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:

Working on Elton John’s flowers!

Juggling grand kids

“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

KMTR’s Job Swap with Jordan Steele

track meet

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.

A hidden Gem in Buena Vista Oregon

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My sister and I heading north from on I-5 took the Ankeny Hill  exit 243 (about an hours drive)  and headed West to learn more about a family member of previous generationslong was a Ferryman  at the Buena Vista Ferry. (We are descendents of the Taylor Family, as in Taylors Ferry Rd in Portland)  The Buena Vista Ferry, still running daily every 5-10 min at Buena Vista is one of the oldest Ferries still crossing the Willamette River for well over a hundred years.  The beautiful farm land and rolling hills to approach the ferry was worth the drive alone, but heading with our car across the sparkling river on the ferry, where I saw a steelhead come up for a tasty fly, and osprey fishing along the banks, we completed the quick passage and departed the Ferry to drive up a small hill.  A few blocks distance our way to Buena Vista House, a B&B where we were to spend the evening, and were surprised to behold a gem. The quaint Buena Vista Flowers, a wonderful wooden building with gabled roof and welcoming colorful signs and flowers abounding  at the top of the “Ferry Road” just a few blocks from the Ferry was such a surprise as we crested the rise in the now very small, but once  turn of the century bustling city of Buena Vista.

The wonderful wooden doors were unlocked and tin buckets of hand tied floral bouquets were in water in colorful assortments.  The chalkboard sign indicated that we could take our pick, and leave the money on the counter or mail it later.  We felt as if we had stepped into another time and place. Cozy, warm and inviting, unpretentious and fun.   While we thought while in the flower shop and enjoyed the wonderful ambiance and fee, that we had  “seen it”, but then as we took pictures of the delightful window sills and abundance of colorful pots cascading with blossoms, we decided to wander down a small path between the lush beds of flowers and discovered that the darling flower store, was just a tiny bit of the gardens. We wandered about enjoying the quaint décor and discovered the beautiful 2 acres of immaculate gardens hosting well over 100 varieties of seasonal blooming flowers, and foliages to delight us around every corner. As we explored we came upon additional buildings hosting pots of tins, mason jars wonderful old sinks and pots and blooms of all types and more and more flower beds all in bloom from delphinium to celosia to zinnas in a riot of color and beauty.

As it turns out, the owners  Mary Dean & Ian Cordner, who also live on the property were not there, but spend their Saturdays selling mixed bouquets of their beautiful local blooms at The Salem Farmers Market and other outdoor venues in the surrounding areas and always leave an assortment for the locals to purchase, whether they are “home” or not.   It is an “honor” tradition from a byegone day, and so very lovely.

Our destination was really only a few steps away at the small B&B “Buena Vista House” where our hostess Claudia welcomed us with a similar fashion of “here is the key” I’m headed out for groceries, as we were the only guests in the wonderful cozy home filled with treasures, snuggly beds and a moment to step back in time in this wonderful tiny town nestled steps away from the Willamette River.  The surrounding area, once bustling with trade and commerce before the railroad moved 3 miles away, are rolling wheatfields and farms, pioneer cemetaries lovingly tended on the top of knolls and while less than 15 min from Interstate-5 hustle and bustle, you felt as if you had stepped back  in time and were just 8 miles from Independence and Monmouth where restaurants and commerce await in small towns that still bustle in this quaint rural area.

If you are looking for a lovely days drive, a summertime treat for the senses in riding the ferry crossing

($3 for cars including occupants)  and the visual treat of Buena Vista Flowers, this is just a gem waiting for discovery.

Introducing local Eugene cardmaker: KirstyQ Cards

Here at Dandelions we love being able to support and highlight different local artists & crafters! Our newest local talent is Kirsten Albright from Junction City, Oregon. A 2007 graduate of the University of Oregon Kirsten now works for a property management company. Her cards are her true passion, though, and that love shines through in her work. With an eye for all things glittery (but very classy) her cards are fun and colorful.

Stop by the store & see her beautiful work for yourself!!

Shirley Lyons announced as president-elect for the Society of American Florists

We are so proud to announce that Dandelions owner, Shirley Lyons, AAF has just been named president-elect for the Society of American Florists (SAF).

Shirley has been involved as an industry leader for over 20 years and involved with SAF for over 10 years (including participating in the floral designs of the 2005 Presidential Inauguration) . This is the first time in the 127 year history of the society that a woman has been chosen as president-elect and we know that Shirley will offer the leadership that she has shown in her 37 years as owner of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts.

What is the Society of American Florists?? This is an organization that represents the ENTIRE floral industry in the United States from flower growers and wholesalers to retailers like us! Actually chartered by an act of Congress in 1884 the Society of American Florists has grown to encompass hundreds of American businesses and farms. We’re looking forward to what the future holds as Shirley continues her work as a great business-woman both here in Eugene and on the national level.

Prefontaine Classic 2009

This Sunday, June 7, is the Prefontaine Classic here in Track Town USA: Eugene, Oregon.

The Prefontaine Classic is the premiere track & field meet in the United States, and the only stop in North America on the prestigious World Athletics Tour. The event is named after Eugene’s own Steve Prefontaine who, at the time of his death at age 24, was the best distance runner in America!

Our bouquets at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

Our bouquets at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

Dandelions Flowers was the provider of flowers for last year’s winner in the Prefontaine Classic as well as the 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials. Go Track City! Flowers make the perfect victory lap no matter what the race!

Kindergarteners come for a field trip!

Today we had a group of adorable kindergarteners come to Dandelions for a field trip. Their curious and inquisitive faces loved all of the smells and new things that they saw. They learned how we clean flowers and make arrangements, toured our large flower cooler, and piled into our delivery vans. Everyone got to choose a flower to take with them when they left.

We have groups of children come in a few times a year to learn about what we do here at Dandelions Flowers as well as to learn about the flowers themselves. We often donate flowers to science classes where they disect the flower to learn about its anatomy. It’s wonderful to share our floral world with the next generation and to watch them as they view our world with wonderment!