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The Bloom Project

The Bloom Project


You may remember a little while back, we highlighted some amazing organizations around the country that repurpose flowers to give back to their community in our SAF Petal it Forward blog.

One of those organizations was The Bloom Project in Bend, OR, founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman. Mayesh Portland is a proud contributor to this project by donating product at the end of each week for them to turn into beautiful bouquets for hospice and palliative care patients. This week they were featured on KGW, a local news station in Portland, OR. Check out the video below to find out more about this inspiring organization.


Petal it Forward Recap

Petal it Forward


I’m excited to introduce my little sister, Desiree, as today’s guest blogger! Des followed in my footsteps by attending the University of Oregon, and is now in her senior year there. Our dad, Pat Dahlson, asked her participate in SAF’s Petal it Forward this year with Dandelions Flowers & Gifts, a local flower shop in Eugene, OR, so that she did! Here’s what she had to say:


Guest blogger Desiree Dahlson


When I was asked to help with Petal It Forward for the local flower shop where I go to college in Eugene, Ore. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Accompanied by two of my fellow sisters of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, we made our way to the flower shop the day before the event to prep the flowers. We prepped bucketfuls of single wrapped roses, attaching to each a small blurb explaining what Petal It Forward is all about.



Learning about the flower industry and how the event would run from Shirley, of Dandelion’s Flowers & Gifts, made us all excited about what we were contributing to. My favorite part, though, was the actual Petal It Forward event the following day. I met up with the Dandelion’s ladies right next to the University of Oregon campus Wednesday morning, ready to pass out roses, one for each person to keep for themselves, and another to pass on to someone else.


Participating in the actual passing out of flowers was even more exciting than I expected. At first people were hesitant to take the flowers, assuming there had to be some kind of catch to receiving free flowers. Once they understood the “pay it forward” aspect of the event, people were immediately on board. The smiles that spread across people’s faces because of the free flowers made the positive power of flowers so obvious. The coolest part of being involved in Petal It Forward was seeing how that passing out simple roses made an average Wednesday morning just a little bit brighter.


Shirley Lyons, Owner of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts

Our adorable 1yr old helper, Fiona, and her mom Toviana, Shirley’s daughter & granddaughter


Not only was it a great experience handing out roses, but the local news even came out to interview Shirley and learn about Petal it Forward . We were all on the news that night, and it was so encouraging to see that the community really supports the message that Petal it Forward sends. Though only in its second year, I’m confident Petal It Forward will gain even more attention and continue to spread smiles, one flower at a time.


SAF’s Petal it Forward & Floral Companies that Give Back

Petal it Forward


If you weren’t already aware, SAF is gearing up for their second annual Petal it Forward event in New York City! This year it will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, and SAF invites you to bring this idea to your community. The basic idea stems from studies that show how flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. They’ve taken that research and turned it into this fabulous idea, basically “paying it forward” with flowers!

On October 19th, SAF’s marketing team will “hit the streets of New York and randomly present two flower bouquets each to people through the city. Recipients are asked to ‘Petal it Forward’ by giving one of their bouquets to someone special in their life, or even a stranger who could use a smile.”


#PetalItForward @About_Flowers @FlowerFactor


Well, here at Mayesh we absolutely LOVE the idea of giving back to the community and using flowers for good. Why NOT take advantage of them?! We were inspired to dig a little further, and find out what other ways florists and companies are using flowers to give back. Here’s what we came up with:


The Bloom Project

Bend, Oregon


The Bloom Project


Founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman in Bend, Ore., The Bloom Project is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients. The Bloom Project expanded to Portland in 2013, and receives each of its flowers from donations provided by wholesale floral companies, growers and local grocery stores. The flowers are repurposed by volunteers into beautiful bouquets ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients. Volunteers come from all different backgrounds; many are retired or have little to no floral experience. Members of the team with floral design experience host training sessions, teaching new volunteers how to: care for the flowers, identify which flowers to keep and how to create a bouquet. Berkman and her team of volunteers are committed to sustainable business practices. Not only are they eco-friendly in their efforts to repurpose flowers from their partners, but also by composting floral waste.

Since 2009, The Bloom Project has delivered over 153,000 bouquets with over 62,000 volunteer hours donated in the communities we serve!


The Bloom Project

The Bloom Project

The Bloom Project


Random Acts of Flowers


Random Acts of Flowers


Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and overall well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness. Founded by Larsen Jay in 2008 after he experienced the challenges of a prolonged recovery from a near-fatal accident, the not-for-profit agency now operates branches in Knoxville, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Silicon Valley and Indianapolis. Run largely by a dedicated corps of volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers has served more than 150,000 people nationwide who are struggling with injury, illness or the aging process.


