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A Guy’s Guide to Flower Buying

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There’s a gender gap when it comes to buying flowers: Women buy 65 percent of fresh flowers, according to the Society of American Florists, while men buy 35 percent.

To the extent that men might be intimidated or uncomfortable buying flowers, we’d like to make the experience a more enjoyable one for them.

To do this, we tapped the expertise of Cheryl Brill, Royer’s vice president of retail operations. Cheryl shared these insights based her more than 20 years of experience in the flower business.

Roses are red – and lots of other colors

Too often, men think only of roses for their significant others, and then only in red. Cheryl encourages male customers to be more adventurous, whether it’s with other colors of roses, other flower varieties, or other looks such as a textured garden appearance.

Don’t stop at Valentine’s Day

Maybe the tendency to focus on red roses has a lot to do with Valentine’s Day which, let’s face it, is ruled by red roses. But the year has only just begun when Valentine’s Day rolls around, so why not mix it up for the 364 days that don’t fall on Feb. 14?

What’s more, 63 percent of flower purchases are for the buyer, compared with 37 percent as gifts. And 86 percent of purchases are for non-calendar occasions, 50 percent of which fall into the “no special occasion” category. The bottom line is that people like to receive flowers any day of the year.

Bouquets don’t have to break the bank

Flower prices tend to rise around Valentine’s Day, in concert with a spike in demand for what is the floral industry’s equivalent of football’s Super Bowl. If that’s the only time of year that you purchase flowers, you can get a warped sense of how much they cost on a day-to-day basis.

Cheryl described how a $7.99 rose bunch made a positive impression on one male customer, who realized that he could afford to be a more frequent flower buyer.

Get the right vase

If she likes to arrange flowers, Cheryl said, then get her a vase that lends itself to arranging and one that fits the décor of the room where it will be used. Does she tend to put flowers on the kitchen counter or on the coffee table?

You don’t have to DIY

In this age of do-it-yourself, there’s a tendency to think that we must go it alone with everything. Rest assured, your trained florist is eager to help. It starts with the right container; she noted that it doesn’t have to be a plain, clear vase. Either bring one in, or your florist can help you select one.

Think about what you want to say

Before you visit or call your florist, Cheryl advised, think about the words you want to send along with the flowers. She said florists are a bit like bartenders: they’ve seen and heard everything, so don’t be embarrassed. Speak from the heart because the sentiment is just as important as the flowers that it goes with.

Valentine’s Day is an oasis amid the darkness of winter, Cheryl said, but it’s nice to see male customers the rest of the year, too.

Back in Bogota for the big Proflora trade show

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The last time we joined Geoff Royer in South America, it was in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. Geoff, area manager, and his uncle Tom Royer, senior vice president and chief operating officer, were checking on the quality of roses being grown just for Royer’s customers for the holiday.

Early October found Geoff and Tom back in South America, half of their time spent at farms and the rest at the big Proflora floral trade show in Bogota, Colombia.

Unlike most florists, Royer’s acts as its own wholesaler, distributing fresh flowers to its 16 stores in seven counties. Dealing directly with growers gives Royer’s more control over costs and quality but warrants a continual presence in South America.

“It’s important to us to look at the farms because that is where we can see if problems are starting to develop,” Geoff said. “It’s also the last place our flowers are before they are boxed up and sent to the U.S.”

Meanwhile, that same desire to stay ahead of events is why Geoff and Tom attended Proflora. As a preview of what’s coming, the show allows Royer’s to be on the forefront of procuring the best products for its customers.

It is held every two years so that floral buyers and growers alike can see what’s new and what’s coming in the floral industry. The show exhibitors range from flower food makers and logistics companies to, of course, breeders and growers.

“It is start to finish what a wholesaler needs to complete their job,” Geoff said.

Specific goals

It’s typical for Royer’s to approach the show with specific goals in mind. This year, the focus was on finding additional growers to meet Royer’s needs for poms and limonium.

Specifically, Geoff said, poms (as is true for other types of flowers) used in arrangements should have long laterals, which is the distance from a flower to its main stem. The longer, the better, in terms of appearance in an arrangement.

