A number of organisations are working hard to connect florists with domestically grown flowers.
Following the seasons and sourcing locally-grown flowers and foliage are key factors in more sustainable floral design.
Local and seasonal flowers generally require fewer inputs for production (heat, cooling, chemicals, infrastructure), have a smaller transport footprint and can provide economic support to the local economy.
Supporting locally grown and seasonal is a key principle of the slow flower movement . This movement has evolved with a similar philosophy to the slow food movement which “envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet”. At the heart of both movements is a drive to address the damaging practices associated with modern agricultural systems and invest in those practices which regenerate the environment to address issues associated with biodiversity loss.
A number of countries have directories set up to support seasonal growers and suppliers and connect flowers growers with both retail and wholesale customers.