Though pretty to look at and nicer to sniff, the iconic rose is, simply put, not a sustainable flower. While some organic options do exist, the species’ vulnerability to insect problems means growers often employ energy-intensive growing conditions and pesticides. Luckily, the fertile Delaware Valley offers many alternatives to keep nuptial blossoms green.
If 100 percent organic, local and seasonal picks are essential, take a trip to Harmony Hill Gardens (harmonyhillgardens.com, 215-997-5005) in Sellersville, Pa. Owner Lyn Hicks invites couples to stroll through the gardens and select their own blend of flowers and accents. With enough notice, Hicks will even grow special varieties for the celebration. Or cross the river to Alan’s Flower Farm (alansflowerfarm.com, 609-291-8210) in Chesterfield, N.J., which cultivates native and exotic species on 35 acres: elegant bells of Ireland, showy snapdragons and fragrant hesperis are grown and cut from mid-May through October.
Not looking for a hands-on experience? Try an eco-friendly florist like Hana & Posy (hanaposy.com, 215-733-0505) in Old City. Since their carefully selected growers offer Veriflora or USDA-certified organic blooms, brides can expect a wide selection of responsible, beautiful choices. Florists can also help design living centerpieces—a good alternative for a winter wedding—that can be kept or donated after the event.