Flower Foraging with Lisa Przystup of James’s Daughter Flowers
Brooklyn-based Lisa Przystup is a freelance copywriter and the talented florist behind James’s Daughter Flowers. Visit her website to learn her story and take a peek at her stunning floral arrangements.
Spring and summer are when things start wildly growing and blooming upstate. When I first started learning how to arrange, I used my frequent trips north of the city as an opportunity to play and learn with materials that were growing in abundance on the side of the road or in a friend’s backyard. It was — and still is — a really great and inexpensive way for me to learn about form and shape and movement. There’s also something so thrilling about the treasure hunt aspect of foraging: you never know what you’re going to find and you almost always find something special and unexpected and unique.
The really nice thing about foraging is that you can forage in a handful of ways from different resources, but it’s important to be respectful of others’ property and Mother Nature and save some for everyone to enjoy. I augmented my foraged materials with blooms from a pick-your-own flower farm, a roadside market, and the exceptionally beautiful courtyard of Church Des Artistes, a bed and breakfast in Kingston.
Once you get out of the city, you’ll notice wildflowers popping up everywhere. The trick is to be prepared with a pair of sharp floral clippers, a basket to carry all your findings, and a bucket of water for the blooms. I like to clip them at an angle, creating a wider surface for them to get their water and as close to the base as possible, that way I can play with length and height in the arrangement. It’s best to forage for blooms either very early in the morning or later in the day at dusk before the heat of the day has gotten to them, that way, you’ll have less of a chance of your blooms wilting on you.
Styled by Katie Lobel