“We have a pom grower now that does very well with this, but we are continually looking for who else is growing what we are looking for,” Geoff said.

“With the limonium (also known as caspia), we use a specific variety and are searching for another grower of it. It helps us at holidays to ensure we can get the supply that we need.”

Among the other Proflora highlights:

  • In the show’s variety competition, one of Royer’s carnation growers, Geoflora, and its breeder, S.B. Talee, won two awards for carnations and one for ranunculus.
  • Geoff and Tom saw new spray rose varieties. Spray roses typically used to be smaller, Geoff said, with a lower petal count. They didn’t last as long and tended to open very quickly. The new varieties not only have higher petal counts but are much larger. Royer’s potentially can use them in corsage and wedding work or even in vases.
  • Geoff and Tom also saw several new varieties of red roses. Currently, Royer’s most-used variety is called Freedom. It has a high petal count, and when it opens is just beautiful. Everyone is looking for the next Freedom, Geoff said.
  • Garden roses also are becoming more popular, mostly for weddings and event work. Alexandra Farms, a group Royer’s is just starting to work with, grows multiple varieties of garden roses. These include David Austin varieties, named for the renowned English breeder whose roses are regaled for their beauty and scent.

“The most exciting things about the garden roses is the smell,” Geoff said. “In many cases the scent of flowers has been bred out of them. Scent and vase life are typically linked. Garden roses still have the scents and they are typically larger bloom sizes.”

Geoff and Tom will head back to South America early in the new year, ahead of Valentine’s Day, as the cycle repeats itself.

Barnes & Noble supports ‘Bouquets for Books’ with book fairs Oct. 28-Nov. 2

Royer’s 12th annual “Bouquets for Books” event returns Oct. 28-Nov. 11. Anyone who donates a new children’s book at a Royer’s store Oct. 28-Nov. 11 will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit.

The books will be presented to the public libraries in the counties where they were collected. What’s more, thanks to a Barnes & Noble book fair, the libraries can benefit even more this year.

From Oct. 28 through Nov. 2, books (not just children’s books) and most other items purchased at any Barnes & Noble store or online at can earn the libraries cash or Barnes & Noble gift cards. In Royer’s market, Barnes & Noble has stores in Camp Hill, Lancaster and Reading.

Each of the seven participating library systems and the independent Hershey Public Library and Middletown Public Library have been assigned a unique code for the Barnes & Noble book fair. Every time one of the codes is presented at checkout, the corresponding library will earn a percentage of that purchase.

Here are the libraries and their codes:

Berks County: 12191144

Cumberland County: 12191151

Dauphin County: 12191169

Franklin: 12191177

Lancaster County: 12191193

Lebanon County

  • Annville Free Library: 12191201
  • Lebanon Community Library: 12192555
  • Matthews Public Library: 12192563
  • Myerstown Community Library: 12192571
  • Palmyra Public Library: 12192589
  • Richland Community Library: 12192597

York County: 12192613

Hershey Public Library: 12191185

Middletown Public Library: 12192605

Of course, new children’s books purchased at Barnes & Noble or from any other book seller can be dropped off at Royer’s for a free bouquet.

2017 Bouquets for Books library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive, Bouquets for Books, returns Oct. 28-Nov. 11 to benefit the public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, including the independent Hershey Public Library and Middletown Public Library.

The libraries have provided these wish lists:


Berenstain Bears
Curious George
Galaxy Jack
Harry Potter
Llama Llama (Dewdney)
Lone Wolf
Magic Tree House
Paw Patrol
Secret Zoo

Board books:
Crayons’ Book of Colors
Itsy Bitsy Pilgrim
Cityblock (Alphablock)
Who Are They?
Deep See Dive (Lift-the-Flap Adventures)
Space Walk (Lift-the-Flap Adventures)
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!
Hot Dog, Cold Dog
What a Hoot!
Giraffes Can’t Dance
Doggies (Boynton on Board)
Animals (Baby Touch and Feel)
Trucks (Baby Touch and Feel)

