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In January, it’s a tip-top time to tip-toe through the tulips

Tulips arrived in Western Europe in the late 1500s from their native Turkey, looking unlike anything else on the continent.

As an import, they “commanded the same exoticism that spices and Oriental rugs did,” according to Investopedia.com.

And by the first part of the 1600s, the rarest bulbs traded for as much as six times the average annual salary. This phenomenon came to be known as “tulip mania.”

The allure of tulips remains strong centuries later. Royer’s celebrates tulips every year at this time. Our annual tulip promotion runs through Jan. 31 with a combination of specials and everyday value.

10 stems for $8.99

For $8.99, you can pick up a 10-stem “grower’s bunch” that’s regularly priced at $14.99. Two bunches are $16.99.

Handful bouquets with free local delivery

The tulip promotion also includes free delivery on our hand-tied handful bouquets, available with 15 tulips ($25) or 25 tulips ($39.99) and accents of limonium.

$59.99 shipped anywhere in continental U.S.

There are places called Tulip in seven states, but you can send 15 boxed tulips anywhere in the continental United States for $59.99 as part of our direct-ship program.

New Vintage Tulips collection

Our new Vintage Tulips arrangements are available in four sizes and come with three (pink or purple vase), 10, 20 or 40 mixed color tulips (colors will vary). New this year, each arrangement features accents of dusty miller and wax flower for a more vintage/Victorian feel compared with the country look of previous years.

Emily Mallis, Royer’s marketing manager, noted that dusty miller “is soft and slightly fuzzy and is a lighter green with some silver tones or maybe a white dusting.” Wax flower, she said, “has a beautiful fragrance when cut or touched.”

The Vintage Tulips line ranges from $16.99 to $89.99 and can be picked up at any of our 16 area stores or delivered within our market area.

As a hardy, affordable symbol of perfect love, tulips also are a popular option for Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps you’ve heard the entertainer Tiny Tim, singing in a falsetto and strumming a ukulele, performing “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

The lyrics include:

“Knee deep in flowers we’ll stray
We’ll keep the showers away
And if I kiss you in the garden
In the moonlight, will you pardon me?
And tip-toe through the tulips with me”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for donating more than 1,000 holiday cards and coloring pages for veterans

In this season of giving, you sure did.

Our annual “Holidays for Heroes” event, which ran throughout November, collected more than 1,000 holiday cards and coloring pages for veterans.

We presented these cards and coloring pages to the American Red Cross, which this year is distributing holiday cards to more than 700 veterans in 30 locations in its Greater Pennsylvania Region.

One of those locations is Frey Village, a continuing care retirement community in Middletown, where the Red Cross and Royer’s hosted a holiday party for 18 veterans on Dec. 16.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Holidays for Heroes and helped us celebrate our brave, selfless veterans.

Royer’s Flowers donates $1,000 to YWCA Greater Harrisburg

From left, Mary Quinn, CEO, YWCA Greater Harrisburg, and Holly Newpower, Royer’s market manager.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $1,000 to the YWCA Greater Harrisburg.

The funds are earmarked for the YWCA’s emergency shelter, which provides housing to single women and women with children for up to 30 days.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

Royer’s Flowers saluting veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets Nov. 11

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts will salute military veterans on Nov. 11 by giving them red, white and blue bouquets.

The offer is available in-store only at any of Royer’s 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Non-veterans may purchase the bouquet for $3.99.

“Royer’s is grateful to the brave men and women who have served our country so that we may continue to enjoy freedom,” said Tom Royer, CEO of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts. “It’s our privilege to recognize our veterans in this small way.”

Royer’s Flowers offering free bouquet to donors at Nov. 9 blood drive in Camp Hill

 

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts is hosting a blood drive Nov. 9 at its Camp Hill store, 3015 Gettysburg Road.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank bloodmobile will be at the store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone attempting to donate will receive a free bouquet.

Appointments are not needed, but donors should have ID, eat within four hours of giving blood, and stay well hydrated. Orange juice and snacks will be provided after donations.

Royer’s collecting holiday cards and coloring pages for service members and veterans in November

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts is collecting holiday cards and coloring pages for service members and veterans throughout November in each of its stores.

Royer’s will present the collected items to the American Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Cards and coloring pages may be dropped off at any Royer’s store during normal business hours. Free coloring pages can be downloaded at royers.com/heroes

The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations: “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Veteran”
  • Be thoughtful with messages, expressing reasons why you are thankful for the service members/veterans; if you have a personal connection, such as a family member who served, consider adding that
  • Try not to be overtly religious, but messages such as “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You” are acceptable
  • Do not include inserts such as glitter, photos, business cards
  • Do not include personal information such as telephone number, address or email
  • Sign your name

 

Royer’s Flowers donates $3,000 to American Cancer Society in support of ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign

From left, Tom Royer, Royer’s CEO; Stephanie Delp, senior community development manager, American Cancer Society; and Geoff Royer, Royer’s vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $3,000 to the American Cancer Society in support of its “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

Real Men Wear Pink is designed to give men a leadership role in the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate breast cancer.

Royer’s Flowers donates $1,000 to Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

 

 

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $1,000 to the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County.

The funds are earmarked for CAP’s Domestic Violence Services program, which provides emergency shelter, counseling, legal and housing services, and children’s programming for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.

Sizing up six new arrangements for fall

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Several sure signs of the season: cooler temperatures, candy corn on grocery store shelves and the arrival of our fall menu.

Emily Mallis, Royer’s marketing manager, shared her insight on six arrangements making their debuts.

2820/Foliage Terrarium:

A tilted pedestal container gives a unique, updated look to our everyday dish garden while retaining its vintage feel.

2838/Rectangle Succulent:

Succulents are in, and we are keeping them trendy with this stylized design. This two-plant dish garden gives an earthy feeling, with the stone container and moss as finishing touches.

3768/Darling with Spray Roses, Extra Large:

Charmelia adds height and removing the lilies and gerbera daisy makes for a fuller look in shades of purple and pastel pinks. Ginger spray roses add a finishing touch.

3780/Triple Rose Bud Vase:

This new style of triple rose vase, with its wider lip, enhances a shift to more of an all-around look that’s a great size for an office desk or end table in the home.

3788/Baby Girl Steps: 

The new L- shaped, three-quarter round design replaces the all-around look from last year. The increased height and width give it a more impressive look, with pink or blue carnations instead of an overall garden color.

3795/English Garden Vase:

We wanted to increase the number of $125 vase selections. This English garden vase was redesigned to be fuller. It no longer includes curly willow and uses stock, roses and other value flowers in place of lilies and gerbera daisies.

If you haven’t received a copy of the fall menu in the mail, you can pick one up at any Royer’s store.

 

Royer’s Flowers donates $1,000 to Safe Berks emergency shelter in Reading

From left, Tom Royer, Royer’s CEO; Beth Garrigan, COO, and Mindy McIntosh, director of development, Safe Berks; and Geoff Royer, Royer’s vice president of central operations.

Royer’s Flowers & Gifts has donated $1,000 to the nonprofit Safe Berks in Reading.

The funds are earmarked for Safe Berks’ emergency shelter, which serves victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their dependent children.

The shelter can accommodate as many as 50 people for 30 days and offers professional counseling and educational group meetings. Its staff is available 24 hours per day, seven days each week.

Family-owned Royer’s donates $10 to women’s charities for every purchase of its “Admiration” arrangement.