Flowers * Weddings *Events

God's Garden Treasures' blog about Flowers

God’s Garden Treasures’ New Address April 23, 2013

We have moved to

2219 S 48th St, Suite G, Tempe, AZ 85282

We are in the same building as Got Memories, which is here on the map.

This is the in the Buttes Business Plaza, on the SE Corner of 48th St and Broadway.

For some reason, Google maps can’t keep our information straight, so here it is in one more place for you to find!

And we also created a video for you to help you find us:

And here is our ‘about us’ page on our website for more information.

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Green flowers… For St Patrick’s day and beyond March 15, 2013

Here are a few recent arrangements for your inspiration! The first 2 are available in our shop today as seen on Channel 3’s Your life A  to Z this week.

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Bells of Ireland are manipulated into swirls, and Green Hydrangea and it’s own foliage provide the base. Pussy Willows with suspended ‘bells’ provide graceful height.

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Green Hydrangea and Green Anthos Mums make a splash in a beautiful glass vase with swirled colors.

And at Old Main at Asu a few weeks ago. Enjoy!

Green hydrangea and hanging amaranthus provide a stunning base for purple orchids, tulips and other green and purple flowers. Photo by Jill Lauren Photography.

Green hydrangea and hanging amaranthus provide a stunning base for purple orchids, tulips and other green and purple flowers. Photo by Jill Lauren Photography.

 

Budgeting and Deposits for Wedding Flowers August 25, 2012

BouquetsYou’ve had your consultation.

You know what flowers you want.

You know how and when to order them.

But how much should you expect to spend and when should you have your deposits in?

Right now the current national industry standard is to budget about 8-15% of the entire wedding budget for flowers (all expenses, not just the venue).  With that said, let’s touch on price fluctuations with flowers as you will need to adjust your budget or your order based on this information.

Some flowers have steady pricing throughout the year, and other flower prices can fluctuate from 30-40%, up to 50-200%. For example: Red roses at Valentine’s day (high demand, but not the prime growing season for roses) can run 2-3 times what they are the rest of the year.  Mother’s Day weddings also will see a premium upgrade for the floral designs and delivery services.

Peonies out-of-season are typically at least twice as expensive. Also, when thinking about flowers that are in season, remember that it depends on the growing season, not colors for the season. For example, in the fall, orange roses and almost anything else orange is actually a higher price because there is so much demand. On the other hand, tulips are very plentiful in the spring and prices come down significantly.

Remember that there are some seasons during the year where specific flowers either just aren’t available or are very, very pricey and must be pre-ordered well in advance.bridesmaid bouquet For example, tulips in July, August, or September are available in a limited supply and are much more expensive. Daffodils are just not available at all except a short season in the winter and early spring, at least here in Phoenix. 

Also, where you are located in the country greatly affects availability and cost as well. If you are closer to the area where your favorite flower is grown, the prices will be better. And as is typical with our other selections, we always seem to want the exotic for our area – for example, hydrangeas can be seen as a very common flower in the Northeast or Midwest where it grows in many gardens. Here in Phoenix, it is in high demand because we never see it in the landscape.

It is common for most florists to ask for one-quarter to one-half of the price as a deposit.  At God’s Garden Treasures we require one-third of the complete package for the full deposit. We also offer a hold-the-date deposit for brides who know they want to use us and still are working to make final decisions about their package style. This allows us to release all the information and photos we have gathered, so that they can utilize this in their final decision-making.

Planning a wedding can be stressful for brides, fiancés, and family members. Let use help take away some of that stress and provide you with quality flowers and outstanding customer service. Call us today to schedule your wedding flower consultation.

As always, check out our other wedding tips on our blog here.

 

Want to ‘Wow’ her? Follow this advice! February 24, 2012

Yesterday, we delivered an arrangement by noon, and before the end of the day, got this response back. Shayne gave us permission to share it. His situation is so much like many others. We want the world to know that you have options when it comes to flowers! Here goes his email to us:

“Good Afternoon!  Just wanted to thank you and your staff for blowing my wife away.  I usually get a “Thank you for the flowers” after she receives the flowers, just to let me know that she got them.  And in the case of Valentine’s Day the second call was 3 days later saying that the flowers were wilted and brown on the edges.

“Today you guys rocked……  She called today after your very prompt delivery and her words, “Wow they are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!”.  The second call today mind you, “Everyone loves the roses, they are saying that she is so spoiled and of course, where did he get such lovely roses?”  Of course, she is sharing your information with all of her co-workers.

“I must admit your attention to detail and customer service blew me away.  I have been sending roses to my wife for about 10 years now.  I have run the gambit, 1-800-Flowers, Teleflora and FTD.  A coworker of mine suggested calling a local company this time, and boy was she right about that you now have a repeat customer.  Yesterday was the first time I had ever heard from the flower company. 

