Color Trends Part 2: Festival

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Festival: bold, bright colors: turkish sea blue, vermillion orange, capris, fresh green, vibrant yellow, ensign blue, shocking pink, lavender international flair (think Dia de los Muertos, Ikat and South West patterns) Bill Schaffer, AIFD, AAF, PFCI says, “This is about … Continue reading

Color Trends for 2016

luxury wedding flowers

So I know we are well under way for 2016 but in case you are still trying to determine what’s hot for color trends this year, we have a 4 part blog that breaks down some general color trends as … Continue reading

Myth: Valentine’s is just for couples

F250_13So much attention is spend around Valentine’s Day on couples- from new relationships to those who have been married for 50 years. Love isn’t just reserved for sweethearts, though. Love could, and should, be expressed between any meaningful relationship.

candy and bear valentines gift It always makes our staff say “awwww” when a dad sends a special Valentine to his daughter letting her know that she will forever be his princess. A simple, sweet budvase or candy and bear package is perfect for a school-age child. For pink and white rosesacontemporary valentines day flower arrangementmodern flower arrangement daughter in college we like a mixed arrangement or a modern design that will be the talk of the dorm. Valentine’s flowers for mom, grandma or sisters is also a common variation for this “love” holiday.

And don’t forget…men like flowers, too! There is no rule that flowers are only for women and we send flowers to men every day. So there is no reason to mope if you happen to be single this Feb. 14- celebrate the love that is all around you!

Order online at or give us a call to create a custom design for you! 541.485.1261



Spreading Happiness in Eugene: Petal It Forward

Petal it forwardOur team here at Dandelions sees the impact of flowers on recipients every day. We want to share that love so we will be hitting the streets of Eugene on October 7, handing out hundreds of flowers to busy commuters, students and shoppers. We are doing this as part of the “Petal It Forward” initiative, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF), of which Dandelions’ owner Shirley Lyons is a past-president. SAF, retail florists nationwide and floral wholesalers are participating in this as a response to the release of new data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefit of flowers. You can follow #PetalItForward to see the events nationwide.

Various university research studies have proven that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and long-term positive effects on moods. A new survey also shows that when it comes to flowers, it is just as good to give as to receive. Knowing this, Dandelions is going to spread some happiness to lucky Eugene residents and equip them with the means to spread that happiness further. Each recipient will receive 2 roses- one to keep for their self and an extra rose to give to a loved one, co-worker, friend or even a stranger!

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Flowers convey emotion in a way few other “gifts” can. They let someone know you are thinking about them, offer sympathy or congratulations and can be a wonderful way to break down barriers and recapture that “human touch” among strangers. The March 2015 study surveyed 2,500 people throughout the U.S. and found that flowers have a significant impact on one’s emotions and happiness which is backed up by previous research studies on flowers by Rutgers, Harvard and Texas A&M (see for more information on the university studies)

Here are some highlights from the recent study to show why we feel it is so important to spread the love:

  • When it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive: 88% of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80% reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
  • Just being around flowers improves your mood: 76% of Americans agree that having flowers in their home or office improves their mood.
  • The best reason to receive flowers is “just because”: Women (92%) are more likely to agree with this, but the majority of men (three in four) also share this sentiment.
  • Florists to the rescue! Nearly 4 in 10 Americans indicate florists have helped them in a past or current relationship; most frequently to say “I love you,” or schedule a surprise delivery.

If we miss you during our Petal It Forward event you can still participate! Any time is a good time to Petal It Forward: come by Dandelions and pick up a flower or bouquet for yourself and a second one to give away. You’ll be amazed at how good it makes you feel.

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Custom & Unique Funeral Flowers

A customer once said to me, “You have such a cool job but doesn’t it make you so sad to have to do funeral flowers?”. Yes. It does make us sad but we also know the importance of the service we provide. Helping a family who just lost a loved one navigate the floral choices to select a style that will reflect their loved one is a big part of what we do. We feel greatly honored to be able to design a living memory to that person and feel blessed to have such a great task entrusted to us.funeral flowers eugene oregon

Flowers have a strong emotional impact on the human experience. For centuries they have been used to convey emotion and play a part in life’s major events. When celebrating a life, flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy and respect. We are always honored to be trusted with such a pivotal role during a funeral or memorial.

Sympathy flowers or plants are often sent by friends and loved ones to show support and offer condolence. Often, the family selects floral designs for the casket area that reflect their loved one’s favorite color, season or hobby. We believe that funeral flowers should be a reflection of the individual and work to incorporate special items into the floral design whenever requested by the family. A variety of designs below show creative ways to display the interests, passions or life story of one who has passed away.

casket blanket

One of her final wishes was to have her casket draped in a blanket of flowers

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A buoy remembers a loved one’s love of fishing

funeral flowers for a golfer

The personal golf clubs were used to make a natural design to be displayed at the service

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Incorporating personal items makes the design so much more meaningful

funeral easel

A favorite book, cd, magazine or movie can all easily be integrated into a floral design

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For a gardening lover, a bright selection of seasonal flowers created an outdoor feel inside the Hult Center

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A deconstructed Gibson guitar was shipped to us by the family and then the floral easel was built around it

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Loved ones remembered a long-time Ford factory worker with a steering wheel and road map

Memorial Day Roses

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer with barbeques, camping and family get-togethers. Amidst all of the fun it can be easy to forget the true purpose of this national holiday.

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Originally termed “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day began just after the Civil War as a way to remember and honor soldiers killed in battle by decorating their graves with flowers. Today it continues to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

A wonderful way to commemorate the holiday is to visit a cemetery to decorate headstones with flowers. Dandelions Flowers & Gifts has partnered with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, Inc. in Portland in conjunction with the Memorial Day Flowers Foundation to provide complementary roses for visitors to lay on graves this Memorial Day Weekend. These roses will be at both West Lawn Memorial Park and Lane Memorial Gardens while supplies last.

Join us in giving honor and remembering those who died to protect you.

Administrative Professionals Week (April 20-25)

Formerly known as Secretaries Week, Administrative Professionals Week is a time to acknowledge and thank all of your hyper-organized, people loving, multi-tasking pros that keep everything running smoothly in your busy office. Today’s office professionals are a far cry from … Continue reading