Category: ‘Easter’

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Spring Flowers by David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc.Easter is coming early this year on March 27, and it makes me break into song:

“Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way”

Tulips, iris, daffodils, euphorbia and more — flowers are blooming. Spring is an exciting time of the year. Nothing makes me happier than the blooming cherries, plums and magnolias. I’m smiling even as I type!

Are you ready for Easter fun and festivities? Peter Cottontail knows what’s needed. Come along and sing with me…

“Bringin’ every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter bright and gay

He’s got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There’s an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too”

You can help Peter with a visit to your favorite florist. Stop by today and gather floral gifts for everyone — your mom, sister and all your friends. A basket of flowers gets a contemporary update with luxurious garden roses and textural accents. Best of all, this is a fragrant gift – swoon.

Easter Basket by David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc.

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On the Monday after Easter, the First Family hosts the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. More than 35,000 will gather on the South Lawn for the festivities, including Easter classics like the egg roll, egg hunt, music and storytelling. Watch this video for highlights of last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll:

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My friend Sherry, a florist in Indiana, and I have been honored to be part of the floral design team decorating the White House Easter Roll for a number of years now. We’ve created some beautiful spring arrangements to delight and welcome visitors.


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Celebrating Easter with Forsythia

by Shelby Shy on April 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

A popular trend this spring for décor is flowering branches. One of my favorites is the forsythia with its bright yellow flowers. Here are a few ways to use forsythia branches to welcome family and friends to your home this Easter and celebrate the spring season.

Forsythia  - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.

Welcome guests with a wreath in spring colors. Here a few branches of forsythia artfully circle a curly willow wreath decorated with happy pops of pink spray roses, succulents, kale and yellow craspedia.

 Spring Wreath - Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., in Rogers, Ark.-NEW

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Celebrate Spring with the Easter Lily

by Brian Wheat on March 26, 2013 at 8:03 am
- Photo Courtesy Lafayette Florist & Greenhouses in Lafayette, Colo.,

– Photo Courtesy Lafayette Florist & Greenhouses in Lafayette, Colo.,

When I started working in our family greenhouses 30 years ago, my father-in-law, a respected and renowned grower, shared his floral wisdom. The perfect Easter lily, he told me, is one that when you knock on the door to deliver it to a customer, the vibration of the knock opens the first bloom for them to enjoy.

Along with colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and baskets, Easter lilies are a traditional part of the holiday celebration. The lily symbolizes purity, virtue and hope. As a gift or enjoyed in your home, it is a fitting symbol and tribute to the meaning of Easter — a time of rejoice and celebration.

This year, Easter is Sunday, March 31. Easter lilies make festive gifts. Call your florist or stop by the shop and pick one for yourself. When selecting Easter lilies, choose plants with healthy dark green leaves and one bloom opened with other buds puffy. Read More

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Get Ready for Easter, March 31

by Leanne Kesler on March 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Easter GerberasI love the holidays. Thank goodness I am a florist. It allows me to celebrate each and every holiday multiple times. Not only do I decorate my own home, but I get to do the store displays and flowers for all my customers.

Easter is early this year, falling on Sunday, March 31. I’ve been saving eggshells since January. Quick tip on eggshells: Rather than break the egg in half, carefully tap the top and pour out the egg for use in cooking. Then, carefully, rinse the shell and let it dry. This is “re-use and recycle” at its finest. If you want to make your florist love you, take them cleaned eggs for designing — there are only so many eggs we can eat! And we florists will take your egg trays, too. Read More