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Jonathan Moseley: how to ditch single-use plastics in floristry

Jonathan Moseley with eco-friendly floristry solutions. Picture; Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
Jonathan Moseley with eco-friendly floristry solutions. Picture; Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Celebrity florist to appear at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show with eco-tips

With growing concerns about single-use plastics, celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley will be showcasing his top floristry eco hacks at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (September 13-15).

He’ll be ditching the floral plastic foam and embracing natural and retro alternatives. This moisture-retentive, lightweight ‘anchor’ for flowers has been the go-to floristry staple since it was invented in the 1950s but it is non-biodegradable.

Jonathan will encourage show visitors to embrace sustainable substitutes for arranging that can still add a ‘wow’ to both simple and more ambitious flower displays but are easier on the environment.

Harking back in time

Many of the techniques the renowned floral designer and founder of #flowertalk will be using hark back generations and will include:

  • Twigs and branches: Made into a biodegradable ‘nest’ to give blooms gentle support
  • Damp sand: Placed at the bottom of a vase to anchor stems.
  • Chicken wire: formed into a ball to fit inside a container.
  • Woven wool or raffia frames: Make-your-own or buy these cobweb-like frames that give great support for arrangements.
  • Upcycling: Use vintage charity shop finds with glass flower roses, pin holders and 1920s-style flower rings.

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show logoJonathan said: ” You can still achieve a huge variety of different styles and compositions by adopting alternative, reusable methods of arranging your flowers.

‘Work in harmony with nature’

“The trend for arranging flowers is to allow them to evoke their natural charm and simplicity by working in harmony with nature, as opposed to trying to tame or control it.”

As an ambassador for British flowers, and with the onset of autumn, Jonathan will be encouraging the use of locally-sourced seasonal foliage and berries plus time-honoured favourites such as dahlia, gladioli, chrysanthemums and roses, all of which will be on display by the specialist societies at Harrogate.

Jonathan Moseley will be leading two floristry workshops a day at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at 11am and 3pm. For more details visit www.jonathan-moseley.com.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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