Happy Friendship Day!








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Celebrate Friendship Day This August!

Sunday August 2nd, 2015, marks the official 90th Annual Friendship Day! This widely celebrated day is dedicated to honouring and encouraging the incredible friends in your life.


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The very first official Friendship Day was held in North America in 1935. The day was created by Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark, who was inspired by the loyalty and generosity of genuine friendships. This led to the birth of a day all about showing love and appreciation. It did not take long for the sentiment to grow; the World Friendship Crusade held the first World Friendship Day on 30 July in 1958.


Flowers continue to be one of the most popular gifts given on Friendship Day, with roses coming in at the number one gift given. Other gifts include cards and the ever popular handmade friendship bracelet. Sharing pictures and memories over social media has also become a simple and popular way to acknowledge the friends in your life. Friendship Day continues to be celebrated on a global scale, with special interest shown in North America, South America, Bangladesh, Malaysia and India.


Make sure to stop in at your local flower shop to pick up flowers for the incredible friends in your life! Roses may be the popular flower of choice, but anything goes! Have a custom bouquet created in the favourite colour scheme or with the favourite flower of the recipient. Go bright and bold with a large bouquet of sunny all yellow Gerbera Daises, or mix things up with an assortment of seasonal blooms. Another great gift idea is to bring in your own keepsake vase and work with the floral designer to create an arrangement with your friend in mind. Build a tradition in which you bring the keepsake vase in every year on Friendship Day and have a custom arrangement created for your friend!

1244_jpg_e9b5a6db Have a Happy Friendship Day!


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Plant Profile: The Calla Lily

CALLA LILIES: A thick, waxy, funnel-shaped spathe (the petal) wraps around a shorter fleshy spike (spadix) in this elegant “less is more” flower. The actual “flowers” are the “bumps” on the spadix. The stems are smooth and leafless.

Interesting Facts about Calla Lilies:

White calla lilies vertical image. Group of white callas with green leaves.
White calla lily plant
  • Other names: Arum lily, Trumpet lily, Pig lily, or Minature Calla Lily
  • Calla Lily leaves are edible, whereas the flower and stamen are highly toxic.
  • The leaves are a good source of vitamins A & C and folate.
  • The calla lily is native to South Africa.
  • In the language of flowers, Calla Lilies represent “regal”. The word “Calla” comes from the Greek “Kallos” which means beautiful.

Calla Lilies will add a variety of colour and sophistication to any garden, blooming year round within their climate zone. They can be grown as a garden focal point or as short-lived houseplants. They would be ideal for beds and borders; they would also look striking planted in masses.  Calla lilies are easy to grow when planted in ideal setting. Plant in spot with full morning sun and moist soil. Space bulbs about 1 foot apart.
Fertilize monthly.

The calla lily also makes excellent cut flowers. They are very popular for special events, such as weddings, anniversaries and sympathy.

Climate Zones:  8-10

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Tree of a Different Kind


The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken.

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken.


An American artist has found roots in his agricultural upbringing. Award-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken has created a tree that bears 40 different types of fruit.

Through a process called grafting, the artist has spliced cuttings from 40 different varieties of trees onto one central trunk. The result is a stunning display of colourful blossoms each spring. During fruit bearing months, The Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.

“By grafting these different varieties onto the tree in a certain order I can essentially sculpt how the tree is to blossom,” he says. “I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit.”

To date, the artist has created 16 of these incredible eatable freaks of nature. Want to own one for yourself? They are available for private collections, and Van Aken has placed trees in museums and community centers around the United States.

Visit this map to find a tree near you!

Sam Van Aken gave a memorable and much watched Ted Talk. Let us know what you think!


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Art in Bloom Took Over Edmonton! 2015



Edmonton hosted the first annual Art in Bloom Festival earlier this month. The four day festival featured five art galleries and five flower shops collaborating in a fun and unique event.



Heather de Kok standing beside her floral interpretation at The Front Gallery


Five talented flower shops teamed up with gallery owners to choose painting that inspired the designers. The floral designers then created fresh flower arrangements and installations, based on their interpretation of the art. The result: fabulously stunning and imaginative floral pieces!


Janine Sebastian at the Peter Robertson Gallery with her floral arrangement for the Art in Bloom Festival.

Janine Sebastian at the Peter Robertson Gallery with her floral arrangement for the Art in Bloom Festival.


Deniss Barahona with her floral design of the painting by Cindy Revell, called Night Falls in the Garden, showing at the Daffodil Gallery.

Deniss Barahona with her floral design of the painting by Cindy Revell, called Night Falls in the Garden, showing at the Daffodil Gallery.


Cory Christopher tied his floral design for the Art in Bloom Festival to a series of Rocky Mountains paintings by Vancouver artist Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki at the Lando Gallery.

Cory Christopher tied his floral design for the Art in Bloom Festival to a series of Rocky Mountains paintings by Vancouver artist Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki at the Lando Gallery.


 Sam Kluthe and Margaret Hinkley, owners of Two Buds Floral Artistry, with their floral installation for the Art in Bloom Festival, being shown at the Bugera Matheson Gallery.

Sam Kluthe and Margaret Hinkley, owners of Two Buds Floral Artistry, with their floral installation for the Art in Bloom Festival, being shown at the Bugera Matheson Gallery.


Held in the 124ST arts district, spectators were free to roam the galleries at no charge. The event also offered floral and terrarium workshops, as well as talks with local artists. Thousands of Edmontonians flocked to 124ST for the festival.

Make sure to stay tooned for next year!

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Mother’s Day Tips on Ordering Flowers!

Mother’s Day is one of THE busiest periods throughout the entire year for florists! They always understand just how important it is to all of their customers, and of course, Moms. After all, when you send flowers to mom, your sending more than just pretty posies! What you are really sending is a show of your love and affection for the one who gave you life. So it’s important that everything go just right with your flower delivery.


