Coming up on November 3rd-5th in the serene and autumnal Lan Su Chinese Gardens will be the Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase. This will be the fourth year of bringing together 25 talented designers from all over the Pacific Northwest, creating unique and impressive displays for the visitors to the gardens.
All floral designs will be centered around the chrysanthemum, with displays showcasing more than 75 varieties of the flower for visitors to enjoy.
Chrysanthemums are an amazingly long lasting flower. It comes in a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Many people think of them as the fall equivalent of summer dahlias.
Chrysanthemums are significant in Chinese culture, the symbolic flower of autumn and the flower of the ninth moon. In several Asian cultures, the Nineth Moon honors ancestral heritage, longevity, purification and the balance of ying and yang elements.
Annie Chen, owner of Floral Sunshine, participated in 2014 – the showcase’s first year. Due to scheduling conflicts, we haven’t been able to participate the last couple years, so this is an exciting year!
October 11, 2017 was Petal It Forward day, an initiative originated by the Society of American Florists to give back to our communities. This event is founded on the concepts of Pay It Forward or Random Acts of Kindness, but we “pay” it forward with flowers!
Here’s how it goes: participating florists surprise unsuspecting strangers by giving them two bouquets; one for the recipient to keep and the other to give away as a surprise to brighten someone else’s day.
It may surprise you to learn that every state in the nation celebrated this holiday. These events are really fun and make a lot of people smile. And as our name says, we’re all about spreading sunshine with flowers!
We had the pleasure of giving away over 150 single flowers at Miss Knockout beauty bar with the help of their staff, and over 50 mixed bouquets in the NW Alphabet District. We were honored to participate in such a unique event and have the opportunity to give a little happiness to our Portland community.
Floral Sunshine was featured in an OregonLive article and our owner, Annie Chen, was interviewed on KGW. (See clips below).
A special shout out to our wonderful volunteer, Cynthia, who helped us pass out flowers so we could maintain business as usual. Cynthia emailed us later, saying “Thank you for letting me help pass out bouquets! People really loved your bouquets and I know receiving flowers meant a lot to them.”
Awhile back we had a photo shoot at the Portland Yacht Club, to help them get some new images for their marketing materials. Who knew that this photo shoot would be loved so much to be featured on 2 different blogs. Today, we learned that it was featured on Aisle Society. Previously, it was featured on Knotsvilla on Valentine’s Day but of course we were too slammed with Valentine’s orders to make a blog post about it. Enjoy and follow the above links to see more!
**UPDATE: We closed it!** It was fun for a little while but just didn’t prove to be profitable. Thank you all for your support, please contact us for delivery or pick-up at our studio location located at: 1991 NW Upshur St Suite F in Portland, OR 97209. 503-974-4740
Floral Sunshine is thrilled to bring something new and beautiful to City Market, located at 735 NW 21st Ave. Since our start in 2009, we’ve focused on high end event design out of our studio space in NW. Now, we bring those non-traditional designs and unique local blooms to an easy to access retail location, with ample parking in back. We will be providing an array of local, seasonal and distinct blooms that you just won’t find in your typical grocery store, plus traditional favorites too. We will offer premade and custom statement pieces you can carry away but will also still offer delivery in the Portland and Vancouver metro areas.
Floral Sunshine will begin our new adventure at City Market NW on Thursday, February 9th. We are excited! And hope you are too!
Floral Sunshine had a super busy day with our usual floral orders, and then we participated in Petal It Forward. We’re members of the Society of American Florists and participated in the #PetalItForward event to show our community the true power of flowers. #PetalItForward is a nationwide event that took place today. We were feeling quite ambitious and randomly spread 70 bouquets in the Portland metro area! It was really fun, for the most part except for the ocassional person who thought we were weirdos!
We felt super ambitious and moved over the weekend! I know, why so quick and right before Valentine’s Day? Well, behind the scenes – we were in search of a better location for Floral Sunshine for several months and securing a lease takes time… a lot of time. Many times during the process, it felt like the deal wasn’t going to happen – but thankfully, it did! We owe it to our hardworking leasing agent for representing us during the negotiation. We got keys to the new place Thursday evening and had to make a decision whether to move before or after Valentine’s Day. We were so excited about our new space, we really wanted to move in time for Valentine’s Day!
We quickly got all our ducks in a row on Friday and the big move happened over the weekend. Even though we moved less than 1 mile away, multiple elements had to be orchestrated in a timely fashion… we were so lucky to have so many wonderful professionals help us make the move fairly quick and painless (except for on the pocketbook). Refrigeration specialists to install the walk-in cooler, plumber to install the new sink, packers, movers, locksmith, handyman (my father-in-law), and my dedicated gold-star employee Meredith! Don’t get me wrong, the move was still challenging but definitely not as challenging since we had these professional services.
I really cannot emphasize how important to rely on the professionals to do what they do best and most efficiently. Sure, we could have DIY-ed the move but we would have spent more time and energy – and would probably have been pretty frustrated. It just wasn’t worth it when working with a short timeline. So, please think about this when you or someone you know are planning your next event – hire professionals, they are worth every cent.
And btw, if you haven’t ordered your Valentine’s Day flowers yet, you should do that now!
Wow, what an honor to be featured on Ruffled – one of the nation’s top wedding blogs! Floral Sunshine created all the floral arrangements in this rich hued wedding shoot. We had the honor of working with some super fabulous Portland wedding professionals.
Happy August! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything new to our blog / news section. We’ve been super busy with business in general and also wedding season. For the entire month of July, we challenged ourselves to make a boutonniere a day and post it on our Instagram and Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.
We’ve also updated out gallery page to include a special boutonniere section. Right now, we have the 31 boutonnieres in there but will continue to add pictures of boutonnieres as time goes on.
