Category: ‘Flower Facts’

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Three More Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

During the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition last September, a panel of floral experts evaluated 184 types of flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions. They awarded 11 “Best in Class” ribbons to the flowers that earned top marks in their category, such as best rose or best carnation. Earlier, we looked at five of them, including the Best in Show and People’s Choice pick. Here is a look at three more. This is the second in a three-part series.

Best Potted Flowering Plant: African violets make delightful gifts for any occasion. ‘Ingrid’ is hailed as the “start of a new generation” of African violets. The judges adored its perfect pink, semi-double flowers and its full, lush leaves.

‘Ingrid’ African Violet Read More

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Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

SAF Outstanding Varieties Competition The Society of American Florists holds one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions during its annual convention. Flower growers from Florida, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee as well as Colombia and Ecuador brought what they considered to be their most exceptional flower varieties to the last Outstanding Varieties Competition in September. They exhibited 184 types of roses, chrysanthemums, bulb flowers, gerberas, alstroemeria, carnations, potted flowering plants and decorative foliage.

A panel of floral experts evaluated the blooms on a range of criteria including color, commercial appeal, bloom form and size, and overall presentation. The panel choose the best flower in 11 categories and had the difficult task of crowning one Best in Show. Convention attendees voted for their favorite and gave it the People’s Choice honor. This is the first in a 3-part series showcasing these outstanding flowers.

Best In Show and Best Cut Bulb: An Oriental Lily named ‘Tabledance’ won the hearts of judges and the contest’s top honor. Its subtle sweet fragrance and magnificent blooms make it stand out. The judges also point out its dreamy gradation from pink (similar hue to Pantone’s Rose Quartz in 2016) to a bright white in the center.

Oriental Lily ‘Tabledance’ Read More

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Poinsettia - -- Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIPoinsettias are a traditional holiday plant that bring color and life to home décor. They last the whole season and are harbingers of spring plants to come. Here are some interesting facts about the poinsettia.

  • John Quincy Adams is responsible for bringing the poinsettia to America. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the poinsettia to the United States in 1825, but it was JQA who appointed Poinsett as our first ambassador to Mexico.
  • December 12th is National Poinsettia Day and was established in 1851 to honor Joel Roberts Poinsett. Read More
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Tropical Beauties of Maui

by Brian Wheat on November 1, 2016 at 1:01 am

Bird of Paradise — Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, ColoradoIt’s hard to believe summer is over and it’s already November. Thank goodness for flowers and plants, because they can transport you to another place.

With flowers, I can relive the magic of Hawaii.

In one of my earlier blogs, I coined the phrase “flower watching,” likening it to birdwatching when flower lovers are exploring on a trip or vacation.

My wife and I were blessed to have traveled to the Hawaiian island of Maui for the 132nd Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists.

And boy, did we flower watch. Read More

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Flowers Create Connection

by Jennifer Sparks on October 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm

screenshot-2016-10-19-14-09-07“I can’t believe you’re doing this. It made my day!”

“I was feeling really feeling down today, until now. I am moved to tears by this kindness.”

“I know just who I’m going to give these to.”

“My faith in humanity has been restored.”

Comments like these were made time and time again by people today, as the Society of American Florists (SAF) and florists nationwide hit the streets in 234 cities in all 50 states to hand out tens of thousands of flower bouquets to busy commuters. In New York City alone, we gave out 4,400 bouquets to more than 2,000 lucky people. Why did we do it? Because on a random Wednesday, we wanted to spread a little happiness and remind Americans that there are some things that can still bring us together. We tried it the best way we know how – surprising people through flower power.

screenshot-2016-10-19-14-06-11In response to new data reaffirming the science behind flowers’ ability to improve moods and lessen anxiety, 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.

What is it about flowers that elicits feelings of happiness and provides a moment of calm from the stresses of the day? A recent study by SAF reaffirms that simply seeing or smelling flowers improves a person’s mood, and receiving a gift of flowers makes an occasion more memorable. These new findings back up previous research on flowers conducted by Rutgers University and Harvard University that scientifically demonstrate the positive impact flowers have on our emotional well-being. Another survey showed that when it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive. In fact, 80 percent of Americans reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy, while 88 percent reported that giving flowers makes them feel happy.

screenshot-2016-10-19-14-26-03We saw that today, as people in their mid-week slumps beamed with delight upon receiving flowers, and had a spring in their step as they left thinking about the family member, co-worker, or friend they planned to surprise with a bouquet. Some people turned around and gave their flowers to a complete stranger. We never know what our neighbor or the person walking beside us on the street might be going through, and  small, simple gestures can make a huge impact by spreading joy and goodwill. We’re glad we were able to give so many people that opportunity to make someone’s day. It’s a great feeling. It’s simply amazing how random acts of kindness can change someone’s day, or life. Try it — you’ll be glad you did. #petalitforward

See more of the flower power love below!

Who would you give flowers to? Why do you think it is important to brighten someone’s day?

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