We’ve fallen in love with the foraging movement so when we saw this stunning guide on how to create a beautiful bouquet from foraged flowers, we felt super inspired. Using local seasonal blooms ensures that the bouquet is beautiful, sustainable and responsible. And what a lovely creative outlet to make your own bouquets. Just make sure you’re not picking protected foliage or that you get permission from whomever’s garden you’re picking those lovely blooms from. Happy creating!
We all purchase flowers, but if you look closely you will find that you can make your own beautiful arrangements by gathering what nature has given you. If you gather responsibly, your reward is creative, sustainable and free. Nature has so much to offer and with the high monetary and environmental cost of internationally imported commercial blooms, it makes sense to take what is free from nature. Just make sure to get permission from your neighbours before you pick from their gardens and never pick anything from protected nature reserves.
The inspiration behind this specific arrangement was Autumn. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more beautiful than the colours when the seasons change. The idea was to use what’s on hand to create a lovely botanical piece, with as little impact on the environment as possible. It’s so easy, anyone can create their own beautifully unique arrangements. Do a walkabout in your neighbourhood, have a peek in your mother’s garden, roam the fields of wildflowers and you will most definitely come across amazing plant material you can forage and use. I really love how wild foliage creates a sense of movement in an arrangement.
A Note on Responsible Foraging
Ethical foraging is friendlier on the environment than ordering and shipping from growers who may use a lot of chemicals and energy to cultivate their blooms. Using local, seasonal flowers helps with this strain on the environment. Here are some foraging tips and guidelines to help you on your path to sustainable gathering.
- Make sure that you don’t cut any protected species from a nature reserve.
- Educate yourself about common and uncommon plants in your area – identification is key.
- Reduce your impact by understanding the ecosystem so that you don’t cause damage to nature.
- Never strip the trees or bushes bare. Try to only cut small branches or just a few leaves so that they can continue to grow properly.
- Always ask permission if you want to forage from someone’s garden, especially if you are cutting something that was carefully planted by someone else.
- Be responsible. If you forage responsibly, your reward is sustainable and free.
How to use Your Foraged Foliage
- A medium-sized vessel/ vase about 15cm tall
- A variety of foraged foliage
- Some foraged flowers
- Start with the greenery, adding some on both sides of the vessel and placing bigger flowers in the same direction as the leaves.
- Add smaller flowers and various different greens to create layers and textures.
- Fill both sides of the vessel with an equal amount of botanicals so that the arrangement looks both full and has depth.