Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Floral Classes

Did you know we offer floral classes at Bank of Memories & Flowers
Below are just a few classes that we offer for groups. Please call us today! We would love to design any class for your specific group.
We are also interested in offering a Basic Floral Design class this Fall 2012.  We are in the process of collecting names.  If you always wanted to learn the steps of floral designing or just get a better understand of the floral industry, this class is for you.  
Please call us (Menomonee Fall 262.253.9111, Pewaukee 262.695.9911) or email us to express your interest.  

Bring in your Girl Scout, school or church group to get their hands dirty learning about flowers. We can customize the class for any age group. We will tour our historical building and learn the basics about flowers and the floral industry. At the end of class, each child will create a floral design to take home.
The class is $10 per person, includes all materials and is about one hour long. Please call for more information or book a date that will work for your group.

Want to do something different with your ladies group! Enjoy a Girls Night Out at the flower shop! The shop will be open for your group exclusively. We will serve refreshments while you relax and shop our giftware at special discount prices. We will begin with a tour of the shop and the history behind the building. In the class, we will learn the basics about flowers and get insight on the floral industry. We will create a hands-on floral design personalized to your group’s taste that the ladies can take home and enjoy. The evening is about 2 hours long, includes all materials and $35 per person. Please call for more information to set up your Ladies Night.

Eco-friendly gardening helps maintain the environment and attracts wildlife; whether your garden is large or small, we can show you ways to create a GREEN garden. Find out how to plant flowers that you can harvest flowers to arrange with. Learn which plants produce the best blooms to cut and arrange in your home. Learn the benefits of rain barrels, compost piles, natural pesticides and how to make your own eco-friendly fertilizer. You will plant your very own mini eco-friendly garden during the class to take home with you and enjoy. The class is $10 per person, includes all the materials and is one hour long. Please call our Pewaukee location for more information or to book a date that will work for your group. This class is only available at our Pewaukee location from May through October.

*All classes must have a minimum of 5 people and about a maximum of 20 people.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Locally Grown Flowers

Our Plaque of Promise

Pewaukee Location Going Green!   

Many of our customers are unaware that we have a second location in Pewaukee which actually grows many of their own flowers for both stores to use in everyday arrangements.   At Bank of Memories & Flowers, we are environmentally conscious and always finding new ways to go green.  In the past decade buying local food has become mainstream, so why not flowers too?  Buying locally grown flowers are better for a number of reasons.  Having our gardens at Pewaukee gives both locations long lasting flowers while eliminating chemicals which keeps our planet healthy.  Locally grown flowers are more gentle on the environment because they are not being grown in greenhouses or shipped in planes and trucks.  

By buying local flowers you are supporting the local economy and encouraging small and beginning farmers.  At Bank of Memories & Flowers, we find that these flowers are naturally fresher.  Once they are cut and hydrated, they can soon be used in beautiful arrangements.  If you stop at our Pewaukee location, you will find many gorgeous flowers in bloom such as sedum, veronica, garden roses, purple cone flower, pink hydrangeas, and yarrow.  Our garden provides us with varieties that are hard to find otherwise.  Our customers are always fascinated by the exotic flowers we use on a day to day basis.  Seasonal flowers that come from our garden are much more affordable than flowers forced to grow out-of-season in greenhouses, which means you will never pay premium price.  

Take some time and smell the beautiful flowers blooming in our garden and check out our unique lawn art.  We have found that our gardens take a lot of work, but have also been therapeutic and fun to grow.  So you've got more than one reason to go local and go green!!!!

Cone Flower


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Father Day

Here's to all Dads!!

Father's Day is coming up fast, so I wondered where this holiday got its start. The initial idea of Father's Day came from Sonara Smart Dodd who wanted to honor dads like hers who was a civil war vet and a single dad of 6 children! This was uncommon at the time for dads to raise their children by themselves, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly remarried again.  The idea of Father's Day caught on and was celebrated in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson but was not made "official" until 1972 by President Nixon.

Don't forget to honor your dad this year.  Father's Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday of June.  Celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life.  Many people send or give cards to their fathers, but at Bank of Memories and Flowers we can send dad a more unique and custom gift.  Believe it or not, a lot of dads would tell you that receiving a floral arrangement, unique plant, or a gift basket full of treats would knock his socks off.  I'm absolutely in love with the new Jeep Wrangler container we just got in.  You could put plants or flowers in this cool keepsake.  Give us a call so you can be Dads favorite this year!

 Jeep® Wrangler King of the Road by Teleflora Flowers

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Wedding Anniversary Gifts

This week I will be celebrating my 8th wedding anniversary.  My wedding was on June 4, 2004 at the Polish Center of Wisconsin.  It was a beautiful Friday wedding and the weather was perfect.  The five delivery vans full of flowers got there with time to spare with all my girlfriends running around adding all the final touches. Thinking back, it is amazing what a dream that year was...I bought Bank of Memories & Flowers just a few months before.  I was such a world wind.

Every year my husband Tom and I give the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, this year it was bronze.
We try to have fun with it.  It all started when Tom gave me "paper" for our first Anniversary.  On that paper he listed the top ten highlight moments of being married that first year.  


Here are just a few options of the Tradition Wedding Anniversary Gifts:
1st     Paper
2nd   Cotton
3rd    Leather
4th    Flowers!!!
5th    Wood
6th    Iron
7th    Copper
8th    Bronze
9th    Pottery
10th  Tin
11th  Steel
12th  Silk
13th  Fur (maybe I will get a new kitten!)
14th  Gold Jewelry
15th  Crystal
16th  Silver
17th  Furniture
18th  Porcelain
19th  Bronze
20th  Platinum
21st  Brass
22nd Copper
23rd  Silver Plate
24th Musical Instrument
25th Silver
26th Original Pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids
29th New Furniture
30th Pearls
31st  Time Piece
32nd Conveyances
33rd  Amethyst
34th  Opal
35th Coral
36th Bone China
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl, Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby
41st Land
42rd Improved Real Estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries 
45th Sapphire 
46th Original Poetry
47th Books
48th Optical Goods
49th Luxuries
50th Gold

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Danyell Cain, Our Pewaukee Manager


Danyell started her career in the floral industry in 2004. She has spent most of her life in artistic fields such as painting, interior design, rock carving, pottery, drawing, professional singing. Though all very fun and interesting she never felt like she had found quite the right niche until she discovered the floral industry.

Danyell researched the industry and decided that she wanted to give it a try. She attended The Milwaukee School of Flower Design and was hired at a floral shop immediately afterwards. Floral designing came naturally to her and she quickly excelled within the industry, gaining a much greater passion for flowers and design.

Danyell joined the team at Bank of Memories & Flowers in December of 2009 as manager of the Pewaukee location. She loves her job and being able to take her love for design and color and applying it with a medium as gorgeous as flowers! She enjoys providing unmatched customer service and outstanding customized floral displays for all of the shops clients.