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 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

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

Floral Inspiration from Birthstones

birthstonesWhen you are looking for the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements for your Sarasota celebrations of all kinds, look no further than the expertise and artistry of Beneva Flowers.

When creating floral bouquets for birthdays, there are several places that designers may derive their inspiration. Each month has two symbols which represent it – a flower, and a birthstone. The birth flower of January is the carnation, and the birthstone of January is the garnet, a deep red gemstone.  Therefore both of these elements are a wonderful place to start when designing birthday gifts for those you love. Our birthstone collection incorporates the colors of the gem into designs specifically made for each month.  Continue reading

Beneva Flowers Voted Best Florist by SRQ Magazine

2016-04-05_125959Beneva Flowers was named Best Florist by readers of SRQ Magazine in its annual “Best of SRQ Local” contest. This is the first year that SRQ Magazine has honored a florist in its annual online competition, and Beneva Flowers is proud to be the first florist to win this special award.

Customer Amariah Dawes explained why she voted for Beneva Flowers in the “Best of SRQ Local” contest:

“The first time I ordered from them, I was totally stressed out and had no idea what I wanted but I needed something quick,” Dawes said. “They took my order with great patience and understanding to make sure I got exactly that I was envisioning.”

Click here to see the complete description of winners in the SRQ Magazine Best Florist category. 

RC_winners2016SARASOTAThe SRQ Magazine contest wasn’t the only local honor collected by Beneva Flowers this year. In March, they were voted #1 Florist in Sarasota for the 18th consecutive year by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards contest.

Thank you to the readers of SRQ Magazine and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for naming us your favorite local florist!

Tornados Kill Two After Touching Down in Manatee and Sarasota Counties

stornado_042Two strong tornados touched down in Sarasota and Manatee counties early Sunday morning, killing two people and causing millions of dollars’ worth of property damage in the area.

At 3:17 a.m., a 350-yard-wide tornado tore across Siesta Key and reached wind speeds of up to 132 mph over its mile-long path. The tornado heavily damaged condos and homes on Siesta Key and the nearby mainland.

Almost 20 minutes later, a second tornado touched down near the town of Duette in Manatee Country. That tornado measured 300 yards wide with wind speeds of 127 mph along its 9.5-mile path. It claimed the lives of two people and injured five others.

According to The National Weather Service, both tornadoes rated at EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of 0 to 5. An EF2 tornado is rated as strong, with winds of 111 to 135 mph.

Over 60 properties in Sarasota County suffered structural damage with an estimated total of over $12 million. Immediately following the storms, nearly 17,000 Florida Power & Light customers were without electricity, but the power had nearly all been restored by later Sunday morning.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott toured the area on Sunday afternoon to assess the damage. It has not yet been determined if the state would seek a federal state of disaster declaration.

Celebrate Independence Day – July 4th

HiResResizeHave a fun and safe weekend as we celebrate Independence Day on Saturday, July 4. Here are a few activities happening in the area this weekend:

Are you hosting your own 4th of July party this year? Let Beneva Flowers help you with all of your holiday flowers and decorations. If you are attending a party or gathering, we also have a wide selection of plants, gifts and fresh floral designs that make lovely gifts for the host. Give us a call today or visit the 4th of July section of our website to see our selection.

Congratulations to Faith Gross, Sarasota’s Favorite Mom!

SarasotasFavoriteMom2015-FaithGross-1This Mother’s Day weekend is extra special for Faith Gross of Sarasota. She was enjoying spending time with her granddaughter on Saturday when she received a phone call letting her know that she had just been named the winner of the 2015 Sarasota’s Favorite Mom Contest. Faith didn’t even know that her daughter, Jennifer, had entered her in the contest, so it was a wonderful surprise to start the weekend.

Jennifer is one of Faith’s five children, which is remarkable considering the fact that Faith was told at a young age that she would never be able to have any children. But Faith has a pretty good track record of overcoming tremendous odds.

SarasotasFavoriteMom2015-FaithGross-2In 2014, Faith was diagnosed with cancer. Her faith, love, compassion, spirit and strength drove her to fight it head-on. No matter how sick the chemo treatments made her, the disease was no match for her unwavering sense of humor and her beaming smile.SarasotasFavoriteMom2015-FaithGross-5crop

Faith’s children and grandchildren are proud of the way she fought cancer, but more importantly they are proud of the role model she has been and the guidance she has always provided.

Beneva Flowers is honored to award the title of Sarasota’s Favorite Mom to such a remarkable woman, and present her with a special bouquet of flowers and a one-of-a-kind pendant from Milan’s Jewelry. Faith also received a gift card from Mattison’s, and will appear in an upcoming issue of SRQ Magazine.

Congratulations, Faith!

 

Beneva Flowers in the Community

photo 11What do flowers have in common with baseball? For Beneva Flowers and the Baltimore Orioles, the answer is obvious.  When the Orioles moved their Spring Training headquarters to Sarasota, Florida in 2010, a unique opportunity was born. For a team nicknamed “the Birds” heading to the white beaches and warm weather of sunny Florida, there couldn’t be a more aptly named flower than the Bird of Paradise.

Each year on opening day of Spring Training, we proudly welcome “the Birds” back to paradise by giving away the peculiar-looking tropical flowers to the first 1000 female fans through the gate. Our relationship with the Orioles doesn’t end there, however. At each home game during Spring Training, we present one lucky fan with a special Birds of Paradise tropical bouquet. We also hold contests throughout the month and award Orioles game tickets to winners.

The annual Spring Training season is brief, lasting only about a month, but is immensely popular in Florida. Since moving to Sarasota five years ago, the Orioles have drawn over half a million visitors to the area, and play in front of over 7400 fans at each home game. orioles99

That kind of exposure is great, but more importantly it gives us a chance to actively participate in an important community event. Community involvement has always been an important part of business at Beneva Flowers. Whether it’s our relationship with the Orioles or our Helping Hands program to benefit our local schools, churches and non-profit organizations, we are proud to support our friends and neighbors who love this community as much as we do.

Beneva Flowers voted Sarasota’s #1 florist for 17th year in a row!

bestofThe votes are in, and for the 17th consecutive year, Beneva Flowers was named Sarasota’s #1 florist by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Serving our customers has been our number one priority at Beneva Flowers since our first day in business. We have been open every single day since, and take pride in our YES WE CAN commitment – a pledge that empowers employees to create an exceptional retail experience for each and every customer.

Our motto of “Exceeding Your Expectations” takes on a special meaning to Beneva Flowers employees, it is a commitment to care for and honor the trust of every customer by providing personalized service and building long-lasting relationships.

Coinciding with our focus on customer service, Beneva Flowers also strives to provide only top- quality flowers and gifts for our customers. In addition to the hand-selected, highest grade flowers in the industry, rc2we also partner with high-end manufacturers like Lenox, Murano, and Spode, along with specialized boutique outlets to provide unique and exclusive gift items for a true one-stop shopping experience.

Beneva Flowers is also an active member of the Elegant Sarasota Weddings Network, and we are proud to serve as the house florist of the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, along with the Longboat Key Club, The Ringling, The Helmsley Sandcastle, Hyatt Siesta Key and other venerable institutions in the Sarasota area.

Thank you to all of our customers for once again voting us the #1 florist in Sarasota!