We landed a sweet gig this week: providing flowers for the Annual Conference of Zoos and Aquariums thanks to a referral from Butterbee Farm. There were two events – you guessed it – one at the aquarium and one at the zoo. The event organizers valued sustainability including local sourcing and reuse of the flowers as donations. This was a big job for our small team, so it was a busy week.
Assemble: We designed and delivered 90 arrangements for the first event at the aquarium on Monday evening. Delivery was just a drop off. No set up. Easy-sweet-peasy. We came back the next morning for pick-up. The flowers held up pretty well outside in 90 degree heat.
Disassemble/Reassemble: Though most flowers survived the event and retrieval, they did need a freshen-up before donation. We took apart each arrangement, composted any stems that didn’t make it and gave the remainders a quick cut. We refilled the vases with water, rearranged the flowers and were off to BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Center). The staff distributed flowers to their volunteers.
Round two: We were back at it for the zoo on Thursday. Same deal. This time, the Friday morning donation went to The Barclay School for the staff and teachers who just completed their first week of the new year.
I really loved this job. I was able to buy a lot of local flowers from our growers and so many people were able to enjoy them due to the donation. Thanks to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and their event planner, The SSA Group.