Behind the Scenes at Valentines

People often ask what our busiest time of the year is. Hands down it is Valentine’s Week. Our staff of 25 increases to a staff of over 60 in order to process flowers, answer phones, make arrangements (nearly 1500 the week of Valentine’s) and deliver them all to happy sweethearts.

It takes a lot of coordination, planning and hard work to make all of this happen. We have an amazing staff here at Dandelions who are dedicated to creating an experience for each person who places their trust with us when they order flowers in Eugene as well as for the recipient who is gifted flowers.

In order to store such a quantity of flowers we bring in a refrigerated semi-truck the week before Valentine’s. Our amazing crew who processes the flowers when they arrive and prepares them for designing works tirelessly, and often in the rainy cold, to make sure the flowers are at their best.  Our design staff creates bouquets and gift packages for each order all day…often standing in one place most of the day. It’s certainly not a walk in the park to be a florist!

Our sales staff helps countless numbers of men (and women!) choose the right style for their special Valentine and our blessed delivery drives brave the elements to bring a smile to individuals around Eugene and Springfield.

Valentine’s is a special time of love and an opportunity to convey your feelings to those around you. We feel pride in working hard to make this day be special for you!

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Our design manager,Tami, creates low vases of roses for a clean, modern look

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Red flowers and babies breath are always a popular choice for Valentine’s Day. As you can see…we make lots!

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There are lots of fun, family moments at the holidays for many of our staff. Diana has been at Dandelions for over 25 years and her daughter, Miriam, gets here feet wet helping out

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A smile and a cheery attitude go a long way when working long days. Sheri brings sunshine wherever she goes

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Crews work to get the flowers ready for the designers as soon as they arrive

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We need a refrigerated semi-truck to hold all of the flowers (plus our regular coolers) and Tara keeps it organized

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We utilize a completely different building for additional floral designers at the holidays to fill orders as fast as they come in. They are quite busy…notice you can’t see the floor!

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Delivery drives await their arrangements for their first deliveries of the day. We have a pretty nifty system for keeping all the orders organized so we know which driver takes what.

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Helping drivers load up their flowers. Each driver takes a small section of town on each run and then comes back and loads up some more

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Marie, always cheerful, finalizes red bouquets for a lucky Valentine

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No rest for weary Mamas! One-handed designing takes a bit longer but we need all hands on deck!

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The news often stops by to see the hustle and bustle and take a moment to smell the wonderful fragrance of the flower store

Meet the Bloggers

Most blogs are written by a single person but right now we have two bloggers at Dandelions (Toviana and Martha) who keep you informed on what is going on for us. I thought it would be nice to let you know a little bit more about us and our individual interests so you have a better feel for us as you read our posts.

Toviana Jackson

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My husband, Sean, and I take our daughter, Shiloh (and little Colt on the way) on her first train ride

I have been blogging for Dandelions since the inception of our blog in 2007. As the daughter of owner, Shirley Lyons, I have worked at Dandelions in a variety of capacities (I started by sweeping and dusting for a quarter back in the day) and began designing while in high school. I spent a few years out of state in Minnesota and California and came back to the family business in 2005. Soon I married a wonderful man and have two beautiful children: Shiloh, 3 and Colt, 7 months. I currently keep busy as one of the wedding coordinators at Dandelions and handle aspects of our marketing, website, and other miscellaneous projects I can fit in while chasing children.

When not working I spend time keeping Colt from swiping Shiloh’s toys and hiding the children’s socks from our 100 lb lab who likes to eat them. In the few minutes that remain in my day I also enjoy gardening, crafts, trips to the coast and reading a good book before bed. Each day is an adventure and each evening is a victory that I survived the day!!

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Shiloh and I

Very pregnant with Colt working on photos of arrangement for the shop

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Little Colt spends his days amongst the vases and flowers and entertaining the staff

Martha Bannikov

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My husband, Andrey, and I

While I have been a designer in the flower business for about 10 years, I am new to the Dandelions family. I moved to Eugene from Dallas, TX in September 2012, when I got married,  and a month later, started my first day at Dandelions.

I came into the flower business on a round-about route. I was born and raised in Namibia, Southern Africa, and moved to Texas about 13 years ago. While living there, I took a part-time, very  temporary job (or so I thought at the time) in a little flower shop downtown, fell in love with flowers, and have been in the industry since, working at various shops and learning the ins and outs of the flower business.

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Prepping vases for a corporate Super Bowl tent

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Super Bowl Week 2011 in Texas

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Getting things ready at the warehouse for Super Bowl 2011

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Painting with a Twist outing with Dr. Delphinium 2012

Here at Dandelions, I work on the design team, and a couple of days in the week help Tovi with the marketing and website aspect of the business.

I’m still pretty new to Oregon, so when I’m not at work I spend my free time buried in a book (I’m an avid reader), getting to know my new home town, and exploring the fantastic outdoors that is Oregon.Me

Shirley featured on CNN Money

CNN Money ran a Father’s Day article on business owners who have been inspired by their fathers. Shirley (and her father Cal Husbands) were featured along with 4 other father-daughter duos.

Click here to read the full article…

Cal is also my grandfather and is truly inspiring. He passed his passion for innovation and business savvy to my mom, Shirley, who is doing her best to instill them in me. I can only hope to be 1/2 the business woman she is.

Cal Husbands with children (L to R) Shirley, Sue, Greg and Shonna (not pictured)