Individual titles (hardcovers, please):
Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food
Doll Days! Sew an Everyday Wardrobe for 18″ Dolls: Stylish Patterns to Mix, Match & Embellish
Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
Battle in the Overworld: The Unofficial Minecrafters Academy Series, Book Three
Book That Proves Time Travel Happens
Berenstain Bears Under the Sea
Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse
Pete the Cat Storybook Collection: 7 Groovy Stories!
Pete the Cat’s Got Class
Dinotrux: Team Dinotrux!
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
Unicorn Named Sparkle
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: A Minibombo Book
Grumpy Pets
Lion Lessons
Best Days Are Dog Days
After Bedtime Story
Ogres Awake!
Me and Annie McPhee
Near, Far: A Minibombo Book
Curious George: Farm to Table
You Belong Here
Daddies Are Awesome
Superhero Dad
My Dad Used to Be So Cool
Eleven and Holding
Seventh Wish
Trapped in the Overworld
Faith the Cinderella Fairy
What Do You Do with a Problem?
Haunter (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4)
Too Many Moose!
My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class
Who Wants a Tortoise?
101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath
Don’t Touch This Book!
Ice Age Collision Course: Welcome to Geotopia
Book of Monsters
Movie Night Magic! (Shimmer and Shine)
Cookie Boogie (Disney Palace Pets: Whisker Haven Tales)
Secret Life of Pets: The Deluxe Junior Novelization
Who You Gonna Call?
King for a Day! (Paw Patrol)
Star Song (Barbie Star Light Adventure)
I Am a Princess (Star Wars)
Star Wars: The Adventures of BB-8
Star Wars the Force Awakens: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Volume 1
Space Shark! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Supergirl Takes Off! (DC Super Friends)
Bubble Trouble! (Blaze and the Monster Machines)
Thomas & Friends the Good Sport (Thomas & Friends)
Thomas’ Tall Friend (Thomas & Friends)
Don’t Splash the Sasquatch!
Bubblegum, Maps, and Missing Patience
Berenstain Bears Good Deed Scouts Help Their Neighbors
Make Way for Readers
On the First Day of Kindergarten
Beware! Space Junk!
I Love You More and More
Darkest Dark
Say Cheese, Teddy Rex!
Best Frints in the Whole Universe
Unlike Other Monsters
Beachy and Me
Clark the Shark: Lost and Found
Sophie’s Squash Go to School
Hello, My Name Is Tiger
Watch the Birdie!
Apple Picking Day!
Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail
Mixed-Up Truck
Who Was Alexander the Great?
Who Was Jules Verne?
Jurassic Classics: The Presidential Masters of Prehistory: Discover America’s Prehistoric Forefathers
Coding Projects in Scratch
Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids
Lego Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force
Lego Ninjago Character Encyclopedia (Updated)
Living in . . . China
Living in . . . Mexico
Back to Dog-Gone School
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build * Invent * Create * Discover
Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog
Big Book of Things That Go
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune
Goofy Guide to Penguins: Toon Level 1
Music in My Heart: My Journey with Melody
Come Home, Angus
Heart of a Dolphin
This Is Not a Werewolf Story
Play Time for Peppa and George (Peppa Pig)
Kindergarten Is Cool!
Never Stop Singing: A Melody Classic 2
Phantom of the Theater: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Creepella Von Cacklefur #8
Mad Scientist Academy: The Weather Disaster
Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes
Prissy & Pop: Big Day Out
Berenstain Bears’ Caring and Sharing Treasury
Too Much Glue
Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63)
Still a Gorilla!
Hooray for Halloween
Science Fair Disaster!
Peppa’s Halloween Party (Peppa Pig: 8×8)
Piece of Home
Sea Monster Surprise (Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #11)
ABCs on Wheels
Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to Spaceshipone
Tiger Tail: (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)
Snap of the Super-Goop
Pod vs. Pod
Flat Stanley and the Lost Treasure
Famous Fjord Race (Geronimo Stilton Micekings #2)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
Grayling’s Song
Skating with the Statue of Liberty
Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
Thomas’ Big Storybook
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2)
Sing with Me!: Action Songs Every Child Should Know
Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Dem Bones by Bob Barner
All 11 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
Dork Diaries #1: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life
Dork Diaries #7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of Fury
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Dragonbreath (series by Ursula Vernon) books #4-10
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
The November Criminals by Sam Munson
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Holiday Books
A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans
Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner by Tadgh Bentley
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by London Ladd
You Can Read by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Mark Hoffmann
Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar, illustrated by Alicia Padrón
Lighter than Air by Matthew Clark Smith, illustrated by Matt Tavares
The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires
Booked. By Kwame Alexander
The Lie Tree. By Frances Hardinge
Shusterman, Neal. Scythe.
Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. Illus. by the author
The Reader by Traci Chee
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry


