Preserve Flowers

 

FLOWER PRESERVATION-PRESERVE FLOWERS-PRESERVE WEDDING BOUQUETS

CHERISH THE MEMORIES…..THE HISTORY OF PRESERVED FLOWERS

For centuries, special occasions have included some form of fresh herbs and flowers to accent a special moment or event.  In the late 1700’s the art of drying flowers became a ritual to preserve not only the summer gardens for winter décor, but also for medicinal tinctures, perfumes and potpourri.  By the early 19th century, the fascination matured and became the ‘rage’ with many a parlor being graced with elaborate designs encased in beautiful domes and frames.  A great number also included  butterflies, birds, and animals to portray a  complete nature vignette.

A few years later, the passing of Queen Victoria’s beloved husband Prince Albert, brought about an obsession for saving and preserving memories.    The custom became more detailed even yet with the addition of mementos, photos, ribbons, and any odd sort of keepsake or trinket being included.  Since then, we have been pressing prom corsages in high school yearbooks, and tissue wrapping wedding bouquets to safely store in a hope chest.  And today it continues…

We are very proud to keep this tradition alive and have one of the few on-site, freeze dry preservation machines in NY.    Dried flowers are my closet passion and I  have been drying flowers since opening the florist.  For 17 yrs I have been a professional freeze dry, flower preservation specialist, and previous Board member of the International Freeze Dry floral Association.  This unique and delicate process of preserving flowers, most recently noted on NBC, and afforded the seal of approval from Good Housekeeping ; is one of the most sophisticated methods of flower preservation today.  Once preserved, the flowers are  artfully arranged  in decorative frames, shadowboxes, domes, or a host of other ideas.   As a floral designer, I bring my talent to these dried and preserved flowers for a wonderful keepsake to be treasured for years to come, with all the memories intact.

Preserved Flowers are perfect for all special events but not limited to:

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rose wedding bouquet preserved

  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Proms
  • Engagements
  • Graduations
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Holidays
  • Births
  • Pageants
  • Sympathy
….and a host of others. You can also cherish your garden by preserving some of those prize winning blooms, or that lovely vase of roses preserved.

KEEPSAKE IDEAS FOR PRESERVED FLOWERS And PRESRVED WEDDING FLOWERS

FRAMES
Our frames are American made, by a family owned business in Montana; with many shapes, sizes and finishes to choose:  round, oval, rectangle, square and heart.   Various finishes include oak, cherry, mahogany, white, silver, gold and black.  We can also coordinate a custom color to compliment your décor.  Ranging in size from 5”-24” diameter for any style of arrangement.
SHADOWBOX  
Our custom shadowboxes of the same colors and similar shapes are perfect for adding complete collage of mementos with the flowers.  This is one of our favorites as it visually tells a story or relates an entire event with its contents.    These can include not only flowers, but an assortment of your cherished items.  These are also perfect for collections, family mementos, antiques, and a host of other non floral items.
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Preserved wedding bouquet with mementos

GLASS DOMES & BELL JARS
These are 2 choices resurrected from the past.  The bell jar or ‘cloche’ was used in the Colonial garden to create a miniature terrarium for tender seedlings.  Today we not only use them for this true purpose, but as a decorative cover for all sort of precious items.  Flowers are placed in a small vase or needled arranger, and the cloche sets right over it.   They are a unique accent to any home, vintage or modern, and start quite small for 1 bloom, and graduate up to app. 20’ tall. The wood based domes are a Victorian tradition, but because of their simple design, can look quite modern.   Flowers are arranged in an upright design to fill the inside, and then displayed on a shelf, dresser, or table.  These start at a single bloom size and go up to a 12’’ tall.  Perfect in any room, and not an invading piece.  These both are perfect for multiple recipients.
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preserved wedding cake top

EDWARDIAN CASES AND CONSERVATORIES
These glass houses capture all the charm of times gone by.  Originally used for prized orchid collections, today they are also the perfect container for dried flowers.  A unique centerpiece or shelf addition, they are available in two sizes and can accommodate the larger amounts of flowers.
WREATH-CONTAINER & TOPIARY
Having your flowers arranged into a decorative design is an option for those who just don’t care for any of the above or have their own ideas.  Keeping in mind that freeze dried flowers are very fragile; with care and a designated display area, this would be an option.
POSEYS & TUSSIE MUSSIES
These small nosegay bouquets are also perfect when you have multiple recipients.  They are small enough to display on a dresser top, vanity, or inside a china cabinet. The tussies mussie holders are a decorative holder to display your poseys, and a wonderful keepsake.  Much loved by the Victorian aristocracy, and our personal favorite.
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Tulip wedding bouquet preserved

