There are many
ways of treating and pressing flowers; all dependant on the
condition of the flower.
delicate and need to be preserved as soon as possible. It's
important to maintain freshness until the process is begun,
so they should be kept cool and dry until pressing. Remember,
there is no was to un-wilt or un-bruise a flower.
Do not add
water or mist your flowers. It's best to rehydrate the
flowers if they are starting to wilt when they are received, if
Do not put your
flowers in a freezer! When removed
they will thaw and turn to mush, leaving nothing left to preserve.
You must ship your
flowers in an insulated box. To insulate the box, you can use
either Styrofoam sheets or packing peanuts.
can use two boxes, a larger box lined with plastic and packing
peanuts, then place the smaller box with the flowers and ice
inside of the insulated box. You could also use a Styrofoam
the fresh cool flowers in newspaper or tissue and place them
in the box. Do not mist the flowers or add water.
Fill a couple
of zip-loc bags with water and freeze them solid.
Tape the bags
of ice to the box that will hold the flowers. (This is done
so the ice doesn't move around and crush the flowers during
wrapped flowers in the insulated box.
Seal the box
and Fed-Ex it, overnight. Send with no signature required so
the flowers are sure to be delivered promptly.
If you want to
preserve the original design try to ship the arrangement without
taking it apart to better convey how it should be reassembled.
If that's not possible, then please take pictures.
pressing should be done ASAP because the fresher the flowers,
the better the result. The freshness of your flowers is
directly related to the quality of your completed piece.
Shipping your flowers out of the country,
is never a good idea. Your flowers will
likely be held up in customs long enough for your flowers to deteriorate
beyond saving. Always find someone in your own country to
do your flowers.
If you need help
finding someone you may contact me and I'll give you some names
and contact information of good artists, many do not have
websites but do excellent work.
instructions first published June 1990 (c) Anne Post
Some lovely memorial poetry that can be used with funeral flowers.
I highly recommend
Merlene Lee as she does the most wonderful work. Some
flowers can't be replaced, so why take the chance.
6 Kerr Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. P6A 5H9
directly to the artist so she can get started with the pressing,
and work out the details with her. Merlene recommends UPS or
Express overnight mail as the best ways to ship in Canada.
is only one choice. You may wish to preserve the three
dimensional beauty of your bridal bouquet by Freeze-Drying.
For an excellent
floral preservation artist in Austin, Texas visit
Preserved Flower to see the extraordinary beauty of these
exquisitely preserved flowers. With proper care, these flowers
can look fresh indefinitely.