Flower Therapy: Get Well Flowers, Plants, and Gifts

teacherp2We often have loved ones in our lives that are having health problems or just not feeling like themselves. They may be in the hospital or recovering at home. This is when they could use the healing powers of flowers or plants or maybe even another type of gift that matches their individual tastes.

Let’s start with the incredible healing power of flowers and green plants. On many levels, these truly do work as therapy for someone that is physically ill. It is how these flowers look as well as how some of them smell. For green plants, they also provide healing powers through greater oxygen quantities in the air, helping those around the plant to breathe easier.tropicalp3

The idea comes back to research that shows a person’s environment is, and can be, a part of their healing process. Traditionally the idea of bringing people flowers and plants has been associated with cheering a person up and making them feel better, but now scientific studies confirm that.

This is because flowers have been associated with comfort and peace due to their aesthetic beauty and a human’s need to be connected to the natural environment as an extension of themselves. In this way, flowers and even green plants create an inviting, cheerful aesthetic and, at times, even a peaceful and spiritual environment.

Some studies have found that patients that were healing from surgery actually recovered faster when looking at trees and flowers than at a break wall or empty room devoid of any natural décor. They even needed less medication because their pain disappeared at a faster rate.teacherp4

Even looking at plants or flowers is a way to remind ourselves of growth and renewal. This can be important too if we are in the midst of a grieving process. This is again a place where flowers can do the trick as they provide comfort and a sense that things will be okay and the circle of life will keep loved ones in our memory.

Of course, beyond the ability of nature to help us heal, other gifts can help someone heal from an illness. The act of giving provides a symbol of our love for others, including the idea that we want them to get better, which surprisingly goes a long way to helping the body get better.friendshipp3

Be sure to pick something special and personalized as this increases the mental response, which then manifests itself to whatever is ailing the person. This can be something small or large, depending on what you want to do for your loved one.

Designers’ Choice Garden Style Flower Arrangements

p1Flowers are beautiful by themselves but when put together into a flower arrangement, their beauty is enhanced and something even more stunning can be created. While some types of floral designs are made to look stylized, there are others that attempt to look as natural as possible. One of these floral design styles is known as the garden style.

This blog looks at that style and provides some information on what is involved in creating that particular floral design style. We’ve also included some of our own garden style arrangements, including our new Designers’ Choice products. p2

Understanding the Garden Style Floral Design Concept

The garden style is defined by the idea that a flower arrangement should look as though it was part of a garden or nature rather than formally arranged. Typically, the flowers are spread out and displayed in a long container although other types of containers can be used, including terra cotta pots, baskets, and vases.There are usually alternating heights for the flowers of low and high as well as many different hues.

This flower arrangement style is also referred to as the English garden design. There is a loose structure to the floral design with no particular amount required to create the look.

All types of flower varieties can be used, including tulips, sweet peas, stock, daisies, lilies, geraniums, marigolds, aster, poppies, roses, lavender and carnations just to name a few. The only defining factor is that the flowers bloom within the same season.

This particular floral design also tends to feature more foliage than other floral design styles, including leafy foliage, evergreens, and woody-stemmed varieties.p3

Our Designers’ Choice

If you are not sure what type of flowers to send and the floral arrangements you see on your website aren’t exactly what you may have had in mind, then the Designers’ Choice solution is just for you.

Our floral design team can put together a custom garden style flower arrangement that is appropriate for the occasion and the recipient as well as your budget. It comes in three different sizes so you can have just the right flower arrangement that you want.p4

Stop and visit with our floral design team today to discover what we can create for you!

Focus on Freshness and Quality – The Hallmarks of Peoples Flowers

teacherp2Whether you are buying flowers or a gift basket for a loved one or colleague or you are just treating yourself to a green plant, blooming plant, or floral bouquet, you want to get as long a life from it to not only enjoy it, but you also want to get value for your money.

You Get What You Pay For

Although many people jump at flowers found at the grocery store or through online-only discount florists because they are on a tight budget and the price seems right. However, the saying, you get what you pay for, does apply here.Brom Garden

You Get More than What You Pay For

To get the freshest flowers possible as well as long-lasting green plants and fresh gift baskets full of fresh fruit and gourmet food, you actually do not have to spend much more than the prices found on these discount sites.