TO PRESERVE FLOWERS-WHEN & WHAT TO DO-COSTS

Fresh flowers surprisingly, start to deteriorate just after the blooms are perfectly open.  At this point their lives are nearly over; they have given you their show-which was their entire desire.   Freeze drying preserves whatever stage the flower is in, whether bud or wide open.  If the flower is spent or drooped, we can at times rehydrate them, but you must be aware that the flowers preserve in the condition they are brought in.  It is not a miracle method, but a preservation method.   With that; it is advantageous for us to receive the flowers as soon as possible-preferably within 3 days of the occasion.  While some flowers last longer, the results are best with the freshest and healthiest blooms.  If…your flowers were forgotten out of water or just fretfully damaged; we of course can replace the spent blooms or an entire bouquet.  We offer white glove, flower pick-up by courier if you are in the tri-state area; whether at your event end or the next day @$1.50/mile.
TO DO
  • Keep your flowers in water, or water any foam or florist container they are in.
  • Mist them lightly with tepid water.
  • Using a plastic bag (recycle your drycleaner wrap or cello!) completely cover the flowers loosely, and twist tie to keep the moisture level inside.
  • Until you bring them to us, place them in the center* of your refrigerator-not the freezer-or any cool, dark place which is preferably below 50 degrees but above freezing.  The cooler they are, the less the blooms will mature and begin to deteriorate.
  • do not place near any interior walls of the refrigerator, as they may freeze.
  • If you are shipping flowers to us; after following the steps above you will need to pack them with plenty of padding, taped or wired in, and including an ice pack.  We highly recommend overnight shipping-especially in extreme temperature seasons.
  • Yes...we can locally retrieve your flowers for you-ask about our event pickup.

PRESERVING FLOWERS-THE COSTS

Freeze drying  ranges from $20. for one flower, to $200. for a standard sized wedding bouquet, and 500.+ for a large memorial heart.  The cost of the preservation is based on the amount of space your project uses in the machine. All frames, domes, shadowboxes, and tussies are additional plus a design fee.  If we are replacing any flowers or accessories, they will be additional.

Some example pricing 

  • A single flower in a small dome ranges from $50-75.
  • A prom corsage or wristlet ranges from $100-150. depending on whether a dome or frame.
  • A standard sized wedding bouquet framed ranges from $400-525.
  • One half dozen roses ranges from $150-300
  • A grooms lapel and a few bouquet flowers,  (as shown below ranges) from $200-300.
  • Single flowers unframed are $20.
THE SCIENCE-PRESERVED FLOWERS-WHAT IS FREEZE DRYING… FYI
To uncomplicate the process…the flowers are first placed into a deep freeze and can remain so indefinitely until your space becomes available.  During busy seasons this could be up to 4 months.  The freeze dry machine is much the size of two large home refrigerators, where the interior temperature is at -5 degrees.   The flowers are transferred from the deep freezer and placed inside for up to 3 weeks where the moisture will gradually be withdrawn every day with the rising of the temperature.    Upon coming out of the machine they are completely dry and not unlike a thin, delicate rice paper, which makes them extremely fragile.  Some flowers preserve better than others to which we can advise you; if you question the success of certain varieties, please feel free to ask of your concern… The longevity of your flowers will depend on the conditions you display them; typically, you can expect 5-25 years.  The more care you take, the longer they of course will last. Never display near high humidity, extremely hot, or direct sun. It is also not advisable to handle them any more than necessary, as they are extremely brittle. A small insect repellent is discretely hidden to ward off any possible intrusions, but an occasional watchful eye would be advised, as our insects of today enjoy all flowers, fresh or dried..
THE ECO SIDE…..
Even though this method is the least toxic excepting for air drying, there are energy issues and enhancement chemicals created soley for it purposes.  We have chosen to forego these enhancements and to compensate for the energy used by purchasing carbon offsets from NativeEnergy.com

           to preserve flowers call us  {845}-562-2820    {800}-368-7831