If you’re in the Portland / Vancouver metro area and are having a special event – and would like a special boutonniere – please contact us – we would love to hear from you!
Big things are happening at Floral Sunshine! Since our move to NW Portland (from N Portland), we are almost done getting settled into our new studio space and office. We are located right behind Montgomery Park in the Old Freeman Factory (it’s a quirky old warehouse) and we absolutely love the convenience and central location.
Among all the exciting things that are happening, the biggest news is that we now have an expanded delivery area! We have an amazing delivery service that specializes in everyday floral deliveries and they pick up from our studio twice a day, distribute the arrangements to their drivers according to their assigned geographical region, and deliver our arrangements with ease! We feel lucky to be one of the lucky shops they service!
Bottom line, delivery in the general Portland metro area ranges from $7-12 and Vancouver $15. See below for zip codes and the costs associated with the delivery. Although Oregon City & Gresham are not listed, we do deliver to certain areas so please inquire specifically with the address. We look forward to sending Floral Sunshine your way! Shop now!
P.S. We still deliver our weddings and special events ourselves, as those types of events usually require client contact and set-up. =D
Floral Sunshine moved to the lovely neighborhood of NW Portland, our new design studio is tucked away in an old warehouse. We are still operating by appointment only, as our schedule is sporadic with meetings (both onsite and offsite) and delivering/setting up events.
We are, however, accepting everyday orders in an expanded delivery area, previously it was difficult for us to make deliveries same-day to Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Vancouver, etc… the list goes on… but we now have a new delivery service that specializes in the floral industry! So, please call us to check the delivery cost – if it’s in the expended delivery area – the cost for 1 floral arrangement to be delivered is $7-15. We charge our clients, exactly what the delivery service charges us, there is no additional mark-up.
We are excited! Whatever the ocassion – we look forward to talking with you! Give us a call 503-974-4740 or email us and let us know how we can help.
Mother’s Day 2014 is a month away! As your local friendly florist, I’m encouraging you to send your mother or a mother you know fresh, quality flowers this week. Everyone appreciates flowers to brighten their day, to show that they are appreciated, and to thank them for their hard work day in and day out.
Not to be morbid…. but I see so many people spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars on memorial flowers when their mother passes away… why not send your mother flowers while she’s alive and can enjoy them? Seems so simple and logical…
Give us a call, tell us your mom’s favorite flowers or colors. One of my mother’s favorite flowers were peonies, unfortunately she passed away 12 years ago but I will drop off flowers next week at her grave. Again, not trying to be depressing — but send your mother flowers! 🙂 Floral Sunshine is making deliveries mostly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday all over the Portland metro area including downtown, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and the Eastside. We will also have a wide selection of fragrant flowers including but not limited to: roses, lilies, carnations, stock, lilac, larkspur, and hydrangeas. We also just got word from one of our favorite local growers that we will also have a selection of peonies available, so call ahead and get these highly sought after gems before they sell out.
Talk to you soon, our online ordering system is disabled for maintenance – but give us a call at 503-974-4740, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form.
Everyone knows that I love creating wedding flowers but hardly anyone knows that I love creating flowers for funerals and memorials. It’s not something I talk about openly and freely because the topic of death/dying often makes people feel uncomfortable and sad. And I can only imagine if I told everyone that I enjoy making memorial wreaths (and large arrangements for memorials in general) – it may freak people out.
I think memorial wreaths are so beautiful and glorious. Take a look at this patriotic memorial wreath that I created this past weekend for the reunion/gathering of some of the living survivors of the navy ship U.S.S. Bush that sunk in the 40s.
Another one of my favorites from this past summer, using local seasonal flowers like dahlias and zinnias in a vibrant red, orange, and yellow palette.
Last but not least, this is a classic memorial wreath of red roses and red carnations.
Floral Sunshine makes custom wreaths and all types of arrangements for all occasions, please contact us today 503-974-4740 or fill out our contact form.
As the owner and lead floral designer at Floral Sunshine, I am constantly looking to grow, learn some new tricks, pick up new tips, and keep up with new trends. In other words, I believe in continuing education. So when I found out that René van Rems was visiting Portland, I jumped on this opportunity to sign up for his half-day hands-on workshop.
Unless if you’re a floral designer, you probably have no idea who this guy is… well, he’s a Dutch floral designer/presenter/consultant/instructor who lives in southern California who has some high floral industry credentials and travels all over the world sharing his talents.
I’ve always admired René from afar and own one of his books in my floral library.
I have yet to pick up the one below called René’s Bouquets for Brides that was published in 2011. Will you take a look at this crazy-huge-amazing cascading bouquet??? Whoa…. In reality, she would probably be tripping over the trailing portion of her bridal bouquet. So gorgeous and over-the-top, I love it!
So, what did I learn at the workshop? I’m not telling! 🙂 I did learn some cool new tricks that help with mechanics and efficiency for wedding flowers.
March has been a great month so far! Floral Sunshine has a new weekly client – one of the newest coffee shops in the St Johns neighborhood. It’s called Fourth Estate Coffeehouse and it’s a cute little place with excellent coffee (from Stumptown Coffee Roasters) and yummy food. Each month, they feature a different artist. For the month of March, the art that is featured on the walls is by a regular customer, Jim Ollett.
We love art of all types and are excited that our floral art will hang out on the counter at Fourth Estate too! Are you a piece of work? Maybe you will hang out there too!
Getting weekly flowers for your business is a great way to create a welcoming and warm environment. If you’re interested in getting floral or plant services for your business on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us a note from our contact form. We deliver weekly all over the Portland metro area and have a lot of experience working with hotels, restaurants, office buildings, law firms, wineries, waiting rooms / lobby areas, etc…. and we would love to create a customized plan that works for you.