British flowers are environmentally friendly. Nearly 90% of flowers bought in the UK are imported, mainly from Holland, Kenya and India. They are, of course, all flown, and some flowers travel over 3000 miles before they reach their final destination.
They give something back to our planet. In an age of intensive farming, let's nourish the hedgerows, feed the bees and grow heritage varieties. Our environment needs it more than ever. Most British flower growers firmly respect this ethos, with many growing organically produced flowers. After all, which bride wants to carry a bouquet of chemically enhanced blooms down the isle?
They smell wonderful. British flowers haven't had to endure a tortuous journey across Europe or even further afield. British flowers have that fresh 'just cut' feel and smell. Go to any British grower, sniff around and you'll be overwhelmed at the fragrance. It's stunning.
They represent something special, something different. Gone are the days of predictable, tiresome weddings where everyone looks the same, expects the same and, guests are, quite frankly, bored by the third wedding of the year. British flowers form a crucial part of that revolution, helping brides to create a day that their guests will truly remember.
Vintage weddings are seriously popular, and have been for some time with brides wanting to capture some of the beauty and elegance of a bygone era. British flowers fit beautifully in vintage weddings, as they are often understated and delicately beautiful. They would also look authentic, too. The average 1920's bride, for instance, would have only had access to British flowers.
Let's celebrate what we're good at. British flowers and gardens are simply wonderful. We are a nation of stunning gardens, extraordinary horticultural heritage and a real passion for flowers. Be proud to buy British and support your local grower.
Natalie Davis - The Artisan Flower Co