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Royer’s annual kids club birthday card design contest runs through June 30

This is one birthday celebration that lasts an entire month.

Royer’s annual birthday card design contest, which is open to children ages 5 to 12, runs through June 30.

The winning design will adorn the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card, which is emailed to all kids club members on their birthdays. The winning artist will receive free flowers on his or her birthday.

Entry forms are available at all Royer’s stores or can be downloaded by clicking here. To be eligible, entries must be dropped off at a Royer’s store by June 30.


Royer’s Kids Club event June 17 to kick off Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive

Our annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – returns June 17-July 1 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

The Royer’s Kids Club will kick off the food drive with a June 17 event in all stores. Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to donate a nonperishable food item as the price of admission, and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants will receive a balloon and will have an opportunity to enter the kids club birthday card design contest.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.


QUEST Inc. participants tour Royer’s corporate complex

Whether it’s Royer’s Kids Club members or Girl Scouts, a school or church group, or you name it, we love to share our love of flowers with the community.

We are especially grateful when groups and organizations take time out of their days to visit us. That was the case on April 21 when our corporate complex in Lebanon played host to a group from QUEST Inc.

Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, QUEST provides vocational and life skills to empower people with disabilities and other vocational disadvantages.

Dena Eberhart, Royer’s human resources manager, was QUEST’s tour guide, taking her guests through our Lebanon store; wholesale, central design and dish garden departments; and a greenhouse.

If your group is interested in a visit to our corporate complex or one of our 16 area stores, please contact Dena at 717-273-4090, extension 2313, or dena.eberhart@royers.com.


‘Royer’s Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 17-July 1

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Royer’s annual food drive returns June 17-July 1 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit.

Donations may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours.

Additional drop-off locations are available at seven area Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers: 3 Jennifer Court, Suite A, Carlisle; 120 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg; 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg; 8125 Adams Drive, Suite B, Hummelstown; 2125 Noll Drive, Suite 100, Lancaster; 755 E. Main St., Mount Joy; 1805 Loucks Road, Suite 200, York.


Revive your roses with these easy steps

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Even when handled with great care, the heads of your beautiful roses could drop over within a few days of receiving a bouquet.

It’s not that the flowers are old. Rather, it’s likely that an air bubble got stuck in the stem, preventing water from getting in.

With these easy steps, you can bring the roses back to a robust state:

1. Fill a sink with 2 inches of water;

2. Remove the roses from their vase and submerge the stems in water;

3. While they are submerged, cut the stems (scissors are fine) approximately 2 inches from the bottom. A diagonal cut is best as it provides the most surface area for water to get in;

4. Allow the stems to soak in the water for an hour.

When you place the roses back in the vase, they should be in good shape once again. Be sure to add the plant food that your florist should have provided.


4 steps to creating your prom corsage

Another school year is winding down, but not before the return of prom season.

Erica Bixby, Royer’s store manager in Lebanon, visited Fox 43 Morning News today to discuss prom corsages and boutonnieres with Amy Lutz. Erica boiled the process down to four easy steps, with help from Amy.

1. “You always want to start with your bracelet,” Erica said, noting that the options range from sparkly to the classic pearl style that Amy selected. “Blues and blush colors and creams are really popular this year.”

2. Next comes the base ribbon, which helps to keep the flowers in place. It can remain white or be sprayed a color; Amy chose gold.

“Depending on your dress, you want to kind of match the dress,” Erica said. “It’s always better to complement. And we’ll spray that just to give it a little pop of color.”

3. For flowers, options include sweetheart roses, dendrobium orchids, daisies, mini carnations with accent flowers (babies breath, delphinium florets, caspia, statice). Amy opted for white sweetheart roses, which Erica said are the most popular choice. “We go through a lot of white sweethearts this time of year,” she said.

4. Erica suggested adding “a pop” of fancy ribbon (silver or gold) or some sparkle (gems, rhinestones, pearls).

For a finishing touch: a light spray of glitter.

Of course, the guy’s boutonniere should match his date’s corsage.

“So maybe we’ll do two sweetheart roses with the gold ribbon,” Erica suggested.

This year, Royer’s added a “corsage builder” section on its website. For the less adventurous, pre-styled corsages and boutonnieres are available, too.

And if you’re not quite sure or want some hands-on help, you can always visit a Royer’s store.

“We’re here to help,” Erica said.


Royer’s giving back portion of online prom sales to area high schools

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Area high schools compete in many ways, from football games to tennis matches, debates to television quiz shows.

Here’s a new one for them to consider: prom flowers. Except in this competition, there are only winners.

For the first time, Royer’s Flowers is returning a percentage of online prom sales to participating area high schools in the form of cash or flowers. For total sales of $2,500 or more, schools will earn 15 percent; for sales below $2,500, they will earn 10 percent.

The schools can use the reimbursed cash or flowers at their discretion.

“It’s not school against school, but we are hoping to generate a little friendly competition among them,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s. “If a school registers and records even one online prom sale, it wins. We look forward to seeing which school comes out on top.”

Prom season has begun and continues into early June. Royer’s has compiled a list of high schools and dates of their proms in the seven counties in which the company operates.

By going to royers.com/prom, dance-goers can select their school from a drop-down menu and then shop for corsages and boutonnieres.

If a school has not registered, it can do so by having one of its prom organizers contact Jaime Kevles at jaime.kevles@royers.com.


The making of our Easter Centerpiece

It’s known in our catalog as item No. 4109, but many numbers go into the making of our Easter Centerpiece.

There’s 10, the number of baker fern. Seven lavender daisy pompons. And five heads of purple statice.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without four glitter eggs, in addition to the arrangement’s other elements.

The accompanying photos show one of our central design teams handcrafting the Easter Centerpiece, no doubt making one just for you!

To order an Easter Centerpiece for yourself or to send to someone else, please click here.


Our flowers are rooted in many places around the world

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North America to South America. Europe, Africa and Asia.

Oh, the places we’ll go to procure high-quality flowers.

We’ve previously told you about our regular trips to Bogota, Colombia, which has an ideal climate for growing roses, for instance.

Here’s a sampling of other flowers and the couuntries from which we source them:

Carnations/alstromeria: Bogota, Colombia
Dendrobium: Thailand
Gerbera daisies: Canada
Gypsophilia: Quito, Ecuador
Hydrangeas/pompons: Medellin, Colombia
Hypericum: Ethiopia
Iris/tulips: Holland
Sunflowers: United States
Sweetheart roses: Holland


Royer’s employees donate $740 to American Heart Association’s Lancaster division

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Royer’s employees have donated $740 to the American Heart Association’s Lancaster division.

In January, employees had the opportunity to purchase red polo shirts bearing the Royer’s logo. For each shirt, they donated $10 to the heart association.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

Photo: From left, Jill Williams, manager of Lancaster West, with Katie Harlin, executive director, and Danielle Figueroa, Heart Walk director, American Heart Association, Lancaster division.