As I’ve said before, one of the most exhilarating moments for me is watching an event come to fruition. After months of intensive labor, everything comes together for one dazzling moment. However, as that old physics dictum says: what goes up, must come down. The end of any given event puts Newton’s third law of equal and opposite reactions into stark illustration: as beautiful as an event is going up, taking it down—particularly hauling all those still reasonably fresh flowers away in trash bags—is just a melancholy sight.

I’d like to direct this week’s Secret Ingredient to a company that truly does good in our community at large: The Special E.  While we coordinate david beahm design events, we also coordinate with The Special E team to ensure that the immense flower productions that we design find a good home after the end of the relatively brief event for which they’re created. The Special E team works with a host of companies and venues in over 30 different cities to repurpose all manner of event items that would otherwise go straight to the dump. Instead, the flowers and materials from david beahm events (and events all over the city) get repurposed and delivered to homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other charitable organizations.

For more information, check out their amazing work at:

The Secret Ingredient? Community action through repurposing and recycling.

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  1. Tina

    We do the same type of thing after our events. I simply cannot put anything in the trash. Great job David!

  2. beth gilbert

    thank you David, for such an amazing suggestion! the smiles on those ladies faces are enough to convince me!!!

  3. Shari Dean

    I have used Special E numerous times! They do a very professional job! Their creativity and unique repurposing ideas are amazing. I noticed when I clicked on the link above, it did not take me to their site. You can view the site at

  4. Laury

    David, What a great idea to send these flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, etc! You are so sweet to do that! Our great grandparents in Luray would be proud of you. 🙂

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