That’s because no matter which floral arrangement, plant, or gift basket you choose from Peoples Flower Shops of Albuquerque, you can be sure it will be the highest quality and the freshest possible.     nutritionP3

Our focus on quality and freshness has never wavered from our original philosophy developed when we opened in 1944. It has worked for decades and we are not about to change it now to turn a fast profit.

After all, these long-standing hallmarks have earned us a growing customer base of loyal clients who have continued to select us as their florist of choice for quality, freshness, value and personal service.

It is this focus on freshness and quality that has also garnered us local awards as the favorite flower shop in Albuquerque as well as helped us gain the position of “Preferred Florist” in a national network of award-winning florists who share the same hallmarks of quality, freshness, value and exceptional service.gerberap4

We are so sure of our freshness and quality that we have continually provided our satisfaction guarantee. Since 1944, our guaranteed satisfaction offer covers everything we sell. Whether you have purchased plants, flowers, or gift baskets, if you are dissatisfied, simply return it for replacement, exchange, or refund.

If you have not given us a try, please visit one of our many locations in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area or try our online store to experience freshness, quality, and value in one florist.

Gerberas – A Popular Summer Flower

gerberap5gerberap4Gerberas are one of the most popular summer flowers. This blog post provides you with some interesting facts about this beloved flower and provides some floral design ideas from our talented floral design team.

Interesting Facts about Gerberas

Let’s get to know the gerbera a bit better:

  • It is related to the sunflower, aster, and daisy family. Sometimes, they are even called gerbera daisies for that reason.
  • They are considered to be perennial flowering plants and can be found as single flowers, double or duplex flowers, crested doubles or full crested doubles.
  • The gerbera is commonly found throughout Africa, tropical Asia, and South America.
  • The flower comes in a wide range of colors, including orange, yellow, pink and red just to name a few.
  • Meanings attributed to the gerbera include innocence, purity, and cheerfulness.
  • These flowers have a long vase life and are commonly found in cut flower arrangements for that reason.gerberap1
  • Gerberas are not light sensitive so they tend to remain open in the dark or areas out of direct sunlight.

Gerbera Flower Arrangements

We offer a wide assortment of gorgeous arrangements perfect for that special occasion. Here are some of the gerbera flower arrangements we offer:gerberap2

  • Gotcha Gerberas: This arrangement features vibrantly colored gerberas within a clear glass cube vase accented with Hypericum berry.
  • Bold and Beautiful: This gerbera arrangement also includes roses and lilies.
  • Gerbera Topiary:  This offers a modern twist on a classic flower:.  Gerbera daisies are gathered together to stand above a slim glass vase.
  • Orange Blossom Bouquet: Roses, spray roses, gerbera daisies, lilies, stock and berries are found in shades of hot pink and orange arranged in a glass cylinder vase lined with sliced oranges. This is a People’s Flower Shop exclusive flower arrangement!
  • Just Happy Bouquet: Roses, lilies, are gerbera daisies in bright bold colors are featured in this flower arrangement and are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!
  • Yellow Cube: If yellow is your color of choice, then this gerbera flower arrangement is your best bet. It features a low, lush design with gerbera daisies, spray roses, and solidago nestled in a glass cube. gerberap3

These are just a few of the flower arrangements we can offer with gerbera. We can custom create any type of flower arrangement, flower bouquet, or floral design theme with this beloved summer flower. Contact us now to get started!

Season’s Greetings from Peoples Flowers

Christmas TrainChristmas CenterpieceThe Christmas lights are on and there is that unmistakable chill in the air. Winter is here and Christmas is just days away.

This holiday season, whether you are just starting or almost done with your Christmas shopping, we ask you remember this:  Nothing brings more cheer than a beautiful masterpiece in floral art from Albuquerque’s best florist.

At Peoples Flowers, we have the perfect selection of floral and living plant arrangements that make great gifts as well as accents to your holiday décor.

This blog post provides some ideas for decorating your house with Christmas floral cheer or gifting someone with a beautiful natural masterpiece from our shops.

A Holiday Gift Guide

At Peoples Flowers, we love the holiday season. It is a joyous time of year and we feel the need to help spread that joy.

When gift shopping, remember that, at Peoples Flowers, you will not only get an unbeatable price for the quality of flowers, but you will also receive the level of personal service that you, as a customer, deserve.

