Spreading Happiness in Eugene: Petal It Forward

Petal it forwardOur team here at Dandelions sees the impact of flowers on recipients every day. We want to share that love so we will be hitting the streets of Eugene on October 7, handing out hundreds of flowers to busy commuters, students and shoppers. We are doing this as part of the “Petal It Forward” initiative, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF), of which Dandelions’ owner Shirley Lyons is a past-president. SAF, retail florists nationwide and floral wholesalers are participating in this as a response to the release of new data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefit of flowers. You can follow #PetalItForward to see the events nationwide.

Various university research studies have proven that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and long-term positive effects on moods. A new survey also shows that when it comes to flowers, it is just as good to give as to receive. Knowing this, Dandelions is going to spread some happiness to lucky Eugene residents and equip them with the means to spread that happiness further. Each recipient will receive 2 roses- one to keep for their self and an extra rose to give to a loved one, co-worker, friend or even a stranger!

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Flowers convey emotion in a way few other “gifts” can. They let someone know you are thinking about them, offer sympathy or congratulations and can be a wonderful way to break down barriers and recapture that “human touch” among strangers. The March 2015 study surveyed 2,500 people throughout the U.S. and found that flowers have a significant impact on one’s emotions and happiness which is backed up by previous research studies on flowers by Rutgers, Harvard and Texas A&M (see www.aboutflowers.com/research for more information on the university studies)

Here are some highlights from the recent study to show why we feel it is so important to spread the love:

  • When it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive: 88% of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80% reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
  • Just being around flowers improves your mood: 76% of Americans agree that having flowers in their home or office improves their mood.
  • The best reason to receive flowers is “just because”: Women (92%) are more likely to agree with this, but the majority of men (three in four) also share this sentiment.
  • Florists to the rescue! Nearly 4 in 10 Americans indicate florists have helped them in a past or current relationship; most frequently to say “I love you,” or schedule a surprise delivery.

If we miss you during our Petal It Forward event you can still participate! Any time is a good time to Petal It Forward: come by Dandelions and pick up a flower or bouquet for yourself and a second one to give away. You’ll be amazed at how good it makes you feel.

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Custom & Unique Funeral Flowers

A customer once said to me, “You have such a cool job but doesn’t it make you so sad to have to do funeral flowers?”. Yes. It does make us sad but we also know the importance of the service we provide. Helping a family who just lost a loved one navigate the floral choices to select a style that will reflect their loved one is a big part of what we do. We feel greatly honored to be able to design a living memory to that person and feel blessed to have such a great task entrusted to us.funeral flowers eugene oregon

Flowers have a strong emotional impact on the human experience. For centuries they have been used to convey emotion and play a part in life’s major events. When celebrating a life, flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect. We are always honored to be trusted with such a pivotal role during a funeral or memorial.

Sympathy flowers or plants are often sent by friends and loved ones to show support and offer condolence. Often, the family selects floral designs for the casket area that reflect their loved one’s favorite color, season or hobby. We believe that funeral flowers should be a reflection of the individual and work to incorporate special items into the floral design whenever requested by the family. A variety of designs below show creative ways to display the interests, passions or life story of one who has passed away.

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One of her final wishes was to have her casket draped in a blanket of flowers

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A buoy remembers a loved one’s love of fishing

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The personal golf clubs were used to make a natural design to be displayed at the service

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Incorporating personal items makes the design so much more meaningful

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A favorite book, cd, magazine or movie can all easily be integrated into a floral design

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For a gardening lover, a bright selection of seasonal flowers created an outdoor feel inside the Hult Center

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A deconstructed Gibson guitar was shipped to us by the family and then the floral easel was built around it

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Loved ones remembered a long-time Ford factory worker with a steering wheel and road map

Memorial Day Roses

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer with barbeques, camping and family get-togethers. Amidst all of the fun it can be easy to forget the true purpose of this national holiday.

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Originally termed “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day began just after the Civil War as a way to remember and honor soldiers killed in battle by decorating their graves with flowers. Today it continues to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

A wonderful way to commemorate the holiday is to visit a cemetery to decorate headstones with flowers. Dandelions Flowers & Gifts has partnered with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, Inc. in Portland in conjunction with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to provide complementary roses for visitors to lay on graves this Memorial Day Weekend. These roses will be at both West Lawn Memorial Park and Lane Memorial Gardens while supplies last.

Join us in giving honor and remembering those who died to protect you.

Administrative Professionals Week (April 20-25)


Formerly known as Secretaries Week, Administrative Professionals Week is a time to acknowledge and thank all of your hyper-organized, people loving, multi-tasking pros that keep everything running smoothly in your busy office. Today’s office professionals are a far cry from … Continue reading

Spring Wedding Flowers


Although summer is the height of wedding season, more and more brides are choosing a spring wedding for their nuptials. If you’re wondering which flowers are best for your big day, here are a few suggestions: Ranunculus: These blooms are … Continue reading

International Women’s Day

Have you heard about International Women’s Day? I know it’s easy to dismiss it as ‘just another silly holiday’, but stay with me – it really is an important day.  International Women’s Day is on March 8th every year. It is a day to take time to be thankful for the advancements women have made in the past century and to be thankful for the wonderful women in our lives. It is a day to tell all the women that are important to you how much they mean to you. We all know that women work hard. Female teachers, stay at home mothers, grandmothers, friends, daughters, coworkers, neighbors, and any other amazing women you have in your life all deserve to be told “Thank you”. Tell them how much you love them, and send a pretty bouquet of flowers – I promise it will make the day of the woman you send it to.