Any titles in these series:
A to Z Mysteries
Amelia Bedelia
Babymouse Graphic Novels
Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie Readers
Berenstain Bears
Biscuit Early Readers
Boxcar Children
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
DC Comics
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Disney Princesses
Dora or Diego
Dork Diaries
Elephant and Piggie
Fancy Nancy
Geronimo Stilton
I Spy
I Survived
Little People, Big Dreams Biographies
Magic Tree House
My Weird School
Pete the Cat
Scooby Doo Mysteries
Star Wars early readers (especially Lego ones)
Star Wars Jedi Academy
Superheroes – DC Comics or Marvel
Thomas the Tank Engine
Who was?

Books by these authors/illustrators:
Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama books)
Dav Pilkey
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle
Jennifer Holm
Karma Wilson
Leslie Patricelli
Margaret Wise Brown
Mo Willems
Raina Telgemeier
Sandra Boynton

Picture books:
Any hardcover with a 2016 or 2017 publication date

Chapter books:
Any princess chapter books (ex: Jasmine, Ariel, etc.)
Big Nate
Harry Potter

Any books in these subjects:
Biographies –Who Was? series
Books on shapes (triangles, squares, circles, etc.)
Early Reader Science (and other non-fiction)


Anything written by:
Mo Willems
Eric Carle
Dr. Seuss
Rosemary Wells
Sandra Boynton
Lucy Cousins
Raina Telgemeier
Rick Riordan

Any book in these series:
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
I Spy by Jean Marzollo
Can You See What I See by Walter Wick
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
American Girls by various authors
Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel


Blue Ridge Summit:
123 Dream by Krans, Kim
A Bird’s Christmas Carol by Wiggins, Kate
A Well-Mannered Wolf by Leroy, Jean
ABC Dream by Krans, Kim
Faraway Fox by Thompson, Jolene
Inquisitor’s Tale, or, Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Gidwitz, Adam
Isadora Moon Goes to School by Muncaster, Harriet
You Are My Sunshine by Davis, Jimmie

ABCs on wheels by Olivera, Ramon
An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! by Willems, Mo
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Yelchin, Eugene
Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Maynor, Megan
Freedom Over Me by Bryan, Ashley
Girl Who Drank the Moon by Barnhill, Kelly Regan
Go, Otto, Go! by Milgrim, David
Good Night Owl by Pizzoli, Greg
Inquisitor’s Tale, or, Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Gidwitz, Adam
Juana and Lucas by Medina, Juana
Leave Me Alone! by Brosgol, Vera
Love You, Baby (Indestructables) by Pixton, Amy
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Things That Go by de Seve, Karen
Saddest Toilet in the World by Apple, Sam
The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the Nation) by Quirk, Anne
The Good for Nothing Button! by Harper, Charise Mericle
The Infamous Ratsos by LaReau, Kara
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Tonatiuh, Duncan
Trucks to the Rescue by Low, William
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Hopgood, Tim
We Are Growing! by Keller, Laurie
Wolf Hollow by Wolk, Lauren

