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FLORAL TRENDS: Creating First Impressions


In this video created by the Society of American Florists, Color Trend Expert Mark Woodman and Interior Designer Kelli Ellis, talk about the impact flowers have when trying to establish a good image for your brand and company. Whether we want to accept it or not, experience and excellent work ethic, unfortunately, isn’t everything. We now live in a world where color and eye-catching displays or marketing pieces draw people’s attention more than the actual content. It sparks interest. The same goes for your work environment.

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40,000 Roses at the Tony Awards!

Were you able to tune in to the Tony Awards this past weekend? We were pleasantly surprised, to say the least, to see a flower wall be the focal point at the red carpet, especially during #RoseMonth! It definitely was a great way to kick off an unforgettable night for the Broadway industry!

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Dress Up Your World with Florals

Art comes in many different shapes and sizes. For florists, their medium is flowers. So what happens when florists dabble in fashion design? You get wearable creations that look as good as they smell! Check out these floral fashions from the 2017 Arkansas Florists Association annual convention. These designs were created by the students of the Arkansas Master Florist program with the help of Scott Brents. [Read more…]

Take the New Year’s Challenge

A new year brings many exciting opportunities and new adventures. As you reflect on the past year, what moments stand out to you the most? Many times, the moments where we feel loved leave the greatest impression. Our challenge to you is to create a new year’s resolution to spread love and happiness. Say I love you more, show random acts of kindness to strangers or reach out to those around you going through a tough time. Take the challenge and see the difference you can make in the lives of those around you!

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5 Jaw-Dropping Holiday Centerpieces

Add a beautiful and festive touch to your home for the holidays with a stunning floral centerpiece. Whether you are looking for sparkle and glam or natural and earthy, your local florist can make your vision come to life. Find inspiration from some of our favorite holiday centerpieces!

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Holiday Party Decorating Ideas

Getting together with friends and family is tradition for many during the holiday season. With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the time to start preparing for your holiday party! Keep reading to learn the latest decorating trends and tips this holiday season. From D.I.Y. custom card holders to show-stopping centerpieces, these festive decor items will wow your guests!

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Succulent Inspired Trends

From home decor to fashion and especially weddings, succulents with their unique textures and bold forms have quickly become the hottest new trend. These durable little plants are easy to care for and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Keep reading to see some of the latest surprising succulent trends this season!

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Florists are Planning to Spread Smiles Nationwide!

“Paying it forward” is a movement that has swept across the United States. Receiving something unexpected brings smiles, joy and sometimes even tears. This year local florists are taking part in the movement to spread happiness nationwide.

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Giving Flowers a Second Life

Flowers are a wonderful thing.  They add beauty to any situation and are an integral part of weddings and many other occasions.  But what happens after the “I do’s” and events?  

Flower donation is a growing phenomenon.  There are several organizations now who “recycle” gently used flowers from weddings and large events.  They use every part of the designs including the ribbons and vases.  New arrangements are crafted from deconstructing the bouquets and centerpieces. These new arrangements are then delivered to hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice houses, and nursing homes.  Many times they are also tax deductible depending on what organization you work with.

Random Acts of Flowers is a privately-funded organization that has a vision to improve the emotional health of the community with flowers.

In July 2007, Random Acts of Flowers’ founder, Larsen Jay, was in a near-fatal accident. While confined to his hospital room, the outpouring of support that Larsen received in the form of daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements immediately aided in his long recovery.

When Larsen was capable of leaving his room he noticed how many of his fellow patients did not have visitors or flowers – the very thing that helped him so much in those early and difficult days. Within moments the first “random act of flowers” delivery was made, repurposing his flowers and delivering them to patients in nearby hospital rooms. The memories of how a simple gesture touched his fellow patients compelled Larsen to form Random Acts of Flowers in 2008.

Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.

As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization run almost entirely by volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.

Are you interested in donating?  If there aren’t any organizations in your region, work with your florist or wedding planner to find a local facility in your area that would be interested in taking the flowers.  We all know flowers have a positive effect on mood, so why not share the joy? Visit your florist today to talk to them about flower donation!


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Wedding Trend: Getting Back to Nature

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Getting back to nature is a growing movement.  We live in a fast paced world and many people have begun to see the beauty in slowing down.  This is also true for the wedding world.  Couples are choosing a more relaxed, natural atmosphere opposed to the old standard wedding structure of perfection.  

Photo Courtesy of: Tommy Austin Florist

Photo Courtesy of: Tommy Austin Florist

Out with the old, and in with the…old?  Brides are discovering “new” flowers that are actually heirloom flowers.  There are older varieties of mums, zinnias, and carnations (among others) that are making a comeback.  These older versions come in different shapes and more pastel colors that are a great match for the softer look many brides are trying to achieve.

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Photo Courtesy of: Sharper Image Wedding & Event Rentals

With the rise of free seating and movement towards longer, rectangular tables, multiple centerpieces will take the stage.  These centerpieces are likely to include flowering branches, and layers of greenery.  There will also be variations in centerpieces to create a loosely connected vibe, rather than identical pieces across the board.

Photo Courtesy of:  Com-Patt-Ibles Flowers and Gifts

Photo Courtesy of: Com-Patt-Ibles Flowers and Gifts

Locally grown flowers native to the region where a couple will be getting married are becoming more popular.  Brides are choosing to have a free-flowing bouquet with a more organic look.  This also brings the introduction of other elements of nature, like sprigs of lavender or edibles.

Whether you decide to stick with a more traditional style or go au naturel, flowers add beauty to any venue.  For help discovering which flowers will make your day perfect, contact one of our local florists!


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