Ephrata’s Julia Longenecker wins Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest

Ephrata Middle School seventh-grader Julia Longenecker is a swimmer and a basketball player. She loves dogs and reading.

Julia Longenecker

The daughter of John and Sandy Longenecker is pretty fond of drawing, too.

“She draws a little bit of everything,” Sandy said. “She likes to draw pictures of animals, flowers.”

In fact, one of Julia’s flower drawings has earned her another descriptor: winner of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ 2014 Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Her drawing of a flower-filled vase will grace the electronic card that Royer’s Kids Club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. For her effort, she will receive a flower delivery on her birthday.

Individually wrapped Waggoner Chocolates available in five stores

Liquid Caramel Mk

A trip to Royer’s just got a little sweeter.

We’ve added delicious Waggoner Chocolates to the offerings at our Camp Hill, Carlisle, Lancaster North, Lancaster West and Lebanon locations.

There are nine different individually wrapped chocolate candies from which to choose: large pretzels, pecan caramel dainties, caramels with sea salt, coconut clusters, and marshmallow are $1 each; peanut butter buckeyes, liquid caramels, mint meltaways, and pretzel clusters are 50 cents apiece.

You can mix and match for $18.99 per pound.

Waggoner Chocolates has a rich family history that’s not lost on a fourth-generation company such as Royer’s.

Harry Alfred London, who grew up in western Pennsylvania, quit school in the fourth grade to help support his family by working in a steel mill. In his spare time, he continued a family tradition of making handcrafted chocolates, using London-family recipes that had been handed down for generations.

In 1922, at age 22, Harry quit the mill to start a chocolate business in the basement of his home in Canton, Ohio. By 1954, Harry and his wife built London’s Candies’ first factory at 1281 S. Main St., North Canton.

Fast forward to 2003, when London’s Candies was sold. It was then that Harry’s grandson, Joe Waggoner, started Waggoner Chocolates, which operates from the original family factory.

Today, Waggoner produces more than 100 varieties of chocolates and seasonal confections, selling to customers in the United States, Canada, Europe and China.

And now Waggoner Chocolates are available at Royer’s.

The same freshness that you associate with our flowers you can expect from Waggoner. Our chocolate is made to order, and then we pick it up ourselves to ensure that it is as fresh as can be for our stores.

We hope you’ll try some and let us know what you think about it.



Royer’s tops ‘Best of Lebanon Valley’ for fourth year in a row

Best of the Lebanon ValleyFor the fourth time in as many years as the Lebanon Daily News has recognized the “Best of the Lebanon Valley,” the newspaper’s readers have voted Royer’s their favorite florist.

Royer’s has always called Lebanon home: Our family-owned business started there in 1937 and operates its flagship store at 810 S. 12th St., Lebanon, and 901 E. Main St., Palmyra.

Overall, Royer’s has 17 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

“Best of the Lebanon Valley” comprised 114 categories and two rounds of reader participation. Results were announced on June 18.

5 things you should know about caring for annual plants


So you bought annual plants in a container at your local florist, garden center or home-improvement store.

Annual plants – such as petunias, geraniums and begonias that complete their life cycles in one year – pose perennial challenges once you bring them home.

Here are five things you should know about caring for your annuals:

1. You have to add nutrients: Your plant didn’t come in nutrient-rich soil. Rather, it’s a potting mix that includes peat moss. This mixture is inert, meaning that it doesn’t contain the nutrients found in soil. So you have to add the nutrients by applying fertilizer on a regular basis.

2. Fertilizer is soluble, so you have to keep adding it: Regular watering of your annual plants will wash out the added nutrients if the container has drainage holes on the bottom.

3. Don’t add too much fertilizer: One of the ingredients in fertilizer is salt. Too much fertilizer – and with it, too much salt – can damage plant roots. The salt in the fertilizer will remove whatever moisture is left in the roots and burn them.

4. Cut the amount in half: Whatever dosage the fertilizer manufacturer recommends, consider cutting the amount in half and fertilizing every time you water. This way you have less of a chance of burning the roots, and your plant gets a continual supply of nutrients rather than peaks and valleys.

5. Give them a pinch: Remove the old blooms and pinch a plant’s tips, which will force out new growth. An occasional light trim will keep a plant bushy and blooming.

With proper care, your annual plants will bloom beautifully for you this summer.










Royer’s brings annual food drive to Fox 43 Morning News


Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, prepares for his live appearance on Fox 43 Morning News to talk about Royer’s annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, and to offer some tips on things children can do with flowers this summer.

It’s summertime and the living is easy, the song lyric goes. But life isn’t easy if there isn’t enough food to eat at home.