A to Z Mysteries Collection #1 by Roy, Ron
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Pilkey, Dav
Club Dread by Keene, Carolyn
Daisy-Head Mayzie by Seuss
Danger Overseas by Keene, Carolyn
El Gato Ensombrerado (the Cat in the Hat Spanish Edition) by Dr Seuss
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! (Anniversary) by Brown, Jeff
Fred and Ted Go Camping by Eastman, Peter Anthony
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Rowling, J. K.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) by Rowling, J. K.
Harry the Dirty Dog by Zion, Gene
I Like Myself! by Beaumont, Karen
I Love You Because You’re You by Baker, Liza
I Spy Gold Challenger!: A Book of Picture Riddles by Wick, Walter
It’s a Busload of Pigeon Books! by Willems, Mo
Junie B. Jones Books in a Bus (Books 1-28) by Park, Barbara
Junie B. Jones Complete First Grade Collection: Books 18-28 with Paper Dolls in Boxed Set by Park, Barbara
Kidnapped King by Roy, Ron
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Willems, Mo
Lucky Lottery by Roy, Ron
Magic Tree House #1-4 by Osborne, Mary Pope
Magic Tree House #9-12 by Osborne, Mary Pope
Magic Tree House Merlin Missions #1-25 Boxed Set by Osborne, Mary Pope
Mayflower Treasure Hunt by Roy, Ron
Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Beasts by Drake, Ernest
Ms. Hannah Is Bananas! by Gutman, Dan
My Weird School 21-Book Boxed Set by Gutman, Dan
My Weird School Daze 12-Book Box Set: Books 1-12 by Gutman, Dan
Nancy Drew Starter Set by Keene, Carolyn
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (New Covers W/Poster) by Riordan, Rick
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot (Book 1) by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (Book 5) by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Book 2) by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Naughty Nightcrawlers from Neptune (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #8) by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #9) by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus by Pilkey, Dav
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (Book 3) by Pilkey, Dav
Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Roy, Ron
Terror on Tour by Keene, Carolyn
The Absent Author by Roy, Ron
The Bald Bandit by Roy, Ron
The Berenstain Bears Classic Collection by Berenstain, Jan &. Mike
The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (Books #1-12) [With Activity Poster and Bookmark] by Warner, Gertrude Chandler
The Canary Caper by Roy, Ron
The Chronicles of Narnia 7-Book and Audio Box Set by Lewis, C. S.
The Deadly Dungeon by Roy, Ron
The Empty Envelope by Roy, Ron
The Falcon’s Feathers by Roy, Ron
The Flat Stanley Collection: Flat Stanley/Invisible Stanley/Stanley in Space/Stanley, Flat Again! by Brown, Jeff
The Goose’s Gold by Roy, Ron
The Hardy Boys Secret Files Collection, Books 1-5: Trouble at the Arcade; The Missing Mitt; Mystery Map; Hopping Mad; A Monster of a Mystery by Dixon, Franklin W.
The Hardy Boys Starter Set by Dixon, Franklin W.
The Haunted Hotel by Roy, Ron
The Invisible Island by Roy, Ron
The Jaguar’s Jewel by Roy, Ron
The Magic Tree House Library: Books 1-28 by Osborne, Mary Pope
The Missing Mummy by Roy, Ron
The Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection: Sleepover Sleuths; Scream for Ice Cream; Pony Problems; The Cinderella Ballet Mystery; Case of the Sneaky Sno by Keene, Carolyn
The New Year Dragon Dilemma by Roy, Ron
The Ninth Nugget by Roy, Ron
The Orange Outlaw by Roy, Ron
The Panda Puzzle by Roy, Ron
The Quicksand Question by Roy, Ron
The Rainbow Fish [With Stickers] (Classic) by Pfister, Marcus
The Runaway Racehorse by Roy, Ron
The School Skeleton by Roy, Ron
The Talking T. Rex by Roy, Ron
The Titan’s Curse by Riordan, Rick
The Unwilling Umpire by Roy, Ron
The Vampire’s Vacation by Roy, Ron
The White Wolf by Roy, Ron
The X’Ed-Out X-Ray by Roy, Ron
The Yellow Yacht by Roy, Ron
The Zombie Zone (Revised) by Roy, Ron
Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck by Stilton, Thea
White House White-Out by Roy, Ron

Fort Loudon:
D is for Dress-Up: The ABC’s of What We Wear by Carluccio, Maria
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Seuss, Dr.
Max Drives Away by Wells, Rosemary
Owl sees Owl by Godwin, Laura
Ruby’s Rainy Day by Wells, Rosemary
Ruby’s Tea For Two by Wells, Rosemary

