Flowers are the beauty of any place and to make the floral business blooming like flowers the best places are the vacant lots and backyards, the same inspiration of gardening comes in the mind of Karen Orlando two years ago when she looked at Brooklyn Botanic Garden from the roof of her apartment building in Prospect Heights to a lot below on Sterling Place.
Ms. Karen Orlando shared her experiences and inspiration that she had recently read a book with the title of “The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers,” that is really a worth reading book which gives her an understanding to compare the movement to encourage customersto follow the emerging trend to buy the locally grown flowers.
A database, 596 Acres that provides a full map of vacant lots in Brooklyn also motivated Ms. Karen Orlando and encourages other people to organize the empty lots into community gardens and to composting sites and parks.
Ms. Orlando after completing her internship teamed up with another former Brooklyn Botanic Garden intern, Susan Stein Brock, and both worked together to designs gardens and in order to establish Brooklyn Grown, a floral retail business.
Both the enthusiastic Garden intern decided to plant flowers wherever they got vacant lots or backyards to utilize those places instead of establishing a large flower farms that would be an expensive process.