“What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure.”  Gene Perret

Grandparents Day was officially approved by Congress in 1978. The holiday was the brainchild of Marian McQuade – a mother and grandmother herself – and was to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, which this year falls on September 10.

Marian envisioned a day full of family history and sharing. She encouraged people to spend the day enjoying reunions with extended families, giving elders an opportunity to impart wisdom and share family stories. Through these activities, McQuade hoped that the younger generations would come to greater appreciate their history and legacy, as seen through the lives of their grandparents. The desire to maintain a connection between the generations was inspired by more and more American families abandoning the tradition of many generations under one roof. 

Central Square Florist loves the idea of honoring our grandparents. Here are some wonderful trivia about the older generation – no wonder we love them so much!

Grandparents Adore Their Job: A recent study proved that grandparents love the role, with over 75% of them agreeing that having grandchildren was the single best thing that they had ever experienced.

Grandparents are Still Great at Spoiling the Kids: Grandparents expend $52 billion dollars each year on gifts for their grandchildren, and also contribute over $32 billion to educational funds.

Grandparents are Mighty Proud: An astounding 90% of grandparents  readily admit to talking about their little darlings at least once a day – and will have the conversation with anyone who will listen.

Grandparents are Influential : The trend away from multi-generational living seems to be reversing, with nearly 40% of households now headed by at least one grandparent. This is good news given their positive effect on children – young ones who grow up with an involved grandparent are generally more confident and secure throughout their lives.

If your grandparents live in the Cambridge or Boston area, make sure to treat them to a family get- together on September 10. And don’t forget the flowers from Central Square Florist, which make every occasion more beautiful and meaningful.



Each and every birthday celebrant is special and unique, and each deserves a bouquet that reflects how amazing they are. The floral designers at Beneva Flowers are always hard at working creating beautiful arrangements, and when it comes to celebrating September birthdays, we have some great ideas for you to consider.

For instance, the birthstone of September is the sapphire, and its vivid blue color is inspiration for striking designs. Additionally, the birth flower of the month is the aster, a popular cut flower which offers the choice of many diverse colors. Which will you choose? 
Asters are related to daisies, and share the very recognizable ray petal formation. Asters bloom in late summer and early fall, making them the perfect ambassador for September birthdays – and their diversity of colors and varieties makes for unexpected designs and arrangements.

Did You Know? Asters exhibit flower heads which consist of 300 small flowers located centrally and numerous petals (ray florets) surrounding the central disk. Tiny flowers in the center of the flower head are always yellow, while surrounding petals can be white, purple, blue, lavender, red or pink colored.

If you are inspired by gemstones, the September sapphire is a gorgeous muse. The most valuable and coveted sapphires exhibit a brilliant blue hue, which is not often duplicated in nature. However, you can create a “sapphire blue” bouquet bu utilizing blue delphinium, as well as blue hydrangea or blue orchids which have been hybridized to show off the vivid color.

Did You Know? Although the blue color has the most value, sapphires occur naturally in a wide range of colors. The only color you will never see is red – as a “red sapphire” is known as a ruby.

Inspiration comes from many places, and this month we look to asters and sapphires when designing floral arrangements for September birthdays. As the #1 florist in Sarasota for 18 years, you can trust the team at Beneva Flowers to deliver the most beautiful bouquets, every time.


There may be no one more special people in our lives than grandparents – and given that fact, having a day to recognize them seems like a great idea to us! Grandparents Day is observed on September 10, and was originally the vision of a woman named Marian McQuade. A mother and grandmother herself, Marian did not set out to create a commercial holiday, rather to set aside a time that the elder generation could impart stories, wisdom and history to their kids and grandkids. It is a day to spend time together and enjoy being a family.

Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts loves the idea of bringing people together and celebrating family. When you are looking for the perfect Grandparents Day floral designs to express your love and gratitude, we’ve got everything you need.

