Community Blossoms

August 5, 2016

Fionnuala Fallon’s article entitled “Sustainable Flowers and Community Blossoms” (Irish Times) champions ecological flowers.┬áThe references and photographs below are inspired by Fallon’s writing, and offer ideas for community gardeners interested in growing flowers for artworks, local celebrations, educational workshops, and environmental programmes.

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Photo: Fionnuala Fallon, The Irish Times, Rose petals, forget-me-nots, cornflowers and daisies, Preen’s SS17, London Fashion Week

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Electric Daisy Flower Farm http://www.electricdaisyflowerfarm.co.uk

DSC_1857-1022x1024Hellebore Chandelier, Hanako Floral Studio, http://www.hanako.ie

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Manor Garden, http://www.manorgarden.co.uk

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Photo: India Hobson, http://www.gardencollage.com, Article/Anna Potter (Florist) of Swallows and Damsons, Sheffield

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Photo: Flower House Detroit, Flower Installation Coordinated by Lisa Waud. A floral art installation constructed by American florists in an abandoned house. Source: http://www.playgrounddetroit.com

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Photo: Constance Spry, Flower Activist, made at A Fair Land, Grizedale Arts and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 12-28 August, 2016

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Photo: Floret Flowers, http://www.floretflowers.com

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Delicate and relaxed, wildflowers evoke feelings of freedom and light heartedness. When placed in an unusual vessel these textural beauties offer an unexpected surprise. They are at the same time unruly and refined, elegant and free spirited. When sourcing flowers there is an entire world to be discovered beyond the boundaries of the garden. Roadside ditches, abandoned fields and overgrown city lots provide countless opportunities for foraging. Grasses, seed pods and interesting textures are just waiting to be collected and transformed into a magical display

(Erin Benzakein, Wildflower DIY Centrepiece, Floret Flowers)

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Dried Peony Petals Dried and Sewn on the Fabric for the Northern Ireland Group for Art as Therapy Summer School, 2016

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Artist: Rebecca Louise Law, Sculpture 2014, Odyssey, bo.lee gallery, London, http://www.rebeccalouiselaw.com