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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


Thanksgiving Floral Tablescapes November 17, 2010

Do you have a large area in your home or outdoor entertainment area where you would like decor for Thanksgiving? Ask your florist to create a large focal piece, and then gather gourds, pumpkins and fall leaves to create a tablescape.

Tablescape of Fall Florals and Gourds

Think about adding candles, keepsake items or decor from your travels that is meaningful to you as well. Or ask each guest to bring something to add to the tablescape for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Did you know you can ask for more than florals to be included in your arrangement? Vegetables, such as artichokes, kale, turnips, brussel sprouts and many others are wonderful when paired with flowers. Or pears, pomegranates, apples, and other fall fruits. Herbs of all kinds lend themselves well to a harvest feel.


Fall Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers in a Fall Harvest Bouquet

Fall Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers in a Fall Harvest Bouquet

And here in Phoenix, we miss the fall colors of the leaves, so ask for fresh or dried fall leaves to be added in also. The ones pictured here are provided to us by Moss’s Unlimited, who practices sustainable harvesting in the forests of Oregon.

Celebrate what is important to you as you give thanks. Invite others into the process by bringing something of value to add to the tablescape. Celebrate life and all the riches we have with a grateful heart this Thanksgiving.


Show Appreciation – Fall Flower Holidays! October 5, 2009

Here is your helpful list of Holidays coming up! We would love to make each one memorable!

National Boss’s Day – October 16th, 2009

Show appreciation to your boss or supervisor this Boss’ Day, Oct 16th, 2009 by sending flowers or a plant. Send a gift that really fits who they are – cheery, artistic, elegant, architectural, etc.

Sweetest Day – October 17th, 2009

Remember those sometimes forgotten and show appreciation for that special someone with roses or their favorite flower this Sweetest Day, Oct 17th, 2009.

Cascading Roses

Cascading Roses

Halloween – October 31st, 2009
Celebrate Halloween, Oct 31st, 2009 with all your favorite ghosts and goblins by surprising them with a special flower treat!

Bats Incredible

Bat's Incredible

Thanksgiving (USA) – November 26th, 2009
Send warm smiles from across the miles this Thanksgiving Nov 26th, 2009 with creative, custom centerpieces. For Business Clients, why not send a Thanksgiving centerpiece so your clients will be talking about you at their Thanksgiving table with family and friends?!

Give Thanks Creatively!

Give Thanks Creatively!

Hanukkah – December 12th – 19th, 2009
Celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, Dec 12th – 19th, 2009 with flowers. Let them know you are with them in spirit, or send a hostess gift ahead of time!

Basket of Light

Basket of Light

Christmas – December 25th, 2009
What a wonderful time to be with family, and decorate a beautiful table. Or to reach out and connect with family and friends that you will not be able to be with. Let us help you select a Christmas classic or custom, personalized arrangement! Click here to see our current Christmas selection

Christmas Delight

Christmas Delight


Cupid’s Return August 5, 2009

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Six months after Cupid sends his arrow through the hearts of lovers, he returns to double the pleasure! Why not take advantage of Cupid’s Return, and say ‘I love you’ when they least expect it? Imagine the return on your investment in your relationship. Imagine the love, the hugs, the joy, the excitement, the unexpected delight! Take advantage of our Cupid Return special – double the roses! Buy 3, get 3 free – Buy 6, get 6 free – Buy 12 – get 12 free!

Pink Rose Elegance

Pink Rose Elegance

Ever frustrated at the prices of roses going up at Valentine’s Day? It’s a simple supply and demand equation – roses are in very high demand, and supply is more limited because of roses’ growing seasons. August 14th, 6 months after Feb 14 th, finds the flower markets much more favorable for roses and rose prices. Roses in most of the world are blooming in their strong season in the summer, supplies are up, and demand is down, so prices follow. And so,  Cupid Returns!

Gods Garden Treasures Exclusive Rose Design

God's Garden Treasures' Exclusive Rose Design

Use coupon code: CupidsReturn on our website. Red roses and some colors available. For delivery in Phoenix area only, on August 12-14.

Late-breaking news! Heart-shaped Anthirium (in red, pinks, creams) and White Calla Lilies available to add into Cupid’s Return offerings this week! Limited Supply only.

Red Anthirium

Red Anthirium

White Calla Lilies

White Calla Lilies