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A Garden is, Above all, The Humble Earth…


The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

"A Garden is, Above all, The Humble Earth..."Gardening has many health benefits. Among them STRESS REDUCTION.  A garden can also put us in a better mood as it helps us achieve better mental health and reduce depression. A garden gets you outdoors to get sunshine, exercise and get your blood moving. According to some researc the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. Growing your own food ensures you are eating the freshest food available. No more guessing how long it will last or how old something is. Some foods (like apples) are stored for months before being sold.

A garden is a living thing that can bring joy and good health to the person who tends it…

Excerpt from MY FRIEND THE GARDEN by Fernand Lequenne:

“The simplests peasant, the lowliest gardener, knows deep inside himself that the earth is not only the true source of man’s life but also his pedastal. The those who don’t like to dirty their hands think about this: Let them consider themselves a little like the sacrificial priest, hands red with sacred blood; let them think earnestly about the office they wish to fulfill.Then having learned to repress their fears, let them carefully wash their hands; they will then feel like the purest of men.”

He also said:

“If you really want to draw close to your garden, you must remember first of all that you are dealing with a being that lives and dies; like the human body, with its poor flesh, its illnesses at times repugnant. One must not always see it dressed up for a ball, manicured and immaculate.”

Weddings Abound in Springtime!


Weddings Abound in Springtime!


Many flowers fail in wood
or perish from the hill
without the privilege to know
that they are beautiful
– Emily Dickinson –

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “let’s party.” Why not add the touch of elegance to your proms, graduations, weddings & events. To check out our newly designed weddings pages, visit http://www.edenflorist.com/index.php?cPath=43. And to view our newly designed events pages, visit http://www.edenflorist.com/pages.php?CDpath=3.

The wedding page also includes links to checklists, rules for a happy marriage, preserving your flowers, customer testimonials and more!

Flowers at Work Increase Productivity


"Flowers at Work Increase Productivity"
As a designer, my surroundings are important to me. When the area in which we work is beautiful, and uncluttered, it relieves our minds to work on the important tasks of running our business. It also allows us to be more creative.

The Society of American Florists (SAF) did a study about Flowers & Plants on Workplace Productivity Study.
Here are the findings:

In 2003, SAF partnered with an internationally recognized research team at Texas A&M University to learn how flowers and plants in the workplace impact productivity and problem solving. The exciting results of this groundbreaking study:

Problem-solving skills, idea generation and creative performance improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

Specifically, both men and women who work in environments with flowers and plants demonstrate more innovative thinking as compared to environments with sculpture or no decorative objects.

Men who participated in the study generated 30 percent more ideas when working in environments with flowers and plants than ones without.

While men generate a greater abundance of ideas, the research shows that women generate more creative, flexible solutions to problems in workplace environments with flowers and plants.

As a result, flowers and plants prove to be natural additions to any work environment.

“The research shows that flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy,” says Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., behavioral scientist and the study’s lead researcher.

 “Productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, can mean the difference between mild and great success.”

(source: SAFNOW.org)

So I encourage everyone to surround yourselves with flowers, homegrown or flower shop purchase… does not matter. Flowers add beauty and as you have read, can increase your productivity, attitude and success.

So, if you want to be more productive or help someone be more productive, send flowers!

Have a beautiful day… and more!

 

Care and Handling of Flowers


"Care and Handling of Flowers"Cloudy or discolored water in vases is an indication of decomposition and Bacterial growth.  Change water in your container every day or two, using fresh warm water.  This will open the stems, allowing the water to flow to the flower.  Your fresh flowers will last longer.

Water that sits in a vase with stems of flowers also becomes stagnant and after a day or so begins to smell.

Be sure and call or stop by Eden Florist for your next bunch of flowers.

Creating Moods through Flowers Video


Welcome to Flowers and Colors – The Secrets to Creating Moods through One of Natures Greatest Gifts – Flowers.  My name is Heidi Richards Mooney, Owner of Eden Florist and I am delighted to share a journey through floral history, myth and symbolism with you.

Before You Plan Your Wedding, Read This


…Book by my good friend Pam Archer.

It’s called 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before You Planned Your Wedding. And it’s the best! It is small, simple to read and filled with bite-sized tips to help you including Doing Your Homework, Budgetting, Who to Invite, Using a Wedding Planner, Using Professionals (instead of your friends and relatives – unless of course they take pictures, do video, do flowers, etc. for a living), Personalizing your wedding, Your Husband, and even some tips for “The Morning After” when you are actually married!

I may be a little partial to the book, because I contributed a small essay to one of the chapters about the question most often asked of a florist “will my bouquet be beautiful?”  My flip answer was “we charge extra for beautiful.” But seriously the real answer is when it truly reflects the brides taste and choice and is done to her specifications then of course it will be beautiful.  Even though beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, our ultimate goal with any wedding or event is to be a small part of making it the most beautiful day of a bride and groom’s life and that means, yes it will be beautiful!

Let’s face it, when you hire professionals to create the perfect wedding including your florist, then it is our job to do our job.  Create beautiful, professionally designed floral pieces that add to the overall event.  Of course, budgetting and seasonality are certainly things to consider when planning your floral decor.  We may not be able to make a $1,000 budget look like $10,000 but we can certainly help any bride get the most for their investment.

99 Things You Wish You Knew Before You Planned Your Wedding also includes A Budget Guide, A Flower Checklist and a Resource Section to help any budget concious, creative bride plan the perfect wedding!

Go here to order: http://www.99-series.com/wedding.html.

And if you are planning a wedding in South Florida Give Eden Florist a Call at 800-966-3336 or 954-981-5515. We will be happy to work with you!