What a year! We had a blast showing the country how good it feels to give and receive flowers through “Petal It Forward.” We showed how flowers are a small, yet powerful gesture for recognizing achievements. We celebrated exciting wedding and event party trends, a long romantic Valentine’s Day weekend and even Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you to our contributors for sharing their expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing our ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy this trip down memory lane as we look back at the top Flower Factor posts of 2016:

Flowers Create Connection: In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, the Society of American Florists and florists nationwide hit the streets on October 19 in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. This “Petal It Forward” effort was meant to not only brighten the day of those receiving the bouquets, but recipients were also given a second bouquet to share with someone who needed a lift.


She Deserves Recognition and Thanks: Commemorating meaningful moments is a thoughtful way of sending thanks, encouragement and recognition. International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, is a contemporary way to honor the milestones of the women in your life.

Celebrate Her Growth: Women's Day is March 8
Hello Pantone Color of the Year 2016!: For the first time ever, Pantone introduced TWO hues for the color of the year: Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919.

For the first time ever, Pantone introduced TWO hues for the color of the year: Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919.
Stop and smell your roses… and give them a little TLC: There is something magical about roses and, whether our Valentine bouquets are all roses or are enhanced with other beautiful blooms, there is nothing better to express love like flowers. Spending a few minutes to care for your flowers can add days on to their vase life and days more for you to enjoy.

Pink Rose Arrangement by Carol Caggiano
Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend: Your florist can help you enhance a romantic weekend with a floral surprise sure to knock her socks off.

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Trends for Weddings in 2016: We featured four floral trends and styles for weddings and events forecasted for 2016 by floral designers Kristine Kratt, AIFD, and Bill Schaffer, AIFD.

Kristine Kratt, AIFD, and Bill Schaffer, AIFD
2016 Summer Olympics: Where were the flowers?: As millions of people around the world watched the Olympics, they noticed there was something missing from the medal ceremonies in the presentation of gold, silver and bronze to the winning athletes — the presentation of flower bouquets. It is our hope that the International Olympic Committee will reconsider its position and let the Olympics bloom again for the athletes and spectators alike.

Making the Traditions of Homecoming “Trendy”: How do you choose flowers that make your total look epic? It’s all about fashion and applying the newest trends to those traditions. Fashion drives the colors, the themes and the accessories of homecoming and prom.

Homecoming Couple - — Floral design by Joyce Mason-Monheim, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMF
It’s the Super Bowl: Score Big with Flowers: Talk to your florist about the best floral art interpretations for your celebration. Ask them to create a football out of flowers (what a conversation piece!), or use novelty containers that can be saved and used over and over again.

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Floral Trends 2017: Where Modernity and Antiquity Meet: As we look ahead to 2017, four floral trends showcase a mix of colors, patterns, and textures that both calm and excite.

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Grow Seeds Indoors: Cultivate Your Inner Farmer: With these few tips, you can bring out your inner farmer and grow your own plants while teaching your children to be good stewards of our environment, and beautifying your landscape with colorful flowers.

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Weddings With a Golden Touch: The warm luster of gold is haute in wedding decor, and brides can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether low gold mercury glass bowls of florals or dramatic raised centerpieces on gold pedestals, the golden touch is everywhere.

Wedding Reception — Blumz by…JRDesigns in metro Detroit
Growing Up With Flowers: Have you ever noticed children’s reactions to seeing or being given a flower?

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Unique Remembrances Express Individuality: Flowers are an integral piece of the memorial process because they have an almost-magical way of conveying emotion that can’t always be expressed in words. Today, florists are able to incorporate specific flowers or personal items into a custom floral design that can be as unique as the person it represents. It brings personal aspects of an individual’s life into the beautiful floral creation. This can be cathartic for close friends and family, but also shares the history and passion of the individual with others in attendance.

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Greet Holiday Guests in Grand Style: Welcome guests with an entry decorated with greens, berries and, of course, bows. Florists are experts at holiday décor and can decorate your front door, Christmas tree, mantels, stairways, centerpieces and other living spaces.

Holiday Front Door Decorations Holiday Greetings - Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI
How Do I Know My Style?: Since the time you began dressing yourself, you have begun to develop a sense of style, with color as your foundation.

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What floral ideas would you like to know more about in 2017?

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