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A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this color palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colors with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be.

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LIVE LIKE A FLOWER: Soak Up the Sun PDF Print E-mail

Ever notice on bright and sunny days how everyone seems happy? Just like flowers need light, people need happy thoughts and moments to grow. Personal change expert and author of The Happiness Makeover, MJ Ryan, provides these tips on how to live like a flower and embrace the sunny side of life.

  1. Uplift with orange. LIVE LIKE A FLOWER: Soak up the SunColor therapists say colors really do affect our moods. The happiest color? Orange. It promotes optimism, enthusiasm, and a sense of uplift. Choose orange flowers — roses, gerberas, lilies, ranunculus, alstroemeria, tulips — to put on your desk and see your mood soar.
  2. Music is a very powerful happiness creator. Choose songs that make you feel good, whether that's through inspiring lyrics or the rhythm. Want to boost your mood even more? Singing has been shown to be a great way to lift your spirits, lower blood pressure, and decrease depression. Get your family or roommates involved in the fun. If you're self-conscious, sing in the car when you're alone.
  3. Follow the happiness path. Research has shown that there are two routes to happiness. One is doing something that you feel is personally meaningful, such as volunteering in your community or seeing a friend through a tough time. The other is indulging in simple pleasures, such as relishing in the feel of your dog's fur, taking a luxurious hot bath, or treating yourself to flowers or a blooming plant. But who says you have to choose one over the other? The more you fold both into your life, the more joyful you'll be.
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Flower Health Benefits & Research - Emotional Impact of Flowers Study

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With today's high-tech and fast-paced lifestyle taking its daily toll on our lives, experts advise exercise and other personal lifestyle changes to relieve stress.

According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health - flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

"What's most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way," said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study. Click here for more about the true power of flowers!




Flower Contests to Bloom in Amelia Island PDF Print E-mail
About the U.S. Flower Industry - Flower and Floral Design Competitions

Almost 400 of the nation’s top retail and wholesale florists, floral designers and flower growers will be in Amelia Island, Florida, in September 2015 for the 131st Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists. SAF invites the public and media to two of the convention’s most exciting events — the Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition and the Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition

Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition

See 5,000 beautiful flowers in one room

Outstanding Varieties CompetitionExperience the magnificent sight and fragrance of nearly 5,000 beautiful flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions.

Dozens of flower growers from across the country and around the world are exhibiting more than 200 types of their best roses, gerberas, lilies, alstroemeria, carnations, chrysanthemums, anthuriums, hydrangeas, bulb flowers, potted flowering plants and decorative foliage.

Expert judges crown one Best in Show, rank 13 Best in Class, and present Blue and Red Ribbons to dozens more. Vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice honor.  


The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Talbot Ballroom A-C
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, Florida 32034


Thursday- Friday, Sept. 10-11, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sylvia Cup Floral Design Competition

Watch top floral designers in action

Sylvia Cup Design Competition

120 minutes... Top floral designers ... A mystery assignment ... Only one will win the grand prize. ... You enjoy the action on Food Network’s “Iron Chef.” The floral industry has a similar contest featuring floral designers and flowers. Marking its 48th anniversary, the Sylvia Cup is the floral industry’s longest-running, live national design competition.

Watch as top floral designers are given two hours, the same amount of flowers and supplies, and a surprise task. Among the contestants: winners of state and regional floral industry design contests, designers of the year and members of the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers.


The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island - Talbot Ballroom F-H
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, Florida 32034


Saturday, Sept. 12
9 – 11 a.m. 



Flower Meanings

Alstroemeria = Aspiring

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Aboutflowers.com is the information resource on flowers, florists, plants and gifts.

Aboutflowers.com features photos and images of flowers, floral arrangements, bouquets, floral designs and plants, as well as tips on flower and plant care, a comprehensive list of flower meanings, the latest flower holiday statistics and numbers, flower design trends, sample card messages, flower gift-buying advice and a directory of local florists.

Aboutflowers.com offers flower gift and decorating and entertaining ideas for all occasions, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Secretaries Week and Administrative Professionals Week. Brides-to-be will find tips for wedding flowers, including bridal bouquets, ceremony and reception flowers and advice for working with a wedding florist. Sympathy flowers help comfort a relative, friend or associate who has lost a loved one. Aboutflowers.com also features get-well flowers, prom flowers, and tips for ordering flowers and sending flowers to a man, and ideas for flowers for every room of your home.

Florists have always known that flowers make people happy, and now scientific research proves flower power. Aboutflowers.com highlights university research proving the emotional and behavioral benefits of flowers and plants. Rutgers research shows that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Another Rutgers study demonstrates that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age. A Harvard study reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh cut flowers are present in the home. And a Texas A&M study demonstrates that workers' idea generation, creative performance and problem-solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

Aboutflowers.com is hosted by the Society of American Florists, the U.S. floral industry trade association.

Visit www.nationalfloristdirectory.com to find a local SAF member florist to send flowers, roses and gifts for delivery.