DIY: Master Flower Arranging & Floral Design Class

Flower Design PicThese classes are especially prepared for those students who have already taken classes with Field of Flowers and want to go to the next level of design. Come, join the fun & expand your talents at our Master Design Classes. Be sure to sign up for our next 5 available classes.

Class Times:
Davie – Mar 30th, Apr 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th at 11:30am
Boca Raton – Mar 30th, Apr 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th at 1pm
South Dade – Mar 30th, Apr 6th, 13, 20th, & 27th at 2pm

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

DIY: Flower Arranging & Floral Design Class

BASIC DESIGN CLASS 25Learn Floral arranging from the experts at Field of Flowers.  It’s fun… It’s friendly… It’s Fascinating!  Be sure to sign up for our next 3 available Basic Flower Arranging & Floral Design classes.

Class Times:
Davie – Mar 2nd, 9th, & 16th Sat 9am **no availability** – Mar 6th, 13th, & 20th Wed 3pm
Boca Raton – Mar 2nd, 9th, & 16th sat 11am – Mar 6th, 13th, & 20th Wed 3pm
South Dade – Mar 2nd, 9th, 16th Sat 1pm

Please view our website for more info.

http://www.fieldofflowers.com/design_classes.htm

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

FREE Birthday Flowers for February Birthdays!

Do you have a birthday this month? Have the secret code for this month’s birthdays?

RGB Silo Value Tulip Vase, 15 Stems

Secret Code: SPRING13

If you are one of the first 75 South Florida birthday celebrants, we’ll email you a coupon for a free birthday rose bouquet….

Click here to fill out the form!

First 75 to sign-up only, so share at your own discretion ;-)

Lily Fun Facts

Peace LilyThe lily, a flower revered by several cultures throughout history, has been used for symbolic and medicinal purposes, according to the Flowers & Plants Association. While several varieties produce bright colors, the famous Easter Lily, also known as the “Madonna Lily” only blooms white.

Cultivation History

People have cultivated the lily for at least three millennia. Ancient Chinese and Assyrians revered the flower. Until the 1500s, however, the Easter Lily remained the only known variety of the plant outside of Asia.

Symbolism

To the ancient Greeks, the lily stood for tenderness, while early Christians used the lily as a symbol of purity. Oddly, the famous “lily” portrayed in France’s “fleur de lys” heraldry, first adopted by the French court in 1179, actually depicts an iris.

The elegant Call Lily

Medicinal Uses

Chinese folk medicine included lilies in remedies to bring good luck. Europeans also have used lilies in medicinal preparations throughout history. Lilies seemed to have some effect against depression and ingestion of toxins.

Pet Toxicity

While lilies may add elegance to a garden, they contain compounds that act as a deadly poison on cats. Homeowners should prevent their cats from going near lilies at all times.

Field of Flowers will be celebrating their annual Lily Celebration from Sat 2/23 – Sat 3/02 at the Boca Raton and Davie Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes & take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all Designer Lily Arrangements, Stems and Bunches.

Every Sat during our celebration will have a FREE 2pm Design Demo.

Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques on how to create a stunning arrangement using fresh cut Lily stems or Lily plants.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo our designer will raffle off their arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Boot Centerpiece

Cowboy CP IdeaThese boots weren’t made for walking…they were made for your table displays! Here is a really unique twist on a container…slip a vase or water containing vessel inside a great boot to make an instant themed floral container. Fill with your favorite flowers, all in your event’s color scheme. Add some additional table elements, and proceed to party.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Caring For Your Cut Roses

Two Dozen Roses in Glass Sphere• If you have cut roses but won’t be arranging them until later, get them into warm water as soon as possible. Roses need hydration!

• Once you are ready to arrange your roses, always use a clean vase to prevent any bacteria from damaging the roses.

• Fill the vase ¾ full with warm water. Warm water can be absorbed easier by the roses, allowing for the nutrients to reach the bloom quickly!