Simply Roses

Ashlee Robertson: “Most of my brides choose to donate their blooms. This practice started seven years ago actually. I was driving home from work one night and thinking about how I really wanted to do something to give back to our community. I had a newborn and was working a million hours but new that I was just beyond blessed to be doing what I loved. I said a little prayer to be sent something great that I could do to give back and I would do it. The very next morning my phone rang and it was a woman with hospice care. I couldn’t believe it. They had a group called “Friends with Flowers” and she was requesting our old flowers to be used to cheer the patients up. I said “I can do better than that.” Since then, they have been coming to my shop every Wednesday and arranging flowers provided by one of our local wholesaler and our shop to deliver to patients. It has been an amazing partnership.

As our wedding business grew, I started to notice how many times we’d arrive back at a venue to retrieve our glassware and all of the flowers remained. It was unbelievable.  So, we started offering a service to pick up the flowers as well as our glass and donate them in the community. We take them to children’s floors at the hospitals, the cancer center, and several assisted living facilities currently. Each week we kind of think of new places they should go. We love how it makes our brides feel to give back in such a big way and we love how it makes the recipients feel as well.”


Cara Piazza

We stumbled upon this and HAD to share, such a unique and different way to repurpose flowers! Brooklyn-based artist Cara Piazza uses waste she collects from florists, restaurants and organic providers to naturally dye clothing and accessories. Check out the article HuffPost did here!


And a few more companies to check out…


Have any of you heard of any other companies finding unique ways to repurpose flowers for good? Or better yet, are YOU? Share with us below, and remember to check out SAF’s Petal it Forward on October 19th!

Live Chat Replay: Lisa Waud & Debra Prinzing on Detroit Flower Week

detroit-flower-weekYesterday, we spoke with Lisa Waud of Pot & Box, and Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers about all of the greatness that is Detroit Flower Week or DFW.

You may recall hearing about an amazing project last year, The Flower House, which brought together over 3 dozen florists, 100 volunteers, 36,000 stems of American grown flowers & plants that were artfully designed in 17 rooms of an abandoned house in Detroit. Truly an awe inspiring moment in our flower history thanks to its creator, Lisa! Fast forward a year later to today, and Lisa is ready to leave her mark on history once again with help from some trail blazing flower friends like Debra. Debra is a champion of American grown flowers helping to promote awareness and consumption of the blooms grown in the U.S. Such a dynamic duo that we were lucky to have time to chat with!

Enjoy and share with your flower friends.



Call for Artists: Art in Full Bloom 2016


Mayesh Las Vegas is proud to announce its 5th annual Art in Full Bloom event. This year the art, floral & fashion event will be held on November 11th from 4 – 9pm and will benefit THE CENTER Las Vegas – The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

We are looking for artists and florists local to the area that would like to participate in the art & design contest. Participants can display their art, design a floral piece or do both! If you are a florist and need an artist or vice versa, don’t worry as we can match you up! Deadline for artist & florist registration will be Friday, October 21, 2016.


• Artists & florists registration deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016.
• Local artist will place a piece for display in our studio.
• Floral designers will be assigned a specific work of art to create complimentary floral pieces.
• Designers will have access to their assigned art before the actual event and have from 7am – 1pm on November 11, 2016 to install their piece for the show.
• Any and all flowers used for the contest design must be purchased at Mayesh Las Vegas.
• Florists will be given a flower credit to help defray costs.
• Vases and hard goods are the responsibility of the floral designer.
• Floral design must be freestanding and self-supporting.
• Tables and stands will be provided for display.
• Florals may not be attached to the art piece.
• Awards for Best Floral Presentation and other categories.
• Due to space considerations, some size restrictions will be necessary. Any objects measuring larger than 4’x6’ must have approval due to limited space.

Art in Full Bloom 2016



NOVEMBER 11, 2016 4PM – 9PM

3950 WEST DIABLO #B11, LAS VEGAS, NV 89118


This year’s theme – ART IN FULL BLOOM “A Disco Celebration of Colors” will be dedicated to The Center – the LGBT community and their talents within the art and floral industries. Artists and designers will be asked to focus on the uses of vivid colors in their art and floral designs. Attendees will be encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and revelry.

The Center – A Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents of Southern Nevada.

