Green is the New Black--ZG '14

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For the second year in a row LaFleur Plantscapes has provided Google's Zeitgeist Conference with innovative eco-friendly flora. This year from start to finish the entire conference was embellished with living plants by LaFleur. Not one cut flower in the mix. Indigenous specimens, succulents and over 5,000 air plants made this installation a show stopper. The team at LaFleur worked tirelessly in triple digits to create vignettes of living beauty.

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An Eco-Friendly, Louisiana style wedding

For this New Orleans style wedding, the couple wanted to stay as eco- friendly as possible.  The centerpieces were planted with different varieties of succulents and beautiful fresh floral.  Each place setting displayed planted  aloes which doubled as the guests wedding favor. For the brides bouquet we used a mix of orchids, roses, succulents, anemones and wax flower.  The groom is the owner and chef of The Parish (a southern fusion gastropub) so we used fresh herbs along with succulents and tied them together with moss to represent the bayou of Louisiana. Photos by Chris Richards. 0593

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Gorgeous Botanical Wedding

LaFleur's wedding designer Brittany Pena created gorgeous florals for a recent wedding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Brittany accessorized the couple with beautiful plants and flowers including- peonies, air plants, succulents and aloes.  Photos by Patrick Grimes  10257403_10203627350621468_1292742561484440366_o 10298508_10203627376742121_715974096769523737_o 10286927_10203627380422213_8420113169596462591_o

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Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is on the rise. You can call them what you like...living walls, eco-walls, green walls or even wall art.  Such walls may be indoors or outside, freestanding or attached and come in a great variety of sizes. LaFleur Plantscapes can design and install a wall that's right for you.

Succulent Wall

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The Backup Plan

Tucson averages 11 inches of rain per year translating to about 48 days of measurable precipitation.  Many clients choose Tucson because they know the odds are in their favor. Gorgeous mountains, beautiful desert flora, warm temperatures and sun!  Well we know better...don't we... How does LaFleur Plantscapes make their New York bride feel like she's in the warm, sunny desert on a rainy day?  We rally the team and execute the back up plan, bringing in over 100 tropical plants and cacti to create a mobile greenhouse inside of a clear tent.

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Corporate Plantscaping

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is not your average florist...did you know that we service some of your favorite spots all over Tucson?  That's right, we have a handful of our designs in restaurants, retail, corporate business, and landscaping firms.  We offer fresh flowers and living plants all rotated either weekly, or monthly.

Some of our past and present customers include;

Barre 3 Side Car Falora Maynard's Market + Kitchen Hotel Congress Saint House Rum Bar 47 Scott Agustin Kitchen Mast Food For Ascension Tap & Bottle Santa Rita Landscaping Rick Joy Architects Latitude Aerospace Engineering Baker + Hesseldenz

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Plants reduce stress and increase productivity in the workplace, our clients have discovered that adding living plants or fresh flora is essential to creating and maintaining a healthy and profitable environment.  Not only have plants shown to enhance worker productivity by 12% and reduce busy office noise, plant-filled rooms contain 50% to 60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria!

To learn more about our business to business program, or to set up a consultation, email us at info@lafleurplantscapes.com

Floral Workshop

Last week we hosted a floral design class at the atelier!  Given as a holiday gift by their husbands, these lucky ladies got to get their hands dirty and make some very advanced floral arrangements.  They learned how to use the tools of the trade,  how to cut and handle floral, as well as taping and wiring of succulents. IMG_9558

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Interested in taking a floral workshop?  We have a two-week series of classes coming to Atelier de LaFleur in August. This Foundation workshop includes eight design classes, a field trip to a local plant nursery and event styling/designing your own dinner party for 12 guests.The last class of the series is an introduction to tablescaping—a class in which we create two table settings, one minimalist and the other a country style, to teach how to combine flowers and table décor together

