the highest social and environmental standards."

by KRISTINE HANSEN

Originally printed in the February 2006 issue of Yoga Journal



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Sustainable Flowers Make The Perfect Gift For All Occasions

Organic Bouquet is the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic floral gifts. All of our flowers are grown in a manner that is not only environmentally friendly but also provides outstanding resources for farm workers and artisans. Organic Bouquet partners with select flower farms in California, Ecuador and Colombia. All of our flower farms follow stringent growing practices which are monitored by multiple certification agencies and associations. When you purchase flowers from Organic Bouquet, you are helping to improve the life of a flower farm worker, their family and the local floral community.

Our eco-friendly flower arrangements include roses, calla lilies, tulips, gerbera daisies, hyacinths, sunflowers, alstromeria lilies and blue iris. In addition to a complete line of flower arrangements, we offer gift baskets, fruit baskets, nut baskets, gourmet chocolates, gourmet cookies, plants and  wreaths. All of these products are certified eco-friendly and/or provide for environmental benefits through our participation in Carbon Offset programs.

Whatever the occasion, our flowers make the perfect gift- birthday celebration flowers, anniversary flowers, holiday flowers, or floral arrangements simply to say thank you. Sending flowers from Organic Bouquet says that you care not only about the person receiving the flowers, but also about the environment. All of our gift items are shipped nationwide to all 50 states. So whether you need to send flowers to Florida, New York, California, or Colorado, we can guarantee overnight delivery to ensure they arrive fresh and ready to put a smile on someone’s face.

Whether you are purchasing online, or through one of our customer service specialists, you can be assured you are ordering the freshest quality of flowers and environmentally friendly gifts.