Synthetic Flower Alternative

Keeping plants alive this time of year (or year round—for some of us) is a struggle. Here’s an intriguing solution…

Keeping plants alive this time of year (or year round—for some of us) is a struggle. Here’s an intriguing solution: ‘Green’ botanicals from Finishing Touches Studio. This South Barrington store boasts real plants that require no care whatsoever. Owner Gail Kueker reassures me these “aren’t you grandma’s silks.” These are real plants that have been systematically sealed in Glycerin and dye, so there’s no watering or withering to speak of. You can bring in your own vase or find one in the store for a custom-created arrangement in a variety of styles. Prices start at $35 for basic bunches and $325 for trees. Many of the greens are composed of rare eucalyptus varieties. If you’re keen on a more delicate arrangement, request bunches of hydrangea, a collection of roses, or a smattering of gardenias for your home—starting at $45. “Gardenias die within hours of being picked from the vine,” Kueker says, but after they’ve been treated, you can count on them being around for much longer. No green thumb or watering can required. 

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