At Geranium Lake, we strive to make a positive impact on our community & environment. From running our shop van on Biodiesel to volunteering our time and talents, we’re all about sustainability and giving back.
At Geranium Lake Flowers we’re crazy about being green. Have you seen our Biodiesel Freightliner Sprinter van zipping around Portland? We love our Biodiesel van almost as much as the environment does. And, we drive it as little as possible by organizing our local trips to the Portland Flowers Market and other suppliers, and by trip chaining our deliveries to use the most direct routes possible, thus saving time and fuel. This has helped us to reduce our carbon footprint which is important to us.
We also participate in the Portland Composts program. We compost all qualifying materials from the flower shop in biodegradable bags, minimizing our ecological impact one step at a time.
At the beginning of 2010 we became certified by The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability “Recyle at Work” program. This means that our business has improved our recycling practices and reduced the amount of waste we produce by implementing all 5 of the City of Portland’s recycling steps!
We’re a local business, so it makes sense to support other local businesses. We have lots of one-of-a-kind growers that frequently appear at our door with the unusual and the inspiring. We even cut flowers from our own urban farm! We especially love and grow unusual peonies, lily of the valley, lilac, chocolate cosmos, our favorite dahlia varieties, garden roses and anything inspiring that we just can’t seem to find anywhere else.
Certain varieties of flowers are only readily available from overseas providers, so we still have our out of town suppliers in far away places like South America, New Zealand and Holland but we do have access to Organic certified roses from Ecuador and Holland to lower our carbon footprint.
We also love to recycle – and not just paper, glass, and plastic! We encourage our brides and event planners to donate their leftover arrangements to various charities around town. We gladly deliver these blooms to places such as The Ronald McDonald House, Downtown Chapel, hospitals, retirement communities, etc.
And have you seen our “upcycled” creations?
Recently we began providing bus passes to full time employees as part of our benefits package. During the summer you’ll find us riding our bikes to work, walking, and of course, hopping on the MAX when we can to make a delivery downtown.
As you can see, reducing our negative impact on this gorgeous planet is a priority for everyone at Geranium Lake Flowers. If you have ideas on how we can improve, let us know!
We have been honored for the past ten years to decorate for the Heart of Doernbecher Auction, a large scale fundraising event for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. We donate our designs and services at cost for this large scale event which hosts more than 500 potential donors.
Kim is on her sixth year as the Decorator and chair of Décor for the Classic Wines Auction which produced more than 3.0 million dollars this year to benefit New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children, Metropolitan Family Services, Trillium Service and YWCA Clark County.
We are also proud to work at cost for the Ronald McDonald House Charitable House Auction.
We have made significant donations to the Oregon Children’s Theater, YMCA, Sisters of the Road, Oregon Jewish Museum, ACLU, and many more charities, school auctions and one-of-a- kind fund raisers.
Check out the links below to some more of our favorite charities and organizations.
We make an effort to donate both our time and resources to our community through organizations such as the Downtown Chapel whenever we can. Around the holidays you might catch us toting extra Christmas trees and decorations to brighten up our local shelters and low-income housing properties. Throughout the year we donate flowers and arrangements for lots of charitable auctions.
Working at Geranium Lake Flowers is one of those jobs where everyday is different with new challenges and visual problems to solve and the time seems to fly by. We have a hard-working, dedicated staff who have descended upon us from different worlds ranging from Art School Degrees, Visual Merchandising, music, drama, and the plant and flower business world.
Kim recognizes that the work here is physically and artistically challenging and tries to give back to employees as well. We have health, dental and vision insurance, vacation for full time employees and strive to pay employees a working wage. There are also staff parties and trips. Though Kim is not a great fan of traditional flower schools she has begun looking into European flower schools and workshop for employees’ continuing education.