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Question from “Urban Bride” (super modern wedding « urban bride.)

Pomander Ball AisleQ. What are the balls of flowers called in this photo?

A. The ball of flowers is referred to as a “pomander ball” from the French word pomme dambre.  Pomander balls originated in the middle ages and were hung from a neck chains or carried in a vase.  These fragrant objects were used to ward off infection or to mask foul smells and often contained perfumes such as musk or civit.  Today, pomander balls have evolved into a sleak contemporary componant in many weddings and special events most commonly carried by a ribbon by flower girls and bridal party attendants.  The pomander balls pictured in the photo appear to have been constructed using Daisies which are both cost effective relatively durable.  The design process is a bit tedious and labor intensive but well worth the end result.  “Urban Bride” mentions the possibility of floating pomander balls in a pool.  Be careful, if designed in standard Oasis floral foam, they will sink.  Try using a circular piece of foliage covered styrofoam with the pomander ball seated atop.  Depending on the size of the styrofoam “float”, candles can be added for warmth and ambiance to any poolside evening event. 

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 by Jeff Warden: Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago

Organic Certified FlowersIn an increasingly eco-conscious society, special events are following suit by going green.  In contrast to many overtly themed events, green theme events can be somewhat more subtle but no less engaging for partygoers.  Green events are more about creating a socially conscious undertone, a common thread that begins with the invitations and ends with the parting favor.  Read Sara Snow’s post “After the Green Wedding” for an excellent example.  One increasingly popular component to Chicago area “green events” is organic or transitional organic Veriflora certified floral products. 

Most associate “organic’ with food products, but many flower farms are transitioning to crop production practices that build soil fertility and control pests without the use of dangerous farm chemicals.  The approach, however, extends beyond the field including improved working conditions, storage, packaging and transportation techniques. 

The QAI Certification Program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain: from the land on which the product is grown; to the producers growing the product; to the post-harvest facilities preparing the product; to the processing and handling facilities transforming the product. This includes the use of sustainable farming techniques that rely on natural systems of production, pest management, and weed and fungal control, such as: cover cropping, composting, beneficial insect release, crop rotation, and prohibited use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It also prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals commonly found in industrial pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The purpose of organic agriculture is to enrich the soil, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and maintain environmental quality.

Flowers With Feeling, Inc. offers the finest floral products sourced from growers that are committed to the highest social and environmental standards. Our certified floral selections are grown and harvested using practices that aim to improve the quality of farm working conditions, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance environmental quality for future generations.

Ask your Flowers With Feeling representative for more information about “green event” ideas and product availability or visit us on the web at www.flowerswithfeeling.com

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