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It’s Homecoming Time!

Wow! Time flies!
Homecoming dances are beginning this weekend. We are so excited!

Pictured above are some of our best selections for corsages & boutonnieres. Almost all are available in different colors.

Please call us with your order!
(Do not attempt to place your order online, we need to walk you through the process.)

Homecoming orders are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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Paying Tribute to our Heroes

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – July 27, 1953.

Providing a wreath for the Memorial was a task we were honored to assist with.

Approximately 30 people gathered this morning for a brief commemoration ceremony at the North Shore Korean War Memorial marking the anniversary of the end of what many call “the forgotten war.”

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The Korean Conflict began in 1950 when 75,000 troops from North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States, along with a number of allies, including Russia, rushed to defend the people of South Korea. The mission of our brave servicemen  was “to protect and preserve freedom in Korea.”

In light of the recent aggressive actions of North Korea, we are reminded again that “freedom is hard earned, needs to be protected, and is not free.”

Korean War Memorial Sign

The Korean War Memorial, located on the North Shore between PNC Park and Heinz Field, near the river, was dedicated in 1999. It was built using 1.2 million dollars which was raised by volunteers with the Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania.

Korean War Memorial Plaque

The Memorial is a beautiful tribute to our unsung heroes who fought to keep us and others safe and free.

What About the Men in Your Life? | Boutonnieres

A boutonniere is a flower that packs a punch! This often overlooked detail is the finishing touch for any groom or tuxedo wearer in general.   “Boutonniere”  comes from the french word for button hole, which is traditionally where the single flower or bud was worn.

Boutonnieres are a tradition that have lasted the test of time, and can still be seen today,  pinned to the left lapel of their wearers. Boutonnieres are an opportunity to tie into the flowers being worn or carried by a date or escort.

In the past, boutonnieres were worn more frequently,   but today are generally reserved for formal gatherings such as weddings, proms, homecomings, funerals, and formal ceremonies.  The flower itself was often a carnation and the most formal color was white; another classic choice was red.  Today, many colors and flowers are appropriate for use as boutonnieres and can be use to achieve many different looks.

Shown below are some of our favorite boutonnieres —   Parkway Florist Pittsburgh Boutonnieres Wedding Prom Homecoming.jpg

What is your favorite flower? Can we make something special for you?

Singing the Tune of June | National Rose Month

With today being the first day of June, we are happy to see that National Rose Month is finally here! Roses have been a long time favorite for many people, and thankfully we have a whole month dedicated to them.

Roses have a long and colorful history. The have been known to symbolize love, beauty, innocence, politics, and even war. This special month-long tribute is set aside for Americans to appreciate the beautiful rose, learn about its many varieties, and what it has to offer.

Part of the appeal when it comes to roses, is that they come in a wide array of colors that can be used in stunning combinations or enjoyed on their own. It does not matter if you are the type of person to only buy flowers once or twice a year, or every week for your dining table, anyone can enjoy roses.

Roses are a great choice when sending flowers for many reasons. Firstly, they are extremely popular, and are readily available (at market pricing) at most local flower shops. Secondly, roses are appropriate for any occasion. Roses are used to convey romance, friendship, appreciation, love, congratulations, and even sympathy. And lastly, roses are grown in a rainbow of beautiful natural colors. Varieties are available in red, maroon, orange, peach, coral, yellow, ivory, pink, lavender, blush, and more! No matter your style, contemporary, classic, simple, extravagant, traditional, or anywhere in between, roses can be arranged to fit your taste.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan declared that the rose would be the national floral emblem of the United States of America. In June, roses are so plentiful and abundant, that it makes the perfect month for National Rose month. Additionally, National Red Rose Day is June 12th.

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Today, there are well over 100 species of roses, mostly grown in the northern hemisphere in moderate weather regions.

Rose hips are sometimes eaten for their vitamin C content. They can also be pressed and filtered to make herbal tea, syrup, jams, jellies, and marmalade. Rose hips are also popular in skin care products.

So all month long, we will be celebrating the beauty of the rose, with many special offerings.

As you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or “just because” moments, consider sending roses – our national emblem.

 

Memorial Day 2017

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As Memorial Day nears again, we are reminded of one of our favorite Parkway Florist Traditions. On Monday May 29, 2017, you can find us at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies passing out complimentary roses to be placed at the graves of service members.

This is an honorable cause that we are glad to support each year. This year we have teamed up with The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and DVFlora to make this possible.

If you have the chance, or you have a loved one buried at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA, we would love to see you come out and support our cause. This cemetery spans 292 acres and is quite the sight to see.

We will be at The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies starting at 9:30 AM on Monday May 29, 2017. Our van will be parked near the entrance to the cemetery with our Memorial Day Flowers Foundation Banner attached. We hope you will join us.

#FlowerOnEveryGrave

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Prom 2017

Every year around this time, we start getting requests for Prom flowers. High School proms are often that one special night a year for girls & guys alike to get dressed up, and have the time of their lives.

