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Embracing Sustainability

The symbiosis between art and nature is embedded in sustainability.

Sustainability: the degree to which a process or enterprise is able to be maintained or continued while avoiding the long-term depletion of natural resources. That is sustainability, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary.

Undoubtedly a buzz word, sustainability is nonetheless of primary interest to almost anyone you ask. Even more so at iconic Melbourne florist, Flowers Vasette. Having lead the Melbourne floral-scape for over 30 years, Flowers Vasette is an institution—it is trusted for its incredible creativity and innovation and boasts a long list of longstanding, high-profile clients.

Achieving this status has been the result of many things, but none less so than owner Cherrie Miriklis’ dedication to sourcing the highest quality produce for her clients—and for the hands of her talented, hard-working team.

What may be little less known, however, is where in fact Flowers Vasette’s impeccable and often beautifully unusual natural produce comes from. Aside from the plethora of floral growers in the industry – much of the differentiating pieces used by Flowers Vasette come from their very own farm, by the name of Beechmont Garden Retreat.

Look after the land and the land will look after you, destroy the land and it will destroy you. – Aboriginal Proverb

Beechmont Garden Retreat is located just 55km out of Melbourne in Olinda, a small town amongst the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. Having stumbled across this property over seven years ago, Flowers Vasette owner and founder Cherrie Miriklis knew it was unique.

Featuring 10 acres of sprawling gardens with a vast range of mature planting and the most spectacular rhododendrons, Beechmont Garden Retreat has become a defining element to Flowers Vasette’s unbridled success. Aside from boasting a favourable climate and fertile soil, Beechmont Garden Retreat has been a labour of love for Cherrie, her team, and head gardener, Mark.

There is a symbiosis of art and nature – between striving for the greatest quality product and the best care for land. Green waste is an inevitable by-product of floristry – as stems are trimmed and excess foliage clipped to suit the aesthetic desires and designs of the customer. Fear not, however, that these trimmings are left without purpose!

It is here that Flowers Vasette’s dedication to sustainability is realised. Flowers Vasette continues to strive to both reduce this waste and to ensure that the waste that is produced is destined for better use. That’s why each week, Beechmont Garden Retreat receives these trimmings and unloved foliage to be composted. Flowers Vasette’s floral creations and incredible produce have evolved and improved with access to its working produce farm. The work between art and nature – between Flowers Vasette and Beechmont Garden Retreat – offers a continuing commitment to maintaining and improving the natural environment. Now really is the time to seek out sustainable practices, wherever it may show itself and in whatever form that may take.