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The New York Times

Show Your Love With Dried Flowers

By Morrigan McCarthy / February 6, 2021

With lush textures and a smaller carbon footprint than their fresh counterparts, dried floral bouquets have been making a comeback the past few years.

When you think of Valentine's Day traditions, red roses probably top the list, along with a box of chocolates or a meal at a cozy restaurant. But no one needs to be reminded that this year has been anything but traditional. Maybe this Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to lean into the untraditional and try something fresh. Er, not fresh, as the case may be.

Dried florals have been making a comeback the past few years, thanks in part to their typically smaller carbon footprint than their fresh counterparts, which are often shipped long distances in refrigerated trucks or planes.

“A lot of people have a preconceived notion of what dried florals are,” said Rebecca O’Donnell, owner of The Quiet Botanist, a botanical apothecary and dried flower shop in Hudson, N.Y. But today’s dried bouquets are not the dusty, dull arrangements of the past. Instead, they are all about showing off the lush textures that result from the drying process.

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