An update on blue ribbons for Chris Kilcullen

The outpouring of support for Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen has been so amazing. We handed out over 2500 blue ribbons yesterday and thousands more today!

All the blue magnetic ribbons we had have quickly gone out the door. We are hoping to get more but will keep the community updated if they arrive.

Arriving tomorrow morning are 350 blue bracelets inscribed with “Ofc. C.  Kilcullen 4-22-11”. These will be sold for $4 and all profits will go to the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Fund at Oregon Community Credit Union.

Blue bracelets Chris Kilcullen

Honoring Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen

Eugene has suffered such a tragedy over the weekend with the fatal shooting of Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen. Our hearts go out to his wife, children, family and friends.

A call has been made to wear blue in remembrance of Chris Kilcullen and all officers who have died in the line of duty. Here at Dandelions we are wearing blue ribbons in remembrance and are offering free blue ribbons to all who would like one.  At least 100 have already been picked up this morning and individuals have shared sweet stories of how they were connected to Chris Kilcullen.  There are those, too, who may not have known him personally but are showing their respect by donning a ribbon.

Feel free to stop by Dandelions at 1710 Chambers St., Eugene, OR and take a ribbon with you.

Adminstrative Professionals Week

So you have this great administrator that can keep track of a hundred things at once, keep you organized in your day-to-day tasks, and takes on so much responsibility that they are a key staff member in your business.  You could not be without your administrator and in fact, you might fall apart if you did not have them there to coordinate your daily meetings, go through your checklist, and keep you on target each day.  Dedication and determination are the necessary skills of today’s administrators and the responsibility of the job can be incredibly demanding.

This week is Administrative Professionals Week, also known as National Secretary’s Week.  There are over 4 million administrators working in the United States.  On top of that, many administrators have additional support staff that they oversee to help get the daily goals completed.  Administrative Professionals Week is the perfect time to thank your incredibly admirable and outstanding employees.  What is the best way to do this?  Send a floral arrangement that is as unique and spectacular as they are.  Here are some suggestions for how to send that thank you floral arrangement to your administrator.

orchid plant Dendrobium Orchid ArrangementsTropical Flowers Plants and butterflies

Also…flowers have been proven to boost productivity by a study from Texas A&M. During the study, both males and females were shown to demonstrate greater levels of innovative thinking, resulting in the generation of more ideas and original solutions.  More ideas and solutions led to greater productivity, and therefore a greater motivation to achieve!

Flower Astrology: Taurus Horoscope April 21-May 21

Zodiac Sign: Even though they’re best known for being as headstrong and fierce as a bull – their zodiac sign’s symbol – there’s an indisputable warmhearted, romantic and sensuous side to the Taurus personality as well. And, while this earth sign’s also known for its well-grounded, practical sensibilities, they harbor an equally strong love for beautiful things, pleasure and comfort that enjoys being indulged.

Birth Sign Flower: Cater to the Taurus’s appreciation for nature’s exquisite beauty with flowers that appeal to their full range of senses – like a flower bouquet showcasing majestic lilies. Their rich symbolism will appeal to the Taurus’s respect for history, and the lily’s dramatic form and fragrant perfume will indulge their romantic, sensual side.

Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest Official Rules


Eugene’s Favorite Mom Essay Contest


The Eugene’s Favorite Mom Essay Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC, and “Organizer”). No purchase is necessary to win. The Contest is governed solely by these Official Rules and is void where prohibited by law. Organizer reserves the right to modify scheduling of the contest without prior notice, or to terminate or suspend the contest without notice, at any time and for any reason.
ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: One (1) floral arrangement and balloons provided by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC (value $115),  Spa Package that includes a Vitamin Infusion Treatment, spa pedicure and shampoo/style from Bello Day Spa & Salon valued at ($135), and one (1) $100 gift certificate to King Estate Winery and one (1) $100 gift certificate to Hardwick’s Kitchen Superstore.
No prize substitutions are allowed, and prizes may not be redeemed for cash. For questions not answered by these Official Rules, please email No telephone calls, please.
ELIGIBILITY  The Contest is open only to individuals, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, who are legal residents of the United States and who are not employed as professional writers (i.e., earn no more than ten percent of their annual income from writing). Employees, officers and directors of the Organizer and the Organizer’s Affiliates (and their immediate families—children, spouse, parents, siblings—and those living in their same households whether or not related) are not eligible; “Organizer’s Affiliates” includes all entities associated with Organizer for purposes of this Contest, such as subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising agencies, promotional agencies, and judges, as well as the officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, and agents of Sponsor and such entities.  By participating in the Contest, participants warrant that they meet the Contest’s eligibility criteria and are eligible to participate under the applicable law governing procurement of prizes and awards. Participants may be required to submit proof of eligibility. Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant if Organizer determines that the participant did not follow these Official Rules, or if participant’s entry in the Contest or receipt of prize would violate applicable law. Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any individual that, in Organizer’s sole discretion, has attempted to tamper with or exploit the operation of the Contest, or acted in violation of these Official Rules or applicable law.
IMPORTANT CONTEST DATES   Submissions to the Contest must be received by Wednesday,    May 4, 2011 in order to be eligible; any entry received after Wednesday, May 4, 2011 will be deemed ineligible. Organizer is not responsible for late, incomplete, invalid, mutilated, illegible, or misdirected entries.

 WINNER: Winner will be selected on or about 05/7/11. Sponsors will reasonably attempt to notify winners by email, phone, or mail within thirty (30) days of selection. Winners may not substitute, assign, or transfer a prize or redeem a prize for cash. To accept a prize, an Entrant must complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility (“Affidavit”) and, where lawful, Liability/Publicity Release (“Release”) (collectively, “Affidavit and Release”) within seven (7) days of receipt. If these forms are received by the time indicated on the documents, or if an Entrant does not meet the eligibility requirements set out in Section 2 above, or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply with these Official Rules, or cannot be contacted by June 7, 2011, an alternate Winner may be selected at and in a manner determined by the Sponsors’ sole discretion. To request a list of winners or to receive a copy of these Rules, any person may write his or her name and complete address on a 3”x5” card and mail in a first class stamped envelope to: Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest c/o Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC 1710 Chambers St. Eugene, OR  97402
ENTRY: To enter the Contest, participants must submit an original, unpublished short essay no longer than 250 words describing a mother the Entrant knows and why the Entrant believes they are an amazing mom. Entrants must register and submit entries via (a) submitting the entry, in person, to the Organizer: Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, LLC 1710 Chambers St., Eugene, OR 97402 or the Organizer’s Affiliates: Bella Day Spa & Salon 2746 Shadow View Dr., Eugene, OR 97408, King Estate Winery 80854 Territorial Rd., Eugene, OR 97405 or Hardwick’s 269 E. 5th Ave. #168 Eugene, OR 97401, (b) emailing completed entry to, or faxing completed entry to (541)484-9303. Incomplete entries or entries with inadequate registration information will be automatically disqualified.
Each entry must be submitted on an individual basis (i.e., no team, joint, or corporate entries) and all components of the entry must be the original creation of the submitting participant. Only non-commercial work may be submitted. Entries may not contain profanity, nudity, pornographic images, violent images, anti-competition messages, illegal material, or material that violates the rights of third parties. Entries may not include confidential information, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrighted material belonging to any person or entity other than the participant absent a suitable license or permission agreement (proof of which is required). Entries containing any forbidden matter or material otherwise deemed by Organizer to be inappropriate will be disqualified.
All information provided by entrant must be complete, true and correct. All entries become the property of Organizer. By submitting your entry you grant Organizer a license to use the entry materials in any manner, including, but not limited to, reviewing, using, reproducing, sublicensing, distributing, publicizing, and displaying your entry and the materials and works contained therein. You warrant that you have all requisite right, title, and interest in such entry materials and works to grant the rights provided herein, including the right to submit the entry materials and works to Organizer. Organizer may use the entry materials and works in any manner, including, without limitation, to sell or distribute the entry materials and works without payment of any royalty or fee to any person or entity and without your acknowledgment. You further license Organizer to modify the entry materials and works and create derivative works from the entry materials and works and acknowledge that the opportunity to participate in the Contest constitutes valid and sufficient consideration for such license. By entering, you agree to indemnify and hold Organizer and its respective officers, directors, employees, agents, parents, subsidiaries, successors, and assigns harmless from any liability or damages of any kind, including attorney’s fees and costs, resulting from any defects in your right to license the entry materials, as set out herein, including any claim of infringement or other violation of proprietary right of any person or entity.
JUDGING AND WINNING Organizer will select the winning submission, based equally on the criteria of originality, persuasiveness and relevance. The decision of the Organizer is final and not appealable. Based upon the content of submissions, Organizer reserves the right not to select any winning submissions.
Potential winners may waive their right to receive a prize. Organizer will attempt to notify the potential winner by reasonable means, using the contact information provided. If for any reason the potential winner cannot be reached after reasonable attempt has been made, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. The potential winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, as well as a publicity release, except where prohibited by law, within seven (7) days of receipt of notification as a potential winner. Failure to return a signed affidavit within seven (7) days may result in forfeiture of the prize, except where prohibited by law. Potential winners are responsible for ensuring return of all required materials; proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt by Organizer. If any potential winner is under the age of majority in any state, all affidavits and waivers must be executed by a parent or legal guardian.
Winners are required by law to pay any applicable local, state and federal taxes, and any other charges including but not limited to duties, customs fees or other fees on prizes. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued to all prize recipients for any prize valued at $600 or more.