• Flower food is a key ingredient to helping your roses last longer. Be sure to follow the directions on the package when adding the food to the water. If you do not have any packaged flower food available, you can make your own using 3 teaspoons of non-diet lemon-lime soda and 1 teaspoon of bleach to one quart of warm water.

ROSE COLORS• Remove any foliage that would fall below the water line. Leaves cause bacteria to grow in the water which will shorten the vase life of the roses.

• To cut your stems properly, you should hold the bottom of the roses under water and cut each stem at an angel, removing about an inch of stem. It is best to cut the stems under water because this allows for the roses to start absorbing water immediately.

• For optimum vase life, repeat these steps every three days!

Keeping your roses looking beautiful…

  • Always avoid displaying your roses in direct sunlight and near any drafts
  • Keep your roses away from ripening fruit as these give off ethylene gas, which shortens the life of the cut flowers.
  • Gently remove any discolored or drooping petals.

long stem red roseIf your roses wilt, they can be revived!

  • Submerge the entire roses under water, such as a sink or bathtub.  In about 30 minutes to an hour, the roses will have absorbed enough water to become replenished.  Before putting it back into the vase, remember to cut off one inch of the stem under water using a sharp knife or pair scissors.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Field of Flowers!

happy valentine's day imageStop by Field of Flowers in either Davie or Boca Raton and pick up that beautiful arrangement to show your loved one just how much you care this holiday. We have a huge selection of designer arrangements, fresh cut flowers and unique plants all at great prices. Don’t forget the finishing touches, such as singing balloons, the softest teddy bears, gourmet cakes and locally made chocolates. We will be open late tonight for your shopping convenience…can’t wait to help you select your gift of love this year!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

From,

Field of Flowers

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Valentine’s Day Poem

vday poem picTwas the week before Valentine’s Day and all thought our coolers,
frantic designers ran rampid with flowers and rulers.
Glass vases were lined up the register with care,
in hopes that our valued customers will soon be there.

The roses were packed all snug in their vases,
catalogs out, as customers flip through their pages.
And rose petals here, and rose petals there,
lets you know that loves in the air.

Ribbons, balloons, bouquets and laughter,
expressing your love on the day that matters.
Dazzling Tulips, roses of red,
the day when “I love you” is mostly said.

Inside the store, the line wraps the counter,
with all these people the noise gets louder.
Hectic and crazy is to say the least,
But the fun and the love seem to never cease.

Come on into our store and see the commotion,
get an arrangement that expresses your love and devotion.
Our flowers are fresh you can have no fear.
can’t wait for Valentine’s to soon be here.

-Dana Giammarino

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Valentine’s Day History & Symbolism Continued

Rose 8 Stem Bunch iStockThe core symbol of Valentine’s Day is the heart. A heart (red or pink) with an arrow piercing through it is the most common shape and look of the Valentines Day heart. The heart is a symbol both of love and also vulnerability. When you send someone a Valentine, you take a risk of being rejected and your feelings hurt. So a piercing arrow is a symbol of death and the vulnerability of love. On the other hand, the heart and arrow also symbolizes the merging of the male and female as one.

The actual biological shape of the human heart does not look like the heart as we see it today. The Valentine heart-shape as we know it today was done by a doodler to represent the human female buttocks or a female torso with well-endowed breasts or the imprint of lips wearing lipstick made upon a piece of paper.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is an expression that comes from early 1800’s where young American and British men wore slips of paper pinned to their sleeves with their girlfriends name written on it. They did this for several days and so it started this term.

It was believed that birds chose their mates on February 14th. The dove was chosen to be the bird representative because it was sacred to the Roman Goddess Venus because it chose a lifelong love partner. Since all doves are part of the pigeon family, they mate for life and the male and female both share the same devotion in caring for their young. Their cooing sounds are often considered “love sounds” and today it is often said that when people in love talk rather sugary and baby-like it is “cooing” with each other. In the middle Ages it was felt that birds chose their mates on February 14th. So February 4th has been considered the official mating day for centuries.

