Lifestyle

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour 2017

March 8, 2017

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has announced its 2017 schedule! These dinners are must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local, and sustainable American Grown Flowers at the center of the table where locallygrown food is served by a farmtotable chef. 

Brooklyn Grange

I was lucky enough to attend an American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in 2015, and I still find myself daydreaming about that evening from time to time—especially now, at the end of a long winter, with hints of a spring that is fast approaching.  Seeing the first signs of crocus pushing through the hard ground reminds us that our days will soon be filled with bright blue skies and beautiful flowers in an array of vibrant colors. Continue Reading…

Flower & Plant Care

How to Grow Bulbs in a Container Garden

March 8, 2017

Bulbs don’t seem to get enough credit. They’re easy to plant, easy to care for, and you’ll be able to enjoy their colorful bloom year after year. So why don’t more of us take advantage of them? If you’re looking to spruce up an entryway, patio, or sunroom, look no further than with a bulb container garden. And if you’ve never planted bulbs (or anything else for that matter), don’t worry – we’ve covered everything from buying to planting.

Flower Box on Window Sill

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Wedding Flowers

The Bride and the Bouquet: A History

March 6, 2017

Choosing wedding flowers is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding prep (second only to maybe the cake tasting). While flowers are a necessity for any wedding, it’s the bouquet that really steals the floral show. Today, the bouquet adds beauty and a pop of color to the blushing bride as she walks down the aisle. But believe it or not, the tradition is actually much older than you may think, dating back to the 16th century. And though brides were carrying bouquets down the aisle even back then, it wasn’t for the reason you’d expect. Below is a brief history about the origin of the bouquet.

Bride & Bouquet Under Umbrella

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Floral Events & News

Best Cherry Blossom Festivals in The U.S.

March 3, 2017

From New York to California, cities and towns across America wait in anticipation for the annual blooming of cherry blossom trees. But did you know that the cherry blossom is more than just a beautiful tree? It’s also a celebrated symbol of the friendship between the United States and Japan.

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City gifted our nation’s capital with hundreds of traditional cherry trees. The trees were a symbol of our growing friendship. Now every year, cities around the country honor traditional Japanese culture with festivals, parades and week long celebrations. If you’re looking to experience the festivities for yourself, here are the top cherry blossom festivals in the country.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Mardi Gras Decorations with Flowers

February 27, 2017

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is one of the largest festivals of the year with history dating back to the 18th century. Although the largest festival takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, you can bring Mardi Gras right to your own home. Here are some helpful and easy Mardi Gras decoration ideas using flowers!

Mardi Gras Mask & Beads

Use Flowers to Help Decorate for Mardi Gras

Purple, green and gold are the most popular colors for Mardi Gras, so we love using these colors in a festival floral arrangement to celebrate the occasion! The official Mardi Gras colors were chosen for a reason by the King of the Carnival in 1892 with purple symbolizing justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Whether you’re looking for a decorative centerpiece or festive conversation starter, flowers are the perfect compliment to bring some life to your Mardi Gras decorations. Continue Reading…

Romance

Most Romantic Getaways in the World and United States

February 18, 2017

Private white sand beaches, miles of beautiful hiking trails and secluded bungalows – what more could you ask for? With nearly half the country still covered in snow, it can be especially tempting to get away during the winter. Whether you’re looking to spice things up with a trip across the world or just need some R&R over a long weekend, these retreats will surely turn up the heat.

Hawaii

With your choice of eight main islands, each more beautiful than the next, Hawaii is a popular travel destination for people all over the world. Its mix of large cities, lush natural foliage and white sand beaches leaves something for everyone. The main city of Honolulu offers a bit of everything, with high-rise suites, glorious beach resorts, luxury shopping, a boasting Chinatown and exciting nightlife. If you’re into something a little more adventurous, visit the Volcanoes National Park where you can walk along the trails of active volcanoes.

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Fun Flower Facts

6 Plants You Need in Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

February 16, 2017

Poor sleep can be caused by a number of things, like stress, too much caffeine and even late night cell phone usage (but let’s face it, when else are you going to catch up on your Facebook timeline?). This might be why the National Sleep Foundation found that lack of sleep is affecting more Americans than ever before – 130 million be exact. Believe it or not, there are actually a number of plants that have been proven to help induce sleep.

Gardenia

Simply smelling the flower has the ability to leave you feeling tired and groggy. After testing the effects of gardenia on mice, a German study found that these flowers had the same effects as valium on a neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA. Many people in Europe have even began supplementing their sleeping pills with gardenia flowers.

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Lifestyle

A Tribute to Bobbi Ecker Blatchford

February 15, 2017

Following on Galentine’s Day and “Ladies Celebrating Ladies,” we have another occasion to acknowledge the important women in our life: March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day recognizing the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The theme of International Women’s Day for 2017 is #BeBoldForChange.

I have always known the power of strong women. I have had some incredible role models in my family, in my friendships, and in my career in the floral business. I want to honor one of those women in particular: Bobbi Ecker Blatchford. Before Bobbi passed away on February 3, 2017, she had dedicated her life to the floral industry and was a mentor to many.

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Romance

Movies and Series to Stream This Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2017

Sometimes staying in and cuddling up with your Valentine to watch a movie, or binge watch a television series, makes for the most romantic holiday.  Whether you’re going out to eat first at a local restaurant, cooking dinner at home, or ordering in, leaving time to watch something you both enjoy (or one of you enjoy :), could help make the night (or day) even more awesome. So sit back and relax as we give you some hand-picked favorites for movies and series to watch this Valentine’s Day.

Couple watching TV together

Romantic Cinema at Home Tips:

  • Flowers and candles on the coffee table or end tables really help set the mood
  • Don’t forget to get both of your favorite snacks! Popcorn helps for theatre authenticity.
  • Prepare a little and make sure the couch area is ready for hours of comfort and cuddling.

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Entertainment

How To Throw a Galentine’s Day Party

February 13, 2017

I’ve become a little obsessed with Galentine’s Day, now that I know what it’s all about.

I had no idea! I thought it was “a lonely-hearts club for single ladies” on Valentine’s Day! As it turns out, I have been celebrating Galentine’s Day basically my whole life!!

What is Galentine’s Day? In the words of the holiday’s creator, Parks and Recreations’ Leslie Knope, “Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas.”

If you haven’t started celebrating Galentine’s Day yet, I would say 2017 would be the year to start! As a matter of fact, I think we should declare February Galentine’s Month. And make it a monthly celebration the rest of the year!  Any day of the month that you want, just do it and keep doing it. Celebrate each other, learn from each other, support each other, and in honor of Leslie Knope, let’s start by laughing with each other!

Now Let’s Get This Party Started!

 “Ladies Celebrating Ladies”

For inspiration, look no further then reruns of Parks and Recreation or a quick Google search of Leslie Knope quotes. Pick a quote to be your main theme or use them all and incorporate them into your decorations and games.

Galentine's Day Sunflower Quote

Of course, this one spoke to me immediately! Just one more reason to fill my house with sunflowers! I think that the sunflower should be the official flower of Galentine’s Day, don’t you?!  Continue Reading…