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World Autism Awareness Day

Posted by Suzie Canale on Fri, Mar 31, 2017

April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day, an occasion created to raise awareness for children diagnosed with the autism neurological disorder.  ASD is defined as, “a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It also includes restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and activities. These issues cause significant impairment in social, occupations and other areas of functioning.”

Initially began by the, “United Nations General Assembly”, this is the ninth year where people will come together around the globe to fundraise and show their support towards not only accepting difference, but embracing difference.  By educating our society, the hope is to expand ideas of inclusion and acceptance across a vast realm of everyday life.  Specific sectors consist of education, volunteering and community outreach as a whole.  

If you are interested in participating in World Autism Day, there are several ways to celebrate with your family!

  1. Light It Up Blue!  To show your support, many are encouraged to wear the color blue, which is the official color associated with autism.  The movement began with the organization, “Autism Speaks” a non-profit whose mission is to provide autism families with resources, guidance and assistance.  At Exotic Flowers in Boston, send blue roses to show support.

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  1. Join a fundraising walk with your family and friends and move your way towards creating a higher understanding for the autism community.  


  1.  Visit your local library and check out some of the awesome books written about famous autistic people like Temple Grandin or even Albert Einstein who claimed to be on the spectrum, too!  
  2. Go Autism-Friendly for the day!  I never knew this but there is actually a list of “autism friendly” businesses in your area, which cater to ALL people’s needs.  Just do a quick search using Google and find all of the cool places around your neighborhood, which support our autism community.

Tags: Blue Roses, Blue Orchids, Autism, Autism Awareness

The Allure and Mystery of Blue Roses via Exotic Flowers in Boston

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Jul 15, 2011

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A conversation about blue roses often becomes a love/hate one. Some of our clients love blue roses and can only have blue roses or no other flower. Other clients loathe them and consider them an insult to nature. Because Boston is conservative, blue roses rarely find their way to the tables of Beacon Hill, Newton or Wellesley.

Blue roses do not exist in nature. At Exotic Flowers in Boston, we import hundreds of blue roses every week from Ecuador. These Boston Blue Roses are actually a white rose dyed blue while still in Ecuador. After the white rose is cut, the white becomes very thirsty. The white rose is then immersed in a blue dye solution. The flowers draws the dye straight up the stem to the petals; that is why the stems and foliage of our blue roses appear blue as well.

Because of the absence of blue roses in nature, the blue rose has adopted a symbolism of mystery and allure. This symbolism creates a connection with those giving and receiving the blue roses.

blue roses vase resized 600At Exotic Flowers, we are believe in sending the outrageous. Our vision statement, Reaction Guaranteed,' resonates with the sending of blue roses. Of course, the staff at Exotic Flowers may not care for blue roses, but we also would not drive a bright yellow car or a mini-cooper. To each their own, blue roses are here to stay.

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The next stop on the horizon is the blue orchid plant. Another conversation for another blog.

Tags: Boston Roses, Blue Roses, Blue Orchids

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