At Revelstoke Florist, we source our flowers and plants from growers in Canada, which makes us special. Though imported flowers are cheaper and most varieties are available all year, we don't think those things are as important as ecological responsibility. Canadian flower and plant growers must meet strict environmental guidelines, and they are restricted from using many harmful chemicals which are commonly used in other countries. In addition, Canadian flowers are fresher, because they don't have to be boxed and shipped thousands of miles to arrive in Revelstoke. Buying local has one other very important benefit, we are supporting growers who are in turn employing lots of Canadians who earn a living wage. Many of these growers are losing out to cheaper imported flower sources and closing their doors. We don't think that's right.
Local flowers are more expensive, but we don't have to price our flowers out of your reach, because we have drastically reduced flower waste. Most traditional florists throw away an average of 40% of the flowers they buy each week, because they try to make every flower variety available year-round. We know that you'd rather give and receive the best looking, freshest varieties available when you want them! So, we order a larger quantity of the best blooms, which reduces our cost. We pass that saving on to you, and you can feel good that you are supporting a system which reduces flower waste by 90%.
So, here at Revelstoke Florist, you will not find the same flower varieties available year-round. We provide flowers grown from Canadian fields in season, and in months when the weather here in Canada is too harsh to grow outside, we buy from greenhouses. Because of this, we do things a little bit differently. We buy only the nicest, freshest flowers from our growers each week, and make beautiful, healthy, sustainable flower arrangements and bouquets with them. To see what flowers and arrangements we have available currently, be sure to check this website, our instagram feed, Facebook, or walk into our store on 211 Mackenzie in downtown Revelstoke.
Buying local and reducing flower waste are not the only ways we are greening up, either. We have overhauled our flower packaging as well. Cellophane is the most common flower wrapping material across the country, but we don't love how much energy it costs to produce and the fact that it's made from chemicals (we've gone through such trouble to buy fresh, healthy flowers, after all!). So, we offer recyclable kraft paper and burlap donated from Stoke Roasted Coffee as an alternative to surround those beautiful blooms.
So, go ahead, spoil yourself with a bouquet. You don't have to feel guilty about it. In fact, you should feel proud that you are supporting Canadian flower growers and their employees (and their families) right here in BC. And, you're helping BC stay beautiful. Now that is something to celebrate.