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

Recognizing Nurses & Teachers

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. – John Quincy Adams

There are many inspirational leaders in our Sarasota community, but few can influence as many lives as teachers and nurses. And although they have chosen very different professions, they have a very important thing in common – their heart to pour themselves into the lives of others. In May, we are given the opportunity to honor both of these special groups of people. Beneva Flowers has seen the impact that beautiful floral arrangement can have in making someone feel appreciated, and we look forward to helping you to let your favorite teachers and nurses know just how much they matter to you!  Continue reading

Caring for Your Indoor Green Plants

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Living in Sarasota, we love bringing the outdoors in. From sunrooms to lanais, one of the most popular ways to decorate is with beautiful green and flowering plants. With only a few frost days a year, we can keep our plants thriving year-round. But even if you do not have a green thumb, the experts at Beneva Flowers have the expertise and advice that you need to fill your environment with beauty – not to mention, the highest quality green and flowering plants!

Don’t Forget! Administrative Professionals Week is coming up, beginning April 23rd! Plants make an exceptional office gift – check out our collection here.

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Administrative Professionals Week Gifts

There are many elements needed to operate a successful business, and most executives understand that having the right employees is critical to their success. Whether answering the phones, greeting customers, or entering data, administrative professionals keep operations running like a well-oiled machine. Therefore it seems appropriate that we should set aside a whole week to acknowledge these dedicated individuals. National Administrative Professionals Week is your annual opportunity to say “Thank You!” for all they do.

No matter what type of Sarasota business you run, convey your appreciation to your administrative pros with a floral arrangement, green plant, or delicious gift from Beneva Flowers.  Continue reading

Celebrating our Furry Friends

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National Puppy Day was instituted 10 years ago by animal rights advocates looking to shine a spotlight on several issues – overpopulation, puppy mills, and the plight of shelter animals. The main emphasis of the day is to both celebrate the joy that a new puppy brings to our lives; as well as to encourage people to adopt rescue or shelter dogs when looking for new furry friends. At Beneva Flowers, we have whimsical floral designs perfect to acknowledge the dog lover in your life or to thank the Sarasota shelter volunteer who tirelessly works on behalf of the animals. Order one of our adorable designs, or give us a call to create a custom arrangement for a very special puppy.  Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Decor

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St. Patrick’s Day is the most Irish holiday of the year, yet it was founded in honor of a man from Britain. The first parade actually took place in Boston, not in Ireland, and it is celebrated by far more Americans than Irish citizens. Overall, this is a holiday with interesting origins and even more curious traditions. But if you love dressing up in the customary green, we suggest also dressing up your Sarasota home with St. Patrick’s Day decor – with these beautiful floral designs that will attract all the luck o’ the Irish!

Can You Spell That? Before he became a Catholic priest and missionary, Patrick’s name was Maewyn Succat – and he was born in Great Britain.

St. Patrick's Day decor

 

Patrick came to Ireland in quite a dramatic way. Kidnapped by pirates as a teenager, he was held captive in Ireland. After his release, he spent time in seminary; then returned to the predominantly pagan nation to preach the faith he had acquired while in captivity.  Although a famous legend claims he saved Ireland by driving out all the snakes – and he is often depicted as doing such – historians say that never happened. The legend likely arose from the fact that the pagan druid people of Ireland used snake images in their practices, and this people group was the target of Patrick’s evangelism. St. Patrick's Day decor

In the 1700s, the largest influx of Irish immigrants into the United States settled in the Boston area. It was in this town that St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in North America in 1737, the first official parade is questionable. Although history records the first parade was in New York City in 1766, many claim it happened in Boston a decade earlier. As of a few years ago, it was estimated that 36 million Americans claim Irish descent, meaning our parties include more folks than in Ireland – where the entire population numbers less than 5 million people.

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Here in Sarasota, celebrate by drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage, and wearing green. But if you want to commemorate the day sending a greeting to your Irish friends or family, send a big “Cead Mile Failte!” to them with a gorgeous Irish-inspired green and white bouquet from Beneva Flowers! St. Patrick’s Day decor was never so beautiful!

Make Them Feel Better With Get Well Flowers

get well flowersThe new year will bring with it many opportunities to celebrate happy times – but also a few occasions that we may need to cheer someone up. If any of your loved ones find themselves sick or injured this year, sending get well flowers and bouquets is the perfect way to brighten their day. From floral designs to green plants – or unique gifts – Beneva Flowers has everything you’ll need to send a little Sarasota sunshine to those you love.

First, Check with the Hospital – Each medical center may have different rules about the delivery of flowers and plants, so be sure to call them to make sure that you can send your selection without an issue. Unless there is a medical reason to the contrary, you should have no problem.  Continue reading

Corporate and Retail Holiday Decor

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The holiday season is only a few short weeks away, and if you have not yet arranged for your corporate seasonal decor, now is the time! The experts at Beneva Flowers & Plantscapes consult with companies and corporations of all kinds to add stunning ambiance throughout the holidays. These displays greet your guests with warmth and surround them with festive celebration, no matter your style and company culture. Whether wreaths, garlands, trees or floral arrangements – Beneva Flowers and Plantscapes will transform your place of business for the Christmas season.
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Elegant Beauty: A Closer Look at Orchids

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Dramatic Orchid Plants from Beneva Flowers

Orchids are often identified as a symbol of refinement and innocence, and their allure is undeniable. Let’s take a closer look at these amazing and complex plants.