Here are some interesting facts about grandparents in the United States:

* An overwhelming 90% of grandparents say they speak about their grandchildren on a daily basis. They also report that being a grandparent is the single most fulfilling role they have ever played.

* Grandparents don’t just give out cookies and hard candy. This year, it is expected that grandparents will spend over $52 billion dollars on their grandkids, with over $32 billion going towards education costs.

* In the United States, just under 40% of households now report having a grandparent in the home. This is a return to multi-generational living largely lost in recent decades here in this country.

* Children who have a grandparent actively involved in their lives are more confident, secure, and have a greater sense of self and identity.
Grandparents Day floral designsIt seems that the grandparent / grandchild relationship is beneficial to everyone involved – and grown children even report improved relationships with their parents when a grandchild arrives. This September 10, Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts encourages you to make a special day of it,especially if you all live in the Baton Rouge area – and don’t forget the Grandparents Day floral designs that will beautifully express your love.

2017 Wedding Flower Ideas, Predictions and Trends

Even though the start of wedding season is still a few months away, wedding planning is in high gear for floral designers and newly engaged couples. While flower farmers plan for four distinct seasons, many floral designers observe just two: wedding season and wedding planning season. This is the time of year when Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards are flooded with ideas and inspiration for incorporating flowers into life’s biggest celebrations.

Will blush pink continue to dominate color palettes?  What new hues will see in centerpieces? Will bouquets be big and bold, or simple and elegant?  Will we see any new floral statement pieces gracing the aisles this wedding season?  While trends vary slightly from region to region, here are some of the hottest styles we see on the horizon:


Fresh from the garden, seasonal flowers. For brides, there is nothing quite like clutching a bouquet filled with fresh, fragrant flowers grown with love and harvested by hand by a local farmer or designer with whom they have a personal connection. Thankfully, this trend is becoming more and more common, as awareness and interest in local, seasonal flowers continues to grow, especially among studio florists and style- and eco-conscious couples. A recent Slow Flowers survey and Industry Insights Report also confirmed the uptick in consumers’ and designers’ use of U.S.-grown and locally-grown flowers.

Dahlias, dahlias, dahlias. If the extremely high demand for Floret dahlias is any indication, we’ll be seeing dahlias dominate late summer and fall wedding designs. ‘Café au lait’ is still the queen, but other big beauties such as ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Peaches N’ Cream’ are increasingly being sought out by discerning designers.

Old-fashioned flowers as “new” favorites. The thought of using common zinnias, carnations or mums for

How to Choose the Perfect Flowers for Your Students’ Graduation

Flowers have always been a hallmark of every major event in life, be they birthdays or weddings. And so it is with graduation – one of the most momentous and joyous times in the life of a student. It’s a time for celebration, and there isn’t anything like flowers to add to the mood of the day. Additionally, flowers can have great sentimental value later on in life as well, as students often keep some of the petals in scrapbooks, or frame them with pictures from the graduation. If you’re trying to figure out what kind of flowers you should give your student, read on.

What form of arrangement should the flowers be in?

Some flowers are especially meant to mark a person’s accomplishments, and are given in order to congratulate them or recognize their hard efforts. Leis fall into this category. The beauty of leis lies in their flexibility; they can be created from orchids, roses, carnations, and if the fancy strikes you, even leaves. It is common to use orchids for this purpose, so if you don’t want a lei garland, you can just give the graduate a bouquet of orchids to offer them congratulations.

Corsages and boutonnieres are also traditional gifts to give the graduate before the ceremony. Of course, it can be extremely difficult to choose when there’s so much variety! We recommend going with your graduate’s favorite color or flower.

What color should the flowers be?

Flower Essences For Writers

Today I broke down and made myself a writing blend. Sure M&M, Focus and Confidence can do in a pinch, but I needed some targeted help.

Writing is an emotional business, at least it should be, and there are plenty of pitfalls as such. Here are some common issues and my floral suggestions for each.