Festive Poinsettias for the Office

For many of us, the holiday season only officially begins when we’ve decorated the house and set up the tree. We transform our homes with garlands and lights, introducing some seasonal spirit to our daily lives. For most of us, it’s no different at the workplace. Out come the decorations, cheering up our desks and common areas and announcing to customers, clients and coworkers that the holidays are here.

At Billy Heroman’s Flowers, we love to combine our cherished decor with fresh new items unique to that year. And for us, there’s no better way to do that than with winter’s vibrant poinsettias.

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Fall Florals for Hosts

Chances are, you’re attending a dinner party sometime this holiday season. And while it may not be on the level of Thanksgiving, it’s still a gathering in which your host or hostess will be going to some effort to make a nice meal and put out all the decor. In that case, it’s time to think about the thank-you gift you’ll offer in return.

Hostess gifts have been around forever, and while there’s some debate about what’s appropriate to give, one thing is for sure, at least to Billy Heromans Flowers & Gifts: Fall florals are never wrong.

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Celebrating a Great Boss

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National Boss’s Day originated in the mind of Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Chicago. She registered the holiday with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958, selecting October 16 as the date as it was her dad’s birthday. Haroski’s goal was to express gratitude for her boss, as well as to recognize all great employers across the country. She hoped the day would improve and enhance the relationship between employees and their supervisors, bosses and owners. In 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner proclaimed the day an official observance (although it is not a national holiday). In addition to the United States, the day is celebrated in several other countries such as Australia and India.

At Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts, we believe that a great boss deserves to be recognized.  So here’s to the mentors, the promoters, the leaders, and all those who make our workplace a positive place to be every day! We say thank you with beautiful gifts of plants and flowers that will look awesome in any work environment. Continue reading

From the Greenhouse – Plant Care Tips

plant careWhen it comes to choosing the best green and flowering plants for your home and office – or as the perfect gift – you won’t find more expertise than at Billy Heroman’s Flowers. Our company has not only been providing gorgeous florals and plants to Baton Rouge for over 60 years, but we also have our own local greenhouses!  In other words, we know indoor plants – and we are happy to share our knowledge freely with our customers! Although it is not possible to outline how to care for all of the beautiful plants we offer, we would like to highlight three of our favorites, currently available from our greenhouse.

Awesome Gifts: Green and flowering plants make excellent gifts for Administrative Professionals Week, beginning April 23rd.  Continue reading

Outdoor Flowers for all of Your Outdoor Parties

outdoor partiesWelcome, summer! The sun is shining, the kids are ready for adventure, and we are busy planning trips, parties, and play-dates. This time of year is exciting, with the promise of longer daylight hours and all the fun and memories that we can pack into them.

outdoor partiesTo those with large backyards, summertime parties are often the best part of the season – a beautiful garden with vibrant flowers provides the perfect backdrop for friends and family. But the truth is, not everyone has the time to cultivate a garden, or even the space in our yards to accommodate one. For those who have a smaller yard, live in an apartment or whose backyard patio is limited in size – we have the perfect solution! In fact, we have created some designer arrangements just for you, so that you can focus your time and energy on the people around you this season.

outdoor partiesBlooming baskets are an ideal way to bring nature into the boundaries of your outdoor space. With these floral arrangements, you can instantly give your yard or porch the makeover you desire. The versatility of the baskets is evident – move them from place to place around your home, bring them indoors or even transplant the shrubs and flowers from the basket to your flower beds when your gathering is over so that they can continue to thrive and flourish. You can also decorate porches, lanais, and balconies with lush hanging plants, small potted varietals and even fresh cut bouquets.

outdoor partiesAt Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts, we believe that everyone should be surrounded by stunning flowers and green plants, but that doesn’t have to mean long hours slaving away in the garden. Contact us today so that you can get a jump start on your beautiful summer décor that only looks like you gardened for months!

