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Petals tip… Sending flowers to someone in the hospital February 20, 2013

Here are four quick tips for when you are sending get-well arrangements to someone in the hospital:


Tall Narrow Arrangement with long-lasting Orchids, Liatris and Fiddlehead Fern

Tall Narrow Arrangement with long-lasting Orchids, Liatris and Fiddlehead Fern

1. Stay away from highly fragrant flowers – strong fragrances can be difficult in a small room, and even if they like them, if they have a roommate, that person may not.

2.  The arrangement will have a bigger impact if it is one-sided. The flowers will likely be up against a wall, or sitting where the person who receives them will see only one side.

3. If they are in ICU, fresh flowers and plants will have to wait until they are in a regular room – your florist can deliver stuffed animals, balloons and/or a full-sized greeting card.

4. Think about their style and personality and ask for a design to be made that really fits who they are – they will feel so special!


New goals about productivity or taking care of yourself? January 4, 2013

As we start a new year, many set goals, make resolutions, or select a word for the year to focus themselves. My word of the year: Leader. I am already turning the corner in leading my team differently and not just working ‘in’ the business. It feels great, and I’m getting good feedback.  I hope you are excited about this year and all it offers. I would love to hear what heart-changes you are experiencing, either on Facebook, Twitter, or here in the comments. It’s so great to encourage each other!

Many goals fall into two broader categories: effectiveness and personal care. We want to do better and be better. Take care of ourselves better, and take care of what’s within our responsibility. Finding support for continuing with our goals, and finding resources that make meeting our goals easier is one of the finest delights! Synergy in life is wonderful.

Simple Peonies

Simple Peonies

Here are two links that provides some resources and inspiration for you:

Flowers help morning moods.

Productive and Happy at Work

Even though I work with flowers all the time, I am still delighted and caught by surprise by how the sight of them makes me feel!

Florists are often the worst when it comes to actually enjoying the flowers ourselves – we think, ‘well, someone might want to buy them.’Or we just forget in the long lists of tasks to take care of.

One of my own new year’s resolutions is to have a single, amazing bloom on my desk all the time. I am worth it! And in this one, I am happy to apply my word of the year and lead by example. So feel free to ask my any time what flower is on my desk…


It’s Christmas Time and That Means Poinsettia Season December 19, 2011

With the holidays quickly approaching, you’ve probably seen an increase in the presence of poinsettias around you. Whether they are in your local coffee shop, office building or church, poinsettias are a sign of the Christmas Season. Poinsettias are native to Mexico and Central America where they are called “Flores de Noche Buena” meaning Flowers of the Holy Night. The star shape of the leaves is said to represent the Star of Bethlehem and they are very popular and in high demand in florist shops come Christmas time. And our shop is no different!

But aren’t poinsettia’s toxic?

There is a very common misconception that poinsettias are toxic. This is absolutely untrue. In 1998 Ohio State University issued the results of a study that showed that poinsettias were not toxic to humans and animals. The study tested all parts of the plant including leaves and sap. In fact, POISINDEX, the national information center for poison control centers, states that a child would need to ingest somewhere around 500-600 leaves before they even exceed the doses that showed NO toxicity in the research. If you live in a household with curious little ones, keeping the poinsettia out of reach is the best precaution you can take.

Large Red Poinsettia in Tempe AZ, God's Garden Treasures

Large Red Poinsettia

So they aren’t toxic to humans, but what about pets?

Again, poinsettias are not toxic to animals as reported in the Ohio State University study. The ASPCA states on their website that while poinsettia’s may cause mouth and stomach irritation in pets, the actually toxicity is highly overrated. The irritation of the stomach could lead to vomiting but it is not deadly. If your pet does get into a poinsettia it is important to wash the sap off immediately to prevent further ingestion. Pet owners should contact a veterinarian if the sap gets into the eyes or if the symptoms don’t resolve within a few minutes.

White Poinsettia in Tempe AZ, God's Garden Treasures

White Poinsettia

What if I’m allergic to Latex?

As long as the poinsettia’s leaves are not broken and the plant is not damaged you should be fine. The poinsettia’s circulation system does contain latex which is only accessed when you break the leaves. The American Latex Allergy Association states that a person would have to have significant contact with the latex of poinsettia plant to develop an allergic reaction. A drop of latex from the plant that is easily wiped off would be unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. With that said, if you are allergic to latex, common sense precautions should be observed when handling poinsettias.

Hopefully debunking some of the common myths will put you at ease and even encourage you to place a poinsettia order at your local florist. We have several arrangement options available on our website for you to choose from. What better gift to bring your holiday hostess then a beautiful poinsettia arrangement. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Planter Basket in Tempe AZ, God's Garden TreasuresPoinsettia Arrangement

Visit our website for more tips and myth-busters about Poinsettias, and other tips! God’s Garden Treasures


Six Tips for Get Well Arrangements June 22, 2010

When someone is sick, or had surgery, and you can’t make it there to be with them, or want to reach out, flowers are often people’s choice. Here are some considerations that your florist should be thinking about already, and for you to keep in mind when you order the flowers ot be hand-delivered or pick them up:

1. Style Selection: Think about the person’s style and personality – are they more bubbly, cheery types or more soft, feminine in their style? Is he love sports or cars or cards, or is he more into design/architecture? Select an arrangement that will tell the person that you really thought of who they are when you select your flowers. When it reflects them, it’s even that much more special.


