Today, garden roses are synonymous with weddings and events.  It used to be that wholesale garden roses were extremely delicate (had a 2-3 day vase life) and were extremely expensive. Under those conditions it only made sense to use them exclusively for special events.

We work with many quality growers, such as Alexandra Farms, who have worked hard to bring back the romance to every day work!  All of their varieties have 7 days of vase life, after a 5 day shipping simulation – many have 10-12 day vase lives.

Using garden roses in your everyday work gives you a great additional option for high end arrangements.  Use wholesale garden roses along with peonies, lilies, hydrangeas and other high end flowers for added texture and fragrance.  Also using garden roses in everyday work really differentiates your rose arrangements from supermarket rose dozens. Your designs are worth more!

Which brings me to our upcoming national design contest – The Everyday Garden Rose.  We want to see your vision and ideas for every day designs featuring garden roses!  You all are so creative and I personally cannot wait to see all of the fab designs that are submitted.  As a reminder, we are giving away some pretty great prizes – including an AIFD Symposium trip, iPad2, Elizabeth Demos’ book “Vintage Wedding Style”, and Mayesh money!  Free registration for the 1st 300 entrants and you must enter by December 28th.

 

To conclude, I wanted to share with you a few of Alexandra Farms’ varieties that are especially hardy and terrific for every day use:

 

Lemon PomPom

 

Romantic Antike

White O’Hara

 

Red Piano

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