Big Bad Bruce by Pete, Bill
Cock-a-Doodle Dudley by Pete, Bill
Cowardly Clyde by Pete, Bill
Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent by Pete, Bill
Dragonbreath #2: Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Vernon, Usula
Dragonbreath #4: Lair of the Bat Monster by Vernon, Usula
Dragonbreath #5: No Such Thing as Ghosts by Vernon, Usula
Dragonbreath #7: When Fairies Go Bad by Vernon, Usula
Eli by Pete, Bill
Ella by Pete, Bill
Farewell to Shady Glade by Pete, Bill
Fly Homer Fly (Replacement) by Pete, Bill
Freckle Juice (Replacement) by Blume, Judy
Fudge-a-mania (Replacement) by Blume, Judy
How Droofus the Dragon Lost his Head by Pete, Bill
Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure by Pete, Bill
Huge Harold by Pete, Bill
ish by Reynolds, Peter J
Kermit the Hermit by Pete, Bill
Missouri Homestead by Tedrow, T.L.
Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Thorpe, Kiki
Never Girls #2: The Space Between by Thorpe, Kiki
Never Girls #4: From The Mist by Thorpe, Kiki
Never Girls #5: Wedding Wings by Thorpe, Kiki
Never Girls #6: The Woods Beyond by Thorpe, Kiki
Never Girls #7: A Pinch of Magic by Thorpe, Kiki
Never Grils #3: A Dandelion Wish by Thorpe, Kiki
Ribsy (Replacement) by Cleary, Beverly
Runaway Ralph (Replacement) by Cleary, Beverly
Shortstop from Tokyo (Replacement) by Christopher, Matt
Silver Package: An Applachian Christmas by Rylant, Cynthia
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Replacement) (2nd copy) by Blume, Judy
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Replacement) by Blume, Judy
The Ant and the Elephant by Pete, Bill
The Heroes of Olympus: The Demigod Diaries by Riordan, Rick
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (Replacement) by Christopher, Matt
The Luckiest One of All by Pete, Bill
The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg by Pete, Bill
The Reluctant Pitcher (Replacement) by Christopher, Matt
The Team that Couldn’t Lose (Replacement) by Christopher, Matt
The Whingdingdilly by Pete, Bill
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t (Replacement) by Blume, Judy
Undercover Tailback (Replacement) by Christopher, Matt
What a Year by DePaola, Tomie
Zella, Zack and Zodiac by Pete, Bill

St. Thomas:
A Berry Luck St. Patricks Day by Matheis, Mickie
Berenstain Bears and the Big Election by Berenstain, Stan & Jan
Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Pilkey, Dave
Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies by Pilkey, Dave
Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Maynorn Megan
God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Bergren, Lisa
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Rowling, J.K.
Inquisitor’s Tale, or, Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog by Gidwitz, Adam
Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples! by Kann, Victoria
Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Heling, Kathryn

Popular Series for FCLS System/All Libraries:
The Boxcar Children
Fancy Nancy
Thomas the Train Engine
I, Spy
I Survived
Anything by Mo Willems


Any titles in these series:
Berenstain Bears
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Disney (especially princesses)
Jake and the Pirates
Elephant and Piggie
Fancy Nancy
I Spy
Pete the Cat
Thomas the Tank Engine
Maisy (by Lucy Cousins)
Dork Diaries
I Survived…(by Lauren Tarshis)

Books by these authors/illustrators:
Sandra Boynton
Margaret Wise Brown
Eric Carle
Mo Willems
Gordon Korman
Rick Riordan
Raina Telgemier


A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel
Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey
Beginner Reader books such as I Can Read, Rookie Readers,
Step into Reading, Easy Reader Leveled Books
Berenstain Bears (any!)
Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce
The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy
Cam Jansen by David Adler
Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy
Captain Underpants series
Clifford the Big Red Dog (any!)
Critter Club series by Callie Barkley
Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series
Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russel
Dora the Explorer books
Fancy Nancy books
Franklin books by Paulette Bourgeois
Geronimo Stilton books
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer
Maisy books by Lucy Cousins
Magic Attic Club series
Magic Puppy books by Sue Bentley
Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne
Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys
Paw Patrol books
Peppa Pig books (based on the TV series)
Pete the Cat books!!
Puppy Place books by Ellen Miles
Redwall series books
Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant
Scaredy Squirrel books
Star Wars, especially Beginner Readers
Time Wrap Trio by Jon Scieszka