Check out some of the items in our holiday gift guide that includes flowers, trees, plants and even some tasty goodies:

  • Why not take a look at our festive Boxwood Tree? It is a small Christmas tree constructed from Boxwood and decorated with a variety of festive ornaments that vary from tree to tree. The Boxwood Tree is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the holidays and also works as a great decoration, too.Hanukkah3
  • Another great option is our Night before Christmas teacup arrangement. It consists of beautiful and fresh red roses and carnations elegantly placed inside of an ornate teacup that features a sleeping mouse in its design. The flowers will make a great first impression and the teacup a lasting one.
  • Planning a feast? Have a sweet tooth or know someone who does? The Cabernet Pear Tart is the perfect way to conclude a Christmas feast or quench the hunger of a sweet lover you know. The tart is filled with a luscious almond pastry cream and topped with fresh sliced pears that are drizzled in our very own and very unique Cabernet wine glaze.

The Perfect Holiday

Having the perfect holiday dinner and giving all the rights gifts isn’t always the easiest thing. At Peoples Flowers, we try and help to make the possible by offering the freshest and highest in quality flowers.

Hanukkah2Of course, we also offer a variety of unique styles of gifts and decorations from centerpieces to Christmas wreaths. As always, we do our best to bring our best in flowers, plants, and gift to you at a fair and meager price.

From all of us at Peoples Flowers, we wish each of you the very best Christmas and wishes for a Happy New Year!

Ward Off Thanksgiving Pounds with the Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Run

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Run for fun at the Hobbler Gobbler.

What are you doing on Thanksgiving morning? How about stretching your legs a bit before you indulge in the traditional turkey feast? The Hobbler Gobbler Thanksgiving Day Run takes place on November 22. You can take it as fast or as slow as you like. Choose between the 10K run, 5K walk, or the kids’ K, a fun run geared for children.

The Hobbler Gobbler is a great way to get in some exercise before all those Turkey Day calories come calling. Even better, a portion of the proceeds go to RunFit, an after school running program for kids. If you register in advance, prices start as low as $20. The 10K starts at 9 in the morning and the Kids’ K starts at 10:15. That gives you plenty of time to enjoy the fall weather and still be home for the afternoon football game and feasting. Peoples Flowers is a big supporter of fitness for everyone and we encourage our customers to get out and get active.

Make Thanksgiving Even More Special
It’s a lovely time of year in New Mexico. Here at Peoples, we’re working with fall colors and flowers and turning them into beautiful bouquets for your home, or to give as memorable gifts. Step up your Thanksgiving decor with one of our autumn- themed arrangements. Check out the exuberant vertical stems of Fall Wonder or the overflowing oranges and yellows of our Harvest Basket. The Autumn Home Centerpiece will welcome your Thanksgiving guests to your table with the rich shades of fall with candles for an added glow.

Autumn Home Centerpiece

Enjoy an Autumn Home Centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Decorations
Decorating for Thanksgiving is a great way to salute the colors of fall before you break out the strings of holiday lights or go searching for the perfect pine tree.

When choosing decorations, look to classic shades of warm oranges, deep reds, and rich browns. All you have to do is look outside at the falling leaves for inspiration. Pass on hanging up paper turkeys on your wall and instead think about grouping natural forms like squash and colorful dried leaves together to evoke the feel of harvest time.

Come into any Peoples Flowers location around Albuquerque for a custom Thanksgiving bouquet designed to match your decor. We also make it easy to send flowers as a hostess gift or as way to contribute to a family Thanksgiving gathering if you can’t be attendance yourself. As the holiday approaches, Peoples Flowers wants to say a big “Thank you” to our customers. Happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans Day 2012: Salute Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day 2012 poster

Veterans Day 2012 poster

Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11, but the federal holiday will also be observed on Monday November 12 this year. This is a time set aside to recognize some of our country’s true heroes: the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Peoples Flower Shops salutes these brave Americans and encourages everyone to participate in events to honor our veterans.

A Look Back at Veterans Day
The history of Veterans Day traces back to 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the holiday of Armistice Day to mark the 1-year anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I. Hostilities were halted on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That’s why so many Veterans Day ceremonies are held at 11 in the morning. In the 1940’s, Armistice Day changed to encompass honoring all veterans and Veterans Day as we know it was born.

