Arrangements by Gorgeous and Green in the little red wagon

My New favorite arrangement: The Fancy Pickle Jar

I love this vase.  It's ceramic, and reminiscent of a pickle jar.  So meet: The Fancy Pickle Jar arrangement by Gorgeous and Green. The wide mouth allows for a full and playful design that spreads wider than our other arrangements, and it still is floral foam free! We use some tape mechanics to help keep the stems of foliage and blooms in place.

Available for local delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville (by bike if available) 

Order online!

 

New arrangement from Gorgeous and Green: The Pickle Jar of local grown and a little wild blooms
Jewel rich flower arrangements for delivery to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville by Gorgeous and Green
February 19, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
local grown bouquet and girly things gift basket La Femme by Gorgeous and Green

Valentines is just around the corner...

A nice sampling of some new gift basket offerings in the online store as well as a few examples of the Valentines Day offerings for delivery February 14th to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville.
a floral door swag to dry step by step by Gorgeous and Green

A Floral Door Swag tutorial by Gorgeous and Green

Last year we helped create a photo tutorial with Cheers Babe for Molly My's online magazine.  Here's the step by step of the door swag, beautifully photographed for your enjoyment:

Tools needed to make a swag for your door

Some materials to have: clippers, wire snips, scissors, tape, wires

Gather greens for the back and bone of the swag by Gorgeous and Green

lineup your foliage stems in a bouquet shape

Layer in dried and dryable flower and foliage stems and tie stems together with wire by Gorgeous and Green

Tie with wire, and add in layers of textures and blooms

Add in colorful blooms and textures that will dry well, swag by Gorgeous and Green

Add in blooms that are dried or will dry well

Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green adding in blooms and textures to a floral door swag

Tie with wire along the way, to make sure each layer is nice and solid

Tie and finish the door swag with some color popping ribbon by Gorgeous and Green

Wrap with ribbons

trim the ends of your swag so they are all even by Gorgeous and Green

cut stems to the same length for a clean look

Floral and foliage door swag by Gorgeous and Green

Hang in the middle of your door.

 

Enjoy!  G&G

Blog by Pilar Zuniga, owner of Gorgeous and Green,  a sustainable florist and online boutique featuring gifts and florals for local bike delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville.  Pilar specializes in using locally grown and sustainably grown flowers, foliage and greens in floral designs for small and large weddings, corporate and other events, restaurants, offices as well as gift and home use. The Gorgeous and Green online store includes an array of local and sustainable gifts, recycled jewelry, paper free cards and local grown and or organic flowers when available.

February 07, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Bridesmaid bouquets for a unique wedding by Gorgeous and Green

Amethyst, violet and blue for a bride

A wedding order with a wild, fun and deep violet feel featuring beautiful blue anemones, green ferns, purple callas, blue thistle and other beautiful blooms.  All designs by Gorgeous and Green for a wedding order.
January 30, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Summer flower garland by Gorgeous and Green for a local wedding with sunflowers! and dahlias

Sunny Sunflowers and other late summer blooms last fall

Lat summer, early fall is a wonderful time of year for flowers and for sunshine.  Here's some sunny beauty we created for a small event order that came in from our online ordering system. 
Moody Romance of a Wedding at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Moody Romance of a Wedding at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

This past season we had the pleasure of working with Alexa and Aran for a wedding at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.

Originally, she was just going to order some floral designs for the wedding parts, bouquets and boutonnieres and such. And she actually submitted an order via our online store for small event orders.  But as time went on, she ordered a little more and a little more, and we ended up doing all the florals for the event.

We were so lucky to work with an amazing team including the Photographer, From the Daisies , the Caterer, Trumpetvine Catering and the Wedding Planner, One Fine Day SF.  We also were lucky to have the whole event shared up on the June Bug Weddings Blog earlier this season.

Here are a few snapshots from the gorgeous moody and oh so romantic florals, decor and feel of that day.

 

The Bridesmaids looking adorable in the Berkeley Rose Garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Bridesmaids looking adorable in the Berkeley Rose Garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Beautiful and simple archway created by the couple, adorned with a burst of burgundy blooms and foliage by G&G. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Beautiful and simple archway created by the couple, adorned with a burst of burgundy blooms and foliage by G&GPhoto by From the Daisies.

