NZ Flowers Week 2018
As NZ Flowers Week (5 - 11 Nov) comes to a close for the year, it feels a bit like when a beautiful bunch of flowers is over - bittersweet. I had such a wonderful time working with the NZ Flowers Team this year, and learned so much about this amazing industry - from where different varieties of flowers are grown, how they’re grown and how the flower markets work.
I even got to spend the day with the very talented Auckland florist Rose Tinted Flowers to help create a glorious flower arch over the entrance to Ponsonby Central. Every single stem is real and grown here in NZ, not only that but it’s also created without using any single use plastics or oasis(florists foam) instead Rosie uses sphagnum moss and wire for her arrangements.
I’ve been talking flowers to anyone who will listen. So much so that I may have accidentally called my dog Pebbles, “Petals”, more than once.
My favourite part of the week was styling these images for NZ Flowers Week in collaboration with Dulux, each image highlighting just one locally grown flower variety against a Dulux Colour of NZ that corresponds to the area the specific flowers are commercially grown in.
Learning about how and where each flower is grown before arriving in my vase has been eye opening, and I have so much respect for all the dedicated and talented people who work in all aspects of this fabulous NZ industry.
I’ve always loved flowers but that passion has absolutely bloomed for me, every flower tells a story and I’m so proud that I’ve been able to tell a few of those stories through these images. If you’re interested in learning more, there is a lot of great content including videos and interviews here.
And, while the flowers from this week might be coming to the end of their life we’re so lucky to have access to locally grown flowers all year round, and I fully plan to keep on celebrating that.