Veteran’s Day Events Around Albuquerque
Albuquerque will honor veterans on Sunday, November 11 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE. The annual Veterans Day parade begins at 9 in the morning, starting from USS Bullhead Memorial Park. There will be music at 10, followed by a ceremony at 11. This year’s ceremony will focus on World War II veterans.

Weekend Activities
The National Park Service is recognizing Veterans Day weekend by offering fee-free days from November 10-12. For New Mexico residents, that means beautiful sites like Bandalier National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, and White Sands will be free to visit all weekend long.

Thank a Veteran
If you have a family member who has served, Veterans Day is a great time to reconnect. Give him or her a call, arrange for a lunch, or take a moment to send a letter saying,”Thank you.” This can be a great time to involve your children in understanding and recognizing the service and hard work of the military. Take them to the Veterans Day parade or help them make a drawing for or send a card to a family member in the service.

Operation Appreciation is another way to share your encouragement and make a personal connection with active-duty military members and their families. Download the information packet to get started. Put together a gift package to send to overseas military personnel. Organizations like Any Solider and Operation Gratitude can help you connect with active duty members of the military to show your appreciation for their hard work.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for people who want to give back to the veteran community. Check with local veterans organizations in your area or connect with the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service division. Please join Peoples Flowers in saluting our veterans this Veterans Day weekend.

Election Day is Almost Here: Get out and vote!

Vote buttonTuesday, November 6 is a big day for our country. Together, we will decided who gets to be president for the next four years. There are countless local races at stake as well as community bonds and issues. Peoples Flower Shops encourages its customers and the community to get out and vote. Let your voice be heard. Every vote really does make a difference.

Vote Early
You still have a little bit of time to vote early. Early voting in Albuquerque runs through November 3. That means one more Saturday for early voting if you’re too busy during the week. This is smart if you know you’ll have a hard time getting away from work on Tuesday to vote or if you’re concerned about long lines. If you’re voting by absentee ballot, then be sure turn it in before 7 pm on November 6.

Voting on Election Day in Albuquerque
In some past elections, Albuquerque voters have been assigned a particular location to vote in. This year, it’s wide open. You can visit any voting center to cast your vote. Bernalillo County has a total of 69 voting centers, so one is bound to be near you. Take a moment to check out the voting center locations and find a convenient spot near your home or work. You have a 12-hour stretch to get your vote in. Polls are open from 7 am. to 7 pm. Visit the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office voting page for the latest information.

There are several issues on the ballot for the Albuquerque area. Get informed through the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico information guide. The League is nonpartisan, so it’s a good resource no matter what your political affiliation is. Pick up a hard copy or read it online and you will be well prepared to make an informed decision on Election Day.

Decorate for an Election Night Watch Party
It’s election night. You’ve already voted. The polls are closed. It’s time to watch the results roll in throughout the evening. Are you hosting an election watch party? Spruce up your home for the occasion. For a classic look, hang red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers or bunting from the ceiling. It’s easy to find plates in patriotic colors. This can also be a great opportunity to use up the leftover supplies from your Fourth of July party. Creative snacks can be one of the best parts of an election night party. If you like baking, then make cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with red, white, and blue icing.

Stop by Peoples Flowers for a selection of bouquets in all-American colors. Our professional designers can create a show-stopping centerpiece or smaller arrangements to bring a pop of patriotic color to your decor. Election Day is a momentous day for our country. Be proud of our heritage that allows us to have a say in how our government is run. Get out and vote!

Celebrate Boss’s Day with a Special Delivery from Peoples

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Give your boss a striking plant for Boss’s Day.

Administrative Professionals Day on the third Thursday of April often gets a lot of attention. Did you know there’s also a special day set aside for honoring employers? That day is Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Boss’s Day is officially celebrated on October 16 every year, but if that happens to fall on a weekend, then it automatically moves to the closest working day. That’s not an issue this year, since the 16th is a Tuesday.

Now is the time to plan how to honor your employer. Since bouquets are traditional on Administrative Professionals Day, why not return the favor for Boss’s Day? Peoples Flowers has bouquets and gifts that will make your boss smile.

