At Beautiful Blooms by Jen, we value education and the future of the industry. With a degree in Agriculture Education, I believe in continuous education. Because of that reason, Colleen, Sarah and I drove up to Mayesh Wholesale Florist in mid-October to attend a Michigan Floral Association Regional Meeting.

It was an awesome opportunity to get up to Detroit and see what was new at Mayesh. Many of our orders are made over the phone or through email so it’s great to see what is new and interesting in person. The wholesale house supply department basically looks like a grocery store and the rows of shelves are all filled with floral supplies like vases, baskets, ribbon, paint, etc. It’s a florist’s heaven! Plus we love our saleslady, Nora!

Mayesh also has multiple coolers that are filled with fresh flowers. There is an entire section for each variety of flowers, the greenery and a whole cooler just for tropicals like orchids!

Mayesh also fed us dinner which was fabulous! We also had the opportunity to chat with our favorite Mayesh employees which is great because the more you know your salespeople, the better they know you and what you love!

The meeting began and it was great to learn what the Michigan Floral Association is up to. I love how hard they are working to make sure that the future of the floral industry is amazing!

Then there was a fabulous presentation by Jerome Raska, from Blumz by JR Designs, called Everything is Coming Up Roses. Jerome and his partner, Robin, have premier flower shops in Detroit, Ferndale, and Ann Arbor and we have watched both of them present before and always learn so much!

We talked about fabulous flower crowns which are so in right now. 
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This was one of my favorite pieces that is a bridal bouquet! The textures are so fun and the armature it’s made from with the woven lily grass is why!

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Love this fun way to design a dozen roses!

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Can you say wow?! Love the vase! Love the Dahlias! Love the roses!

We can’t wait to go back to the shop and think outside the box when designing with roses. Thanks again to Michigan Floral Association, Mayesh Wholesale Florist and Jerome Raska!

We love supporting downtown Sylvania! For the past 5 years we have been providing two wreaths of flowers for the Downtown Sylvania Memorial Day Parade. Plus we have passed out roses in honor of all of the Veterans. For years we have passed them out in the parade crowd so people were able to lay it on a grave, or take home to enjoy in memory of a loving veteran. This year, one of my customers helped us brainstorm and we decided to provide our roses for the Wreaths Across America float. The girl scouts were walking with their float and it was perfect to let them share in the fun!

Who received one of our beautiful roses?!  What did you do with it?

Roses all set for the parade on the Wreaths Across America Float

Roses provided by Beautiful Blooms by Jen all set for the parade on the Wreaths Across America Float

Wreaths Across America Float

Wreaths Across America Float

Ladies on the Wreaths Across America Float with roses

Ladies on the Wreaths Across America Float with roses provided by Beautiful Blooms by Jen.

Girl Scouts passing out roses to the crowd

Girl Scouts passing out Beautiful Blooms by Jen roses to the crowd.

Each year the wholesale house holds a design competition. There are different categories and you pick which one you want to enter.  They send each competitor a box of the same flowers and we follow the rules to create our design within their perameters.

Here is a picture of all the flowers we were provided with.  The below arrangements are the ones we created. Can you guess who designed each?  I (Jen) created one, Colleen designed one, and Sarah and Jordan worked together on one.  In the comments below, please make your guess and the winner will earn a free tshirt!

 

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If you’d like to see the winner from the Detroit Mayesh and the other winners from each Wholesale House across the country, please check out this blog post. You can even vote for the winner if you want!