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Artificial flowers: The next generation

By: Canadian Living
Canadian Living
Decor & Renovation

Artificial flowers: The next generation

By: Canadian Living

[caption id="attachment_4221" align="aligncenter" width="620"] TK. Faux floral arrangement, $35, HomeSense. Photography courtesy of HomeSense. You'd have to get up-close and personal before discovering these dahlias and roses weren't the real deal.
Faux floral arrangement, $35, HomeSense.
Photography courtesy of HomeSense.[/caption]   I felt kind of weird admitting this to the group that came out to Tuesday's Spring Flower Celebration at the Toronto Botanical Garden, but I'm going to say it again. Artificial flowers are kind of... Alright. Don't get me wrong--I'm not talking about those awful, plasticky things that the dollar store sells that scream "FAKE!" from across the room. Rather, I'm referring to the latest generation of faux flowers, like the ones in the image above. They're virtually indistinguishable from the genuine articles, and bear fairly close scrutiny. To differentiate them from their unconvincing-looking predecessors, I'm referring to these clever clones as "Everlasting" instead of "Artificial," and I think they're a perfectly acceptable accessory this spring (especially when you factor in how flower-starved we are following the Winter That Wouldn't End). And, if you have a favourite bloom that's only in season a few weeks of the year, an everlasting blossom is a totally legitimatee way to enjoy it year-round! Whatever you do, though, please keep your everlasting arrangements clean. There's nothing sadder than a bouquet that's covered in a thin layer of dust.   Follow me on Twitter!
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Artificial flowers: The next generation

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