Attendees are asked to make a donation to selected charity upon entrance, buy art, raffles and bid at the silent auct

Art in Full Bloom is a FREE event started as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist and has grown into an eclectic mix of flora, art and fun! Local artists are asked to exhibit with opportunities to sell their art. In addition, local floral designers are asked to create a floral design to accent/complement the art piece. There will also be featured Floral Fantasy designs, a student competition, raffles, silent auction and fabulous noshes & libations.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. If you are a local artist or florist and are interested in participating in this year’s event, get more information here.

Mayesh Phoenix: Make Someone Smile Week

Guest Blogger: Krista Hamas, AZMF - Mayesh Phoenix Sales

For the second year in a row, Mayesh Phoenix was lucky enough to participate in Teleflora’s national movement called “Make Someone Smile Week." This year we chose to “Back the Blue." A crew of our employees, their children, and our amazing customers came together to design and hand deliver what ended up being 630 arrangements to the men and women on the Phoenix Police Department. In total, we were able to visit six different precincts throughout the greater Phoenix area.

What was most touching to us was that we were there to thank THEM for all that they do to keep our community safe, yet WE were the one’s receiving the genuine hugs, handshakes and thank you’s from these heroes. What an amazing experience for all of us! In a time when there is so much hate and negativity in this world, to be able to spread a little happiness and truly make people smile was a gift to all of us. We challenge you to get out there and do something for someone just to be kind. The reward that you will receive is so much better than anything money can buy.




#Mayeshwholesaleflorist #Mayeshphoenix #webacktheblue #mayeshgivesback

@oasis.floralproducts @phoenixpolicedepartment @teleflora @mayeshphoenix

Adopted Mayesh Lonely Bouquets 2016

2016 Mayesh Lonely Bouquet


Two weeks ago, we hosted our third Mayesh Lonely Bouquet Design Day, but this year, we extended it to a full week! Our branches had an awesome turnout – Portland alone had 42 designers help send out almost 100 bouquets! Our favorite part about Lonely Bouquet is seeing all of the pictures and heart-warming stores flood in as strangers began finding these lonely bouquets around town.

We wanted to share the joy that was felt with this year’s Lonely Bouquet, starting with this sweet story sent to us by Paula of Southern California, about her parents’ experience finding one of the bouquets:


Dear Mayesh Flowers,

My elderly parents live in Santa Paula, CA and go to the local Thrift store on Main street every week as one of their regular outings.
 My mother found a “Lonely Bouquet that was asking for a home” this week. She was so excited and happily took the bouquet home and put them in her special vase. She called all her kids (there are 6 of us) and shared her sweet find. I just wanted to send you a “HUGE THANK YOU!!” You have made my mother SO HAPPY! It is small sweet gestures like this, that can make someones day. I love a business that thinks like this and does thoughtful gifts of kindness. I would love to be a patron of your business, but after browsing your website, it looks like it is exclusive to business or private companies. 

Again, Just wanted to say a “BIG THANK YOU”


Thank you for sharing, Paula, we’re so glad we could put a smile on your mom’s face!


We heard some more stories through Facebook & Instagram as well!



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Memorial Day Flowers 2016 Recap & Photos

Memorial Day Flowers


Over the past two weeks, we’ve been receiving stories & photos from customers who participated in the Memorial Day Flowers event. It was a day to use flowers to honor our U.S. service men and women who are no longer with us. We hope you had a great Memorial Day as well, remembering heroes past.

Mayesh Phoenix

This year, we participated in the delivery and placement of 18,000 roses at the Arizona National Cemetery in Phoenix. The coordination of the volunteers was done by our customer Judy Haenel from Tulip Tree. Of the approximately 200 volunteers, six of them were our customers. Four employees participated, two brought their children. Mario brought his son. Krista’s daughter brought her Honor Society group and they received Community Service hours and got their picture taken with Senator John McCain. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will all receive badges. It was meaningful for all involved.


Simply Flowers of Fresno, California

We would like to express our gratitude to Mayesh and it’s partners for allowing us to participate in this program.  Not only was the community extremely grateful but it was a life changing experience for my staff. There were moved and honored to be a part of this event.  The entire staff indicated that it made theirs hearts warm.


Royal Events and Design of Charlotte, North Carolina 

These are the ladies that helped me hand them out. They are from the chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Daughters of the War of 1812. The service was very moving, and the people that we gave the roses to were happy that they had something to put on their love ones grave.


Your Image Floral of Ojai, California

We were so lucky to participate this year and can’t wait for next. We had about ten Military spouses and their children and eight Active Duty in uniform join us on Monday to place the roses at Ivy Lawn in Ventura CA. This was so special and touching for each and everyone of them. I already have a list of people that are looking forward to joining us next year.

Since we were the only Florist in Ventura County to have ever participated and that we had Military spouses and active duty involved the local paper joined us.


