Silkflowers.com recently had a very nice write-up at NorthJersey.com in Ray Edel’s Compostings blog. In his article, Ray admits that he used to be a “fake flower snob.” He’s a gardener; loves to commune with nature and get his hands dirty. But after years of fighting artificial flowers, he now accepts them.
We are glad that Ray has been converted to the fake side, and really appreciate his writing, although we never use that “f” word in the industry. We’ve always been puzzled by his first reaction to artificial plants and silk florals. We know many still share those feelings. We also wonder how many of those people have ventured to look beyond the lower quality silk flowers and plants typically offered in the retail market.
It’s important to know that not all artificial botanicals are created equal. And to realize that not everyone has the talent to be a floral designer.
Why does it have to be an either/or decision?
We have never met anyone in the artificial floral industry that dislikes real flowers and live plants. We love nature, and I venture to bet that most of us who have the time and space also love to garden. Artificial botanicals are reproductions of the beauty that nature’s flora offers us. After all, “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery.”
Artificial, permanent, silk, fake, faux, or rendered flowers, plants, and trees have their purpose and offer many benefits. Their purpose is not to replace the benefits harvested from the garden. It is our purpose for Silkflowers.com blog is to enlighten our clients and potential clients; and to elaborate on those benefits that fresh flowers and live plants simply can’t offer in the indoor environment.