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Telephone Flower Illustration by Madeline Trait

2345 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



A place to share news, advice, ideas, and my process with you.  

Where are your flowers grown?

Madeline Trait

What makes me different as your local and green floral designer?
  • Though sometimes I do buy flowers at the flower market, I choose flowers grown in California. 
  • I get the majority of my flowers from California growers who grow their flowers outside, like Thomas Farm in Aptos, CA
  • Even if I have to drive out to the farm to get the flowers...I will. Like Garden Valley Ranch in Petaluma or Aztec Dahlias. 
  • I don't own a car. I use Zipcar to stay green and my bike for local delivery and errands. (weather permitting)
  • I try not to use green floral foam in my designs but rather wire or other materials that can be reused or recycled. 
The typical life span of a commercially grown flower.  
  1. Growers choose what varieties to plant based on durability during shipping, handling, and shelf life. 
  2. Flowers are planted on mega-farms, typically in South America.
  3. They will tend to be heavily sprayed with unknown chemicals, as they are outside the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture.
  4. Flowers are harvested by low cost laborers.
  5. Flowers are packed in cardboard and plastic for shipping.
  6. Flowers are trucked to the airport at least a day after harvesting.
  7. Flowers are crammed onto an airplane and flown thousands of miles to the USA.
  8. Flowers are trucked from the US airport to a wholesale floral distributer, like the San Francisco Flower Market.
  9. Florists buy flowers from the Flower Market.
  10. Florists drive flowers back to their shop.
  11. Florists arrange flowers for your event.
  12. Flowers are delivered to your event.


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