Almost 80% of fresh flowers sold in the United States are not grown in North America, but in Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Israel. Shipping flowers from those countries to the United State incurs huge transportation, energy, refrigeration, and storage costs, leaving an enormous carbon footprint. These floral materials may carry residue of chemical pesticides.
Imported flowers are often cut a week or more before they arrive in a consumer's hands. During this time, quality and vase life decline. Locally-grown flowers can be cut in the morning and on your dining room table that evening.
Many commodity type flowers have been bred for uniformity to fit into a box, and the stem strength to hold up in that box for long distance travel, usually losing their natural fragrance in the process. Locally-grown flowers are produced in greater varieties, providing a wide range of colors, forms, and scents.