More of these books & series too, please…
Around the World by Matt Phelan
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M. Valente
The Popularity Papers: Book Three by Amy Ignatow
The Power of Cute by Charise Mericle Harper
Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Dr. Seuss
Mo Willems
Eric Carle

Books about these subjects:
Alphabet Letters
Fire Engines
Dentists, Doctors, Dinosaurs
Going to Daycare, Going to Kindergarten, Going to School
LEGO books and LEGO Storybooks
Tractors, Trucks, Trains
Seasonal, holiday books


Any NEW and recently published books are appreciated.


Any donations are appreciated.


Collinsville Community Library:
Any popular book or author

Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover:
Board books

Red Land Community Library:
Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie
Guinness Book of World Records 2018
Freddy the Frogcaster and the Flash Flood by Janice Dean
The Friendship Code #1 by Stacia Deutsch
Ada Lace, On the Case by Emily Calandrelli
Disney Who’s Who by Disney
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
What If You Had Animal Eyes? by Sandra Markle
Do You Really Want to Meet a Velociraptor? by Annette Bay Pimental
Do You Really Want to Meet a Tyrannosaurus Rex? by Annette Bay Pimental

Royer’s annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 28-Nov. 11

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 28-Nov. 11 to benefit area public libraries.

For each new book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last. Used books will not be accepted.

For more information, including library wish lists, visit

In its 11-year history, Bouquets for Books has collected nearly 17,000 books.

Kids club event Nov. 11 celebrates Veterans Day

Royer’s Kids Club will celebrate Veterans Day with a free event Nov. 11.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a special Veterans Day arrangement that includes an American flag.

Participants also will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

Fox 43 appearance: (home)coming attractions

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Homecoming can be a nervous time for high school students.

Never mind asking someone to the dance; it can take real courage when it comes to choosing your date’s corsage or boutonniere. Rest assured, Royer’s is here to help.

That was part of the message shared today by Erica Bixby of Royer’s when she visited Fox 43 Morning News. Erica and host Amy Lutz discussed homecoming stalwarts and newer options.

“There’s a lot of fun things that are trending this year,” Erica said. “There’s floral prints. Our most popular colors are navy, blush, burgundy, those pretty fall colors.  …

“If you’re not sure what color the dress is, that’s OK. Our most popular one is very simple, it’s white sweetheart roses with babies breath. And, of course for the guy, we’ll always do the matching boutonniere.”

Among the changes Royer’s has witnessed, Erica said, is corsages with one big flower, such as a mini gerbera. It’s a trend she described as “fun and flirty.”

‘Every one is different’

Standard corsages start with a white ribbon but can be spray painted (she demonstrated with green) to match a dress color. A variety of ribbons, bracelets and rhinestones can be added, as can, of course, a rainbow of flowers to make for a one-of-a-kind look.

“It’s really like artwork,” Amy said.

“And every one is different,” Erica said, “which makes it fun.”

As an alternative to a corsage, Erica suggested a hand-tied bouquet, such as the one she held up featuring sunflowers, solidago, mini green hydrangeas, Italian ruscus, and seeded eucalyptus with a burlap bow.

Erica noted that it’s a good idea to consider a date’s mother, too, at homecoming.

“It’s always good to bring mom some flowers,” Erica said, holding a rose bouquet.

“And that’s [true] for the guy or girl,” Amy said.

“Or if somebody’s hosting for pictures, it’s always nice to bring them a little something.”

To view the segment, click here.

Of course, you’ll find homecoming help at all of our stores, or try out our corsage builder.

Highlights from our fall catalog

Every year, we introduce a fall catalog that contains approximately 20 percent new products. We asked Geoff Royer, Royer’s area manager and a member of the product development team, to describe how some of the new arrangements came about. Here’s what he told us:

One of the tasks of the product development team was to come up with more arrangements that are specific to birthdays. This arrangement does just that with the birthday bear that’s attached to the vase.

This is the fourth in our lineup of Big Hugs vases. We also have redesigned the baby boy and baby girl versions of that style.

