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Flowers and Plants Linked to Improved Workplace Productivity

According to business experts, the key to gaining the competitive edge in the modern economy is easy to understand - a happy, productive workforce. And, while sometimes the easiest notions can be the most difficult to achieve, a recent scientific study conducted at Texas A&M University finds that nature can hold the secret to business success. The research demonstrates that workers do better in; idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

"Our research shows that a change as simple as adding flowers and plants can be important in the most meaningful way to businesses in the modern economy," said Dr. Roger Ulrich, lead researcher on the project. "People's productivity, in the form of innovation and creative problem solving, improved - which in certain circumstances could mean the difference between mild and great business success."

Research Findings

In an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants and workplace productivity. Participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments, or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments.

During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. And, while males generated a greater abundance of ideas, females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.

"We know the importance of learning, for example, how natural surroundings affect drivers, school children, and hospital patients" said Ulrich, who has conducted extensive research on the effects of environments on psychological well-being, stress and health. "To businesses, it should be equally as important to understand what features can improve performance at work and make employees more productive."

Background

The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity Study was conducted over eight months by Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, Director of the Center for Health Systems and Design, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His interests concern applications of environment-behavior knowledge to healthcare buildings, landscape architecture and urban design. The research lends weight to growing scientific evidence that flowers and plants, as well as other aspects of nature, have a beneficial impact on state of mind and emotions. The Society of American Florists worked in cooperation with the Texas A&M University research team, bringing its expertise of flowers and plants to the project.




Buying For Him

Men love flowers too

Men love flowers, a recent survey showed that over 60% of men would like to receive flowers on Valentine Day. Men love to get flowers for the same reason they send them - to be recognized. Everyone likes to feel special. A good indicator of when it might be appropriate to send flowers would be to consider his favorite occasions for sending them. Does he send flowers for birthdays, or perhaps as a thank you? Don't forget that no reason is often the best reason! Just as women love receiving flowers for no reason at all, a surprise floral gift will surely catch his attention too.

The Best Designs and Colors for Men

Men are stimulated by color and are visually oriented. Research shows that men prefer vivid colors such as yellow, orange and red. Flower arrangements that are contemporary, linear styles or natural styles are best. Other favorites might include green or flowering plants.


Give Him the Perfect Gift

Take the time to find something that is perfectly suited to your recipient's interests, personality and style.



Does he have a special hobby or interest?

Add to his collection with a custom designed arrangement featuring the hobby, if he is a golfer, tuck in a box of golf balls.
If he is into cars, add an auto magazine or two.




Would he prefer a quiet and romantic celebration?

Sending a dinner invitation delivered to his door in a bouquet of flowers is but one of thousands of romantic ideas we know you can dream up.







Buying for Her

Women Love Flowers

Whether you are aware of it or not, the average woman knows as much about flower varieties as the average man knows about the various makes and models of cars.

Sending flowers to a woman is one of the few truly storied and romantic practices that still exists in our culture. It's up there with buying a woman jewelry, or sweeping her away to a tropical paradise for the weekend.

By sending flowers to a woman, you will fulfill three key desires; she is loved, she is beautiful, and the people around her think so too.

In addition to your thoughtfulness and the flowers themselves, women absolutely love having them both delivered! Ask yourself why a woman would ever have flowers sent to herself? Women do it, and not just because they love flowers. The answer is in the presentation. When you send a woman flowers, there are usually other women who will notice. For starters, every single woman within a 500 foot radius will immediately notice her when the flowers are delivered. For that moment, the woman is the center of attention, and the others begin to buzz about how lucky she is, how terrific, you the sender must be.. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.. you get it guys...

For guys there are benefits to sending women flowers that you will also feel as a result of this chain reaction of events in her life. Benefits will vary from person to person, often based on what you may or may not have already done wrong in the first place. Mmmmm.

How to Give the Perfect Gift
Take the time to find something that is perfectly suited to your recipient's interests, personality and style.

FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT:
remember the date, we suggest you use our reminder service, just register and its usage is free. Never forget a loved one again and Remember Special Days All Year Round.



Be careful, keep her on her toes

Whatever comes of your sending her flowers, remember it the next time you feel like something is missing or isn't quite right in your relationship.

