Shotwell Floral loves a good tradition, and why shouldn't we? We've been in business since 1888, and we've seen hundreds upon hundreds of floral gifts exchanged. We've seen them offered for the arrival of a baby, as is traditional. We've created designs fit for a housewarming party or a hostess gift, as is customary. We've provided sympathy wreaths and arrangements filled with symbolic flowers and made anniversary pieces that pull in the most meaningful blooms for that year. Whether your occasion is a personal tradition unique to you, or a milestone one that's been around for centuries, the right flowers can make all the difference. Read More about A Bouquet Full Of Tradition »
The idea that you should avoid wearing white after Labor Day is an idea that, at least in our view here at Shotwell Florist, should be retired. It's an etiquette rule that emerged in the 19th century with New York socialites who wanted to distinguish among the classes. To do so, they established a bunch of fashion codes that only those in the know would follow. For these ladies, you packed up your summer whites in preparation for winter, and if you didn't, it showed your lack of pedigree. See what we mean about an idea that needs retiring?
In fact, not only should you wear whites beyond summer, you should enjoy the palette in all forms year round. One great way to do that is through flowers. Read More about Who Says No White After Labor Day? »
Shotwell Flowers can't tell you how important bees are to the flowers we grow in our gardens and on our farms. As the planet's major pollinators, they're responsible for keeping those farm-fresh flowers farm-fresh, bringing life from one blossom to the next. But it's not just flowers that rely on bees, it's the vast majority of food crops, too. Everything from apples and avocado, carrots to coffee requires the ministering efforts of bees, who have adapted over millennia into fierce pollinating machines, capable of flying 300 miles for nectar and able to see 300 pictures per second (we see 65). Simply but, bees are amazing, and play a pivotal role in keeping our planet healthy, as well as our gardens and farms. Read More about Farm Fresh Flowers You’ll Love »
So you arrive home with flowers from Shotwell Floral or otherwise received them as a gift. Now what?
Your next task is to find a home for those beauties, and you'll want to take a few things into consideration before you make a choice. You may be tempted to find the busiest spot in the house, wanting your blooms to get all of the attention they deserve. We don't blame you. We want to admire our flowers for as long as they last, so we'd never put those babies in a corner. On the other hand, some flowers and plants just seem to go in a room better than others. Orchids, for instance, make great statement pieces in the living room, but they are equally perfect in the bathroom, as humidity lovers. A plant works well in a kitchen, where it can help clean the air and regulate the temperature. And roses look divine on a bedside table or dresser. It's worth asking yourself what your flowers are telling you about where they should live. Read More about Where To Put Those Fresh, Fragrant Flowers »
Just around the bend is the start of the school year, a time met with anticipation, a little anxiety and a good dose of excitement. Our kids may not be eager to say goodbye to summer, but they're curious about what they year holds as well. And one of the biggest deals is, of course, who they'll get for a teacher. Shotwell Floral & Greenhouse has a first-day-of-school hack we're going to share with you today, a kind of goodwill strategy designed to start things off on the right foot. Our notion is, if you arrive on the first day bearing gifts alongside that bag of school supplies, you'll be setting your child (and yourself) up for a positive relationship with their teacher. Think of it as a gift for the whole group---happy teacher, happy class. Read More about Impress Your Kid’s New Teacher With This »
Shotwell Florist & Greenhouse is steeped in flowers year round, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate a good floral destination! Every spring and summer across the U.S., a crop of flower festivals and events unfurl, giving cities, towns and regions a reason to come together to celebrate some of their most beautiful assets, their flowers. Attending one of these events is a great way to engage with local culture, and it also falls under the purview of "experiential travel," or, a trip you take to immerse yourself in another way of life. Below, we've rounded up some of the flower events you might want to make a trek to next year. Read More about The Best Floral Festivals To Visit Next Year »
Summer's here, and with it, the desire for a new music playlist. This is a time when bands and performers release their most hit-making tracks, looking for that one song that will go all the way to the top during the summer. We here at Shotwell Floral are in the mood for a playlist that takes its inspiration from the natural landscape. That's right, we're talking tunes about flowers, plants and herbs. A playlist dedicated to the garden, the forest and wherever beautiful flowers grow. It's not hard to round up a crop of songs that do just that, either. Artists have used flowers as fodder for their music for ages, and there are tons of classic tracks to prove it. Listen on, friends. Read More about A Summer Playlist You’ll Never Turn Off »
When you're sending a dreamy bouquet---or bringing one home for yourself---you'll want to consider how best to care for it. Shotwell Flowers can offer you a few pro-level tips to keep your glorious blossoms looking glorious for as long as possible. And you don't have to be a floral expert to pull them off. Read More about Top Tips For Keeping Your Flower Design Fresh »