Free of care and stress about homework, sports, college applications, jobs, or anything else, this is the one night to have a blast and spend it with your special date or friend.

Of course this means that all are dressed to the nines. Hair, nails, and makeup are done, shoes, jewelry, and attire decided ahead of time. And flowers of course! Don’t forget the flowers.

One of our favorite trends for prom flowers is the hand tied bouquet. With prom being the more formal of school dances, everything is “fancier” including flowers. Hand tied bouquets allow for fun picture poses, they come with ease and comfort of use, and they provide flexibility of design and style.

Here are some of the amazing hand tied bouquet designs we have done so far this year:

For the guys, boutonnieres offer a fun pop of color, and a chance to match their date:

And for girls who prefer a classic wrist corsage, the choices are endless:

For ordering information please call us at the shop (412) 937-1100.  Advance ordering   for Prom flowers  is required!  (Generally a minimum of 5 days in advance of your Prom date).

Happy Prom Season!

Your Wedding Consultation at Parkway Florist – What to Expect

When it comes time in your wedding planning process to select flowers, we are here to help. Scheduling a consultation with Parkway Florist s is easy and allows you to select  the perfect wedding flowers for your special day.

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As outlined below,  we will take you through the entire process of selecting your wedding flowers:

1.) Scheduling Your Appointment
To Schedule a wedding consultation appointment with Parkway Florist,  you can:
A.) Call Our Shop to provide some basic information and determine if you are ready to select flowers.
B.) Submit a request on our website for an appointment. Once we have received your request we will call you to schedule.

We schedule appointments based on your progress in the wedding planning process. The best time to meet and talk about flower selections is after the following are complete:
-The wedding date is firm
-Ceremony & Reception venues are selected and reserved
-The bride’s dress has been purchased
-The bridesmaids dress style, color, and fabric has been selected
-A general idea of wedding décor has been decided
-A flower budget has been allocated

Appointments are scheduled for mornings, afternoons, or evenings,  depending on the bride’s schedule, and our special events calendar. Our shop is open until 8pm on most nights to accommodate after work appointments. Alternate accommodations can be made for out of town brides or brides with crazy  schedules. Your appointment generally last 1 to 2 hours, and is offered to you at no charge. The bride may come alone to the appointment, or may bring up to 2 or 3 close friends or family members.

Once your appointment is scheduled, you are on our calendar as an appointment. However, your wedding date is not reserved yet, and you are not considered booked with our shop until you have placed your Non-Refundable Retainer with our shop.

2.) Preparing for Your Appointment
After we schedule a wedding consultation appointment with you, we will send you our New Bride Packet in the mail. This contains a confirmation of you appointment date and time along with other information about us.

In order to best prepare for your appointment please gather the following items.
-Fabric swatches and pictures of the Bride’s dress & bridesmaid dresses (Paint chips or ribbon samples are also acceptable).
-A list of people who might need flowers including corsages & boutonnières.
Printed photos of any flowers that you like. Keep it fairly simple. We are looking for inspiration to make your day one of a kind.
-A general plan for your flower budget. Like dress shopping, flower shopping is very flexible. This allows us to offer designs and flower choices that will best suit your budget.

Feel free to look at the many pictures of our work that are available to you. You can visit our website, click the Weddings tab and view our galleries or explore the galleries right here on our blog.


3.) Your Wedding Consultation Appointment
Please arrive for your wedding consultation appointment on time.   If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment please call us. We will be happy to reschedule or cancel your appointment at your request.

Your appointment will generally last 1 to 2 hours depending on your floral needs. You will discuss everything flower-related in detail such as flower verities, colors, styles, and pricing. We offer not only fresh flower product but many other rental items that you may not be aware of.

At your appointment you will be able to select what you need for you wedding day. We have no set package or minimums.

You will leave your appointment with complete, itemized pricing for your wedding, based upon the selections and information discussed.

4.) After Your Consultation
Upon the conclusion of your consultation appointment, you will have the opportunity to reserve your wedding date on our calendar. This means that you have committed to us providing your wedding flowers, and in return we are committed to making your day as special as we can. In order to do so we require your initial Non-Refundable Retainer,  which is based on the size, scope, and budget of your individual wedding.  If you book with our firm, you are permitted to make changes to your wedding order until approximately 30 days prior to your wedding.  Final payment for all services is required in full 2 weeks prior to your wedding.

5.) Moving Forward
If you have decided to book us as your florist. We will be happy to help  you  in the planning process. This includes answering any questions that may come up along the way as well as outlining a plan for the future.  We also offer full Wedding Planning services, as well as Ceremony Co-ordination services for an additional fee.

We hope you will consider scheduling a wedding consultation appointment with Parkway Florist, and we look forward to meeting you!

Happy Planning!

 

For wedding inspiration be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages.