Fresh flowers are always an appreciated gift, but something so natural can also come with an eco-disastrous dark side. “Exotic” blooms mean one thing: They come from faraway places, like the bases of volcanoes in Ecuador or the hillsides of Colombia, which means they traveled a long way to get to the recipient. To avoid flowers that have more frequent-flyer miles than you do, think local. Locally grown flowers and plants or baskets full of local organic fruit are more sustainable and just as beautiful.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION