Myth: Valentine’s is just for couples

F250_13So much attention is spend around Valentine’s Day on couples- from new relationships to those who have been married for 50 years. Love isn’t just reserved for sweethearts, though. Love could, and should, be expressed between any meaningful relationship.

candy and bear valentines gift It always makes our staff say “awwww” when a dad sends a special Valentine to his daughter letting her know that she will forever be his princess. A simple, sweet budvase or candy and bear package is perfect for a school-age child. For pink and white rosesacontemporary valentines day flower arrangementmodern flower arrangement daughter in college we like a mixed arrangement or a modern design that will be the talk of the dorm. Valentine’s flowers for mom, grandma or sisters is also a common variation for this “love” holiday.

And don’t forget…men like flowers, too! There is no rule that flowers are only for women and we send flowers to men every day. So there is no reason to mope if you happen to be single this Feb. 14- celebrate the love that is all around you!

Order online at dandelionsflowers.com or give us a call to create a custom design for you! 541.485.1261

 

 

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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Make it for Mom 2014

It’s quickly approaching that time year when we celebrate the wonderful women in our lives we call “Mom.” Every year, the Saturday morning before Mother’s Day, we open our store to as many children who will come and help them create their very own personal mini-floral arrangements to present to Mom the next morning.
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This year, the 18th year of this annual event, Make it for Mom will be Saturday, May 10th from 10:30am to noon. The kids will have a marvelous time making arrangements with a personal touch that only they can add; the adults will receive a $5.00 in-store coupon to go towards any purchases they make that day; and any donations we receive will go 100% to the Relief Nursery.

Mark your calendar so you and your kids don’t miss out.

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Pink Birthday Party

Julianne recently created the floral decorations for a fun, “over the top” 50th birthday party held at the Hilton Hotel here in Eugene. Since they wanted everything pink, Julianne started with pink curly willow branches curled inside large bubble bowls with pink-tinted water.

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To get the hydrangeas a hot-pink hue, she gave white hydrangeas a hit of floral spray to make them really pop in combination with the other naturally pink flowers. The large arrangements got a little extra pink glamour with hot pink rhinestone wrap and and explosion of pink flowers.

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We love that this Birthday Girl didn’t shy away from the big 5-0 but instead celebrated in style!

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Meet the Bloggers

Most blogs are written by a single person but right now we have two bloggers at Dandelions (Toviana and Martha) who keep you informed on what is going on for us. I thought it would be nice to let you know a little bit more about us and our individual interests so you have a better feel for us as you read our posts.

Toviana Jackson

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My husband, Sean, and I take our daughter, Shiloh (and little Colt on the way) on her first train ride

I have been blogging for Dandelions since the inception of our blog in 2007. As the daughter of owner, Shirley Lyons, I have worked at Dandelions in a variety of capacities (I started by sweeping and dusting for a quarter back in the day) and began designing while in high school. I spent a few years out of state in Minnesota and California and came back to the family business in 2005. Soon I married a wonderful man and have two beautiful children: Shiloh, 3 and Colt, 7 months. I currently keep busy as one of the wedding coordinators at Dandelions and handle aspects of our marketing, website, and other miscellaneous projects I can fit in while chasing children.

When not working I spend time keeping Colt from swiping Shiloh’s toys and hiding the children’s socks from our 100 lb lab who likes to eat them. In the few minutes that remain in my day I also enjoy gardening, crafts, trips to the coast and reading a good book before bed. Each day is an adventure and each evening is a victory that I survived the day!!

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Shiloh and I

Very pregnant with Colt working on photos of arrangement for the shop

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Little Colt spends his days amongst the vases and flowers and entertaining the staff

Martha Bannikov

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My husband, Andrey, and I

While I have been a designer in the flower business for about 10 years, I am new to the Dandelions family. I moved to Eugene from Dallas, TX in September 2012, when I got married,  and a month later, started my first day at Dandelions.

I came into the flower business on a round-about route. I was born and raised in Namibia, Southern Africa, and moved to Texas about 13 years ago. While living there, I took a part-time, very  temporary job (or so I thought at the time) in a little flower shop downtown, fell in love with flowers, and have been in the industry since, working at various shops and learning the ins and outs of the flower business.

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Prepping vases for a corporate Super Bowl tent

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Super Bowl Week 2011 in Texas

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Getting things ready at the warehouse for Super Bowl 2011

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Painting with a Twist outing with Dr. Delphinium 2012

Here at Dandelions, I work on the design team, and a couple of days in the week help Tovi with the marketing and website aspect of the business.

I’m still pretty new to Oregon, so when I’m not at work I spend my free time buried in a book (I’m an avid reader), getting to know my new home town, and exploring the fantastic outdoors that is Oregon.Me

Happy Bosses Day, Shirley Lyons!

Last month, our wonderful boss Shirley Lyons was installed as the President of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a trade association representing the U.S. floral industry that has been around for 130 years. Not only is she their first woman president, she is also the first Oregonian to serve. What an accomplishment! And what an example to women! We are so proud of her!

Shirley’s love for her community and desire to touch lives and make everyday things just that much more special is  evident in the community contests and events Dandelions hosts, and the employees at Dandelions get to benefit from this great-heartedness up close. We get the everyday view of Shirley that not everyone sees, and for this Bosses Day, we wanted her to catch a glimpse of how we see her, a sense of who she is to us. Each staff-member at Dandelions picked a word or two to describe Shirley, so she’d know how special she is to us:

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“Dynamic, and an educator.” – Jodie

Big-hearted and generous.” – Brenda

“Energetic.” – Marie

“Simpatica y suave.” – ShariAnn

“World-traveler. “ – Tami

“Inspirational.” – Tovi

“Comedian.” – Julianne

“Motivated. Fun-loving.” – Martha

“Sympathetic.” – Diana

“Admirable.” Tammy

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Making arrangements for the U. of O. Olympic trials.

“Passionate.” – Sophie

“Madame President! And Gregarious.” – Cindy

“Vivacious.” – Sharon

“Appreciative. She is grateful for our service in her company.” – Beth

“Driven.” – Chela

“lively, positive.” – Stephanie

To our boss, Shirley Lyons: Happy Bosses Day!

Shirley with Eugene Emerald’s Sluggo on Valentine’s Day.

Presenting Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest winner with her prize.

Charlotte and Thane

Over Labor Day weekend I designed for a wedding that was my favorite this season. This was partly because of the gorgeous mix of colors and flowers but mostly because Charlotte, the bride, was such a doll. I enjoyed working with her and her family on her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding flowers. Charlotte gave me free range when it came to flower varieties- she just wanted the overall look to be colorful…but muted. I spent many nights lying in bed contemplating the perfect combination to create the color palette. Trying to achieve a feeling that colors had been left out in the sun and faded took some thought. Many flower varieties (especially dahlias and garden roses) vary in color intensity throughout the growing season so I constantly had my eye on what the growers were bringing each week to make sure my selection was correct.

Since the wedding was at Deep Woods, which is a rustic venue, I wanted the flowers to feel at home in that atmosphere. Maidenhair fern, rosemary and sage as greenery brought in the woodsy feel and aspidistra leaves added a more upscale feel to the centerpieces. Charlotte’s bouquet included: “Juliet” David Austen roses, “Flame” mini calla lilies, magenta freesia, purple veronica, magenta carnations, green cymbidium orchids, “Jitterbug” dahlias, “Pooh” dahlias, zinnias, cockscomb and more.

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The reception centerpieces were each slightly different but a fantastic mix of colors and seasonal flower varieties. Charlotte also had bathroom flowers, bar flowers and buffet table flowers. Down the aisle I placed single blossoms of dahlias with colored burlap ribbon twirled inside the hanging vases. Instead of a traditional flower arch that is usually seen on wedding arches or pergolas blossoms of cymbidium orchids, roses and carnations were strung to create flower garlands. This looked great and added to the modern but rustic feel.

A huge THANK YOU to Charlotte for letting me be a part of your big day and Congratulations!

Bosses Day Contest

Going to work isn’t usually on the list of “I can’t wait to do this” things. Having a good work environment and a supportive boss, however, can really turn an obligatory part of life into an enjoyable experience that creates relationships and nurtures personal growth.  A good boss can truly change your life.  Author Jeff Haden writes about the qualities that make up a remarkable boss in his article for Inc. Magazine, “8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss”, including believing in his employees, expecting great things, showing sincere emotions and encouraging the personal and professional growth of his staff.

2010 Winners Sandy and Dr. John Park

2010 Winners Sandy and Dr. John Park

We have seen many of these qualities in the bosses that have been nominated over the years for Eugene’s Best Boss. Our goal is to honor these bosses that go above and beyond- not just being a good boss, but a remarkable one.  Here are some of the criteria our judges are looking for when choosing the 2013 Eugene’s Best Boss:

  • shows leadership to staff
  • is empathetic with staff needs
  • develops a culture within the office of caring and mutual respect
  • works to build skills and individual success with staff
  • creates a warm and friendly workplace environment
  • promotes group unity and team spirit
  • demonstrates a cheerful and positive attitude in spite of workplace pressure they are facing

Nominate your boss here for a chance for them to win our Eugene’s Best Boss Package for Bosses Day: Flowers & balloons from Dandelions Flowers & Gifts with an engraved plaque for their desk. Entries are due Friday, October 11. Download your entry form here.

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2012 Eugene’s Best Boss Bruce McKinnon

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