.  For more information on the Foundation Workshop, visit our website www.lafleurplantscapes.com and click on 'Atelier'. For questions or to sign up for the workshop email: mica@lafleurplantscapes.com

March Plant of the Month: Native Grasses

Ah, we do love green lawns don't we? It seems that those of us who have transplanted from colder climates can shake off all the old winter habits pretty quickly; we adapt to bright sunshine and water conservation; we even begin to develop an affection for cacti. But we cannot seem to leave grassy lawns up north where they belong...or do they? There are many wonderful ornamental grasses that are native, and therefore non-invasive, to our desert region. Among these native grasses are varieties like Blue and Sideoats Grama, Indian Ricegrass, and Plains Bristlegrass, just to name a few. These grasses won't act or look like grasses grown in northern climate. You may be familiar with lush lawns grown from Bluegrass and Fescue; great grasses, but totally inappropriate for our climate. So is there a way to blend our love of a green lawn while still caring for our delicate ecosystem? Yes, I think there is. With a little imagination, native grasses can be incorporated into your garden space to create a green, rich space you can enjoy all year round. Instead of growing a traditional rectangular or square lawn of grass, consider blending ornamental native grasses with patches of succulent ground cover and decorative rock. The effect will bring some comfort of home and enhance the beauty of our desert all at the same time.

La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora would love to help you learn how to incorporate native grasses and other native plants into your garden space. Contact me today for a free consultation. I look forward to helping you create the plantscape of your dreams.

Winter Garden (Part 1): Edibles

One of the best parts of living in Tucson is the year round gardening. While our friends up north are shoveling snow and de-icing their windshields, we are busying ourselves in the garden for yet another season of veggies, herbs, flowers, and succulents. I wanted to focus this week on some great winter garden edibles that anyone can grow in their backyard, in a container, or even incorporate into their landscaping. Edibles are a wonderful way to introduce gardening to your kids and encourage healthy eating habits for all of us. Plus, it's another fantastic opportunity to experiment with native varieties of edibles to create some new favorites for your table. This list is by no means comprehensive - these are just a few of my favorites that are high yield and easy to grow. Enjoy! Carrots are a highly adaptable root vegetable that grows well, spring, summer, fall and winter. There are as many varieties of carrots as there are ways to prepare them. Consistent watering and soil temperature matched with the appropriate seasonal variety will yield sweet, tender, colorful carrots year round. A couple of varieties that are particularly good for cooler climates are Carnival Blend carrots (which are cold hardy up to twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit) and the Paris Market variety (which grow exceptionally well in containers and mature in about 50 days). I like both varieties because they are exceptionally cold hardy, mature quickly, and can be grown easily in containers. I have both varieties growing in my back yard right now and hope to be able to serve them with Christmas dinner. I'll keep you posted...

Onions are a culinary staple in the kitchen. Just try to prepare a savory stuffing, homemade stock, or garden fresh salsa without onion - it wouldn't be very tasty. I use onions for cooking so regularly that I decided to try growing my own. Onions take a couple of weeks to germinate, so make sure that you amend your soil with compost or manure before planting the seeds. Onions like their soil on the acidic side, so a trip to your local nursery for a pH kit is worth the investment. If you plant your onions in a container (like me), make sure the soil is well drained to prevent rot. Short day varieties of onions do best in our region; short days mean the variety needs less sun to grow. Some popular types are Texas Early Grano or Red Burgundy.

And finally, where would the winter garden be without a beautiful cluster of greens? Greens (like lettuces, collards, kale, and spinach) grow very well in the southern winter garden in both containers and in the ground. They are packed with nutrients and so delicious! Consider a new twist on an old favorite: Plant various varieties of kale and lettuce around the borders and in decorative containers instead of flowering annuals. Greens come in an array of colors and flavors to coordinate with any landscaping theme.

I hope today's post has inspired you to try a few edibles in your winter garden this season. If you have other ideas or success with any of the veggies listed above, I'd love to hear about it. Leave a comment to share!