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Supporting Local: How can we all make an impact

Supporting local small business just makes sense. As small business owners we feel it is important to do our part to support the Durham and surrounding communities. Each of these entrepreneurs have invested time, money, and effort in making the Durham community a better place for all of us to live. We love networking and supporting other small businesses whenever we get a chance. Most of our staff choices to purchase gifts for all occasions from small business owners here in Durham. Our design manager Stephanie shared “I just feel as the gift I am giving has more meaning when it is directly supporting another community member here in Durham. Also, normally the item is well made and more creative than a mass marketed product.” We as shop owners want this principal to also apply to where we source our fresh flowers and plants.

We as a team at Floral Dimensions buy a lot of our product from local growers during their growing season. The relationships we foster are so valuable and we benefit from new contacts, new ideas and a better, fresher product. Our Designer’s choice designs during spring, summer and fall almost always feature product from right here in Durham. We buy locally all year long with a variance of different products that are available to us. Our Summer Fresh Design is a great example it has a plethora of flowers purchased from our local farmers and it definitely one of our favorites to design.

According to the National Resource Defense Council, buying local helps reduce pollution, improve the quality of our air and health. It has so many benefits including reducing waste, increasing income within our region and supporting the dreams of entrepreneurs. Large national businesses are growing in both numbers and employment totals at rates much faster than those of smaller businesses. Thought processes are often that working for a large cooperation (while we do love them for many reasons) is more glamorous than working for a small community based company. We feel it is an honor for ourselves and our employees to have relationships with our clients and the time and space to care for our clients and employees as if they are family. Often working in a small business can give the creative space to explore new ideas and the support to grow in many areas of professional development. Providing employment and growth opportunities for our staff is of vital importance to us. They are our family not just a number.

When we buy local, our money stays local, and it strengthens the local economy in two ways. First, buying local keeps money circulating within the local economy. Studies have shown that local businesses recirculate a greater share of every dollar as they create locally owned supply chains and invest in their employees. We source and acquire as much of our product as we can right here in the Durham, Hurdle Mills and Raleigh area. Lots of our plants are also bought from farms that have been in business for well over 40 years thanks to being supported by local shops like ours. Not only do we receive fresher and better product, we have the benefit of all the friendship and support we give to each other. Our in house planted Succulent gardens and European Gardens are always filled with plants that have primarily come from our local area.

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So, the next time you are thinking of purchasing something for your home or a gift for a friend. Take a moment to consider buying from a local, small business. Then, you are also supporting a dream, or a child taking horse back riding lessons or a parent sending their child off to college. Sure, the price may be a tish more than a big box store but the customer service, community impact and better quality product definitely make it worthwhile. We so appreciate all the support our Durham Community has given us over the 35 years we have been in business. It has and will continue to be our honor to serve our clients as we express their feelings through gifts and sentiments filled with local flowers and plants.

Warm regards,
The Team at Floral Dimensions
Bea, Stephanie, Jose, Scott, Caitlin, Jane, Suzy and Susan 🙂

Caitlin + Thomas: An initmate gathering with a WOW factor

Weddings with our Team at Floral Dimensions our (Durham, local flowers shop) is always one of our favorites. But, when it is a friend and co-worker it is even more special. Our sweet Caitlin married her love Thomas at the beautiful University Club this past January. The wonderful K.G. photography did an amazing job on all the images. When I asked Caitlin what she would like for her bouquet her response was ” You know what I like and I want it to be big.” Well, I got you there girlie we love big bouquets and this one turned out beautifully. The pink ice protea, garden roses, scabiosa, hanging amaranthus, mini calla and assorted, fun foliages all worked great together to create a stunning bouquet.

Our assistant manager Jose Garcia was determined Caitlin and Thomas would have a flower wall for their ceremony space. He procured, gathered and designed a beautiful piece for their backdrop. The boxwood and magnolia foliages along with open polar star roses and hydrangea were simple, elegant and very effective. The wall is designed with no floral foam as it is better for the environment and chicken wire worked great to hold all the foliages and flowers. The two side pieces of branches, eleaganus and magnolia were a perfect statement along with a candlelight addition to set the mood. Adding a backdrop to any wedding works well to create a focal area for the Bride and Groom. The backdrop also enchances the photos and allows for a great shot. Enchancing the imagery of this wedding can be enjoyed for many years to come.

The reception at The University Club was filled with candlelight, flowers and special memories. With a simple, classic style the centerpieces and candlelight brought the main dining space at the UC club to life. A mixture of Tall Centerpieces of foliages and hanging amaranthus along with lower pieces highlighting Pink Ice protea worked wonderfully to create an interesting and finished look. Candlelight along the window sills and on the tables made the room feel warm and inviting.

The show stopper at the reception was definitely the Focal Table under the chandelier in the center of the space. This technique gives the room a WOW factor and leaves guests with a beautiful memory of the flowers. This elevated statement piece designed on a glass floating table surrounded by candlelight and votives added such a POP to the room. The combination of texture gave it a feeling of romance perfect for the space and the couple.

I love all weddings. They have always been my favorite thing to design but I will say this one was definitely at the top of my list. The freedom to design along with a client who we all love made it just perfect. Click to check out our A La Carte menu for your intimate wedding. We are here to assist with any of your Durham or Triangle wedding needs large or small. All the linens and lounge items were from American Party Rentals here in Durham. They are so great to work with.