Long-lasting flowers for a Creative Woman or a Man who likes Architecture

Long-lasting flowers for a Creative Woman or a Man who likes Architecture

2. Designer-arranged: When ordering online, be careful that the delivery will be already pre-arranged and delivered for them to just enjoy. Someone who is not feeling well or recovering doesn’t want to have to unpack a box, try to arrange the flowers, etc.

3. Fragrance: Think about fragrance when selecting the flowers. During recovery from an illness or surgery, string fragrances can be disconcerting or even difficult for the person who wants to enjoy them.  If their favorite flower is highly fragrant, like stargazer lilies, ask for another flower that is very similar, like the star-shaped Asiatic lilies that have the same shape and yet are not fragrant. Then once they’ve recovered you can send another arrangement with the more fragrant flowers.

4. Size and shape considerations: When someone is in the hospital, horizontal space is at a premium, so ask for something that is only about 6-8″ wide.  Sometimes the staff or family will place an arrangement up high or on a shelf where a really, really tall arrangement doesn’t fit either. And in the hospital, or for someone who is recovering in bed, ask for a one-sided arrangement where all the flowers are facing forward instead of paying for flowers the person doesn’t get to see.


Sunflowers delivered to Tempe, AZ

Bright, Cheery Sunflowers in a one-sided arrangement

5. Watering: Ask for the arrangement to be created in a vessel (vase or ceramic or basket) with as large a water reservoir as possible, so that the recipient doesn’t have to think about adding water every day, unless they are at that place in their recovery where having something simple to nurture is a good thing!

6. The Why: Emotional connection and support: Remember, when you send flowers when someone is recovering, you are sending them love, concern and an uplifted frame of mind. A Rutgers University team did research on the emotional impact of flowers. They discovered that “Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.” For more details and the full study, click here. In our words, flowers are a ‘big box of happy’! And who doesn’t get better faster when they feel better emotionally?!

Click here to see the ‘Get Well’ section of our website


Flowers, Plants and Productivity in the Workplace June 16, 2010

So you’re committed to building a productive workplace, and happy employees is part of making that happen. What is the quickest, surest way to promote happiness among employees and clients in your workplace, and that works with men and women?

As you look at the picture below, notice what happens to how you feel and how your body and mind responds.

Cheery Sunflowers

How do you feel when you see this picture?

Have you ever noticed that when someone brings flowers into a room, everyone smiles when they look at them? We have an automatic reaction, before we even stop to think about it. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, “nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.” Flowers are a ‘big box of happy’! Flowers and plants are living, and they bring delight and a creative boost. And bright, bold colors bring energy and lift people’s moods.

The Society of American Florists reports: “in an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants, and workplace productivity. Participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments, or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments.

“During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. And, while males generated a greater abundance of ideas, females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.”

At the University of Washington, a study was done about the effects of adding plants to windowless work areas. “When plants were added to this interior space, the participants were more productive (12% quicker reaction time on the computer task) and less stressed (systolic blood pressure readings lowered by one to four units). Immediately after completing the task, participants in the room with plants present reported feeling more attentive (an increase of 0.5 on a self-reported scale from one to five) than people in the room with no plants.”

Bring the beneficial impact of flowers and plants into the every day work life of your employees. This can be as simple as a few small vases, each with a single bloom, plants on desks and common areas, or a medium size flower arrangement in a common work area that people pass through. Workplaces can partner with a local florist to bring flowers to the workplace at the start of the week, stems for employees to have on their desks and arrangements with artistic style to greet clients as they first walk in the door. By bringing in this source of positive emotion, you shift the baseline of people’s emotions to the positive side automatically.

If you are ready to add productivity to your workplace, please email us at or call us at 480-603-7673.


Seven Tips for Memorable Holiday and Corporate Gifts October 12, 2009

You are heading into the holidays, and are so grateful for the companies who made the year possible. You want to send them something, and don’t want to get lost in the crowd. Instead of defaulting to what you’ve done before, picture this:
Creative Holiday Floral Art

Creative Holiday Floral Art

Your favorite, top clients, walking up to the reception area, and upon seeing your gift, exclaiming ‘Wow! This is very cool! Who sent it?!” Then, opening the card, they are gushing about your business and how much they like doing business with you. Your name is heard over and over in their office that day, and for the days ahead as others exclaim about the gift as they experience it.
The next time they are wanting what you offer, they immediately think of you because they felt so appreciated and remember your gift so vividly. How do you evoke this for in your client relationships?
Branded Floral Arrangement for One Eleven Company

This company's logo was all purple and the owner loved exotic design

Make a creative selection that is different from other companies!
  1. Keep in mind your brand and bring in your colors, logo, style and feel. For example, a ‘Branded Floral Arrangement’  that is inspired by your logo and colors
  2. Customize your gift to each client – what do you know about them and their interests? In order to be efficient, order the same arrangement, plant or wreath for all clients, and ask your florist to switch up the embellishments to reflect them. You could print off their logo and ask that it be incorporated into the arrangement.
  3. Make yourself part of the conversation, giving a gift that positions itself naturally where most of the people in the office will see it, and even clients. For example a holiday wreath on the door. Who doesn’t love the pine scent this time of year?
  4. Beat the crowd – send a creative Thanksgiving arrangement or early December gift that they will take home with them, talking about you at their holiday celebrations. This also gets you a jump on the gift-giving season.
  5. Reflect the town or community that you or they serve. Shop local and reflect local. For example, a creative, one-of-a-kind gift basket, plant, or floral arrangement that reflects Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale or your city.
  6. Reflect something about your property that you want your clients to remember about you.
  7. Find out when their holiday party is and sending something just before or right to the party.
There are so many creative ideas! Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Twitter
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