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About avantgardenia

Art lover, flower enthusiast & chocoholic!

Please tell me what a Spring Bouquet is?


In Canada and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the spring season was March 20. The last day is June 19. Many people like to order “spring bouquets” not only when spring seems to be around … Continue reading

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Largest Living Wall inside an airport in North America – Edmonton International Airport


The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has recently undergone a vast expansion and has turned to green décor options. The airport now boasts of a 1420 sq ft area dedicated to a Living Wall (also referred to as a Vertical Garden, … Continue reading

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The Ever Popular Peony


Peonies symbolizes nobility, value and peace; however, they can also signify shame. The name originates from Greek mythology- Paeon was a bright student learning under the god Asclepius. Zeus turned Paeon into a flower to save him from the jealous … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together


Birds have been popping up in home decor, contemporary art, popular literature, fashion and floral design. The same bold beautiful feathers that are inspiring current trends have also caught the eyes of floral designers. Flowers and feathers alike have visual … Continue reading

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Elder Flower Cordial


On a recent trip to the supermarket, I stumbled across the loveliest beverage, Elderflower Cordial! Made from elder flowers that bloom on elder shrubs, Latin name Sambucus Nigra, this delightful little flower is not only beautiful to look at, but … Continue reading

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Bejeweled Bouquets


With spring around the corner (if only the snow would stay away!), wedding season is upon us! One of my favorite things about weddings is the massive amounts of flowers that come with it… and of course the love! Our … Continue reading

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Geckos Give a Helping Hand to Save Rare Flower


Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, comes alive every June to October with blossoms of the rare Trochetia plant. Trochetia boutoniana has been the national flower of Mauritius since 1992 and it is often illustrated on stamps of Mauritius. … Continue reading

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Flowers & Music: Flowers in Song Titles


Flowers permeate every part of our lives. They take center stage in all of our life-changing events from births, to weddings and even death. They give us beauty, joy, peace and appease us with their incredible scents. So it’s not … Continue reading

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BLOOM – A Collision of Art & Flowers


Artist Ann Schuleit was commissioned to create an installation expressing the lack of fresh flowers found in the health care industry. Titled “BLOOM”, the installation was set in the Massachusetts Mental Health Care Center in Boston, MA. The hallways, previously … Continue reading

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Celebrating Flowers in Style!


The 36th Chiang Mai Flower Festival Every February the streets of Chiang Mai are overcome with flowers. The city, located in northern Thailand, is often referred to as the Rose of the North and is known worldwide for their fabulous … Continue reading

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