While orchids are fascinating to look at, their outward appearances barely scratch the surface of why these exotic beauties are like nothing else you’ll find in the plant world.

Orchids comprise the largest and most diverse family of flowering plants on Earth and boast over 25,000 different species along with nearly a quarter of a million hybrids – with more being discovered every day.

Most orchids are native to the tropics, but their incredible ability to adapt to nearly any environment means that they can be found anywhere in the world (except Antarctica) in almost every climate from the arctic tundra to the equatorial tropics and all points in between.

With so much variety in the different types of orchids, it’s no wonder why they’re a favorite among horticulturists and amateurs alike. Although some varieties of orchids can be difficult to grow since there is such a wide variety of orchids to choose from, it’s easy to select an orchid that is suitable to thrive in the conditions you can provide. If you need help selecting a variety that is right for you, stop by and talk to one of our designers – we’re happy to help you find your perfect plant!

No matter if you’re an experienced green thumb or a novice who simply enjoys the elegant charm of orchids, these wonderful plants are sure to make you smile and appreciate the incredible beauty of nature. Stop by today and check out our selection of orchid plants; not only do they look great in every room in the home, but they make outstanding long-lasting gifts for any occasion. Be sure to keep them in mind for Administrative Professionals Week or Mother’s Day – both of which are coming up soon!
Here are 10 fun facts that you might not know about orchids:

  1. Vanilla is a member of the orchid family and vanilla beans are the only commercially grown orchid crop.
  2. Certain orchid species can live up to 100 years.
  3. Orchids have the smallest seeds in the world. They are so small that they appear to look like a speck of dust and can only be visible under a microscope.
  4. Some orchids have flowers that can last up to six months while other species only last for only a few hours.
  5. A fossilized bee dated 10 to 50 million years old showed ancient orchid pollen on its back, however, other fossilized evidence suggests that orchids have been in existence for around 100 million years or more.
  6. Similar to human faces, orchid flowers have bilateral symmetry, meaning they can be divided into matching halves by drawing a vertical line down the middle.
  7. Some species of orchids are parasitic and obtain their food from fungi living inside their roots.
  8. Depending on the species, orchids can be smaller than a dime, or they could weigh several hundred pounds.
  9. Due to their thick, heavy petals, orchid plants always grow upside down when mature.
  10. The first flowers on an orchid plant won’t appear until at least five to seven years after germination, so the orchid plants you buy in the flower shop are often a decade old.

It’s Time to Go Green with Amazing Indoor Plants

Cozy corner at home in the morning lightsWe often hear the term “going green” applied to energy-saving tactics such as recycling and renewable energy, but as our society focuses on better living and healthier lifestyles, literally going green with indoor plants is an incredible way to naturally enhance our overall health and well-being.

In addition to the established psychological effects that flowers and plants have on our moods and emotions, green plants benefit our physical health as well by purifying the air we breathe and replenishing oxygen supplies in enclosed spaces.

As the seasons change and the days get colder, we tend to spend less time outside and more time indoors where it is more difficult to reap the rewards of natural clean air. We all know that green plants make excellent indoor companions in our living spaces, but what exactly do they do for us?

Moisturizing the Air

Cooler temperatures tend to bring lower outdoor humidity levels which can lead to dry skin along with colds, sore throats, dry coughs and sinus problems for many people. Investing in a humidifier to bring the indoor moisture levels up is the best way to combat this issue, but green indoor plants also do an outstanding job in boosting oxygen levels and adding some moisture inside the home while also enhancing the beauty and style of your indoor spaces.

Purifying the Air

Among the most important benefits that green plants provide is air filtration. Plants work hard to combat harmful toxins and pollutants in the air. Our air contains dangerous chemicals such as: trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and ammonia, which are byproducts of many of the household goods and materials that we use on a daily basis.

The adverse health effects caused by these chemicals depends on many different factors, but the less exposure we have to them, the better. NASA conducted a comprehensive clean air study in 1998 and found 18 of the most effective indoor plants for removing toxins from the air. Here are the plants they recommend:

Peace Lily Floor Plant by Beneva Flowers

Peace Lily Floor Plant by Beneva Flowers

– Dwarf Date Palm
– Boston Fern
– Kimberley Queen Fern
– Spider Plant
– Chinese Evergreen
– Bamboo Palm
– Weeping Fig
– Devil’s Ivy
– Flamingo Lily
– Lilyturf
– Broadleaf Lady Palm
– Barberton Daisy
– Cornstalk Dracaena
– English Ivy
– Variegated Snake Plant
– Red-Edged Dracaena
– Peace Lily
– Florist’s Chrysanthemum

Find Your Perfect Plant

With such a wide variety of plants to choose from, there are many outstanding choices for every room in the home or office. It is important to match the right plants to the right growing conditions as some require more light and more attention than others. Make Beneva Flowers your first stop when searching for that perfect plant. Check out our selection of green plants, or stop in and let us help you find the perfect plant for every circumstance.

Don’t forget Your Pets

If you are a pet owner, keep in mind that some plants and flowers are toxic to cats, dogs and other pets. Be sure to check the toxicity level of any plants or flowers that you introduce to your home.