The British were the ones who popularized sending your feelings to someone via a printed card. The first Valentine card was created by Charles, Duke of Orleans, imprisoned in the tower of London for several years. He sent Valentine poems to his wife in France from his jail cell.

Some Valentines Day cards are home made, some include trinkets, some locks of hair. Valentine’s verses were romantic, whimsical and critical.

Acrostic Valentines – had verses in which the first letter of the lines spelled out the loved one’s name. Example of the name Amanda:

A–     Another moment without you is

M–    More pain than I can bear.

A–     And no other love will ever be

N–    Nearer to my heart than yours.

D–    Days pass slowly until we shall meet

A–     Again and our lives forever share.

Flowers were considered love tokens before there even was a St. Valentines. The Roman God, Bacchus (God of Wine and Joy) and Venus (Goddess of Love and Beauty) both considered the beauty and fragrance of flowers to be tied with romance and love. But since the time of Solomon, the primary flower linked to romance was always the rose.

Cleopatra of Egypt covered the floor with roses before receiving Mark Antony. A Roman myth is that Cupid was carrying a vase of sweet nectar to the Gods on Mt Olympus and spilled it on the ground, from that spot of spilled nectar, roses began to grow.

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Valentine’s Day History & Symbolism

valentine love cupid roses redOriginally the word Valentine meant the person whose name was picked from a box to be chosen as your sweetheart up until the 1500’s. Around 1533, it meant the folded piece of paper with the sweetheart’s name on it. By 1610 it then became the gift given to this special someone and by 1824 it then became a poem, letter or verse to a loved one.

Although Valentines Day is celebrated on February 14th every year, it originates from the Roman celebration called Lupercalia, which was held on February 15th, a fertility festival.

When the Romans invaded France, they introduced this festival in which Roman boys drew names of Roman girls out of an urn and then the couple exchanged gifts on the festival’s day. This was considered a pagan celebration, so in 469 C.E., Pope Gelasius decided to put a Christian spin on this celebration by declaring that it was now to honor St. Valentine (A young Roman who was martyred by Emperor Claudius II who was said to have died on February 14th, 270 C.E., for refusing to give up Christianity.)

Rumor has it that St. Valentine was a priest who defied the emperor’s ban on marriage by marrying young people in secret. He was discovered, and put to death.

The Roman Catholic Church did their best to try to ban this pagan fertility/mating festival. However, it remained popular in the hearts of the people and so they finally decided that it was hopeless to get rid of it. So they decided to redefine it as a Christian Saint Day of St. Valentine.

In 1660 Charles II officially restored Valentine’s Day into England’s society and it is due to this that Great Britain is the country who is given credit for starting the printing of greeting cards, especially those expressing love, admiration, infatuation and other emotions of love.

St. Valentine’s Day did not come to America until 1629 with the Puritans and even here went against some of the church elders, but love prevails, whether openly or publically and the church could not hold back love and passion even in the new world. About 100 years passed before the first Valentine cards appeared in the United States.

On February 14th, 1667, Samuel Pepys in his diary described a kind of valentine that he got from his wife. It was a sheet if blue paper in which her name was written in gold letters.

This became the beginning of later valentines but the custom didn’t grow quickly. It took 100 years before it was common to leave a valentine love letter at the doorstep of your sweethearts home.

Valentine Symbolism

Cupid is the Roman God of Love and the most popular symbol for Valentine’s Day. The Romans had Cupid as the son of Venus. His arrows were invisible and his victims (which could also include other Gods or humans) would not be aware that they were shot until they fell deeply in love.

The most popular colors that represent Valentine’s Day are red, white and pink. Red symbolizes warmth and feeling. It is associated with the color of the human heart. White is a symbol of purity. In some cases also being the color of Faith, so it means the faith of the love two people share for each other. And pink, which is a combination of red and white, is a symbol of innocence or virginity.

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