Here at Peoples Flowers, we’re well aware of the healing powers of flowers and plants. And the science supports us: a 2008 study by the American Society of Horticultural Science found that hospitalized patients who have flowers or a potted plant in their rooms use less pain medication and have on average lower blood pressure than their flower-less counterparts. Fresh blooms have long been used medicinally, while flower essence has also been reported to have therapeutic value (consider the popularity of lavender as a de-stresser). Flowers and plants oxygenate the air as well, an important feature when you take into account that those who are feeling under the weather are likely bedridden or at least home bound. It’s no surprise that flowers are our go-to when it comes to get well gifts.
We’re taking some design inspo from winter’s snowy landscape and building it into our flower designs, and we at Peoples Flowers don’t mean to brag, but we’re loving the results. There may be a lot of bright blooms available in winter, but we’re turning instead toward that soft palette of whites and neutrals that mimic the natural world (think snowy woods). We invite the feeling of being outside in because, of course, we have fewer chances to be in nature during winter. And there’s nothing like the serene mood you get from winter’s white flowers and range of greens.
Of the many looks unveiled in International Floral Distributors annual trend forecast for floral design, we here at People’s Flowers are focusing this week’s blog on “Incarnation of Earth’s Element.” It may be a mouthful, but the style itself isn’t. With an emphasis on organic minimalism, this earthy trend celebrates nature in unconventional, modern designs.
Our Holiday Gift Guide – basically our online version of Santa’s workshop – is chock full of everything from bold blooms to winter greens. We’ve got plants and wreaths and centerpieces; we’ve even provided our elegant silk flower work, a nod to the luxe textures and fabrics of the season.
But we at People’s Flower Shops want to highlight something that is just as colorful, abundant and gift-worthy as our floral designs and winter bloomers – and you can eat it, too. We’r’e talking about our collection of holiday gift baskets, and you’re going to want to take a look (and a bite) at of them.
Have you been randomly-assigned a gift recipient at work this year? Are you supposed to keep your identity a secret for the weeks leading up to the office party, when gifts will be distributed and the cloak of anonymity removed? Sounds like you’re participating in Secret Santa.
This group gift swap is popular in the West, where it goes by many names: Secretos Amigos in Latin America, Julklapp in Scandinavia (where we got the idea from, incidentally). Whatever you call it, the premise is always the same: givers offer their recipients gifts, anonymously. It’s that last part that makes the gift exchange so fun, but also a challenge. Peoples Flowers can help.
During the holidays, we get swept up in the spirit of giving. But while hitting the stores and returning home with a trunk load of presents to dazzle our family with is fun, we here at Peoples Flower Shops are focused on that other kind of giving – the charitable kind.
We do this in a few ways. We offer a floral donation to the Folds of Honor Gala, which benefits the spouses and children of fallen or injured U.S. service-members through educational scholarships. We make another donation to the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, held each year here in Albuquerque. This past March, we sourced about 22,000 daffodils for Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation’s Daffodil Days, a massive fundraiser to benefit Hospice.
This holiday, have some festive fun in the office. No, we don’t mean a wild party (not too wild, anyway), we mean get festive with some spirited floral decor. ‘Tis the season to celebrate with our friends and family – and that includes our office family, who, let’s face it, we spend a lot of time with.
Peoples Flower Shops never turns down an occasion to decorate, and we’re here to amplify your workplace cheer beyond the traditional poinsettias and wreaths.
As you’re planning your Thanksgiving table this year, Peoples Flower Shops is here with a small PSA: don’t forget the flowers!
You’ve likely pulled out the heritage linens and the nice china. Maybe you’ve even polished up your silverware and are prepping the turkey on an antique platter. We put so much time and attention into how our Thanksgiving table is going to look, given the bounty it will offer and the friends and family who will soon gather around it. A floral centerpiece at the heart of it is a way of bringing all of the elements that go into Thanksgiving together.
Thanking your hosts with gifts is an art; it also happens to be one we have perfected here at Peoples Flower Shops. From among our many gift options like candles and live plant baskets, we’ve selected a few things that we think cover the spectrum of possible Thanksgiving dinner scenarios, from the more traditional to the modern casual.
Yes, we at Peoples Flower Shops said it. You can send roses for Veterans Day. Hear us out.
The venerable occasion we celebrate every November 11 or thereabouts doesn’t have a designated flower. And yet, on this day, when we as an Albuquerque community come together to honor our heroes through parades and observances, the accompanying decor is definitely emblematic. We wave flags, we wear uniforms. Why not add an official flower? One that we would all agree is triumphant, dignified and elegant?