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2016 Boston Flower Show

Posted by Suzie Canale on Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Its that time again for all of New England's garden lovers to enjoy the world famous Boston Flower Show! Running through Sunday, March 20th, spectators will be left in awe at the presentations made by our cities most prominent designers.  This year’s theme, “Nurtured by Nature” promises to be a special one where all exhibits must reflect this idea throughout their entire display of flowers including props, containers and subject matter.  From divine intricate sets to scaled landscaping, this year’s show is already being named one of the best in its history!  You also won’t want to miss the judging for who wins best for creativity, complexity and originality, which has categories for both experts and beginners.  How exciting, there’s just no telling who will achieve solid gold thumb stature!


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And that’s not all…

Along with the stunning floral installments, there’s a whole bunch of other programs and events to take notice of as well.  There will be lectures from guest speakers who are industry leaders as well as demonstrations for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade.  If that’s not enough- bring your wallets and purses because the marketplace has a fantastic lineup of vendors selling beautiful accessories including hats, silks, baskets, jewelry and more!  It's quite an impressive line up so get ready for a fun filled four days enjoying the Boston Flower Show of Boston!

Things to Keep in Mind if Attending:

  1. Parking is limited although there is shuttle service available from nearby garages.  Parking on the grounds is competitive so arrive early!
  1.   Tickets are available for $20.00 per adult, $17.00 for seniors and only $10.00 for children.  Make a day out of touring the beautiful flowers arrangements and let spring inspire you!

  1.  The Address for the Boston Flower Show is:

The Seaport Hotel

200 Seaport Boulevard

Boston, MA 02210

Tags: Gardening in Boston, Boston Greenhouse, Flower Show, Boston

A Boston Florist's Observations at the Northeast Floral Expo

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Mar 14, 2013

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The Northeast Floral Expo remains my favorite regional floral industry show. Although I have not attended in a few years, I jumped at the chance to attend the 2013 show. The 2013 show took place at the Marriott Mystic Hotel in Groton, Connecticut. When given the opportunity to go to Mystic, I jump at the chance to combine business and pleasure. 

I always try to bring my family along for these trips. Being a florist, means long hours and six to seven day work weeks. My boys love room service, indoor pools and spending time together. Only about one hundred minutes from home, this trip made sense. Besides, our family loves the Mystic Aquarium

We set on our destination in the midst of a snowstorm on Friday, March 8th. While Boston was buried in over a foot of snow, it was a delight to 'get out of Dodge,'. After picking up my son at school, we were on our way at 345pm. Traffic was a bit light considering the elements. About a half hour from home, I realized I forgot my own bag. No socks, no undies, no pants or shirts; so what did I do ? I could have turned around and basically wasted more than ninety minutes. I pulled into an Old Navy and spent over $150 for new clothes. 

The show included a bounty of floral stars including Michael Derouin, Ann Jordan, Jay Schwanke, and Mandy Majerik. Floral industry leaders like Teleflora, FTD, John Henry and Delaware Valley all represented and contributed. For florists, this show is a must attend event. From business seminars, hands-on floral design workshops to networking, I came away with some fresh ideas to keep Exotic Flowers as a leading florist in Boston. 

flowers ne floral expo resized 600  I attended the seminar by Barry Gottlieb, where he reinforced the importance of exceeding, astonishing and delighting our customers. At Exotic Flowers, we are making a written effort to make every client experience memorable. In the next few days, we will be unveiling the Exotic Flowers branded ribbon. Every flower package and gift bag that leaves our store will have increased added value with this new ribbon.

Some highlights of my visit to the show inlcuded meeting Flower Network guru Ryan Freeman, catching up with John Henry service rep Janie Jackson, chatting up Delaware Valley Floral icon Doug Carey, facetime with Connecticut floral legend Bob Heffernan and talking baseball with FTD's Jim Weedon and Dave Galvin. I was also able to bask in Laurie Lemek's best in show display booth for Delaware Valley Wholesale. See photo below. dvalley resized 600

Of course, no Canale trip is complete without some great eats and cool shops. We were able to explore some cool independent toy stores in Mystic and had a couple of good meals at Mystric Diner and The Steak Loft. 


Tags: Northeast Floral Expo, Flower Travel, Floral Indusrty, Flower Show

Step Into Spring at the Chestnut Hill Mall

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Mar 30, 2011

Step Into Spring

Dear friends, 

Spring has awakened at Exotic Flowers. Our greenhouses are bursting with pansies, lilies, geraniums and hundreds of annuals. Spring is an exciting time of year here. We are at our busiest in May, even busier than December. You will witness all kinds of innovations at Exotic Flowers. Every single one has you in mind. Let us know how we are doing.
In April, Exotic Flowers will be participating in Step Into Spring at the Chestnut Hill Mall. This annual show will also honor a most cherished guest. My wife Suzie has been asked to read her fabulous children's book, The Land of Chocolate Cosmos at the Children' s Spring Fling portion of the show on April 16th from 12-2pm. Please stop by and say hello.




Step Into Spring Annual Spring Garden & Flower Show
Spring Show In Chestnut Hill 
Spring will bloom early this year at the Mall at Chestnut Hill! Exotic Flowers will be participating in "Step into Spring" Annual Spring Garden & Flower Show!

Starting April 1st through May 15th, award winning landscape artists, horticulturists and master gardeners will share exquisite examples of richly planted gardens, stone sculptures and unique garden settings in common areas throughout the mall! See native floral & fauna and also some of the... most rare and unusual varieties. Examples of textures and blooming colors of the natural outdoors will be on view throughout both levels of the mall! Mark your calendars for both upcoming events:


Public Reading for The Land of Chocolate Cosmos
The Land of Chocolate Cosmos

 The Land of Chocolate Cosmos is the first book in the Green Series dedicated towards educating and empowering children to change the world's environmental concerns. Within the first tale, a community is distraught when their magical natural resource, the chocolate cosmos flower, is overused and abused. With the help of Coco, the people learn how to recultivate and preserve the cash crop, sustaining the sweet enchantment of chocolate that once enriched the town.

Come visit author Suzie Canale at the Children's Spring Fling" - Saturday, April 16th starting 12 noon to 2 pm at the Spring flower show at the Chestnut Hill Mall. She will be reading and signing her landmark children's book. 

We are coming up on two of the busiest weeks of the year at Exotic Flowers. Easter is April 24th. Administrative Professional's Day is Wednesday April 27th. Mother's Day is Sunday May 8th. Do not get shut out. Order early.




Rick Canale
Exotic Flowers
Family Owned & Operated

Tags: Land of Chocolate Cosmos, Flower Show, Garden Show

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