Billy Heroman’s Earth Day 2016

earth dayAs springtime approaches, so does one special day – it is so special, in fact, that it is celebrated twice. On March 20th of 2016, the Spring Equinox will be upon us; and since 1970, this day has also been known as an International Earth Day. Founder John McConnell was inspired to establish this day in order to unite globl citizens on issues of peace and stewardship for the earth. Similarly, on April 22nd, of 1970, Gaylord Nelson, a U.S.Senator known for his conservation efforts, established a day of educational initiatives for the environment, also named Earth Day. Although two distinct days with differing outreach efforts, over the years they have collectively raised awareness of the importance of preserving the world’s resources.

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Green plants and trees are an essential component of our planet’s health; the benefits that afford the Earth can also be translated to our own homes and lives. During America’s growth and progress, countless trees and plants have been destroyed. However, plants play an extremely important role in our ecosystems, from improving the air quality to offering medicinal benefit. One popular initiaitve on Earth Day is planting trees; by surrounding yourself with green plants and cultivated trees, you can also ensure the same benefit in your personal space.

 

Flowers also have their own benefit – mostly they make people happy! It’s been a long, cold winter, and everyone is ready for a little spring, This Earth Day, you can show your loved ones how much you care about them – and about our environment – in one special gift.

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Billy Heroman’s of Baton Rouge knows that plants and flowers are an integral part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. On Earth Day, give someone you love a green plant or floral bouquet – not only will it beautify their home or office, but it will provide benefits they cant see. Billy Heroman’s lives and breathes floral arrangements every day – and we would be happy to work with you to keep the planet green.

 

Use Houseplant Appreciation Day as an Opportunity to Fill Your Home With Houseplants

houseplant appreciationThe holiday chaos is over, the decorations are put away, and out of town guests and family members are gone. But now your house looks bare and boring. On January 10, we celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day. It’s not an official holiday or observance; it’s merely an opportunity to encourage people to warm up their homes with houseplants.Houseplant Appreciation Day. It’s not an official holiday or celebration; it’s merely an opportunity to help people to warm up their homes with houseplants.

 

If you’re already a houseplant collector or grower, consider this a gentle reminder that you need to take care of your plants. If you’re new to houseplants or haven’t ever considered using them as a way to bring some fresh life, color and interest to your home, now is your chance.

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Split Leaf Philodendron

If you’re looking for something exotic and dramatic, you won’t find anything that fits that description better than our Split Leaf Philodendron. This unusual variation on the familiar heart-shaped philodendron is super easy to maintain. It is a plant that adapts to most light conditions and only requires water. You and your family will always be impressed by the unique shape and size of the leaves.

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Bromeliad

Our lush Bromeliad will fill your home with rich earthy colors and the feeling of an exotic tropical garden. Bromeliads need medium to bright light and grow best out of a shallow pot. You can bring the plant outside and continue to grow it as an air plant. This beautifully colorful plant will warm your home up and enliven the moods of your family members.

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Chinese Evergreen

Another showy plant that doesn’t require any care is our Chinese Evergreen. It is one of the most durable houseplants. You can ignore this plant and it will continue to thrive – even if you forget to water it for lengthy time periods. It prefers to grow in low light conditions, with warm temperatures and humidity.

 

You can always count on the knowledgeable team at Billy Heroman’s to turn your drab house into a warm, peaceful, welcoming environment.

 

 

Back to School- What Do Teachers Really Want?

back to schoolTeacher gifts are commonplace on Appreciation Days, holidays, or the last day of school. But have you ever considered a teacher gift on the first day of a new school year? It is a great way to express support and confidence in your child’s incoming teacher, and set the tone for your very important relationship. In a recent study regarding teacher gifts, the teachers reported than the number one thing they would like to receive is a heartfelt note from an appreciative parent. Other popular selections were gift cards, or items that would be useful in the classroom.

Billy Heroman’s has a wide range of plants that should spur interesting and educational conversations. The Succulent Garden is comprised of plants known for storing water in unique ways; and is low maintenance enough for easy year-round enjoyment. The Tropical Blooming Bromeliad Plant will add color to any classroom, while showcasing blooms native to tropical forests and climates.

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Tropical Blooming Bromeliad Plant

Not sure what your new favorite teacher would like? Give her our “Use it For Anything” gift card, good for flowers, plants, gourmet gift baskets, gourmet desserts and more – guaranteeing that your gift is just right. And don’t forget the heartfelt personal note!

