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It’s prom time, and such an exciting time as you search for just the right dress, the perfect shoes, schedule hair and nail appointments, and plan so many other details.

Prom Floral Fashion — Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCI, Fitz Design

One important detail is the selection of your prom flowers. They are a creative expression of your unique personality and style.  Read More

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Spring for Tropical Flowers

by Ardith Beveridge on March 18, 2017 at 2:08 am

Tropical Flowers - Photo Courtesy Ardith Beveridge, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA,Koehler & Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, https://www.kdfloralinstitute.com/I’m writing this post on a beautiful March morning when the wind is looking for the warm spring skies to blow in. This is the time of year when anything can happen weather-wise. In the past few days, we have had hail, snow, sunshine and wild turkeys walking around, even on busy roads.

One thing consistent about March is we like to brighten up our indoor spaces — our homes and offices. Tropical flowers are a great choice. They transport us to beautiful and exotic places.

I have always enjoyed designing with tropical flowers because of their beauty and also because of their unpredictable nature. Their lines, shapes, colors, sizes and textures change with each flower and create a stunning presentation. Everything goes together — no matching. Tropical flowers are stunning with roses, lilies, stock, and every other flower that comes to mind.  Read More

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This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. No matter how the leprechauns are celebrating — from a low-key corned beef and cabbage family dinner at home to a shamrockin’ party — floral gifts and decorations add to the merriment.

Start the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day by treating yourself to flowers on your office desk. They’ll keep your spirits up through the workweek until the Friday night festivities.

St. Patrick's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

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Celebrate Her

by Jennifer Sparks on February 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

International Women’s Day, annually March 8, is held in celebration of women’s achievements today and throughout history. What do we do to celebrate Women’s Day and how do we best show the women in our lives that we respect, honor, or appreciate them?

Try this: Pick a woman you admire — a mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, teacher, co-worker, mentor, or even a stranger — and let her know what she means to you. It can be as simple as a handwritten note or a random act of kindness. (And remember to be kind to yourself, as well.)

Watch here to see how a simple, unexpected gesture of compassion can turn a person’s day around:

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Happy Women’s Day! How will you celebrate?

 

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Flowers and Smiles Brighten Seniors’ Days

by Jennifer Sparks on February 24, 2017 at 10:42 am

20170214_0122As seniors age, they experience different living situations and greater life changes, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Research shows that one solution to the challenges seniors face can be as simple as a gesture of kindness. In fact, a study by Rutgers University demonstrates that the receipt of flowers decreases depression and encourages companionship as we age. The research also shows that seniors perform higher on everyday memory tasks and experience enriched personal memories in the presence of flowers.

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-11-35-39-pmAs a society, it is important that we show the elderly they are loved and cared for. This past Valentine’s Day, the Society of American Florists did just that, as we gave roses and shared smiles and conversations with nearly 200 seniors in two assisted living communities in Alexandria, Virginia. Our “Cupid Crew” was among the 1,000 volunteers in dozens of events nationwide delivering 10,000 roses to senior citizens through the national wish-granting organization, Wish of a Lifetime.

In the Rutgers study, 81 percent of seniors reported a reduction in depression following the receipt of flowers. Forty percent of seniors reported broadening their social contacts beyond their normal social circle of family and close friends. And, 72 percent of the seniors who received flowers scored very high on memory tests in comparison with seniors who did not receive flowers.

img_7195These findings played out right before us as we handed these roses to seniors — their eyes lit up and many seemed genuinely appreciative of our gesture of compassion. This simple gesture of handing them a rose helped to open up communication and spur more lively conversation. It made a difference in their day.

It doesn’t take a lot to change a moment in time, as a little kindness goes a long way. Try it. Visit an elderly neighbor or your local senior center. Want to ensure smiles? Bring flowers.20170214_0101

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