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Growing Up With Flowers

by Bradley Beck on August 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

Growing Up With Flowers - Bradley Beck“Hey, you’re the flower man.” I often hear this when I go back to the local elementary school every year to teach kids about flowers, and I’m not even a florist – although I do work with florists all the time. I’ve been conducting a flower program for kids for years ever since my youngest daughter was in first grade.

A few of my peers and I wrote and created a program to share our love of flowers and the flower business with children. We developed the “Growing Up With Flowers” program to teach children about the beauty and value of flowers.

I always open and close my programs by singing a song I wrote called, “The Flower Song” to get the children’s attention. I ask the children if they want to sing a happy song about flowers? They love the simple hand gestures and the catchy rhythm: “I have a little seed, I put it in the ground. I covered it with dirt and I watered it around. Up comes the stem, and out comes the leaves. And out POPS the flower, that comes from the seed. Flowers come in many colors, from all around the world. Flowers give good feelings, to all the Boys and Girls.”  Read More

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The floral designs featured combine beautiful hot pink roses, white snapdragons and fuchsia dendrobium orchids with festive thematic additions. The tallest design, suitable for a buffet table, uses a glass cylinder as a lift with a black container that looks similar to a mortarboard placed on top. Off the edge of the container hangs a tassel, and on top is a graduation beach ball.

The floral designs featured combine beautiful hot pink roses, white snapdragons and fuchsia dendrobium orchids with festive thematic additions. The tallest design, suitable for a buffet table, uses a glass cylinder as a lift with a black container that looks similar to a mortarboard placed on top. Off the edge of the container hangs a tassel, and on top is a graduation beach ball.

Those final exams may not have been taken yet, but thoughts of mortarboards and tassels are already in the minds of seniors everywhere. That means that it will not be too long and graduation parties will be kicking soon.

So let’s get the party started. Here are the basic steps:

Step 1: Pick a Date. Keep in mind all the other grads will be doing the same. Planning around other family events may allow out-of-town guests to “double dip” the trip.

Step 2: Set a Budget. Be realistic; parties can be expensive. Each person invited represents an expense. Outline all the options available in regard to locations, food and beverage, decoration, entertainment and rentals such as tables, chairs, tents, etc. Consider the costs for each of these elements and select based on your abilities. Read More

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Unsung Heroes Who Deserve Holiday Gratitude

by Jenny Scala on December 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

When it comes to expressing gratitude, flowers are one of the most meaningful gifts to share with important people in your life when simply saying ‘thank you’ isn’t enough. There is something special about giving a gift of beauty that shows truly how much you care. Flowers are attractive, cheerful and are visibly displayed as a constant reminder of your appreciation. On top of that, Rutgers research proves a gift of flowers creates instant smiles.

The Society of American Florists conducted a poll to find out who Americans believe deserve holiday thanks. Although the survey was conducted a few years ago, the results ring true today. Ranking atop the list of those who deserve end-of-year appreciation, are neighbors. Coming in close behind are teachers, followed by coworkers.

Here are gift recommendations for these generous everyday heroes in our daily lives:

Neighbors. Treat a great neighbor to a tall bouquet of up shooting flowers. You’ll even get to watch their eyes light up as the florist delivery truck pulls up.

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Touchdown! Winning Homecoming Ideas

by Ardith Beveridge on September 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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Jump over the goal line with both feet; it’s time to carry on the all American tradition of homecoming. What part makes you smile? Reuniting with family and friends? Cheering on the football team? The parade? The school dance?

Here are a couple ideas for adding flowers to your homecoming festivities guaranteed to make you and your guests smile.

When getting together for college homecomings, friends often bring snacks to share for the pre-game festivities. Class up the tailgate with a floral design in school colors or a football made of flowers placed in the center of the snack table.

Corsages and boutonnières are a must for homecoming dances. Your local florist can customize your flowers to match your attire or give you a touch of school colors. Remember to order school spirited corsages and boutonnières for chaperones, the bandleader, guest speakers and other special guests. And a fun idea for the homecoming King and Queen — scepters decorated with flowers in school colors.

Don’t be shy. Talk to your local professional florist for suggestions to add flowers to your homecoming festivities.

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Celebrating Graduations

by Ardith Beveridge on June 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

Graduation Flowers - Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFAGraduation festivities are part of every family, starting with the adorable singing, dancing and alphabet recitals of preschool graduations progressing to the pomp and circumstance of college graduations. Graduating from one grade, or even one step in a program such as scouts, is part of a series of accomplishments we often acknowledge and celebrate. Each goal reached, we stop, take notice, mark and honor the success of others and ourselves.

The tradition of graduation brings closure to a phase of life, while opening the way for the next phase. Graduations are lifetime milestones; every step recognized and celebrated. Read More