Royer’s annual food drive — Royer’s Stems Hunger — began in 2011 as a way to address some of that need. The food drive, which this year runs June 20-28, benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, visited Fox 43 Morning News today to explain how Royer’s Stems Hunger works. It’s pretty simple: give a nonperishable food item, get a free carnation (up to six per family per visit). Barry told Fox 43′s Amanda McCall that food donations are welcome no matter the quantity.

“Just a little of something is great,” Barry said. “We’ll give you a carnation. Some people say, ‘I don’t even want the carnations.’ Take the carnations. It’s bright for your house.”

To help kick off the food drive, the Royer’s Kids Club is holding a free event on Saturday. Participants ages 5 to 12 will get to make an arrangement — in an empty food can. Call your nearest Royer’s to register; time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Barry showed off some other projects that children can make with flowers at home this summer.

The segment is available here:

2014 Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest runs through July 12

This is the kids club's current birthday card, which will be retired this summer. We're looking for the next birthday card design.

This is the kids club’s current birthday card, which will be retired this summer. We’re looking for the next birthday card design.

For children, summer is for getting out of school, swimming, going on vacation.

And entering the 2014 Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest, which is open to children ages 5 to 12 in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

The deadline to enter is July 12.

The winning design will be featured in the email birthday card that every kids club member receives on his or her special day.

The winning artist will receive a free flower delivery on his or her birthday.

The entry form may be downloaded at and dropped off at the nearest Royer’s store.

Royer’s Kids Club event June 21 to help kick off annual food drive


Royer’s annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will take place June 20-28. The Royer’s Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 21 for children ages 5 to 12.

They are asked to donate a non-perishable food item as the price of admission and to bring an empty food can that they can fill with flowers to take home.

Participants also will receive a free balloon and have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest for a chance to win a flower delivery.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at each of our 17 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store; click here for locations and contact information.

Royer’s Stems Hunger benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.


Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive returns June 20-28


Royer’s annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will return June 20-28 to collect non-perishable food items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (see video below) and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Customers are asked to bring nonperishable food donations to any Royer’s Flowers & Gifts store and place them in a collection barrel. For each food item, they will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

In its first three years, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected nearly 5,000 pounds of food for the two food banks.

A thorny problem is solved by our annual May-June rose sale

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
Maud Hart Lovelace, author

Indeed, June is National Rose Month, which coincides conveniently with the fact that roses are abundant this time of year.

That abundance explains why Royer’s has its rose sale every June.


As everyone knows, roses, especially red ones, are in great demand at Valentine’s Day. Hence, prices go up for florists and customers alike. Even then, however, the law of supply and demand comes into play.

There’s considerably less demand for yellow and orange and white roses, which become more affordable for us and, in turn, for our customers. This Valentine’s Day, we offered a “rainbow” mixed-rose (colors other than red) arrangement with babies breath, valued at $59.99, for $39.99.

A rose farm typically harvests its crop every six to eight weeks. Conveniently after the Valentine’s Day harvest comes the one for Mother’s Day. But while there’s another big crop of roses in late spring, there is not a corresponding holiday to absorb all of those flowers.

So we created our annual rose sale, which this year started May 17 and runs through June 22. We discount rose arrangements by $10 for one dozen and by $20 for two dozen, among other offers.

Yes, in June the world smells of roses.

There’s also the whiff of our annual rose sale in the air.




Coming up Rosie: costumed flower returns



If you passed our Lebanon store on May 8 or 11 (Mother’s Day), you might have seen something that no one has seen in a long time.

Our costumed rose, aka Rosie, made a couple of appearances, soaking up some sun (after a decade spent mostly in storage) and waving to passersby on South 12th Street. The costume dates at least to the 1990s.

Greg M. Royer, the store’s assistant manager, remembered the costume from a corporate meeting.

“And then it just kind of came to me,” he said, “maybe it would be a good way to get people in the door.”

Shannon Fink, the store manager, located the box containing the costume in the basement of one of the buildings within Royer’s corporate complex.

“Nobody wanted to volunteer to be Rosie at first,” Shannon said, quipping, “so somebody was forced to.”

That somebody was Greg, who’s giving the thumbs-up in the photo above. The costume also comes with a leotard, gloves and shoe coverings.

“I was hoping that somebody else would want to do it,” he said.

But the Royer family is nothing if not hands on when it comes to the flower business, so it should come as no surprise that Greg’s grandfather, Ken Royer, and uncle, Tom Royer, donned the costume in the past.

Greg, the great-grandson of the company’s founders, Hannah and Lester Royer, is the fourth generation of the family to work for Royer’s.

He’s the third generation to play Rosie.