Floral Design Day – Meet Carmen

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Floral Design Day is a day to celebrate the artistic flair and creativity of professional designers across the country. The day was originally established as a tribute to Carl Rittner, whose School of Floral Design was considered visionary and innovative, giving credence to the talent of florists everywhere and dispelling the myth that they simply “placed flowers in a vase”. Applying the concepts of the visual arts – color, texture, space and line – the industry was elevated and recognized as an artistic discipline unto itself. For those who have dedicated their lives to making other’s lives more beautiful, this is a day to be proud! Continue reading

Tropical Flowers are Summertime Treats

iStock_000009076514_reverseResizeRed roses are an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day, and tulips are a sure sign of spring, but lush tropical flowers scream summertime like no other flowers can. Tropical flowers add bold color, magnificent height, and curious drama to any setting. These large, exotic flowers effortlessly transform any home or office into a beautiful island oasis.

Besides being easy to care for, these beautiful tropical flowers come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Here are few of our favorites:

Bird of Paradise – Also known as crane flowers, these exotic flowers are native to South Africa and symbolize freedom and magnificence. Inspired by their bright blue and orange flowers fanning from green bracts like a colorful bird in flight, they grow between three and five feet in height and typically have three to five “birds” inside each bract that bloom in succession.

– These magnificent tropical beauties feature large vibrant bracts in pink, red, orange, or yellow rising from sturdy towering stalks that can grow up to 20 feet in height. Native to Guyana, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil, heliconias symbolize great returns. Unlike bird-of-paradise, heliconias have tiny hidden flowers that won’t emerge from the cut stems – their beauty is in color and silhouette of the dramatic bracts.

iStock_000064940399_resizeGinger– Native to the Pacific Islands, Malaysia and Taiwan, ornamental gingers have large cone-shaped blooms that symbolize strength and pride. Although they come in a variety of colors, the red ginger flower is the one most often associated with the tropics. Because of their fragrance and beauty, the ginger flower can often attract bees, butterflies, and a variety of wild birds.

iStock_000026940007_resizeAnthurium – With their large open heart shaped face, anthuriums have come to symbolize hospitality and a deep romantic attraction. Originally from Columbia, they were brought to Hawaii in 1889 and have since become virtually synonymous with tropical islands. These lovely red flowers have a long vase life and thrive on the moisture and heat of a tropical environment. Although often seen in red with a bright yellow spadix, they’re also available in white, pink, peach, magenta, and green.

iStock_000068543911_resizeProtea – Named for Proteus, the Greek God who could change his form at will, proteas are an extraordinary group of flowers originally found only in South Africa and Australia. Proteas symbolize transformation, diversity, and courage, they’re available in an array of sizes, shapes, and colors – from pin cushions to imperial crowns in white, yellow, orange, and rose to crimson, magenta, and burgundy.


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Beneva Flowers presents the Best Value collection

Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect way to say “thanks.” Beneva Flowers makes it easier than ever to brighten someone’s day and let them know you are thinking of them with the new everyday Best Value collection.

Choose from our special selection of Best Value flowers and plants, and we will hand-deliver it with a personal message from you for only $25 – it’s as simple as that! Click on an image below and follow the link, then leave the rest to us (local Sarasota area only).

Ranunculus and Anemones

http://www.beneva.com/flowers/anemones-and-ranunculus-bouquet/Ranunculus are brilliantly colored flowers that feature multiple layers of numerous paper-thin petals which appear to be delicately ruffled together. Despite their soft and gentle appearance, ranunculus are long-lasting flowers that look great in seasonal springtime arrangements.

Belonging to the buttercup family, Ranunculus symbolize a radiant charm and are sought after for their intricate beauty and wide spectrum of brilliant colors. Native to southwest Asia and southeastern Europe, these soft-scented flowers are an excellent alternative to peonies and roses and are a very popular choice for romantic bouquets and wedding flowers.

Anemones are commonly known as windflowers. These delightfully curious flowers form a delicate cup shape that opens up to a subtle star. The most common colors of anemones are red, blue, white, purple, and less frequently, yellow.AMS1518

The anemone flower is well steeped in mythology and folklore. Anemones symbolize anticipation, but are also thought to bring luck and protect against evil. According to legend, when the anemones close at night, rain is on the way. The anemone is also known for its medicinal purposes and is thought to treat inflammation as well as skin ailments and respiratory problems.

Give the gift of the wonderful ranunculus and anemones to someone you love this spring with one of our exclusive designs featuring these special flowers.

The Siesta Collection from Beneva Flowers

SignatureOrchids-3-LargeThe beaches of Siesta Key, Florida, are famous for having some of the whitest and finest sand in the world. Our collection of exotic orchids are created in glass containers filled with sand and sea shells that reflect the beauty and tranquility that Siesta Key offers to those who live in, or visit, this miracle along the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota.

The Siesta Collection of orchids are highly coveted for their delicate grace and exotic elegance. They are a living symbol of love, luxury, refinement and strength.  Like the picturesque beaches of Siesta Key, our orchids are prized for their unrivaled allure of perfection and beauty.

Just across the bay from Siesta Key lies the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a world-class center for the study and conservation of plants, including orchids and bromeliads.

Founded in 1975, the 15-acre Selby Gardens delights more than 140,000 visitors a year with the most diverse collection of bromeliads in the world. It also features the Orchid Research Center, a world-renowned research institution dedicated to the study of epiphytic orchids. The Orchid Research Center boasts an incredible collection of over 4000 live orchid accessions along with more than 28,000 liquid-preserved specimens, and 30,000 pressed and dried orchid specimens.

Start your own collection today with one of the spectacular orchid selections from the exclusive Siesta Collection, found only at Beneva Flowers.

Beneva Flowers Welcomes UTC

Yesterday felt like a holiday at Beneva Flowers as we created and delivered custom arrangements for the much anticipated University Town Center opening. Did you get a chance to go and visit? Most of our team has plans to head over this weekend to check out the shops and view our flowers on display. According to ABC 7 traffic was a concern for those heading to the opening but, our drivers reported no issues when dropping off arrangements. What was your experience? Will we see you this weekend?

Here is a preview of the arrangements we created to congratulate various UTC staff.

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Beneva Flowers: Baby Shower Beauty


Sometimes things are just too good not to share and these baby shower flowers are a great example!

Beneva Flowers recently provided a wide array of arrangements in various sizes for a long time customer’s first grandchild. As you can see they will be having a girl. It meant so much to us that we got to be a part of such a pivotal event in their family’s history.

The arrangements featured various shades of pink. The containers ranged from little wire booties and a buggy filled with roses and baby’s breath to larger arrangements displaying peonies, roses and hydrangea in galvanized buckets. The cake table was embellished with by pink gerbera daisies, roses and astilbe.

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