Moving Flowers Around

Dscn2085Two examples of how flowers get moved around the world.  First, this old flower transport box, probably used more for taking flowers to flower shows than to markets, but interesting anyway:  a solid wooden box, metal vases, and a raised lid stamped with instructions.  I found this at the Museum of Garden History in London (yes, there is such a place, and yes, I spent an inordinate amount of time there.)

Next, a couple of photos from a flower stall in London’s Chelsea.  You can see that these flowers come directly from the Dutch auction houses, and they’re displayed in the containers they’re sent in, many of which are designed to keep the flowers in water during transport.

Dscn1597These gerberas would not have been shipped in a container like this, but they would have traveled around in this box–by shipping them in a box, with the stems sticking out the back, you can keep the direction of the flowers from being influenced too much by gravity.

6 thoughts on “Moving Flowers Around”

  1. Amy – I have just come across your blog on a general search. Fantastic.
    I grow cut flowers in Scotland – organic (not certified) and sell them direct.
    How long are you in the UK?
    Best wishes
    Flowers to feel good about.

  2. Loved the picture of the old cut flower shipping box, thanks. And I’m with you regarding time spent in a Musuem of Garden History. I never knew there was such an institution but now I do thanks to you.
    Have you found much interest in your posts regarding the cutflower industry? Being involved in the periphery of the industry at one point, I like the detail, minutiae, and thoughts for pondering you have given the subject but I’m wondering how popular a topic it is for the general public.

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