Mornings with Mayesh: Alyssa Lytle of Flowering Minds

Mornings with Mayesh: Alyssa Lytle of Flowering Minds

Alyssa Lytle of Flowering Minds Education and our August & September Mayesh Design Star joined me for a continued conversation on sustainability! We chatted about her innovative & creative design mechanics that have been showcased over the last two months - think hardware store items like wire shelving & bird suet cages - along with her tips for those who may want to explore sustainability for their business, how she sees sustainability influencing our industry, and teaching us about what Oshun Pouches are really made of. 

Below are the podcast, video replay, and show notes:



  • In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on sustainability in various industries. How do you see sustainability trends influencing the field of floral design, and what motivates you to incorporate sustainable practices into your work?

  • Where do you hope to see the industry in the next 5 years?

  • In your first video in which you create a floral table runner, can you walk us through the creative process behind designing a floral table runner? What inspired this particular arrangement?

  • Can you explain the reasoning behind using a wooden base for your floral design? What are the advantages of this choice?

  • Can you tell us more about the Oshun Pouches and their role in the design? What makes them a suitable foundation for the floral arrangement?

  • When creating the floral tapestry showcased in your 2nd video, you mentioned using suet cages as a replacement for chicken wire in floral designs. Could you share some specific advantages of suet cages over traditional chicken wire when it comes to stability and durability?

  • You mentioned using spider gerbera daisies, allium, and anthurium in your floral tapestry. How do you decide on the selection of flowers for a design, and what role does texture, color, and shape play in this decision?

  • For florists who are new to sustainability, what are some practical steps they can take to make their floral design projects more eco-friendly, beyond using reusable mechanics?

  • Are there any upcoming projects or events you'd like to share with our audience, where they can see your innovative floral design techniques in action?

  • Do you have anything new that you want to share? 



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