Kitty Concerns…with Lilies!

Did you know that several varieties of lilies can cause renal (kidney) failure or even death in cats if eaten? A study from Utah State University revealed a toxic connection between cats and the following lilies: the Easter lily, tiger lily, Rubrum lily, Japanese show lily and daylilies. When you get an order for any of these.. read more →

Hydrangea Help

We are all crazy about hydrangeas.  However, keeping hydrangeas looking gorgeous can sometimes drive us crazy.  Fear not!  The following guidelines are taken from a Care & Handling article in SAF’s Floral Management Magazine, from August 2014.  It is written by Gay Smith, the technical consulting manager for Chrysal USA. Big picture: hydrangeas are big.. read more →

Your Toolbox for Color: DESIGN MASTER

Ahhh, there is a wonderful toolbox of color at your fingertips and it’s provided by the great folks at DESIGN MASTER!  While color-in-a-can is an amazing thing, knowing how to use that spray can to it’s fullest capacity is even better!  Check out this video for valuable tips on spraying flowers.  If you care to.. read more →

Glitter Box SUCCESS!

Kelly Harnisch fired up the R&M workshop attendees when they created holiday Glitter Boxes and Bottle Toppers this past month!  They left R&M brimming with fresh ideas, sharpened skills and loads of inspiration. Guests were given all the supplies they needed and Kelly shared her “recipes,” tips and tricks.  Many commented that the projects were.. read more →


It’s August and in addition to being the peak of summer, it’s also the start of PACKER FOOTBALL!  (The first preseason game is TONIGHT against the Cardinals!) Show your support with Green Bay Packer logo metal buckets, chili bowls and ribbon.  These items are perfect for in-store displays, game day centerpieces, tailgate parties, personalized gift.. read more →

MAKE MONEY! Make a Glitter Box & Bottle Topper with us!!!

Wanna make unique gift items that sell?  Want someone to give you the ideas and recipes?  Join us here on Wednesday, August 21, to make a unique, holiday GLITTER BOX (complete with lights) and a BOTTLE TOPPER!  For only $40, you’ll receive all the materials, design instruction & assistance, exclusive discounts and some light refreshments.. read more →

Dusty Miller, how we love thee!

We love Dusty Miller for two wonderful reasons:  TEXTURE and COLOR. The silver, furry leaves add an incredible look and texture to floral arrangements and bouquets.  It’s color provides a perfect neutral that compliments a broad range of flowers and foliages.  Dusty miller has made a transition from our backyard gardens to our back-room design.. read more →

Floral Foam and Chrysal Elite Foam

Floral foam is a wondrous product that allows designers to design “outside the box,” or actually, vase.  It offers the ability to place and hold flowers in designs.  Equally important, it provides maximum hydration to flowers, resulting in longer life.  (Please be sure to soak the foam in water that has the proper measure of.. read more →

Raise Your Prices for Mother’s Day!

Yes, that’s what floral expert Tim Huckabee, of, insists all florists do.  “Customers will spend more and you will earn more.”   l love this guy and you will too if you listen to him and ACT on his good council.  Tim Huckabee merits a sales pitch.  All of us need this kind of.. read more →

Deco Mesh Wreaths

Deco Mesh is one of the hottest money-making items out there. As I like to say, “you get a lot of ‘show’ for just a little dough.” Deco mesh wreaths have BIG perceived value due to the large size, but they are low-cost (and time) to make. Using deco mesh with the basic wreath forms.. read more →