Go lo­cal with flow­ers

New Zealand-grown blooms are fresher, says Katie New­ton.

Waikato Times - - Your Weekend -

There are few things that can make you feel more vir­tu­ous and thought­ful than giv­ing some­one a bunch of flow­ers. Un­less, of course, you find out that the bunch was flown half­way around the world in a fug of car­bon emis­sions and pes­ti­cides, ar­riv­ing in their vase a whole week af­ter they were first cut. While buy­ing New Zealand-grown flow­ers doesn’t guar­an­tee they are or­ganic or will last longer, it is one way to re­duce your car­bon foot­print and sup­port our lo­cal in­dus­try.

The ben­e­fits of buy­ing lo­cal has been the fo­cus of this week’s New Zealand Flow­ers Week, which aims to en­cour­age florists and con­sumers to ask about where their flow­ers were grown.

‘‘Whether you’re a florist, grower or sim­ply love hav­ing fresh flow­ers in your home, it’s time to think about where your beau­ti­ful blooms have come from,’’ says New Zealand Flow­ers Week mar­ket­ing man­ager Rebecca Jones. ‘‘Here in New Zealand we are so lucky to have such a vi­brant re­tail in­dus­try and tal­ented grow­ers who de­liver an ex­cep­tion­ally di­verse range of qual­ity prod­uct. We re­ally are spoilt for choice when it comes to va­ri­ety, avail­abil­ity and price.’’

New Zealand has around 900 florists and 800 do­mes­tic grow­ers, grow­ing and sell­ing hun­dreds of va­ri­eties of flow­ers each week.

At this time of year, New Zealand-grown hy­drangeas, sun­flow­ers and pe­onies are in sea­son.

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