Don't send a woman flowers for every occasion or milestone, otherwise she will grow to expect them and their powers will wear off. Keep her on her toes, be creative, be spontaneous, and you will be rewarded.



Be Spontaneous

Women may be used to receiving flowers on birthdays and anniversaries. They may even quickly notice the absence of flowers on these occasions.

But flowers given for no reason other than "I was thinking of you today", make a huge impact because they are unexpected.



Get more bloom for the buck

In a classic case of supply and demand, the price of roses peaks on Valentine's Day.
Roses are a great value during the summer months. All the more reason to give them spontaneously.


Don't overlook anyone

A bouquet can express a range of feelings -- from romantic to friendly to something in between.
Your wife or significant other will love to receive a surprise gift of flowers. So will your mother, daughter, sister and female friends.


Try something new

Women are keenly aware of the multitude of floral varieties available and are eager to see new specimen's first-hand. Giving roses of unusual hue -- like peach and pink -- or an arrangement of mixed flowers demonstrates an awareness of color and an understanding of botany that will not go unnoticed.




Flowers are never boring

Because of their infinite diversity and unique appeal, flowers can be given time and time again without losing their specialness. Each new floral arrangement is a fresh and individual declaration of appreciation -- reflecting positively on your imagination and thoughtfulness.



Flowers don't have to mean commitment

Relax, guys. Women know when an arrangement simply means you care. Selecting flowers may be a bewildering experience for the uninitiated man. Fortunately, help is available; we can create an affordable and personalized flower arrangement that will match both your sentiment and her personality.



Would she prefer a quiet and romantic celebration?

Send a dinner invitation delivered to her door in a bouquet of flowers.



Does she deserve some special pampering?

Perhaps a spa kit in a basket with goodies like bath beads and oils and a beautiful arrangement of flowers in a basket.



Does she have a special hobby or interest?

Add to her collection with a custom designed arrangement featuring the hobby, call and we will give suggestions.




Buying for the Home


Perk up your existing living space and enhance the mood and personality of every room in the house with flowers.

Different looks using flowers:
For a soft, natural look, you could use loose, wispy arrangements of single-or multi-colored flowers placed in a glass bowl or vase.

For a calming effect you might try blues in every hue, reflecting the natural blues of the sea, space and sky. Bold and bright colors with deep pigment saturation such as bright orange, hot red and lemon yellow have also enjoyed popularity in the home as dramatic and feisty punctuation marks for today's multi-cultural population.

Bring the outdoors in by mixing flowers with seasonal vegetation such as grasses or branches. To keep a natural look use a clay pot or a woven basket as the container.

To fill a space you might try tall, full blooming shrub or tree branches placed in an urn on a pedestal, with lots of flowing greens. We can create a mixed flower arrangement that features small, delicate details that invites the discovery of all its components - perfect to make a space more inviting.

We are problem solvers. You don't have to have specific flowers or designs in mind, just a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Be prepared to talk about the colors, looks and styles you like. Once your preferences are on file, it is easy to meet your future flower needs efficiently.

We can deliver flowers on a regular basis to keep your home looking fresh always.



Entranceway/Foyer

Attach small vases containing short stems of fresh flowers to a pre-made wreath and hang it on your front door to welcome guests.

Make a first impression with a large, abundant arrangement.

Create a focal point with a piece of artwork on a pedestal draped with a garland and flowers.

For a friendly look, place a basket with a garden bouquet on the entry table.



Dining Room

For an easy, elegant table decoration set a series of alternating crystal vases and candles on a fabric runner. Place fresh flowers in each of the vases and surround them with greenery.

Individual flowers are perfect at place settings or attached to name cards.

Blending with the casual atmosphere of modern home entertaining, this centerpiece is sure to dazzle guests during afternoon brunch or informal dinners. The candles provide a refreshing combination using the elegance of flowers with the ambience of candlelight.

Flowers featured: Lilies, carnations, spray roses, alstroemeria, daisy chrysanthemums, solidaster, monte casino.



Living Room

Take your favorite vase, treasured antique bowl or silver pitcher to your florist for a custom-designed arrangement.

Float two or three blooms, such as gardenias or gerbera daisies in a favorite crystal bowl. Add a floating candle or two for a glowing evening effect.