Women's Day is March 8th!

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Here at Dandelions Flowers and Gifts LLC, we want to start a new tradition. We would love to have you post on our wall a picture of an amazing woman in your life and a brief description of what makes her so incredible. Is she great at lifting you up when you’re feeling down? Does she work hard to take care of others? Is her resilience or spirit strong? Women’s Day is the perfect time to tell her how much she means to you!

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Recycle Week at Dandelions

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I don’t know about you but it is certainly on my New Year’s Resolution list to keep my house a bit more clean and organized in the upcoming year. Honestly, I would settle for clean and organized for just 1 month before the piles of paper, knick knacks and toys once again take over. As we all know one of the best-recommended ways for getting organized is purging unneeded items from your space! Use this time in early January to clean out your cupboards, shelves or garage space and recycle your clean, gently used vases to Dandelions in exchange for a gift certificate from us! Sweet deal.

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All week January 12-17 you can stop by Dandelions during regular business hours (8:30-5:30) with your collection and we’ll take them off your hands for you. For the safety of our staff we ask for no chipped or cracked vases, please.

5-10 vases= $5 Gift Certificate

11-20 vases= $10 Gift Certificate

21+ vases= $15 Gift Certificate

Happy New Year’s and we hope to see you soon during Recycle Week! In the meantime…good luck with those Resolutions and cleaning out of cupboards!

Christmas Flower Ideas

Christmas is my favorite season.  I love the decorations, the lights, the music, the smell. As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is made into leftovers I am pulling out our Christmas decorations and hopefully inspiring the same love of the Christmas season in my 4 year old daughter. Since we don’t have a fireplace she thinks Santa comes to the door and says “ding dong” to bring her presents!

Fresh flowers and plants make the holidays even brighter. Oregon is blessed to have a wide variety of fresh holiday greenery that bring the wonderful smell of Christmas to life. These days we meet requests for holiday flowers for everything from traditional centerpieces to fun and modern arrangements. Don’t hesitate to try something different this year! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started…

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New Item: Hand-stamped jewelry from The Vintage Pearl

the vintage pearl necklaceI’m really excited about this new line of jewelry that we are carrying here at Dandelions. The Vintage Pearl line has beautiful craftsmanship that shows in every piece. Each item is hand-stamped, meaning they don’t use a machine to create the letters or designs in their studio with the result that each item is one-of-a-kind.


As a mother myself I am impressed with the dedication that it took Erin, the founder of The Vintage Pearl, to start creating jewelry and form a business while being a stay-at-home mom of 4 kids. She taught herself the art of jewelry making and the success of her business soon prompted a fully-dedicated studio space and retail outlets.

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Their handstamped jewelry is created using a variety of materials including sterling silver, freshwater pearls and swarovski birthstone crystals. Their statement says “Our desire is to design and create beautiful handmade pieces that will connect with your heart and soul” and they certainly do.

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As seen in People Magazine!

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Bras for a Cure 2014 Contest!

pink ribbon flowersOctober has arrived, and along with it the campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. Those who have been affected by this disease testify to its far-reaching affects – affects that have the potential to devastate them in body and mind, but also those who they love – who not only watch them suffer, but suffer along with them. This is why breast cancer awareness is so important, and why we work so hard to raise awareness. Bras for a Cure Eugene

No doubt, breast cancer is a serious issue. But there’s something healing and uplifting about finding a way to approach life, and the hardships it throws our way with humor! It enables us to look at this difficult issue and feel like maybe we can make a difference. Maybe we can affect change…because the truth is that we most definitely can! bra decorating contest

Bras for a Cure, presented by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts and sponsored by KDUK, is one way in which you can make a difference in a fun, whimsical way. All you have to do is release your inner artist, and decorate a bra! There is a $10 registration fee to enter your bra into the contest. Then when voting begins, you get your friends and family to vote, which will only cost them $1.00 a vote. There’ll be fun, friendly competition, awareness-raising conversation, and most importantly – funds raised to helping cancer patients eugene oregonhelp the individuals affected by breast cancer right here in Lane county, because all the money we raise from Bras for a Cure goes to the Oregon Cancer Foundation (formerly the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation) and is used locally.

The Oregon Cancer Foundation not only offers support and counseling for cancer sufferers after their treatments, but they also give financial help where ever it’s needed – to cover bills, to pay for gas, etc.

You can read up on the contest rules at brasforacure.com, but here’s a quick summary:

1. Your entry – along with your $10 entry fee – is due at Dandelions Flowers  (1710 Chambers St.) by October 18th by 5pm.

2. Voting begins on Monday, October 20th thru the 31st and is $1 per vote.

3. The Reveal Party – where you can see all the bras displayed, meet the entrants and vote, vote, vote is Tuesday, October 21st from 5-7pm.

You can see last year’s entries at the Bras for a Cure website, and we’ll be keeping you updated on the voting progress on the Bras for a Cure Facebook page, so be sure to Like us.

Participate this year, and as you do, spread the word!


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