“Usually I like to not only impress my wife with the roses but also her coworkers.  In the past I have always ordered flowers to be delivered the day before an occasion so that she can enjoy them all day.  The day before Valentine’s Day her coworkers go home to their significant and I quote, “ Janeen got her roses today what are you getting me?”

“Most of the time I am content with hitting a home run with the Roses that she receives.  This time you and your team hit a walk-off Grand Slam in the bottom of the ninth to with the game.”

 Thanks so very much,

 Shayne P.

And later in the evening: ” My wife showed me pictures of the arrangement, no wonder all the office was in awe.  I’ve never seen roses like that, you made her day.”

What happened: He placed an order online for our Artistic Premium Roses. When we received the order in our shop, I called him and asked him what he liked about it. He said he was looking for something different and striking, and that she loves roses. I asked him if he would like us to create a custom arrangement specially for her. I asked him about her style and personality, our unique floral consultant questions, and we gave our designer this description: “Dozen Premium Roses styled uniquely, saw our Artistic Premium Roses – creative, artistic, airy, unique and different – NOT traditional.”

Here is what we delivered:

Janeen Rose Arrangement

Janeen Rose Arrangement - Unique, Creative, Airy Custom arrangement - coming soon on our website!


To experience what Shayne and Janeen did, call us at 480-603-7673, or order your flowers online.

 

I’m Engaged. Now What? A Guide to Planning Your Wedding Flowers February 19, 2012

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First of all, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!  I hope that these tips and suggestions will make planning your wedding flowers stress-free and flawless.  The first step in planning your wedding flowers is to consult with your florist.  This is best done in person, however if your wedding is a destination wedding this can be done over the phone.  In preparation for the consultation you should know what colors will be featured in your wedding.  Come prepared with any pictures you have seen that inspire you, color swatches (or websites or better yet, Pinterest that shows your color/style/inspiration for phone consultations, or send the links ahead of the consultation).  Also bring a list of the personal flowers you are looking for, table count, linen colors, if selected (we often will assist a bride in selecting linen colors or the Calla lily linens themselves).

Wedding Flowers are completely customizable and the world is your palate.  There is no rule saying you have to carry a big bouquet of red or white roses down the aisle.  Maybe you are more of a lily lover and want to carry a simple bouquet of calla lilies.  It’s your wedding and your choice.  Bridal BouquetHaving 2-3 inspirational pictures available for the consultation helps point your florist in the right direction.  Choosing flowers that you like and that compliment the color scheme and season of your wedding ensures that you and your fiancé are surrounded by pure beauty. With that said, we do live in Arizona and location, season, and temperature need to be taken into consideration when planning your wedding flowers.  Different forms of treatment, choices about photography including whether outdoors, time of day, and many other factors come into play when addressing these issues. We want the bouquets and all the flowers to look fabulous through the whole day.

Make sure to share many pictures with your florist and ensure that those pictures are available to the whole team working on the wedding all the way through the process. Ask for a sample to be created, and ask about any costs associated with this (usually based on the scope of the design and whether it’s included in the package). Look at actual flowers as well as photos – some flowers tend to photograph better than others – and be clear about what you like and don’t like.

When ordering wedding flowers it is also important to know the difference between a ladies buttonhole and a corsage.

  • A buttonhole, or boutonniere, while typically worn by men, is a smaller size that can be worn on the lapel of a jacket. It might be one flower with or without embellishments, or a composite (multiple smaller flowers or accents combined in an artistic design). Sometimes there is so much attention to detail, it is like a small work of art. With women, wonderful accents that add a feminine touch without adding too much weight or volume are crystals and pearls, or even incorporating a brooch.
  • A corsage can be worn on the shoulder or the wrist, and is larger and yet still in scale for the person wearing it. A popular trend now for wrist corsages is to attach the flowers to a wristlet that can be a bracelet, or to an actual bracelet, in such a way that the bracelet can be worn later while remembering the event and the people involved. A great keepsake! Traditional corsages have a base of ribbon tucked into or around the flowers, adding an accent color or bringing cohesion to the corsage. Another modern trend is to not use ribbon in the traditional bow fashion, maybe as a small accent, if any at all. Tropical leaves and grasses are taking the place of the ribbon to add a clean, modern look to the corsage.
  • A man’s buttonhole or boutonniere typically is more simple, especially if the men are involved in selecting them. The one exception is the man who has an artistic eye and loves texture – the buttonholes created for them are intricate, works of art, and they love it!corsage
  • The colors and flowers used in boutonnieres and corsages are selected from the wedding palette, keeping in mind the overall style (larger or smaller flowers), and the ability to withstand without a water source over the length of the entire event. If a softer, more water-sensitive flower is chosen, especially for the groom’s boutonniere, typically a second boutonniere is created to replace the faded one between the ceremony and reception, or for pictures later in the evening.

