Sarasota Florist Owner Wears Pink for the Cause

Beneva Flowers owner David Shuel is proud to be a participant in the 2017 Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

Real Men Wear Pink was instituted in order to give men a unique opportunity to join the fight against breast cancer, a disease which often affects the women they love, respect and admire. With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer type in women, with over 316,000 new cases diagnosed annually.

Each year, local communities nominate prominent male business leaders to head up fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives. The issues at stake include promoting early detection and prevention, research funding, and patient support.  Real Men Wear Pink relies on community leaders to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. Participants are asked to wear pink throughout the month of October, increase awareness through their personal and business social media networks, and raise a minimum of $2500.

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David is not only the owner of Sarasota’s premiere florist, Beneva Flowers, but is a devoted family man. He is married to Shannon, and they have two children, David and Ella. David shares ” I am involved because I am excited to participate in a cause that has such a major impact on a horrendous disease. Every day, the American Cancer Society is funding groundbreaking research to find, prevent, and treat breast cancer, and are working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.”  David is privileged to share this mission with contacts and resources developed over two decades in the wholesale industrial supply business, and now as a business leader in Sarasota.

Join David in the fight against breast cancer by donating to his fundraising page here. To learn more about Real Men Wear Pink and the battle against breast cancer, visit their website.


Floral Designs in Fall Colors

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Let’s face it, in Sarasota we don’t really experience fall the way the rest of the country may. Our change of colors is often from one shade of green to a different shade of green. Still, we love to celebrate the spirit and essence of autumn, with seasonal flowers in fall colors to infuse your home with cozy ambiance.

If you are looking for a simple design that makes a stunning impression, look no further than the Simply Striking Sunflower Bowl. An elegant design of graceful calla lilies, bear grass and a classic sunflower makes for the perfect fall accent piece for your home – or a great gift! Continue reading

Flowers and Plants for Housewarming Gifts

housewarming giftsExperts tell us that nearly 50 million people move annually, and in Sarasota, we know that many of them come here! Whether you need housewarming gifts to welcome new neighbors or to congratulate friends or family on their new purchase, Beneva Flowers has great ideas perfect for welcoming them to paradise.

Did You Know? In the days before electricity, housewarming parties were quite literally to keep the house warm – hence the term. When a newly married couple moved out on their own, friends and family would come over bearing gifts of firewood to get them through their first winter. Of course, in our part of the world, that particular custom may not have been so prevalent!  Continue reading

Formal Homecoming Flowers for the Big Dance

homecoming flowers Homecoming weekend is a special time of remembrance and new memories, of old friends and time-honored rivalries. From the football game to the homecoming court, from the pep rallies to the last romantic dance, flowers play an important role, and the team at Beneva Flowers is ready to make your weekend one to remember!

Why Homecoming? The first homecoming weekend is believed to have been at the University of Missouri in 1910. Facing their rivals in a big game, the athletic department wanted to fill the stands, and so invited alumni to “come home” for the game. Over 10,000 responded, and homecoming tradition was born.

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Celebrating Grandparents Day

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On September 10, the country will celebrate Grandparents Day. This is a time set aside to not only give gratitude to our elder generation, but to encourage the sharing of stories, wisdom, and family history. The brainchild of Marian McQuade, the vision behind the movement is that families would plan gatherings, hold reunions, or participate in community events together in order to foster the ideals of close family and legacy.

Beneva Flowers applauds any opportunity to bring people closer together. If you wish to honor your grandparents on this special day, give us a call or shop our collection. Because flowers are always the perfect gift.  Continue reading

Floral Arrangements for September Birthdays

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Each and every birthday celebrant is special and unique, and each deserves a bouquet that reflects how amazing they are. The floral designers at Beneva Flowers are always hard at working creating beautiful arrangements, and when it comes to celebrating September birthdays, we have some great ideas for you to consider.

For instance, the birthstone of September is the sapphire, and its vivid blue color is inspiration for striking designs. Additionally, the birth flower of the month is the aster, a popular cut flower which offers the choice of many diverse colors. Which will you choose?  Continue reading

Make Them Smile Just Because

just becauseSometimes our lives can be entirely too practical. We have routines and schedules, appointments and rituals. Our days are ordered and efficient – but did you ever long to just kick off your shoes and run free? August 27th gives us a great opportunity to cast off some restraint and try something “just because” – whether it is to attempt a new hobby, indulge in a guilty pleasure, or to surprise someone with a kind gesture for no reason other than to make them smile. Just Because Day gives us the perfect excuse to do whatever we like – and the team at Beneva Flowers thinks that is a great idea.

Giving flowers is often tied to a specific occasion, so have a bouquet delivered “just because” is a beautiful way to not only live it up a little, but to completely make someone’s day.  Continue reading

Flowers for National Romance Month

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Love is a year-round affair, and that is why we are excited that August is National Romance Month  – it gives us an opportunity to remind our significant other that they are amazing! True love and flowers just go together, and so the experts at Beneva Flowers thought we would fill you in on a little bit of love and romance trivia that will inspire you to share the love this August. Why wait until Valentine’s Day? This is a great month for romance.
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Appropriate Funeral Florals

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For 18 years, Beneva Florist has been Sarasota’s first choice to accent all of life’s occasions with beautiful flowers. While there are many happy events, sometimes we have to face the loss of a friend or family member. When the time comes, our team is here to provide you with the flowers you will need to remember them with compassion and respect.

Customary Funeral Florals
: These elongated, graceful stems are also called sword lilies, their name borrowed from the weapons of the Roman gladiators. This connection signifies integrity of character, remembrance, loyalty, and moral strength; and is therefore a meaningful flower for funeral services for those we love. However, they are not the only flower that is considered appropriate, as roses, lilies and carnations are also commonly used for memorial arrangements. Continue reading

Dorm Room Decorating for Your Student

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There are many things to consider when going away to school – and dorm room decorating is just one of them, With so many things on your to-do list (and because you are most likely feeling a little nervous as well) the staff at Beneva Flowers is here to help. We have some great ideas that will brighten your dorm space – some classic, some unique and some that are sure to spark a conversation with your new roommates!

Getting Started: Aside from your most comfortable pillow, favorite posters, and a photo or two from home, the quickest way to add the special something to your new room is with a green plant. Not only do these awesome plants help to keep the air clean and free of toxins, but they immediately make any space feel more homey and comfortable.  Continue reading