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Royer’s Kids Club saluting veterans with Nov. 10 event

Red, white, blue and you!

For its final kids club event of 2018, the Royer’s Lee Flowers & Gifts Kids Club is honoring the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement, featuring red and blue carnations and an American flag.

As the price of admission, participants are asked to bring a new children’s book for Bouquets for Books, Royer’s annual book drive to benefit area public libraries.

Participants also will receive a balloon and may decorate a coloring page for Royer’s annual Holidays for
Heroes event, which honors veterans and active military members.

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

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

Royer’s Kids Club gets back to business with free back-to-school event Aug. 25

 

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts will celebrate the start of a new school year with a free Royer’s Kids Club event on Aug. 25.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring yellow and lavender daisy pompons, leatherleaf fern and a back-to-school stick-in. Each participant 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.

Royer’s Stems Hunger collects nearly 1,700 pounds of food for area food banks

Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s Flowers, and David Carl, corporate and foundation giving manager, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive collected 1,699 pounds of nonperishable items, pushing the total to more than seven tons since the event began in 2011.

Royer’s Stems Hunger, which took place June 16-30, collected 166 pounds for the Greater Berks Food Bank and 1,533 pounds for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors received a free carnation.

Besides Royer’s 16 stores, the food drop-off locations included eight Drayer Physical Therapy Institute locations in the area.

Our stores are accepting nonperishable food donations through June 30

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Amid the flowers, plants and gifts in our stores, this time of year you’ll also find a selection of food.

That’s because we’re in the midst of our annual Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 16-30, we’re collecting nonperishable food in each of our stores. For each item you donate, we’ll give you a free carnation, up to six per visit.

Please consider donating at any of our stores.

Snapshots from our June 16 Royer’s Kids Club event; see you again on Aug. 25

A big thanks to everyone who joined us for the June 16 Royer’s Kids Club event.

Not only was it a fun time, but it also helped us kick off our annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, which runs through June 30.

We wish you a happy, safe summer and look forward to getting the gang back together for two more events this year: Aug. 25, when the theme will be fall, and Nov. 10, when we focus on our Bouquets for Books children’s book drive and our Holidays for Heroes card and coloring page drive for active and retired military members.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t officially joined the kids club, or if you have a friend of family member who might be interested, please click here for complete details.

Stems Hunger, our annual food drive, returns June 16-30

While the holidays are a time of great giving, needs in our communities exist year-round. Summers are tough for some families because the school break cuts off access to food programs.

So for the past seven summers, our “Royer’s Stems Hunger” food drive has collected nonperishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and for the Greater Berks Food Bank. In its history, Stems Hunger has collected more than six tons of food.

Stems Hunger returns this year from June 16-30. For donating at any of our 16 stores, we’ll give you a free carnation for each item, up to six per visit.

In addition, seven Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient centers in the region will collect food for Stems Hunger.

Meanwhile, the Royer’s Kids Club is helping to kick off the food drive June 16 with an event in each store. Participants are asked to bring a food item as the price of admission.

Our annual rose sale returns May 16-June 16

Roses are most closely associated with Valentine’s Day, but they are available year-round.

They’re a particularly good value in June thanks to the natural rose growing cycle, as evidenced by Royer’s annual rose sale, which coincides with National Rose Month in June.

This year’s sale runs May 16-June 16 with specials including:

  • Three roses added to any arrangement for $4;
  • One-dozen loose red, yellow, pink or rainbow roses for $15.99;
  • Two-dozen premium rose arrangement for $69.99 (normally $89.99).

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 those flowers.

Our rose sale taps into that abundant availability, which makes roses less expensive for us and, by extension, for you, our customers.

Up until the 1970s, Royer’s grew its own roses (and many other flowers) in greenhouses at our headquarters in Lebanon. But when the oil embargo hit and the price of crude oil spiked, it became cost prohibitive to operate those greenhouses.

By contrast, Bogota, Colombia, sits on a plateau, giving it year-round fall temperatures that are ideal for growing flowers.

But we leave nothing to chance. For more than 30 years, Royer’s has made at least annual trips to South America to visit the farms that provide our roses and other flowers. In fact, Royer’s may be the only local florist in the United States that visits South America in this fashion.

As we noted in this blog post, which described the efforts of Tom Royer, who is one of the Royer’s family owners: “By visiting the farms, Tom can inspect the latest crop in the field. He makes sure that the farms cut the flowers at the right maturity. He always carries his measuring tool to ensure that he’s getting the right length and head sizes for the flowers that Royer’s buys.”

Royer’s primary rose variety is called Freedom, which makes a big impression with its deep color, size (flowers range from 5 to 7 centimeters across), and long vase life.

No matter the variety, roses have similar characteristics. However, care requirements can differ whether the roses arrive in a vase, loose or in a box, as these care tips explain.

Of course, with our annual rose sale, it’s a great time to give roses as a gift to someone else or to treat yourself.

Help kick off our food drive at June 16 Royer’s Kids Club event

Royer’s annual food drive returns June 16-30.

The Royer’s Kids Club will kick it off with an event June 16 in all Royer’s stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a nonperishable food item as the price of admission.

They will have an opportunity to decorate their own pot and plant marigold seeds in it and to enter the kids club birthday card design contest (the winner receives a flower delivery on his or her birthday). Each participant also will receive a balloon.

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

Registration is required by calling or stopping by the nearest Royer’s store.

Scenes from our St. Patrick’s Day kids club event

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Imagine our great luck to spend time with these beautiful faces during our Royer’s Kids Club event on St. Patrick’s Day.

We always enjoy sharing our knowledge of flowers with eager learners!

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next event, June 23 in all stores. We’ll celebrate our annual Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive (to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank) and the Fourth of July.

As the price of admission, we’ll ask you to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the food drive. We’ll announce registration details closer to the date.

In the meantime, we wish you a happy, safe spring. We look forward to seeing everyone again in just three months.

If you haven’t already signed up for the free kids club, you can do so here or by stopping by any one of our stores.

Royer’s Kids Club offers free St. Patrick’s Day event March 17

If you can’t have a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, then the next-best thing just might be a free Royer’s Kids Club event on March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a St. Patrick’s Day arrangement and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Because space is limited, we encourage you to call or visit your nearest store right away to register.

To join the kids club, click here.