What is your opinion about using fresh flowers and trees for staging work?
– Nellie M., Minnesota
I think you are asking if you should use fresh flowers and trees for open houses.
Although the allure of fresh flowers is charming, many people are allergic to pollen, so professional stagers usually opt for good quality silk (also for durability, portability, and serviceability). And if you feature fresh foliage, who is going to change the water and pick up dropped petals? If you really want fresh, look for pollen-free flowers. Chrysanthemums, dahlias, and asters called formal doubles are pollen free. Roses still in the bud to half open are generally safe, as are pots of blooming hydrangeas. Of course, camellias, bougainvillea, and orchids, which usually last about three to four weeks without maintenance, are all good options. I hope that helps.