Bromeliads: Their benefits and attributes

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We all know bromeliads are a wonderful way to add color to an otherwise lack luster interiorscape. They have bright flowers and gorgeous foliage that will provide a wonderful splash of color for months at a time. And with over 3,100 different species of bromeliads, you are sure to find the perfect color, size, and shape to complement your plantscaping design. Did you know Bromeliads have even more benefits than just their pretty face?

The Bromeliad Benefit

1. Drought Resistance
One of the biggest mistakes made with this plant is over-watering, which leads to rotting roots. Bromeliads are very tolerant and require less care than other houseplants. Their tropical nature and fabulous color make them a must have.

2. Improved Air Quality
Scientific research shows that bromeliads can improve indoor air quality in the late afternoons. While most indoor plants purify the air during the day, bromeliads release oxygen and remove air pollutants during the night. The Plants for Clean Air Council suggests that when combined with foliage plants, bromeliads can help provide around-the-clock indoor air purification. What a better way to bring beauty and healthy benefits to a home or workspace.

3. Tolerant to different lighting conditions
While most bromeliads prefer bright, indirect sunlight or fluorescent office lighting, some species can be quite flexible when it comes to lighting conditions. Nidularium, Vrieseas, and Guzmania all evolved under the vast canopies of tropical rain forests and are able to survive in low light conditions. Most varieties must not be exposed to direct sunlight. A bromeliad is a tropical plant in the pineapple family (the family Bromeliaceae). Some bromeliads are brightly-colored epiphytes, which live on the branches and trunks of rainforest trees. They are quite a fascinating family of plants :).

4. Bromeliads can be container grown
Bromeliads will grow in many types of containers as long as it has good drainage. This can be achieved by using several methods. Rock for drainage or crossed risers to elevate the plants root ball. Growing bromeliads in containers makes for easy maintenance routines, it also effectively contains disease and prevents it from spreading to the rest of your plant display. We love to combine different colors and types to acchieve a beautiful display. Bromeliads can be placed outside during warm summer months but do not expose them to direct sun.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Bromeliads they are one of our favorites at the shop!
#plantsmakepeoplesmile 🙂

Floral Dimensions COVID-19 Update

EDIT: Floral Dimensions has made the difficult decision to close to the public. This has been a hard week of adulting, where we have to look hard at the facts of our current situation, and make difficult choices. Bringing beauty, comfort, hope and happiness to durham is our mission. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning. So when we made the choice to close, it was one of the hardest things we’ve done in recent memory, and we’re 35 years into this floral business. We’re going to miss the faces of our regular customers over the next few weeks, and each other.

One of the very best ways you can support our small businesses like ours is through the purchase of a gift certificate. Gift certificates are available by emailing Bea, our owner at bea@floraldimensionsdurham.com

 

Here at Floral Dimensions we’re settling into the new rhythms of a small business in Durham, NC weathering COVID-19. That means disinfecting, playing catch up on business in the quiet time, and planning for the future. If we’re being completely honest this is kind of worrisome time. It’s made slightly less daunting by realizing that small businesses everywhere are facing the same issue.

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As we move deeper into this season of managing a business in the wake of COVID-19, we’ve made a few adjustments. First we’ve adjusted our hours.
We’ll be open Monday through Friday 9:30-4:30 
We’re open Saturdays 10-1 for deliveries only. 

Through the end of the month, we’re offering 20% off all local delivery orders. You can order online, by phone or email. We highly recommend giving the gift of a plant! We have a beautiful selection of succulents, and birds nest ferns. Make sure to call the shop to order your spring plants. They’ll brighten your quarantine as we all work together to flatten the curve.

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We’re looking forward to welcoming the people Durham back to our store soon.

 

Welcome to Floral Dimensions!

35 years ago, Bea and Jon Miller, purchased a business in a vintage building in Hope Valley Farms that at one point had been a farm house, and founded Floral Dimensions. Inspired by the beauty of their life in the Netherlands, where they were surrounded by flowers every day, they built one of the oldest and most respected flower shops and businesses in Durham, North Carolina.

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Over the years they were joined by some very talented people with expertise in every part of the plant world, from highly respected horticulturalists to accredited award winning floral designers. Today, our highly trained staff includes 3 designers, 2 Durham floral delivery drivers and a sales associate. Our arrangements are sought out by the Washington Duke Inn, The Chancellor of Duke and the best Durham wedding planners. We’ve curated thriving relationships with local growers who send us dozens of bucketfuls of beautiful stems every day. We’re immensely proud of to be on the top of so many must have lists for the swankiest Durham social events.

Our best moments, though, are the ones with the clients who walk into our shop and order flowers for every stage of life. We’ve seen them as they head off on first dates, and pick up floral arrangements before they  head off to propose marriage. We’re there when they plan their weddings, welcome their first grandchild, and when loved ones are no longer with them. We bring beauty, happiness, and comfort to every life event just when people need it, and this is our greatest satisfaction.

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There’s a quote that runs around the internet telling us that it’s not work if you do what you love. We recognize that not everyone get the opportunity to do what they love for a living. At the risk of sounding overly sentimental, we understand that it’s a privilege to get out of bed every morning, head into the shop and handcraft beauty and happiness and then send it out to the people of Durham, NC and beyond.

Thank you to all who’ve made this possible.