Entire TV shows these days are dedicated to tiny houses, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that mini-gardens are popular again.
Royer’s recently reintroduced terrariums to its product lineup. They are individually crafted in our dish garden department in Lebanon and come in rope; dome (small, medium and large); and greenhouse versions.
“You look in them, and you just feel good,” said Cheryl Brill, Royer’s vice president of retail operations, comparing the look of the light-green reindeer moss covering the soil to that of a forest floor.
She described terrariums as a “little tranquil spot.”
“They draw you in,” she said, “and I think that’s part of the appeal. And they typically have a lot of texture.”
“The invention of the terrarium as we know it is credited to Dr. N.B. Ward, a 19th-century London physician. … While studying a sphinx moth emerging from a chrysalis he had buried in moist earth in a closed bottle, he was amazed to see a seedling fern and some grass growing inside. He watched them grow for four years, during which time not one drop of water was added nor was the cover removed.”
Closed terrariums are best at keeping humidity inside (followed by open terrariums and dish gardens), so they only have to be watered once per week. Terrariums and plants are great for offices as they are known to improve air quality, boost productivity and reduce stress.
Employees of Royer’s Flowers have donated $990 to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
The contribution reflects the employees’ fall purchase of pink polo shirts bearing Royer’s logo. The sale of each shirt raised $10 for the Lebanon-based nonprofit.
The coalition (pabreastcancer.org) represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
Photo: From left, Candace Oliver, manager trainee at Royer’s Flowers in Lebanon, and Kristen Snoke, community outreach director, Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Oliver is wearing one of the pink polo shirts Royer’s employees purchased to raise money for the coalition.
Our new Chambersburg store is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6) at 7 St. Paul Drive, next to Sonic and Sheetz.
Not only is it Royer’s first store in Franklin County, but it also will allow us to expand deliveries into the Hagerstown, Md., area. Chambersburg represents both the farthest west and south that Royer’s has operated from our Lebanon County base.
“With a beautiful new building in a terrific new market, we’re thrilled to be a part of the Chambersburg community and beyond,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony — the ribbon actually will comprise flowers — is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in conjunction with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
The 4,000-square-foot store’s grand opening will include specials on hardy mums and loose carnations.
The store will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Store manager Gregory Royer represents the fourth generation of Royer family involvement with the company. He will be joined by assistant manager Heidi Trate and design supervisor Sherry Carbaugh on a 15-person staff.
Royer’s traces its roots to 1937, when Hannah Royer, who grew African violets on her windowsill in Lebanon, began selling them at a local garment factory and area farmer’s markets.
With Chambersburg, Royer’s operates 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Franklin, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Sister company Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts has one Harrisburg store.
Paul Ondulich is hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John.
The Trafford, Pa., resident has seen the “Grease” star in concert nine times, first in Pittsburgh for 1982’s “Physical” tour, and most recently on July 24, 2016 at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster. All but one time he sat in the front row.
At each show, he gives Newton-John flowers. She has repaid the favor, holding his hand at many of the shows, he said, and singing to him several times. He shared a clipping from the Buffalo News, showing a photo of him and Newton-John from a 2006 show at a casino in Niagara Falls, Ont.
“I don’t know,” Ondulich said when asked to explain his good fortune, “I’m just lucky, I guess.”
A web developer by day, operator of a Pittsburgh Pirates fan website in his spare time, Ondulich called in his flower order to our Lancaster West store two weeks before the July show. The flowers for Newton-John included 10 white stargazer lilies, 20 dendrobium orchids, and orange roses.
He said he presented them to Newton-John approximately 15 minutes into the concert; of course, she had him come up on stage. She placed the flowers on the piano for the rest of the show and told the audience how beautiful and sweet-smelling they were.
Joining Ondulich at the concert was his wife, Joanne, who seems to be OK with her husband’s fondness for the singer.
“She’s known I’m a fan and I love Olivia,” he said.
Besides, Ondulich also ordered one-dozen long-stem red roses for Joanne.
The final day of operation for Royer’s Palmyra store will be June 30. Greg Royer, president and CEO of Royer’s, explained the closing in a letter being sent to the store’s customers:
After months of negotiations, Royer’s was unable to agree on new lease terms with the owners of the Palmyra Shopping Center. Unfortunately, the result is we will close the Palmyra store effective July 31.
The good news is we have two nearby stores, each one offering the great products and personalized customer service you’ve come to expect.
Our Palmyra staff will be reassigned to the Hershey store, which will answer calls placed to the Palmyra phone number and will continue to deliver twice daily to Palmyra. If you live on the east side of Palmyra, our original store in Lebanon may be more convenient for you.
Of course, you can reach us any time at royers.com.
Thank you for your understanding and for the continued opportunity to serve you.