CONDITIONS/RELEASE By participating in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest, and (iii) understand and agree that failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest and/or the selection of an alternate Winner.  You agree to release and forever discharge and hold harmless the Sponsor Entities, from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, liability, actions or damages of any kind with respect to or in any way arising in connection with: (1) the Contest (2) participation in the Contest (3) acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize (4) any liability for economic injury, personal injury, property damage, loss or any other harm (5) anything related to the Contest and the awarding of prizes and (6) any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or infringement of any third party right.  Any claims relating to this Contest shall be governed by Oregon law without regard to its conflict of law rules, and any such claim must be heard in Oregon. 


GENERAL If any provision of these Official Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.  LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE ANY WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.  By entering this Contest you understand and agree that Sponsor(s) may contact entrants with product offers it believes may be of interest to entrants.  The Contest is subject to all local, state, and federal regulations.
The Organizer may use your personal information, provided by you, to notify you about this contest and to contact you to ask questions about your entry. The Organizer and sponsors may also use your personal information to communicate with you about similar contests the Organizer holds in the future and offers  it believes may be of interest to entrants.  Your personal information may be shared with our employees, independent contractors, agents or other related and unrelated Organizer entities and/or business partners acting on Organizer’s behalf to notify you about this contest or to notify you about future contests and offers. We do not share this information with non-Organizer companies except to the extent necessary to complete the uses described above and, when we do share it, it is subject to their agreement to treat it as confidential business information and with the understanding that it may not be used for any purpose other than to perform their function. Organizer may disclose personal information in response to legal process, for example, in response to an order from court or governmental body.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of you and Organizer in connection with the Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Oregon, without regard to its rules concerning choice of law or conflict of laws.

15th Annual “Make It For MOM”

Dandelions Flowers in Eugene, OR is hosting the 15th Annual “Make It For MOM”- FREE flower arranging for kids! Bring  in your little ones (or anyone under 18) and we’ll give them a helping hand in making their very own flower arrangement for mom. Mom’s love hand-made gifts and mom’s love flowers- it’s a win-win!

And Dads… we’ll hook you up with a $5 coupon that you can use while your child is designing to pick out your own flower gift for mom, too.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2011                             
          10:30am – 12 noon
Where: Dandelions Flowers & Gifts
           1710 Chambers St.
            Eugene, OR 97402

Every year “Make It For MOM” collects donation for a different charity and this year we feel the devastation in Japan could use our support. All donation collected during the event will be sent to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan.

