Sustainability – here at Smith & Lily, we pride ourselves on being a green company- we try to limit the use of imported flowers when possible and look for locally grown seasonal blooms.

Here are a few of our sustainable practices:

When possible we buy locally grown flowers – do we really need those ranunculus flown in from Japan is there a locally grown alternative available?

We don’t use floral foam. Ever. Floral foam holds stems securely in place, opening up a wider range of design possibilities and offering extra structure and security.

However isn’t biodegradable and has numerous hazardous components and doesn’t offer sustainability. Many of these ingredients are known to be cancerous.

Please ask your florist not to use this product when creating installations and centerpieces.

Agra Wool is a sustainable mechanic we use for installations with fragile flowers in the heat, chicken wire which we can reuse, and plastic trays we can re-use.

Any cuttings or extras are composted, so that no part of the plant or flower gets wasted.

We separate plastic and paper when we receive the flowers. The paper we then use for packing material when transporting flowers, therefore giving the paper a second life.

You won’t find chemicals, used to bleach or dye our flowers and foliage, all of our dried flowers are hung to dry naturally in the studio.

Did you know diluted vodka can be used to preserve flowers! When you add a few drops of vodka to the vase water, it delays wilting by inhibiting a flower’s production of ethylene.

There is no excess packaging when delivering our bouquets. We use custom tissue paper from Noissue which is compostable. Our ribbons are re-usable. Most importantly our bouquets are plastic-free.

You can order a bouquet of seasonal flowers here

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Cheers, Clare

Clare has built up a loyal client base throughout the Los Angeles area delivering daily flower bouquets, subscriptions for private homes and businesses, and designs to wow at your wedding or next event. Inspired by her English countryside roots, Clare has recently turned her hand to growing flowers to include in your flower designs along with locally sourced flower, and those from further afield.

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