Red roses are really romantic and really boring, and there's a pretty good chance you're giving or receiving some this holiday. Despite the fact that these often-wilty bouquets scream "look what I found at the Rite Aid an hour ago," about 36% of Americans will buy flowers for Valentine's Day, and about 60% of those flowers are red roses.
While the sentiment is nice (Hey, any flowers are better than none!), buying imported flowers is less-than-loving for the planet, and for flower farmers who work in dangerous conditions. Imported flowers make up the majority of the flowers bought and sold in the US. This Valentine's Day, do something unpredictable and give your Valentine or Galentine a floral-inspired gift that supports small, eco-friendly businesses and artists.
5 Floral Gifts for Valentine's Day (That Aren't Imported Red Roses)
1. Floral Prints, Calendars and Watercolors
Some of my favorite Instagram artists have gorgeous products available that won't kill your bank account. Like the colorful prints of Columbus artist Yao Cheng, or the beautiful table scapes of 5 Foot Inf in a 2016 calendar. Frame several prints, or a pack of greeting cards, and start a photo wall for your loved one.
2. Flowerheads' Artificial Crowns
Visit the Columbus Museum of Art between March 17-20 for Art in Bloom, an exhibit of floral and spring-inspired art, including workshops with famed floral designer, Hitomi Gilliam. (We can't wait!) There is also a terrarium workshop at STUMP on February 25th. Or you can give the gift of a flower party this Valentine's or Galentine's Day with one of Flowerheads' flower crown stations or flower crown workshops.
4. Green Plants
Stop into your local plant shop for an air-purifying plant, or a couple easy-to-care-for succulents. If you're in the Short North, go to STUMP for a great variety of greens.
5. Sustainably-Grown Flowers
Give your loved one a bouquet you can feel good about! There are some small grocers and organic shops like Whole Foods that sell local or USA-produced flowers. These seasonal bouquets tend to be more organic-looking. You can also buy from The Bouqs Co., an eco-friendly grower who ships beautiful and sustainably-grown flowers year 'round.