Emotional Benefits of Flowers

Most people consider it to be common knowledge that people like to receive flowers, but a behavioral research study offers scientific evidence to confirm that there are definite emotional benefits to receiving flowers.  Whether it is a cut flower arrangement or a potted blooming plant, flowers are a fantastic way to make someone a little happier! 

Below is a great article written by the Society of American Florists about this study:

Gerber Daisy

Gerber Daisy

With today’s high-tech and fast-paced lifestyle taking its daily toll on our lives, experts advise exercise and other personal lifestyle changes to relieve stress. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Research Findings 

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  • Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  • Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  • Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

Sharing Space

The study also explored where in their homes people display flowers. The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

“Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”

For more information about the flowers that Vickery Greenhouse sells, click here.

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Favorites for Fall

hardy_mums Here are two of our favorite plants for fall!  The 10″ hardy garden mums are big butterballs of fall color and the new 10″ croton petras in Tuscan potsoffer beautiful color in a stylish container.  The hardy garden mums are perfect for outdoors now that the temperatures are milder.  The crotons can be used indoors or outdoors and are an easy way to add fall color in your accounts.croton-tuscan

Our existing customers can log in to our website here to get pricing and availability.  If you have not purchased from us before, contact us to find out if you qualify to buy as a wholesale customer.

Top 10 Best Indoor Plants

You can find many Top 10 Best Indoor Plants lists out there, but I like the one Green Plants for Green Buildings has on their website.  These plants rated the highest in a research project that evaluated the ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to pests, efficiency at removing toxins from the air, and transpiration rates. 

  1. Areca PalmRhapis Palm
  2. Rhapis Palm (also known as a Lady Palm)
  3. Bamboo Palm
  4. Rubber Plant
  5. Dracaena Janet Craig
  6. English Ivy
  7. Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix Roebellini)
  8. Ficus Alii
  9. Boston Fern
  10. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Photos of each of these items can be found on our website – www.vickerygreenhouse.com.

Top 10 Reasons for Including Plants in Buildings

We have all seen an increase recently in the need and availability for “green products”.  Green, Organic, Biodegradable, Recycled, Sustainable, Non-Toxic, Environmentally Safe – these are terms we see everywhere now.  Being a wholesale interior plant supplier, we’ve always known the value of incorporating plants into buildings, but the recent “green”Interior Plants push has led to an increase in research and education on the subject.  The public is becoming more aware of the value as well!

A great resource for interiorscapers, florists, interior designers, and anyone else needing to sell the value of plants should check out Green Plants for Green Buildings (GPGB)The website includes links to the latest research, marketing collateral to support why your customer should use plants indoors, and a provider search for the public to find vendors (YOU!) that provide interior plant services.

GPGB does a great job of summarizing the top 10 reasons for including plants in your interior design.  Here they are:

  1. Increase productivity and worker satisfaction
  2. Reduce absenteeism
  3. Improve the indoor air quality
  4. Make buildings more welcoming
  5. Increase tenant occupancy and retention
  6. Make a design statement
  7. Increase retail spending
  8. Direct pedestrian traffic
  9. Soften less attractive building features
  10. Reflect the holidays and changing seasons

You can read more information about these benefits on GPGB’s website.  Plants have a such a positive effect on people that we can’t imagine any office or home without plants!

Ready for poinsettias?

Marble Poinsettias

Our poinsettia price lists are ready!  If you are on our email or fax list, you should have received a copy yesterday.  We are also mailing out the price lists this week, so you should get a paper copy also.  Let us know if you do not receive a price list and we will send you one.

If you are in the plant industry and have not purchased from us before, contact us to find out how to get started!

Labor Day Weekend Hours

Labor Day is coming up and we get to celebrate!  Note the following holiday closures:

Dallas Location– CLOSED Monday, September 7th

Austin Location– CLOSED Saturday, September 5th, through Monday, September 7th

Hope you have a safe holiday weekend!  We’ll see you when we re-open on Tuesday, September 8th.

National Indoor Plant Week

Did you know that National Indoor Plant Week is the 3rd week of September?

The Goal:  To increase awareness of the benefits of live plants and how they positively impact indoor environments. 

The third week in September has been designated as National Indoor Plant Week.  For one week each year, interiorscapers, foliage growers, florists, garden centers, etc. can showcase the value of indoor plants.

For ideas on how to showcase your plants or plant services, visit http://www.nationalindoorplantweek.com

Do you have any other ideas on how to market the value of indoor plants for this event?  Feel free to share!Alocasia