While you are at it, don’t forget that your kids are entering a new school year as well. Show your daughter you believe in her with a bouquet of sweetheart roses; remind your college student of home with a Chocoholic Gift Basket sure to make them the hit of the dorm. Regardless of what you choose, both students and teachers will appreciate your thoughtfulness as everyone embarks on the new year. Stop into one of Billy Heroman’s three Baton Rouge area flower shops for ideas and inspiration.

Decorating Your Outdoor Space

outdoor plantsThis time of the year, we spend a lot of time outside. Whether we are lounging on the pool deck, dining at the picnic table, or holding a gathering on our lawn, we love to enjoy sunshine and nature. If you love the colors of flowering plants but don’t want to cultivate a garden, Billy Heroman’s is your one stop florist. We offer many options for beautifying your outdoor space with gorgeous blooms.

 

 

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Endless Blooms Bougainvillea

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Full Summer Blooms Bougainvillea

Start with Endless Blooms Bougainvillea , a floral arrangement that will add a tropical flair to your outdoor oasis. Available in several vibrant hues, they will provide a flowering backdrop well into the fall, making them a wonderful choice for decorating. If you prefer, you can also get these hardy flowers, which love the summer climate in a hanging basket. Suspend from porch railings, fences or garden hooks for a gorgeous accent to any home’s landscaping. Or perhaps you’d like to Make the Patio Pretty, with our pot of assorted annuals sure to brighten any dull corner of your space.

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Make the Patio Pretty

If you like things a little more green or exotic, consider tropical foliage and blooms that are native to warm weather climates. Ferns are also especially well suited for outdoors in the summer months, as they are native to rain forests, and thus love humid, warm weather. Whether in a container or dish garden for an outdoor table or display; or in a potted arrangement – these plants make for lush, full arrangements that bring the tropical garden right onto your deck.

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Blooming Tropical Paradise

If you are looking to transform your outdoor living space into a living garden, Billy Heroman’s has the ideas and expertise to help you create it. Visit us at one of our three Baton Rouge Flowershops and be inspired.

Celebrating Houseplant Appreciation Day with Better Feng Shui

You might not have been aware it was even a holiday, but Houseplant Appreciation Day is coming up. Saturday, January 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day, and it’s the perfect time for adding to your own houseplant collection or gifting friends, colleagues and family members with houseplants of their own.

Plants do so much for us — they help purify and oxygenate the air we breathe and neutralize toxins in our environment. Studies have shown they can help reduce stress, increase productivity and promote peace of mind. They are also an important element of the Chinese art of Feng Shui, which focuses on an optimal flow of life force energy, or “chi” around a home. Here are some plants that can help to improve the Feng Shui in any indoor environment; they’re also great for Houseplant Appreciation Day gift giving:

Chinese Evergreen

With its broad, patterned leaves and peaceful energy, the Chinese Evergreen can uplift the energy in any home. It’s also known to be excellent for cleansing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) around the home s that the air you breathe is safer for you and your family.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Plant)

With a nickname name like Peace Lily, it’s not surprising that this plant will improve the energy and conditions around your home. It features shiny dark green leaves and it blooms bright white lily flowers throughout the year. Spathiphyllum also cleanses the air and is also very easy to care for.

Ferns

Ferns are another pleasant way to improve the conditions in your home. The fern has been around on this planet for millions of years, and it brings a calm, centering energy to any space. Consider a Boston fern for your own home or to give as a gift.

Ficus

The large ficus plant is also excellent for improving the flow of chi in your home as well as handling and neutralizing larger amounts of VOCs. This makes them ideal for larger spaces like living rooms, and they are particularly good at offsetting toxins brought in from new furniture items or carpeting. Consider adding an Amstel King or Benjamina ficus plant to your home or office, or give them as gifts to loved ones.

Houseplant Appreciation Day is a time to pause and express gratitude for all that plants do for our quality of life. Contact Billy Heroman’s for more ideas for Houseplant Appreciation Day gift giving.