Philadelphia florist, Hana & Posy, participated in Old City Philadelphia’s 5th annual Sidewalk Sale last weekend, educating tourists and locals on flowers in Philadelphia. As experts in eco-friendly agriculture, Hana & Posy’s staff aimed to share their knowledge, highlighting Philadelphia flowers’ beauty and the benefits of buying sustainable and locally grown products.
Hana & Posy set up shop on their sidewalk at noon on Saturday, June 9th, displaying single flowers from Philadelphia, in bright hues that attracted passersby. Name cards identified the flowers as viburnum, hydrangea, corncockle, monarda, and brodea. Further signage included infographics illustrating the process of composting flowers in Philadelphia, a practice that sets Hana & Posy apart as Philadelphia’s eco-friendly florist. As parents expressed their surprise to find that beautiful, organic flowers grew so close to home, maps marked with flower farms’ locations near Philadelphia were available for kids to color according to what flowers grew in each area. Staff detailed how to care for cut flowers, and shared tips on floral design.
When asked about the importance of educating the public on local flowers in Philadelphia, Hana & Posy employee, Kate, explained, “The focus of our presentations today was to showwhere flowersnear Philadelphia were grown locally and sustainably, and through that discussion we were able to touch on environmental issues that affect Philadelphians whether or not they’re part of the floral industry.” These issues? Kate described the ways in which Philadelphians can follow Hana & Posy’s example to eliminate household waste and pollution. Flowers in Philadelphia composted by Hana & Posy translated into table scraps that urban residents can compost by creating simple bins, and the staff distributed lists of farmers markets occurring throughout the summer and fall as resources for locally grown produce. Finally, Hana & Posy directed new friends to its Facebook page where employees often share eco-friendly do-it-yourself projects including mixing household products into non-toxic cleaner.
Hana & Posy’s sidewalk plot, however, was not purely educational. While one employee spoke to curious visitors, another sold eco-friendly gifts from the boutique at exclusive sidewalk-sale prices. Particularly attractive were pocket sized notebooks printed on recycled paper using vegetable based dyes at $2.50 each. Neighboring Old City businesses experienced similar success during the sidewalk sale, which drew crowds, and Hana & Posy was glad to participate in the event that promotes small business. Hana & Posy has committed to participating in the sale again next year, planning to premier a new floral arrangement design inspired by and its selection of local flowers in Philadelphia.
About Hana & Posy: Hana & Posy is Philadelphia’s eco-friendly florist. The company, who celebrated two years of serving the Philadelphia area last fall, offers floral designs for all occasions including holidays and weddings, and weekly arrangements for corporate offices, along with local delivery service. Conveniently located in Old City Philadelphia, Hana & Posy stocks its eco-friendly boutique with charming gifts that are equally loved by friends, family, and the environment.