Klamath Flower Shop LLC of Klamath Falls, Oregon

I wanted to share the pictures from our Memorial Day festivities here in Klamath Falls. We had an amazing time talking with everyone and handing out complimentary roses during the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of those who served. We handed out 350 roses yesterday. I would say about half stayed at the memorial and the other half were taken to grave sites throughout the city.

We are so thankful to Mayesh for making this possible!


Floral Fantasy of Madera, California

We had an incredible time doingWe had an incredible time doing this service for the Vets and their families. We had such a great response to the roses which were incredible!! Most beautiful red roses ever. We fresh cut, conditioned, stored for Monday…all were perfect. We set up our banner, some flags that I purchased to give away also, at Courthouses Park which is a historical landmark and in the center of Madera. The Avenue of flags were flowing in the wind, each with a name of a Veteran on the pole, spectacular. Our community does an awesome job of putting on the observance of our armed forces who gave their all. I was honored to have been a small part of it.  Thank you Mayesh and the Greenrose growers for providing such a great service. We were so happy to be selected to participate in such a wonderful event.


Beautiful Blooms by Jen of Sylvania, Ohio

We partnered with a customer who works for Wreaths Across America. He enlisted the help of some cute brownies to help him pass the roses out to veterans and their families.


The Aria Hotel of Las Vegas, Nevada

We are very grateful for the generosity of roses that were sent. Numerous employees had to work Memorial Day & it warmed the hearts of many to share this visual arrangement honoring all our Troops serving past and present. The arrangement created a focal point to take photos with coworkers and loved ones. We are very blessed to live in the nation we live in because of those that have served and fought for our freedom. Thank you for making this a wonderful Memorial Day 2016.


Heath Florist of Salem, Oregon

This was the first time we had participated in the Memorial Day Flowers and we LOVED it!!  My business partner is also my sister so we share the same sense of humble gratitude for our Veterans. It was a huge honor for us to be able to give back to our community in this way.  We joined City View cemetery on Monday for their ceremony and were out of our flowers within about twenty minutes! This is going to be a new tradition for Heath Florist now! Thank you, so very much, to everyone that made this program possible.


Four Muses Floral of Portland, OR

I traveled around with the Post 21 American Legion Riders, Color Guard, and the Women’s Auxiliary Group representatives. We performed ceremonies at 8 different cemeteries/memorial sites around Yamhill County, Oregon, ending at the Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Veteran’s Memorial. After each ceremony, members placed roses on Veteran’s graves. Hope you enjoy the photos, and thank you for making this possible.


Do Floristry of Ann Arbor, Michigan

With the roses we created huge 12″ and 9″ hand-glued composite ‘poppy pretenders’ that we used throughout the gala decor in the cocktails, bars, courtyard and reception entrance area. The arrangements were enormous! My personal favorite detail is the red rose and silver thistle wreaths I created for the two bronze lions flanking the entrance to the courtyard. The remaining 75 roses were distributed to guests, most of whom were active new enlistees, military, veterans and their families as they left for the evening. Big thanks for making this annual event super special!


Now & Forever Flowers & Décor of Michigan

Memorial Day was awesome!! We had the opportunity to meet with so many families who lost loved ones who served our county. What was a sad day for many, we were able to make it a beautiful day with the roses and simply taking the time to listen to their stories. We first began our venture at the Gary Miles Veteran’s Center in Ecorse, MI and spent most of our day there sitting and talking to veterans who lost fellow soldiers. We then went to the International Gospel Center in Ecorse, MI where many of the families gathered to honor the loved ones they have lost. The dynamic of the roses seemed to change the atmosphere everywhere we went. We were even asked to go to a few other venues to spread our joy with roses that day. It was an amazing day! Thank you so much for allowing us to spread such joy here in Michigan. We look forward to celebrating the bravery of every man and woman who served our great country every year from now on.


Sign-Up for Memorial Day Flowers 2016

Memorial Day Flowers


For 2016, Mayesh has committed to donate 25 Memorial Day Flower kits. We love participating in this program with the help of our customers to recognize the fallen men and women who have served our country.

If you are a florist who wants to get involved in their community’s Memorial Day festivities, please let your Mayesh branch and sales representative know as soon as possible.  Each kit contains 250 roses, 250 handouts and 1 banner, which are available for a $40 fee.  Please keep in mind that we are trying to spread the kits around the country, and note that we are only making these kits available to our current Mayesh customers so act fast.

Read our past blog posts showing some of the goodness that this program does!  I cannot wait to see and hear about Memorial Day Flowers 2016!


Memorial Day Flowers


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