The Gorgeous Redwoods in the grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

The Gorgeous Redwoods in the grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

A lovely moment during the ceremony at the Grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

A lovely moment during the ceremony at the Grove. Photo by From the Daisies.

Wedding Party goals: Beautiful people and flowers in blush and burgundy hues. Photo by From the Daisies.

Wedding Party goals: Beautiful people and flowers in blush and burgundy hues. Photo by From the Daisies.

The outdoor patio at the reception adorned with tables and florals by G&G. Photo by From the Daisies.

The outdoor patio at the reception adorned with tables and florals by G&GPhoto by From the Daisies.

A closeup of the natural and romantic florals by G&G. Photo by From the Daisies.

A closeup of the natural and romantic florals by G&GPhoto by From the Daisies.

An intimate moment in the Rose garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

An intimate moment in the Rose garden. Photo by From the Daisies.

Roses all around the love. Photo by From the Daisies.

Roses all around the love. Photo by From the Daisies.

October 16, 2017 by Pilar Zuniga
Floral Photoshoot by Gorgeous and Green in a clawfoot Bathtub

A Bathtub to remember: styling flowers in my clawfoot

 Earlier this year a photographer approached Gorgeous and Green and asked if she could photograph my work. Initially we were thinking something fairly simple, maybe an afternoon in my studio.  But I fired up an old idea I had had many years ago, and decided to do a little photoshoot in my own home.  Specifically, in my clawfoot tub that sits up against a bright window in the bathroom. 

Floral sheers on flowers for a photoshoot by Gorgeous and Green

I found a model who was willing to come sit in my creation and I hunted through my wardrobe to find some elements we could include in this photoshoot.  I brought buckets and buckets of flowers and plenty of foliage and branches to create something that would stand out. Here's what I came up with:

model with flower installation garden inspired bathtub in Oakland

It turned out to be a color infused garden of foliage and florals.  With beautiful natural light shining through the window, and the model dressed in a simple bathing suit by Zoe Bikini and a James Coviello dressing gown from Anthropologie, all with touches of gold, we were in awe. The feeling it conveys is slightly romantic and ethereal, with a touch of fierceness.

woman warrior in a Garden bathtub

 Even women warriors have to rest. Photo by Nautilus Lens 

Flowers in the bathtub by Gorgeous and Green

A snippet of the floral beauty in and around the bathtub. Photo by Nautilus Lens

 

It was very important to me to include an image of a person of color, feeling beautiful and strong in this creation. It isn't often that we get to see brown women pictured in this way.  In a way, the warrior woman here represents the fight for change that so many of us have taken on, in small and big ways. This warrior represents the warrior I strive to be in my own life and in this specific arena of representation.  She also represents the woman warrior in so many of us and on so many levels as we fight to make change for women everywhere. My initial idea was to go for something that suggested a strong and beautiful woman taking a dip in a bountiful haven or floral beauty.  I think it came out pretty much on target. G&G

Pilar Zuniga, Owner of Gorgeous and Green on the Manzanita Coast

Beautiful things come out of Flower Friendships

 Earlier this year, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the alumni Ponderosa and Thyme retreat in Manzanita Oregon.  It was such an occasion for nurturing and centering my flower self, I couldn't pass it up.
film photo by anne blodgett of Pilar Zuniga and the alumni at the Alumni Ponderosa workshop
Photo of us at the Dining table by Anne Blodgett 
My friend Megan (from Isle de Flores in Nantucket) and I drove up to Manzanita together from my house in Oakland (I met her at last year's workshop in England and we hit it off immediately) She and I had a wonderful time together. We are flower souls, and maybe even just soul sisters.
 
