Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, of Eric's Flower and Plant Emporium in Reading, Mass. www.ericsfloweremporium.com

It is that time of year when the school year winds down and we begin to think about summer vacations.  Before you start packing suitcases and the cooler, remember to thank the teachers who have been stewards of your children for the past year. Gifts don’t have to be large to be impressive, and most teachers are happy to receive any tokens of thanks for recognition of a job well done.

The quandary, however, is what to get to express sincere appreciation for their hard work throughout the year?  A wonderful solution is a collective gift certificate to the local florist or nursery. A small contribution multiplied by several students adds up to a significant gift. If the teacher is a gardener, annuals, perennials or a small shrub can be planted and enjoyed for years to come. If they’re not a gardener, they could spend the gift certificate on a large arrangement, or spread it out and enjoy fresh flowers all summer. Either way, flowers or plants are a, special treat that will make them feel appreciated all summer.

Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, of Eric's Flower and Plant Emporium in Reading, Mass. www.ericsfloweremporium.com

Is there a special teacher who went above and beyond to help your child? Thank them with a special arrangement of fresh flowers. A science teacher may appreciate a moss garden that contains mixed mosses, river rock, aralias, maidenhair fern rocks and pebbles. An art teacher may appreciate fresh flowers in saturated hues such as “a study in orange and red” mokara orchids, celosia, ranunculas, steel grass, seeded eucalyptus and bound timothy hay in a coordinating cylinder. With a few descriptive words, your florist can artfully and creatively design something custom fit for that special teacher.

Whatever you decide it’s hard to go wrong with a gift of “flora.”

What type of flora gift would you give your child’s teacher?