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We realized in the spring that we could do better on the pricing of the mini callas than we had before so we opted to develop a few arrangements with them.

This collection of arrangements is a new style for us, each one in a nine-inch glass bowl that we’d never carried before. We used them in some new lifestyle shots we are using to enhance our brochure and websites.

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This addition features several flowers that are new to us, namely the Memphis daisy pom, charmellia alstromeria, and Nobbio cherry carnation.

We had featured Memphis at previous holidays. We loved the color and the lateral lengths on the daisy but no one grew it year-round until now.

Charmellia is a new product in the floral world. It lasts incredibly long and, as it opens, it changes from dark pink to a lighter pink.

The colors and variegation of the Nobbio cherry petals are like nothing we’d ever seen. This carnation is from a farm called Geoflora, which is associated with South American carnation breeder S.B. Talee.

Talee developed the Nobbio series in response to a Japanese market that wanted something beyond the standard red, white and pink combination with a longer stem length. We can take the sizes the Japanese markets don’t want at a good price.

Refresh: Royer’s launches new website

Temperatures go from warm to cool, green leaves turn gold, red, orange.

And just as fall is the season of change in the natural world, it can be in the digital realm, too.

At Royer’s, this fall coincides with the launch of our new website. It’s still at, of course, but it has a fresh, crisp new look and functionality that should make the shopping experience even more fulfilling. (This look also is evident in our e-blasts and printed fall catalog.)

Among the improvements, both functionally and aesthetically:

  • The website now features “responsive” design, which means that it adjusts to the size of the browser in which it is viewed. We realize that customers shop online from different-sized screens, from desktop to laptop, tablet to smart phone.
  • Additional filters help shoppers more readily find what they’re looking for. For instance, instead of just searching by price across all products, it’s now possible to narrow that search by categories. Soon you’ll be able to filter by flower and color, too.
  • Arrangements are shown bigger and scale according to screen size.
  • Text is set against transparent colors, allowing more of the background flower images to shine through.
  • If the curvy page designs have a familiar feel, it’s because they are macro-views of actual flower shapes. The size, color and placement of the shapes are not determined by templates but rather are unique to each layout. This allows the layouts to remain fresh and change with the seasons.

What do you think of our new website? We’d like to hear from you. Please share your comments below, or let us know the next time you visit one of our stores.

Planting the seeds for a successful school year

Spider plants are great for cleaning air.

New shirts, new shoes. Backpacks and notebooks. No doubt, one or more of those items was on your shopping list if you’re a parent preparing a child for the first day of school.

Don’t forget a little something for your child’s teacher and classroom.

A plant is a great option, not only for aesthetic reasons but certain ones help to improve indoor air quality. What’s more, the presence of plants has been shown to boost productivity and reduce stress, which can enhance a learning environment.

With the help of Cheryl Brill, Royer’s vice president of retail operations, and other resources, we compiled a list of plants that will help sow the seeds for a great new school year.

Cheryl’s list started with Chinese evergreens (aka aglaonemas), peace lilies, philodendrons and spider plants, each of which is great for cleaning the air, she said. What’s more, they’re easy to take care of and don’t require a lot of bright light.

As their name suggests, spider plants have tendrils or plantlets that grow out from the mother plant.

“That would be kind of fun for a grade-school situation,” Cheryl said.

For more on plants and air quality, click here.

Classroom conversation

Meanwhile, air plants aren’t that effective at cleaning the air, Cheryl said, but they are intriguing because they grow without soil. Also known as tillandsia, air plants are a type of bromeliad and relative of the pineapple.

Air plant leaves have scales, called trichomes, that absorb water and nutrients from the air.

“We just dunk them in a bucket of water every week or so,” Cheryl said, suggesting how easy it is to care for air plants.

The air plant’s unique characteristics alone make for a great classroom conversation. What’s more, they’re available at Royer’s in quirky “thinkers” containers.

Thinkers is what we want students to be, after all. Another plant option that can captivate a classroom is a terrarium, which only needs to be watered weekly. Cheryl described them as “neat to look at” and as providing “a little tranquil spot.”

Heaven knows, a bustling school can use a tranquil spot or two.