How To Create A Clever Flower Arrangement With Cannabis

Over the past few thousand years, the art of flower arranging has come so far that it almost seems like there’s nowhere left to go. But thanks to growing popular acceptance of cannabis, there’s a whole new way to decorate with “flowers,” and a SoCal-based wholesale cannabis delivery company wants to show you how.

To understand the current state of flower arranging, we must look to the past. The recorded history of flower arranging dates back to 2,500 BCE, when ancient Egyptians used bouquets to decorate dinner tables and honor deceased loved ones, much like today. Later Greeks and Romans also showed an affection for flower arranging and were particularly fond of unconventional plant materials such as acorns, ivy, parsley and the ubiquitous bay leaves, which continue to evoke the sports competitions and film festivals.

During this time, flower arranging became a big part of the culture of ancient China, especially in the worlds of religion and medicine. Buddhists feared ending the life of growing things, but various seed plants still had different symbolic meanings and were often depicted in paintings and sculptures. The Byzantine Empire saw the introduction of ribbons to complement increasingly artful flower arrangements, while ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arranging – became popular from the 7th century, and there are still more than 1000 different schools of ikebana today.

Medieval monks loved gardens, and flowers started making their way into European books and artwork about a thousand years ago. Flower arranging in Europe really took off during the Renaissance and became increasingly visible during the Baroque era, becoming a phenomenon in its own right during the Victorian era. The 20th century brought us florists who deliver, and as a result, giving flowers has since become one of the greatest symbols of appreciation and affection in contemporary society.

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Today, however, it seems the art of flower arranging is going through a crisis. How is it even possible to improve on a classic? Plastic flowers aren’t enough, but living flower arrangements always seem inherently ephemeral, because all the flowers die in the end. It therefore seems especially necessary to make flower arrangements even more special at this time. Enter Flower Co., which in addition to being a wholesale cannabis delivery company, wants to revitalize the somewhat stagnant art of flower arranging by introducing a different kind of “flower” and integrating buds into the bouquet, and anyone can do it. Here’s what we learned at a recent workshop at the Petit Garden in Los Angeles.

Start by making a tic-tac-toe type grid over the open part of a vase with simple clear tape. Then cut the stems of the flowers with pruning shears. This ensures that the stems are all the correct length for the vase and that there are no bits of leaves left to cloud the water. Then place different flowers in the different slots of the makeshift grid so that they stand upright without collapsing in the vase. Finally, take a few flower picks (the long, thin things that hold the cards up in traditional arrangements) and insert a joint into each. The result? A beautiful, handcrafted bouquet that can also get you high.

If that all sounds too complex, Flower Co. makes cannabis bouquet kits that are “specifically designed to enhance any floral arrangement with an artistic assortment of joints.” Each kit includes a wooden box, a glass vase, six seal holders, a destination tag and a letterpress map — all for $20 or $40 for non-members. Currently, the service is available in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with the potential to flourish in other parts of the country as well.

Given the long history of flower arranging, it is important not only to keep the practice alive and thriving, but to completely redefine it. Putting flowers in your flowers really does make for a next level bouquet.

Terisa K. Carn