Greenwood Flora was officially launched by the founder Kate Greenwood at World Environment Day on the Sunshine Coast on the 4th of June 2017. Greenwood Flora is dedicated to Kate’s Grandmother Dorothy Greenwood who used to make stunning flower arrangements in the United Kingdom for many years. Inspired by a beautiful dried flower arrangement that Dorothy made and the family still has, Kate decided to start finding her ‘Grandmother’s hands’ and began creating special one-off flower arrangement pieces. Encouraged by the strong sense of happiness and joy Kate received when collecting and making the flower arrangements, Kate decided to launch Greenwood Flora as a business so that people can order and enjoy their very own unique Greenwood Flora creations.
The Greenwood Flora range includes solely native, non-native or mixed flower arrangements. These are presented beautifully in handmade local Piccabeen baskets. Bouquets and wreaths are also available. In order to have as limited impact on the local environment as possible, Greenwood Flora only utilises those species that are in flower at the time of Greenwood Flora product making. Therefore flower arrangements are made on a per order basis*.
Greenwood Flora flower arrangements, bouquets and wreaths are great for:
- Bridal Showers
- Baby Showers
- Christmas Day
- ANZAC Day
- Valentines Day
- NAIDOC Day
- Student Graduations
- Dinner parties
- and other special days and events throughout the year.
Kate is also available for special fun workshops on making your own flower arrangements and flower crowns for bridal and baby showers.
To order a special Greenwood Flora flower arrangement, bouquet or wreath, please contact Kate on: 0413826594 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Online ordering will be coming soon.
Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility
All flowers utilised in Greenwood Flora flower arrangements and bouquets are sustainably harvested by Kate Greenwood. In regard to native flowers, Greenwood Flora strongly adheres to the ‘Nature Conservation Act (QLD) 1992 Code of Practice: For the harvest and use of protected plants’. Kate keeps her own harvest record which includes detailed mapping of where plant parts are removed and calendars of when local species are flowering. Being a strong environmentalist at heart, Kate also has developed her own best practice principles when it comes to native flower harvesting with:
- never taking any plant parts from plants that are listed as endangered, vulnerable, or near threatened
- only selecting no more than 10% of flower cover of one plant for removal
- ensuring that plants selected for harvesting are selected at a ratio of no less than 1:4 (meaning that every fourth plant is used for flower harvesting instead of every plant)
- implementing environmental offsets such as native bee hives and tree planting in the local areas where plant parts have been removed.
Greenwood Flora is dedicated to making a positive impact on our local environment through a continuous improvement process. This makes sure that the business is truly sustainable and the environment benefits, ensuring Greenwood Flora has no negative impact on the local environment.
Greenwood Flora is currently looking for other areas to harvest from and also an area on the Sunshine Coast to undertake a native flower growing and harvesting trial. Each area is set up with proper agreements and benefits to the landholders. If you are interested, please fill in the ‘contact us form’ at: http://greenwoodconsultancy.com.au/contact/
Greenwood Flora focuses mostly on utilising native species, in an effort to showcase the beauty of our local species. It is hoped that the more people see just how beautiful our local native species are, the more they will be encouraged to plant them in their garden and therefore increase the local biodiversity within an area. Greenwood Flora also utilises weed species in certain non-native flower arrangements and bouquets in order to assist the local environment with removing flowers before they go to seed, therefore reducing the amount of potential weeds in the local environment.
*Whilst we aim to please clients’ desires, flower species cannot be guaranteed and sometimes certain species will be replaced with others due to issues such as seasonal flowering and greater availability. A native species will only be replaced with other native species and non native species will only be replaced with non native species, in order to maintain the uniqueness of each piece. Please let us know if you do not want certain species in your flower arrangement or, alternatively, if you require specific species and we will endeavour to do our best to satisfy your request.