Megan and I at a giant drive thru redwood as we headed up the coast.
the alumni crew after an installation at Manzanita BeachSome of us who attended the workshop Megan, Polina, Kristin, Sarah, Katie, Carrie, Mandy, Tara , (a small flower child) and Me (not pictured, Dallas, Maja, Mark and Anne)
   
floral installation by the alumni florist at the Ponderosa and Thyme workshopThe beach installation the group did, featuring local grown tulips from Witte Farm and our fabulous Model, Carrie McIntyre Jones.
The workshop/retreat itself was spectacular.  We all stayed in one house together, we cooked, we ate, we danced in the rain.  There were no expectations and yet, we managed to forge some very strong bonds and even heal our souls a bit.  We made beauty.  We cried.  We shared secrets.
bridal bouquet by Pilar Zuniga, of Gorgeous and Green at the Ponderosa workshop
Photo of my bridal bouquet/giant bridal bush held by Carrie in an Anthro dress. by Anne Blodgett
 
film photo of Manzanita Beach by Anne Blodgett
Film photo by Anne Blodgett of the beach at Manzanita, Oregon
The thing about being a florist, is it's really hard.  It's a creative job, and yet it's filled with a lot of labor (a lot), business decisions, tired hands, a lot of customer service, plenty of anxiety, flowers that die, expectations, cliques of designers and quite a bit of competition.  Hence the hashtag I often use #creativityovercompetition.
Katie in the workshop flowers at the Alumni Ponderosa WorkshopKatie, of Ponderosa and Thyme amongst our workshop materials including blooms from Witte Farm, Charles Little and Co and Grace Rose Farm at the Manzanita Beach House.
So, the fact that Katie was able to create this environment for floral designers, and that so many of us go to these types of workshops, is a testament to how much we need this.  We need it to keep designing. Actually, we need it to keep living. So go. Do it.  If you're not a florist, do it some way or do it anyway, shoot, it's a human thing. We all need something lik this. And we need it often.
 
 
I could go on and on here, but mostly I just wanted to share how much this experience opened my heart. It reminded me to live and work in the way I want to be seen in this world: as a beautiful person on the inside, creating beautiful things on the outside.
mandala dance, florists dancing in the rain at the Manzanita Beach workshop
A group of us who came together in the rain to make a flower mandala, and touch hearts.  Photo by Anne Blodgett
I'm thankful for all the hearts I've touched in the years I've been doing this work, and I look forward to connecting to more of us creative souls. In Peace and a florist's clarity of heart, Pilar of G&G 
Still life on the beach by Pilar Zuniga, photo by Anne Blodgett
 A photo of Pilar on the beach after our vessel arrangements were made. Photo by Anne Blodgett
June 27, 2017 by Pilar Zuniga
Owner and Lead Designer of Gorgeous and Green, Pilar Zuniga

Collaborations and Community

I was recently asked to collaborate with a marketing and branding guru, Anastasia from The Identite Collective.  She was in need of beautiful florals for a two day workshop at the famed Oh Happy Day Studios in SF, and I was in need of some great pointers to help me with my brand and social media marketing.  It was friendship and collaboration magic, and I believe we both got a lot out of helping each other. It was also a great opportunity to create supportive community, and with some amazing business gals to boot. Here are a few photos from the fantastic weekend workshop and the florals. If you are in need of a marketing guru who specializes in women entrepreneurs, check her out!  

All photos by JennaLynnPhotography  

#goals women entrepreneurs talking about business, collaborations and social networking

the table scape for the Identite collective workshop at O Happy Day studios in San Francisco

Anastasia, the founder of the Identite Collective with Gorgeous and Green florals at Oh Happy Day

up close with the Gorgeous and Green florals in pinks at Oh Happy Day Studios

Pilar and Anastasia meeting to talk about instagram marketing and networking at the Identite collective workshop

details of the Gorgeous and Green tablescapes and giveaways at the Identite collective workshop at Oh Happy Day

Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green and the florals for the Identite Collective workshop at Oh Happy Day in SF

   G&G

Beautiful vintage and overgrown Bridal Bouquet by Gorgeous and Green

Wedding bliss at Nature Friends in Oakland

Beautiful Bouquets, Summer blooms, Redwoods and views. This summer I created one of my favorite bridal bouquets for Brian and Emily who got hitched at the Oakland Nature Friends in the Oakland hills. It was a spectacular day.
January 19, 2017 by Pilar Zuniga