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Wonderful Wristlets

by Shelby Shy on April 17, 2017 at 6:44 am

Prom is such a special time! As a florist for more than 40 years, we have seen the prom corsage design change over the years. Even with all the change, flowers continue to be the star of the corsage, also known as “wristlet.” However, over the past couple of years not only has the flower been the main component of the wristlet, ribbon and flower accents have become a great way to add personality and make your wristlet uniquely yours.  Here are a few:

The blue bom dendrobium orchids are a hit with girls wearing any hue related to blue tones. A peacock feather can add some special flair.

Prom Wristlets - Photo Courtesy: Floral design created by Tricia Upshaw, AIFD, AMF and Aaron Lemaster of Shirley’s Flower Studio Rogers, Arkansas. Photography by Lumos Images

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Celebration Boutonniere This new Forever stamp is similar in design to the two-ounce Celebration Corsage stamp and can be used for weddings and RSVP cards. It also is perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, announcements, birthday cards, Father's Day cards and other occasions. The stamp art features a photograph of an arrangement of ranunculus, with floral accents of succulents, Astrantia, Berzelia, and clubmoss greenery. The ribbon wrapping the stems harmonizes with the colors and textures of the plant material. The boutonniere was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Celebration Boutonniere Stamp

In my career, I have designed flowers for many different occasions large and small, happy and sad. I’ve created flowers to say “I’m sorry,” “I love you” and sometimes just “Wow.” I approached holidays, weddings, birthdays and funerals, creating an appropriate design for each one, thousands and thousands of them over the years. Recently, I had the opportunity to create a floral design for something I had never done before — a U.S. postage stamp

The plan was to show a coordinating boutonnière and corsage with a natural look featuring soft colors and textures for a wedding on a pair of stamps. As the project developed, the theme broadened to “Celebration” to encompass all occasions for wearing flowers. A wedding, of course, is one such occasion, however there are many more: birthdays, anniversaries, proms, showers, retirements, graduations, promotions and honorary events, just to name a few.  Read More

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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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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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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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