Here are a few facts about Mother’s Day and the flower industry

  • In typical retail flower shop the volume of business in the four days leading up to Mother’s Day is roughly equal to an entire normal month, with each day getting busier the closer you get to Sunday .i.e. Wednesday is busy, Thursday is  crazy, Friday is “crazy-busy”, and Saturday is NUTS…… There are lots of Moms out there.
  • The substantially increased demand for flowers at all levels of the flower trade places an incredible strain on transportation (airlines, refrigerated trucking, and particularly local delivery).
  • Flowers sold in retails shops go through a labour intensive process before they are ready for the consumer.This includes quality control and inspection, post harvest care, packaging of bouquets and the skillful designing of floral arrangements. (all of this ensures that Moms flowers will be beautiful and long lasting).


So, what does all of this mean if you are sending flowers to mom this Mother’s Day?
Simply put, the system has a tendency to melt down as you get closer to “Moms Big Day’! In a nutshell, everything gets overwhelmed, too many orders, too many deliveries, not enough skilled labour available on a temporary basis, not enough phone s in the shop, etc. So here are a few tricks to making sure your mom is as happy as can be!

1) Order Early! The fact is that those that wait until a day or two before the event to order may find that they can not have it delivered prior to Mother’s Day.  No one wants to be let anyone down but sometimes the shops are simply overwhelmed. Why not get ahead of the game and order the weekend before, or possibly the Monday or Tuesday before the real rush starts? Trust me, both you and Mom will be glad you did!

2) Order Online! Phones in a flower shop at Mother’s day like everything else are very busy and your best bet is to place your order online. This way you avoid numerous attempts at getting a constant busy signal, and in most cases the process is far quicker.


3) Be Flexible. The more specific you are about what you order the more difficult it will be to fill. Florists do their very best to ensure that they have a good selection of product for the event, but they simply can not stock everything. Like fish, flowers are a perishable product, best when served fresh.

4) Don’t Request or Specify a Specific Delivery Time. Most flower shops either have a limited number of their own delivery drivers or use an outside service. Either way the vehicles will follow a route based on the locations of all of the orders they are taking at one time and believe me, the vehicles will be very full. So deviating from the route or taking a single delivery out in order to meet a specific delivery time request is simply not possible.

5) Be Understanding. Everyone in the entire flower industry knows and appreciates just how important a day Mothers Day is for those sending and receiving flowers, and as such do the very best to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. However, at times even the best laid plans go astray. So if, by chance, something goes wrong with your delivery contact your florist, explain the situation and let them find a way to resolve it. Remember, none of us want to disappoint your Mom either.



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Inspirational Flower Quotes

Fresh flowers, with their mesmerizing beauty and intoxicating fragrances, have captured the hearts of many people. More importantly, flowers have the ability to make things better, especially when life gets to be too much. It can cheer up the lonely, improve moods, and help speed up the recovery process for the ill. Just being around flowers has many health benefits! So it goes without saying that flowers are also a source of inspiration for gardeners, directors, artists, poets, photographers and designers.


So without further ado, here are our favourite inspirational flower quotes:


“Friends are flowers in the garden of life.”– Proverb Just Because Bouquet with lilies from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers


“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – Victor Hugo


“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson


“Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.” – Japanese Proverb


All the flowers of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” – Indian Proverb


“Bloom where you are planted.” – Mary Engelbreit

 “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matissechrysanthemum


“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” – Max Muller


“Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” – John Lennon


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

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Saturday April 25th is Sense of Smell Day!

Happy Sense of Smell Day! Today, everyone is globally celebrating our ability to smell, and all the wonderful affects of scent. Flowers offer some of the most desirable and enjoyable scents on the planet.

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A day to build awareness of the role that our noses play in daily life, Sense Of Smell Day is celebrated throughout educational institutes across North America, promoting learning about how smell interacts with other senses, and how the sense of smell works.


It is common knowledge that flowers elicit emotions such as joy, happiness and pleasure, and there is scientific research to back it! A study conducted in 2014 by Dr. T. N. Berezina at the Moscow State University drew a direct relationship between certain scents and the emotional reaction to those scents. Their conclusion was that it is possible to change the emotional state of a person using odors!


inspecting flowers

“The flowery odor authentically causes the emotions of joy and pleasure and suppresses emotions of fear and disgust. The strongest reaction is the emotion of pleasure.”



Here are a few potent fragrant blooms to elevate your senses.





Lovely Lily Flowers from GrowerDirect.com

Stargazer Lilies











Go tickle your nose with the beautiful aroma of flowers!

To read more about the study, click here



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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!


 Celebrate and protect our natural environment by taking part in Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2015. Join with community groups to explore environmental and ecological issues on local and international scales, and work towards making a difference to our habitat.



The very first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 in the United States. It was the first time a nation collectively gathered to enforce awareness of our growing impact on the planet. Since then, Earth Day has become a global celebration, and promotes yearlong participation in going green.




Earth Day Canada offers a search engine to find local events in your community.



Here are 5 suggestions on ways to celebrate Earth Day 2015:

Plant a flower garden- Read more on starting your very own flower garden 7 Fool Proof Flowers for Beginning Gardeners



Conserve water- We have a post with Tips to Save Water in Your Garden

garden with grandma

Go with nature, and plant flowers that are native to your area Reasons to Grow Native Plants in Your Garden

mono flower garden


Join a community garden- It is a great way to meet new people and save the planet! 5 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden



Plant a tree, for you or in memory of a loved one- How to Plant a Tree

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Sign a pledge, look for ways to contribute in your local community, or plant a tree. Make Earth Day every day!go green

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