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People who buy vegetables and meat at farmers' markets do not always see flowers as part of the same equation and those who only shop at supermarkets remain unmoved. Although it is usual now for florists and supermarkets (and gas stations) to sell plants from overseas, the landscape was completely different not so long ago. 1969 was the year of the first air-freighted flowers. Before that there were trains and bulbs sent by ship, but the traditional model for wholesale flower growing was local and small. This is explored in Floriculture at the Garden Museum in London, opening this week. An important aspect of the show is "a celebration of domestic growers, an industry that has all but vanished."
When you pick up a bouquet of flowers at a local grocery store, flower shop, natural foods market or a community-owned food co-op, try to find out where the flowers are from. Why? If you live in the U.S., and have the choice to purchase domestically-grown flowers, you’re helping U.S.A. flower farms stay alive. Demand U.S.-grown from your local flower provider. You might now know that imported flowers from South America are causing U.S. flower farms to struggle and many are going out of business. Due to the less expensive labor, lack of pesticide and fungicide regulation in South America in particular, our local flower farms are in peril. You as the consumer are the person who can request or require this from your flower seller. You have the power to make change with your dollars.