Call us to set up your wedding flower consultation today.

Also see my blog to for additional wedding flower planning tips.

 

What Type of Sympathy Flowers Should I Send to the Service? January 30, 2012

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In previous blogs I’ve talked about where to send sympathy flowers.  Now, based on where you send them let’s talk about what type of arrangements to send.  Today’s blog post focuses on flowers sent to the service.

Typically, the most majestic and prominent arrangements are ones that come from immediate family members.  These arrangements include casket sprays, wreaths, and standing easel sprays.  If you are the parents, child, or sibling of the deceased these would be your first choice of flower arrangements to send.  Below (from left) are examples of a casket spray, cross, wreath with picture and standing heart wreath spray.

Casket SprayHeaven's ComfortMemorial WreathRose Garden Spray

Other friends and family also want to celebrate the life of their beloved as well.  If you are sending flowers for a relative or a close friend, smaller scale versions of these arrangements can be tailored to suit your needs.

Another way to really celebrate the person who passed is to ask for a customized tribute that reflects a hobby or interest, or special items that were meaningful to them. We can incorporate any item, and can put our creative ideas to work to make a very special piece.

Florists are there to help you when deciding what to order and are happy to offer assistance if you’re not sure what the appropriate arrangement would be.  Typically these arrangements are used at both the viewing and the Memorial Service.  Also, remember if you are an out-of-town family member or friend that timing the delivery is important as to not disrupt the flow of the services. As long as you order with enough time, your florist will be able to coordinate the delivery time with the funeral home or church who is hosting the service.

If you did not have a close relationship to the deceased or if there is a possibility that the flowers would not arrive to the services in time, sending arrangements to the home of the surviving relative is completely appropriate. See our blog post called Three Tips for Sympathy Flowers sent to the Home.

Every situation is unique and God’s Garden Treasures is here to help you in deciding what arrangements to send and where to send them.  Don’t hesitate to call us with any questions that you might have.

 

Sympathy Flowers: Where Do I Send Them? January 29, 2012

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Stength and WisdomSome of the most common questions posed to florists are questions regarding sympathy flowers.  The etiquette surrounding sympathy flowers can be confusing at best.  Hopefully we can shed some light on the subject and make it less confusing for you.

In most cases local family and friends are the first to know of the deceased’s passing as well as subsequent funeral arrangements.  This allows more than enough time to plan, order, and have the flowers delivered.  If the family chooses to have formal services, that could include a viewing or wake, ceremony, memorial service, and graveside burial service.  In most instances a funeral home are utilized to help plan and coordinate the services. There is no solid rule of thumb dictating who should send flowers where.  It is perfectly acceptable for family and friends to send flowers for use during the funeral services.  With that said, if you are an immediate family member it is most appropriate for you to send the flowers to the funeral home or chapel. It is expected that immediate family as well as close family and friends have the largest more majestic flower arrangements which are best suited for the funeral services

If you are are an out-of-town family member, distant relative, or distant friend, chances are you may not hear of the deceased’s passing until the last minute.  Don’t fear, it is still perfectly acceptable to send flowers. In this instance sending the flowers to the home of the surviving spouse, parents, or a relative is the most appropriate choice.  In fact, it is acceptable to send sympathy flowers up to four weeks after a loved one’s death.  Sending flowers to the home is the best option as you do not want the flowers arriving in the middle of the funeral services and disrupting the family.  If you are in doubt, ask the florist if they will arrive before the services start.  If there is any doubt of the timing, send the flowers to the home.Sweet Tranquility

Some families choose not to have formal services in a funeral home or chapel.  If this is the case, sending flowers to the home of a surviving family member is the most appropriate option.  It is also important to be aware that some families do not wish to receive flowers at all.  They usually state this in the death announcement or obituary.  If a family decides that they do not wish to receive flowers the may state “In lieu of flowers please…” Often times they ask that a donation be made to a charity, a hospice, or a surviving child’s trust fund.  Please be respectful of the family’s wishes.  If you insist on sending flowers, you could send them to a hospice care facility, hospital, or the family’s church in celebration of the loved ones life.

Sacred DutyTo sum it all up here is a quick guideline:

  • If you are local, immediate or close family, send the flowers to the funeral home.
  • If you are local friends of the family either funeral or home is appropriate.
  • If you are an out-of-town immediate family member or close friend, determine if the florist can deliver the flowers before the service. If in doubt send them to the home.
  • Remember it is appropriate to send flowers up to four weeks after the loved one’s death.

At God’s Garden Treasure we know that this is a difficult time and are happy to provide any assistance you may need.  Please see my blog for additional information on sympathy flowers, or go to our website to order sympathy flowers, or call us for a personal consultation with one of our Floral Consultants.