Why we have Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day has been around since 1958. It was first officially recognized in Illinois in 1962 and has since spread around the country and even internationally. It’s a way to thank employers for the good work they do year-round. It’s also a great way to honor fairness and strong leadership skills. If you have a boss you really like, then take advantage of this special day to say “thank you.”

Bouquets for your Boss
Peoples knows every employer is different. Browse our website or talk to us about a custom arrangement made to fit the personality of your boss. Does he like to take vacations in Hawaii? Remind him of good times with the Hawaiian Bliss bouquet. Do you have a boss who is fun-loving? The Just Happy arrangement says it all. Is she passionate about purples? Then a Luscious Lavender bouquet will make her day.

For a fun twist, come into any of Peoples Flower Shops’ convenient Albuquerque locations and bring a copy of your business logo. We can put together a special bouquet to match your company’s colors. This would make a great centerpiece for a surprise party or celebratory lunch on Boss’s Day.

Luscious Lavender

This is a memorable bouquet for Boss’s Day.

If you want something longer-lasting than a flower arrangement, then check out People’s extensive selection of green plants. These are a great way to brighten up the office environment year-round. For a real wow factor, look to a Croton plant. These stunning plants are easy to care for and have shades of yellow, orange, and red tucked in with the green. It will look great on a desk or in the corner of your boss’s office.

Gifts for Bosses
Your boss might have a sweet tooth or a penchant for stockpiling fresh fruit in the lunch lounge. We have gift baskets full of edibles that will delight your boss’s taste buds. From steaks and seafood to chocolates and cookies, we’ve got you covered. Browse our bright ideas for woman and gentlemen online or check out our wide selection of creative and unexpected gifts in our stores. A good boss makes going to work every day fun and meaningful. Take a moment on October 16 to say, “Thank you!”

Albuquerque and Peoples Flowers Celebrate Balloon Fiesta 2012

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A balloon floats over Albuquerque. (Credit: gardener41)

If you live in Albuquerque, you may wake up early in the morning to strange sounds coming from outside. There may be a whoosh and a roar. Run to your porch and look up. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot one of the hundreds of balloons that have come to town to celebrate the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. They often float out across the city, sometimes landing in fields and sometimes in neighborhoods.

Known as the world’s most photographed event, Balloon Fiesta is a massive celebration of magnificent and colorful flying machines. They float gracefully through the Albuquerque sky, touch down near the cold waters of the Rio Grande, and light up the fields of Balloon Fiesta Park at night as anchored canopies glow in the dark.

Enjoying the Fiesta
The 2012 Balloon Fiesta starts on Saturday, October 6 and runs through October 14. Mass ascensions of hundreds of balloons at a time rise up in the early morning. Evening hours host balloon glows when anchored balloons light up brightly at night, but don’t lift off. There are plenty of food concessions featuring New Mexico specialties like breakfast burritos and green chile cheeseburgers.

Fiesta is all about the excitement of the balloons and the fun food, but there’s much more going on. The America’s Challenge long-distance gas balloon race launches on opening day on Saturday, October 6. These racing balloons look much different from the big balloons we’re used to seeing. There is a car show on Sunday, October 7 and chainsaw carving competitions. Keep an eye out for fireworks and special shapes days when the Fiesta’s most unusual participants inflate to show off their unique looks.

Spirit of Fall

You will see these same colors on balloons at the Fiesta.

Capture the Fiesta Spirit at Peoples
What is most striking about the Balloon Fiesta is the sheer visual experience of seeing the balloons rise up into the morning sky with their bright colors and unusual shapes. What does it remind us of? A bouquet of flowers, of course! Stop into Peoples Flowers after your visit to the Fiesta and take home your favorite shades and hues from the day with a custom bouquet.

Share the exuberance of the festival with Spirit of Fall, an autumn-themed bouquet featuring daisies and roses in vivid oranges, reds, and yellows. Of course, you can also get literal about celebrating Balloon Fiesta and pick out your very own balloon bouquet. We have all sorts of colors available as well as messages for birthdays, births, and other celebrations.

Many Albuquerque residents host friends and relatives that have come in for this special event. Why not welcome them with a fresh bouquet that reflects the spirit of the Fiesta? Visit Peoples online at peoplesflowers.com or stop into any of our convenient Albuquerque shops. We get a kick out of sharing our love for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Happy ballooning!