Sustainable Floristry

Foam Free Floral Designs Featuring Locally Grown Blooms. Pioneering Sustainable Events in Arizona

Meet The Florist

Hello! My name is Christina Blodgett. I fell in love with the desert quickly despite moving to Phoenix, Arizona at the beginning of the summer in 2019. I was, and still am, fascinated by all of the plants that are able to grow here!

Once I learned that cut flowers grew here, I knew it was my calling to honor the gifts the desert gives. I started UDF with the mission to connect my clients to their local flower farmer, and highlight the amazing people who grow flowers in the desert! I have an incredible amount of respect for local farmers in Arizona, and strive to honor the fruits of their labor in the most sustainable way possible.

The Arizona Cut Flower Season runs roughly from March - September each year with the most abundant blooms available in the summer. During our cut flower season, I strive to source 100% locally! Whenever we are out of season, I ensure my blooms have the lowest carbon footprint possible, and strive to buy from vetted international flower farms. Usually, these are farms certified by the Rainforest Alliance or are certified Fair Trade.

  • Seasonal Blooms

    Choosing seasonal and locally grown blooms for your event ensures you are using your budget in the most effective manner.

  • Mindfully Sourced

    My sourcing process is hands-on. I travel to local farms to source specifically for each event. I greatly value the connections I have with local cut flower growers! More often than not, I am directly in the field cutting the blooms for each event. I ensure great care is taken at each step of the process from farm to event.

  • Visionary & Resourceful

    Foam Free Floral Design eliminates a big source of microplastic waste from my business. I conduct business in a way that allows me to be as waste-free as possible. No single-use plastics. All materials must be recyclable or reusable! I love scheming innovative ways to get the the same looks as foam heavy designs.

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Philosophy

The desert is truly a special place. My goal is to honor the beautiful blooms and foliage that can be grown in our unique climate. I have a responsibility to the land from which I take. I am thankful for the gifts the desert gives!

After working in the flower industry for a short period of time, it was apparent that more sustainable practices are needed. This inspired the foundation for UDF. Using sustainable materials and cutting down my carbon footprint were the 'no-brainer' decisions. The global flower industry is a beast of its own kind. I simply want to educate/ advocate for positive changes within. Not only for the sake of the Earth, but for all of my fellow flower industry laborers. I truly feel it is time for a swift change in the global flower industry. It can and should be better!

I am striving to provide a flower experience that you can truly feel good about by connecting you to your flower source, and providing information about the industry so you can make better floral purchases.

Ultimately,I want you to feel excited and great about your event florals! I treat this as a partnership. We are in this together. Planning an event is a huge commitment outside of itself. You should feel confident and like
who you are choosing to bring into your event team.

  • "Christina did an amazing job with my bridal bouquet, groom's boutonniere, and eco friendly flower petal confetti. [...] Would use Urban Desert Flora again for my floral needs and would highly recommend them to anyone needing arrangements."

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  • "Christina was amazing! She worked with me last minute to make a perfect bouquet and boutonniere! I love her bubbly personality and would love to work with her in the future!"

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  • "Christina absolutely nailed it with my wedding flowers! I didn’t even have an absolute idea of what I wanted and she picked my brain and made THE most perfect bouquets and boutonnières. [...] Thank you so much Christina. I will be raving about you to anyone and everyone needing flowers!!"

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  • "Christina was a complete joy to work with!! She saved the day when I realized I couldnt make my own bouquet like I originally planned. [...] Speaking to her once, you get an instant impression of how passionate she is about her work in sustainable floral design [...] Highly HIGHLY recommend!"

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