In the summer when the fireplace isn't being used, brighten the hearth with an abundant assortment of seasonal flowers. Continue the theme by placing a few of the same flowers on the mantle next to those family photos.



Kitchen

Trim a windowsill with a collection of terra cotta pots, using a combination of herbs and sun-loving plants like kalanchoe, African violets or primroses.

Old water pitchers, antique teapots, classic urns or even tattered clay pots make fascinating containers for a casually placed flower arrangement.

Loosely clustered to give the look of a freshly cut garden bouquet, this hand-tied design adorns a favorite water pitcher. The complementary flowers and colors brighten any part of the house, from the kitchen to the family room to the bedroom.

Flowers featured: Alstroemeria, carnations, freesia, roses, bouvardia, delphinium, stock, Star of Bethlehem, asters, statice.



Bedroom

Tea roses, freesias, peonies, lilac and lilies, are all deliciously fragrant choices for a bud vase on your nightstand.



Guest Bedroom

A bud vase with a simple cluster of flowers hidden in the center of a clear bubble bowl filled with potpourri is the perfect way to welcome a guest.

Try floating rose petals in a special bath to spoil a friend!



Home Office

Give yourself a "nature break"; by keeping a flowering or green plant next to your computer station or fax machine.


Matching Flowers to Your Home Style

Just as people have their own personalities, so do their homes. According to the Society of American Florists, popular home decorating personalities tend to fall into five categories. The guide below shows how flowers can complement and enhance these styles.

Classic Traditional

This home has formal architecture with impressive front doors, foyers and individually decorated rooms. Design elements include classic furnishings and antiques with elegant fabrics of brocade, silk and tapestry. Classic arrangements call for a mixture of flowers (roses, gladiola, iris, carnations, lilies or snapdragons, to name a few) and accents such as dried fruit and foliage. Crystal, brass, silver or porcelain containers are ideal for the classic floral centerpiece.

This classic geometric floral arrangement of deep, warm colors in an antique vase complements a classic traditional home decor.

Flowers Featured: Roses, gerbera daisies, mini callas, snapdragons, freesia, lilies, tulips and ranunculus.

Modern Contemporary

Sleek and chic, the modern home calls for clean lines, smooth surfaces and form. Elegant fabrics, colorful silks, gauze or leather accent steel, glass and other man-made materials. Bold, exotic flowers (anthuriums, heliconia, callas, orchids) with strong lines work well to complement this home's clean, open spaces. To complete the dramatic look, flowers are best displayed in frosted glass vases, decorative pottery and metallic containers with pewter or stainless steel finishes.


Victorian

Velvets, satins, chintz, lace and organza create a feeling of softness and romance in the Victorian home. Pastel colors or soft tone-on-tone prints are used to delight the senses. Fragrant flowers (roses, spray roses, peonies, lavender, gardenias, and freesia) in pale peach, lavender, pink, yellow and cream conjure images of romance and sensuality. All of these delicious colors glow in lovely, romantic vases of clear glass, crystal and silver.

Casual Easy Living

Casual living lifestyles focus on the simple pleasures of life. The decor includes furniture of light pine, natural woods, bleached oak or a white-washed painted finish with fabrics of linen and cotton in neutral tones. Because these homes are designed for "stress busting"; flowers provide nature's balancing formula. The right match might include flowering and green plants (like cyclamen, kalanchoe, pothos or ivy) casually grouped in a basket, or flowers (such as sunflowers, daisies, hydrangea, delphinium or tulips) placed in a clear glass vase, pitcher or piece of pottery.

Whether sitting in a kitchen, family room or guest bedroom, a basket of flowering plants enhances the uncomplicated casual easy living home decor.

Plants Featured: Cyclamen, azaleas and ivy.

American Country

Recognized as a style all its own, American country has become a phenomenon. Motifs include artifacts from the past - such as quilts, galvanized metal bowls and wooden crates. The result is comfort that is easy and inviting. Woven baskets or simple vases of mixed spring flowers (yarrow, wild roses, scabiosa, heather) fit perfectly on a coffee table or kitchen counter. Cut flowers, blooming plants, herbs, wreaths and swags with that farm-fresh look are a natural extension of this homespun decor.