Floral Occasions & Holidays

Diwali, The Festival of Lights: How to Celebrate

November 3, 2015

What is Diwali?

how-to-celebrate-diwali-candlesOnce a year in autumn, during the darkest new moon in the Hindu month Kartik, Hindu communities and temples will shine bright with millions of candles and lamps. This celebration, known as Diwali – or the festival of lights – dates all the way back to ancient times! Diwali 2015 is celebrated on November 11th and for several days after, depending on the family’s religion and traditions.

The traditional name of this holiday, Deepawali originates from the Sanskrit words deep, meaning light and avali, meaning row. Depending on the region and religion, the duration of the festival (3-5 days) as well as the history and origin of the holiday may vary. Although Diwali is mainly a family affair, Diwali is also a religious day for many Hindus. Many celebrate the holiday to bring prosperity and good health to their families.
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Fun Flower Facts

State Flowers in Alphabetical Order

June 25, 2015

From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty states boasts a special bloom to represent their unique region. While some state flowers are chosen simply because they are common in that area, others were chosen due to historical significance or from popular vote from the community.

Fun fact: while each state has its own unique flower, so does each country! The United State’s national flower is the rose. Find out more in our article about different countries and their national flowers!


State Flowers in Alphabetical Order

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Flower & Plant Care

8 Edible Herbs You Should Grow in Your Indoor Herb Garden

June 24, 2015

Mixing up a fresh dish packed with herbs for dinner? Skip the trip to the grocery store and grow herbs in your own indoor herb garden, instead! Here are 8 edible herbs you can grow right from your kitchen!


Grow these Herbs in Your Herb Garden


Did you know that Lemongrass doesn’t even need dirt to grow? Simply buy a stalk with extra stem and place in water. Lemongrass can be used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.
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USS Intrepid’s 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony Pays Tribute to Veterans and Fallen Heroes

May 26, 2015

NEW YORK, NY – Held annually at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum, this year’s Memorial Day ceremony was led by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S Marine Corps Commander for the Southern Commander John Kelly. Military veterans and families of those who have served as well as members of the general public who wanted to show their support gathered on Monday, May 25, 2015 to honor those who have served and sacrificed.


The ceremony included an unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, rifle salute and a placing of ceremonial wreath. Commander Kelly brought the audience together with a reminder of the scenes and emotions shared by veterans and their families. is honored to have had the opportunity to support this event for over a decade with custom floral wreath donations with a nod to the symbolic red, white and blue.
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DIY Flower Crafts

How to Decorate a Graduation Cap with a DIY Flower Crown

May 15, 2015

From music festivals to spring picnics, floral crowns are one of the hottest trends this year. Now, you can take this popular hair accessory and incorporate it into your graduation attire with a few simple steps!

We found that using fresh flowers versus artificial flowers works best here as fresh flowers not only stand out but also add an intoxicating scent to your attire. The flowers used here come from the Floral Embrace bouquet from the graduation flowers collection.


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Flowers in the Arts

Famous Artists Who Were Also Flower Enthusiasts

May 12, 2015

Throughout history, flowers have been an inspiration to all who understand their value and beauty. From literature to fashion and even to financial bubbles (see: Tulip Mania), flowers of all varieties have made their way into elements of culture. One of the most prevalent ways to see the influence of flowers is through art. To celebrate the effect on flowers on art, here are four famous artists who were also flower enthusiasts!

Artists with Flower Paintings

Claude Monet

Fans of Monet know that it is not just his Impressionist style that is instantly recognizable; his appreciation of nature as both inspiration and as a subject matter is just as widely known. In fact, many would find it difficult to think about Monet’s greatest works without instantly thinking of his garden-inspired series, which was painted in his famous “Monet’s Gardens,” pictured below.

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DIY Flower Crafts

How to Make a Graduation Cap Centerpiece with Flowers

May 12, 2015

Take your graduation celebration to the next level with a unique centerpiece using simply a vase, flowers, and an old graduation cap! If you don’t have access to an old cap, pick one up at your local party or costume supply shop.

This DIY graduation centerpiece is so easy to put together, and can be recreated in less than five minutes for a last-minute festive touch. For this project, we used the vibrant and fun Floral Embrace assortment from the graduation flowers collection, which arrived in the perfect sized vase for this purpose.

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DIY Flower Crafts

How to Decorate a Graduation Cap with Flowers

May 11, 2015

It’s your special day, so stand out from the crowd by adding your own personal flair to your grad cap! Here is an easy yet stunning graduation cap decoration idea using simply artificial flowers and hot glue.

Choose flower varieties and colors that represent your personality! For example, sunflowers represent a sunny and jolly disposition, while lilies would be a wonderful choice for someone looking for a softer, more delicate touch. Choose two types of flowers in varying sizes for a visually impressive arrangement. As artificial flowers come in shapes and shades not strictly found in nature, you can really get creative with the layout and design.

We used 3D puff paints to personalize the DIY graduation cap decorating, but you can also use glitter pens or 3D fabric markers. Additionally, rather than writing your name, you can personalize the grad cap with a favorite quote, message, or simply your class year (“Class of ___”).


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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Photo Vase

May 6, 2015

This year, take your Mother’s Day flowers to the next level with a creative and personalized vase! The beauty of this DIY photo vase is in the tiny details that reflect the child’s personality, making it the perfect Mother’s Day crafts for kids of all ages. Depending on the age of the child, you may want to prepare the tissue paper shapes beforehand, as they may have trouble cutting the delicately thin material. Be sure to provide them with a smock and clear out an area for crafting, as this project includes liquid adhesive. Pair this DIY vase with her favorite flowers or arrangement.


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Mother's Day

Make Her Mother’s Day Musical With These Songs About Mom

May 6, 2015

There are so many ways to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day. Whether it be taking her out for a spa day, surprising her with an abundant bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers, or starting her day off with a delicious brunch, there are infinite ways to make her day extra special.

These songs about Mom are the perfect background soundtrack to that special dinner you’ve cooked for her or just as a mix cd that you can pair with that perfect gift you’ve picked out. You can even take inspiration from the lyrics to your favorite Mom song to send her a festive Mother’s Day eCard with a festive message!


23 Songs for Mom

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