My friend introduced me to the concept of “foraging” a few years ago. I tease her that “forage” is hippie-speak for “stealing.” But there really is a sustainable and responsible way to forage and I think it makes the flowers feel more wild and special than just buying them from the grocery store. The first (obvious) rule is don’t steal flowers someone deliberately grew. Also, stay away from frequented public areas where people hike and walk, those flowers are for everyone. When I’m foraging I first look first to my backyard or ask my neighbor if I can cut a few sprigs from their overgrown bush. I’ve also cut from wild bushes in abandoned lots. I also once asked the school gardener what bushes needed trimming and asked permission to cut their honeysuckle bush for my flower arrangements. I prefer foraged flowers because first of all it’s free and second, the variety and quality of the flowers and greenery can be better than at the flower market. My friend does a forage/bought combo where she buys really pretty blooms from the market and then supplements with foraged vines from her backyard. Her flowers are always beautiful and wild-looking, it’s the best of both worlds. Today we’re teaching how to make foraged corsages for Mother’s Day! Click through below for details.
Foraging tips: Always bring pruning shears and a tote bag to carry all the clippings. Be careful to never clip any plants in someone’s yard or garden. Also, it’s best to avoid public parks and government-owned spots. Instead, we always try to look for overgrown plants in alleyways and abandoned lots. If you live in the suburbs or in the country, keep your eyes out for pretty greenery on the side of the road (and don’t be afraid to pull over to get it!)
Step 1: Remove any extra or damaged leaves.
Step 2: Arrange the flowers and greenery into a design that you like. We recommend that you start with any greenery and then add flowers.
Step 3: Wrap floral tape around the stems of your arrangement.
Step 4: Tie with pretty ribbon.
Step 5: Use a floral pin to attach it to mom’s shirt!
Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day