Gardens of the Written Word: Popular Literature with Plants and Flowers in Their Title

From food to fashion, flowers have been prevalent in every aspect of culture and man-made creations, and literature is no exception.

flowers-in-literature-book-with-flowersPlants and Flowers in Literature:

“Flowers for Algernon,” Daniel Keyes

This classic American fictional short story follows the progress of Charlie, a man with a low IQ who undergoes an experimental surgery that turns him into a genius. The effects of the surgery are short-lived, yet the story he tells is one that will live on forever.
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Celebrate Friendship Day with These Inspiring Quotes About Friendship

Like flowers, friends are a colorful addition to our lives, adding beauty, inspiration, and happiness to our day to day lives. To celebrate this unique bond, we?ve put together some of the most inspiring quotes about friendship, from Hollywood to literature.

Friendship Day 2014 is August 3, so grab your favorite pals and celebrate your special relationships and memories! If your friends are close at heart but far in distance, pick your favorite quote about friendship and pair it with a heartfelt card about friendship delivered straight to their inbox!

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DIY Office Supplies: How to Make a Flower Pen

how-to-make-a-diy-flower-pen-bouquet-2Add a festive touch to your home office or work desk by giving your supplies a floral makeover! Using simply a capped pen, artificial flower, and floral tape, you can create your own DIY flower pen in under five minutes!

Make several pens using complementary flowers for a unique floral bouquet that will brighten up any space. This simple craft makes a great DIY gift idea for teachers, friends, coworkers, and bosses, so grab a packet of old pens and get crafting! Continue reading

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INTERNal Perspective of 2014 Product Development & Merchandising Interns

This week, get an inside look on how 1-800-Flowers.com products are developed and curated – Ilana, Lisa and Megan discuss their roles in Product Development and Merchandising!

INTERNal Perspective: Ilana Faibish

IlanaFaibishInterning at 1-800-Flowers.com has been a valuable and informative experience. I currently study Music Performance and the Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology at New York University and was very excited when I found out that I would be interning in the Product Development department. My manager has been such a pleasure to work for and I learned so much about the company. Product Development is an integral component of 1-800-Flowers.com that works very closely with both the Merchandising and Photography teams to ensure that products on the website are fresh and meet the expectations and needs of the customers.
Half of my experience this summer has been spent in the office and the other half in the studio. When I?m in the studio, my manager and I are usually processing the bouquet orders that come in from Procurement. Currently, Product Development and Merchandising are working together to determine which new vases should replace older ones and how we can utilize excess inventory. We test these bouquets with a variety of vases in store that we may want to bring in, meet with the Merchandising team and determine which will be financially advantageous. When I?m in the office, I am updating and editing our Spring and Valentine assortment plans with adjustments according to the Gross Margins. By working in the office and the studio, I learned the different aspects of Product Development.

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The Life Cycle of a Sunflower

sunflowersTowering over the fields and adding a burst of happiness to the gardens, sunflowers are one of the most recognizable and beloved flowers in nature. In fact, artist Vincent Van Gogh painted an entire series of still life paintings around the flower entitled ?Sunflowers.? But just how does a tiny seedling turn into the awe-inspiring flowers of sunshine we know and love? Read on for the full life cycle of a sunflower ? from seedling to petal.

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INTERNal Perspective of 2014 Marketing Interns

This week, Patrick, Madison and Simone from the Marketing Team discuss their internships. Though they are all part of the Marketing Team, each intern has a unique experience since they are a part of different departments.

INTERNal Perspective: Patrick Hartnett

PatrickHartnettEmail Marketing Intern

My name is Patrick Hartnett and I am an intern on the Email Marketing Team here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. I am a rising junior at Binghamton University where I am majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Spanish.

In the first few weeks of my internship, I was immediately immersed in the fast-paced work environment of a corporation. With no previous corporate experience, my time here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been eye-opening. As a member of the Email Team, I have had the chance to interact with a variety of teams including Creative, Merchandising and Web. This exposure to different areas of business has helped me learn the everyday rhythms of a corporate work environment.

In respect to email marketing, my internship experience has showed me how much hard-work and dedication goes into every single email. The Email Team works weeks in advance to plan out and create the email campaigns that will be the most effective in connecting with the customer. Overall, my experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been invaluable. I am very happy to be an intern here and I am excited to see what the rest of my internship has in store!
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INTERNal Perspective of 2014 IT Interns

This week, we are pleased to introduce five interns interning in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM?s Information Technology (IT) department. Parker, Gary, Erik, Michael and Shaffir all contribute to the company?s IT team in different ways, find out what they have learned and gained through their summer internships!

INTERNal Perspective: Parker Rappaport

ParkerRappaportWorking at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been a great experience so far. I currently study Computer Science at Brooklyn College and am interning with the IT Quality Assurance team, where I?m gaining valuable information on to test software in a large scale.
With a year left in school, I had a desire to work at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM because I wanted to be in a professional work environment close to home and work in corporate setting where my work was important to the company. I want to make an impact and that?s what I?ve been given the privilege to do here. I?ve already learned so much, not only about my field, but about the corporate environment as a whole and how much goes into running a large company.
Though I want to be a software engineer, this internship has exposed me to the different areas of the software development cycle. In addition, proper testing of software is something anyone working with software development needs to know.

I?ve worked on programming projects in school, but we didn?t test any of the projects as I have experienced at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. In school, everyone would try to work on everything which was confusing, but here, everything is broken up into separate departments to get work done much more efficiently. This is something I?ll keep with me when I go back to school and when I start working full-time post-graduation.

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How to Make a Flower Hat

how to make a flower hatTake your summer style to the next level with your own DIY flower hat! Perfect for days spent lounging on the beach, spring or summer garden parties, or just for an extra floral touch to your every day outfits, this simple tutorial will show you how to make a flower hat using only 4 supplies (including the hat)!

Before warming up your glue gun, make sure to take a few extra moments to first plan out how you will arrange the flowers to achieve the optimal look. If you?re planning to show off this hat for a specific event, choose flower styles and colors to complement your outfit for a perfectly polished look.

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7 Mouthwatering Ways to Celebrate Chocolate Day!

Through a lot of tedious decision making (along with lots of chocolate taste-testing), we’ve narrowed down all of our choices to just seven of our favorite chocolate gifts, in honor of Chocolate Day. So, get ready to enjoy these top tempting treats.

1. Fannie May Colonial Chocolate Assortment

We?re not sure if life is like a box of chocolate, but we know life should be filled with boxes of chocolate.
Mixed Chocolates by Fannie May

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DIY Gifts for Parents’ Day

Looking for a creative Parents’ Day gift Mom and Dad will love? Take inspiration from your famous macaroni frames and create a one-of-a-kind handmade gift with a grown-up twist!

Here are some of our favorite DIY gifts for Mom and Dad that they?ll love showing off! Pair these gifts with a home-cooked meal and a wow-worthy bouquet of Parents’ Day Flowers to make you their favorite.

DIY Gifts for Mom and Dad

how-to-make-DIY-permanent-marker-mugs-3Make it Cozy with Permanent Marker Mugs

Using cheap mugs and permanent markers, create one-of-a-kind mugs for Mom and Dad to use at home or take to work! Decorate your mug according to Mom and Dad?s personalities; they?ll treasure this unique gift for years to com.

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