Eugene’s Favorite MOM Contest


(Click here for PDF Version)

Wow!! Know an amazing mom who deserves to be appreciated BIG TIME this Mother’s Day??

Dandelions Flowers & Gifts is launching the 1st Annual Eugene’s Favorite Mom Contest with co-sponsors Bello Day Spa, King Estate Winery & Hartwick’s.  Enter your mom or a mom you know into the contest for a chance to win this FABULOUS Grand Prize:

  • Mother’s Day flowers, balloons & framed certificate from Dandelions Flowers & Gifts
  • Premier Spa Package from Bello Day Spa (Vitamin Infusion Treatment, Spa Pedicure & a Shampoo/Style)
  • $100 Gift Certificate to King Estate Winery
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Hartwick’s at the 5th St. Public Market

Submitting your entry is easy. You can pick one up at any of the sponsors locations (see below) or download it here: Click here for PDF version OR Download Entry Form in Word. Entries can be dropped off at Dandelions, Bello Day Spa, King Estate Winery, or Hartwick’s. Entries can also be emailed ( or faxed (541.484.9303).

Entry deadline is Wednesday, May 4 and the Grand Prize Winner will be notified by Saturday May 7th.

Dandelions Flowers & Gifts        
1710 Chambers St.               
Eugene, OR 97402      
King Estate Winery
80854 Territorial Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402                    
Bello Day Spa & Salon                  
2746 Shadow View Dr.      
Eugene, OR 97408   
269 E. 5th Ave. #168
Eugene, OR 97401
**Click here for the Official Rules**

Spring flower of the moment: Tulips

Although tulips can be procured year-round, spring is really their time to shine.  Spring makes its grand entrance as tulips begin to pop up from the ground. Here at Dandelions we carry tulips grown here in Oregon from Greengable Gardens in Philomath. Tulips have an elegant feel to them & they also appeal to those with an artistic flair. Since they continue to grow after they are cut, tulips truly becoming living art as their blossoms open and their stems elongate & curve.

Tulips range in color from green to deep purple

Parrot tulips are popular in spring bridal bouquets

These are "Peony Tulips" that are gorgeous!

Easter spring bulbs

Easter is very late this year (April 24!) but no so late that great spring bulbs have passed. Oregon has a wonderful spring season with a variety of bulb flowers that look as beautiful on the table as they do in the ground. My favorites include: daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, lilacs


These bright pops of yellow can be seen as early as February here in Eugene, OR and are a most welcome sign that spring is on its way.  Fresh-cut daffodils release a sap that is harmful to other flowers so arrange them in their own vase.  If you want to include them with other flowers allow them to soak overnight in cool, clean water so that the daffodils have a chance to release some of this substance.


These graceful buds are one of my favorite because they continue to grow after cut! In a single day they can grow the length of their head!! The tulip fields pictured left are almost unreal they are so beautiful.



For fragrance lovers, hyacinth are a dream come true. Their little bell-like blossoms emit a most wonderful smell and their big, full blossoms fill out a vase nicely.


Although every bride wants this flower in their bridal bouquet it is really a spring bloomer. At times they look like mini peonies and at other times they resemble spray roses. Since they are available until May we are using them a lot here in the store as prom rings!

Prom Corsages

Prom season is here!! Beyond the dress and the date the corsage is the next biggest part of prom! Corsages have come SO FAR from our Grandma’s corsage that they are truly a work of art. Many girls still opt for a traditional style corsage but maybe that is because they don’t know what the possibilities are. I’ve compiled some fabulous ideas (notice…none of them contain babies breath) to give you some inspiration. If there is one in particular you like, print it out and bring it in!!

You’ll notice that many of these are not even corsages but body jewelry. If you’re a trend-setter check out the fresh floral rings. These are all the rage this spring! And I didn’t forget the boys. Give them something fun to wear too!!

rose boutonniere with crystals