The dried floral trend is back and it’s big. Dried (and sometimes dyed) flowers, leaves and pods are all over Instagram, and they’re our new favourite home décor, gifting and wedding obsession.
From soft creamy hues to dramatic, deep tones, there is a preserved floral arrangement to suit everyone’s flower personality. But, where did this love for preserved flowers come from?
Lisa Cimmino, floristry lecturer at TAFE SA says, “these arrangements have gained more popularity due to current circumstances. They’re long lasting and can suit all environments. [Due to Covid-19] there was a shortage of cut flowers, both locally and imported, [so] they were easy to procure. There is also a big shift in the industry to be more sustainable, so drying flowers is also friendly to the environment.”
Many local florists have also jumped on the trend and are creating the preserved floral arrangements of your dreams in lots of varieties, styles and colours. But, if you’re more of a DIY girl, you too can take control and create your own preserved arrangements.
“[TAFE SA] offer Certificate II and Certificate III Floristry at our Adelaide Campus,” says Lisa. “We are fortunate to have access to great wholesalers, flower markets and growers to source our product, and our arrangement styles reflect current industry trends. We deliver accredited courses as part of a nationally recognised training package. In Cert II we cover 10 arrangements and Cert III 28 arrangements.”
For those who are ready to give it a go for themselves at home Lisa says, “many types of botanicals can naturally dry”. She also suggests experimenting with air drying by hanging flowers upside down – fragile flower products can also be sprayed with hairspray, which helps maintain the structural integrity of the flower.