Floral arrangement is one of the best ways to express emotion nonverbally, second only to interpretive kickboxing. Say what words never will with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of floral designs and delivery from Field of Flowers in Boca Raton, Davie, and Miami.
Field of Flowers’ seasoned florists arrange more than 150 types of blooms into tasteful formations. Locally delivered flowers include bunches of calla lilies ($29.70 for 10 stems), glass cubes of gerbera daisies ($20.95+), and round centerpieces ($50+), which come in six colors and an array of flavors. Impress a sweetheart with 25 red roses ($36.13), whose 24- to 28-inch stems make excellent vase fillers or milk shake straws. A tulip design ($45.95 for 20 stems) swathes a room in springtime cheer, and a wicker basket of sunflowers ($37.50 for five large blossoms) can feed an entire brood of pet squirrels.
In addition to crafting floral gifts, Field of Flowers teaches guests how to build their own arrangements at a variety of classes, including a free rose-design demo on August 20. The shop’s website helps customers to care for their new blooms by fielding questions on cutting stems, watering flowers, and waking snoring leaves.
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Some of Donn F. Flipse's earliest memories are of him wielding a broom, sweeping up the fallen petals and snipped-off stamen that have gathered around the feet of the floral designers at his family's flower shop. Eight-year-old Donn eventually moved up in rank, escorting arrangements to their destinations in the delivery truck as soon as he got his license. When he graduated college, he almost turned his back on the flower business his father and his grandfather built, but after mentoring under one of the shop's floral designers, he realized, “It was in his blood.” In 1990, he opened Field of Flowers in Davie.
The rose, he says, continues to be the most popular flower, although different breeds take the crown every so often—the current favorite is the garden rose, a throwback blossom like what might flourish in a well-tended backyard. Donn's favorites are the rose-like lisanthius and the Canterbury bells, which look delicate but are sturdy and long lasting, much like a quarterback who takes ballet classes.
Field of Flower's team of designers compose striking arrangements using popular flowers as well as rare blooms such as orchids or birds of paradise. The team also crafts design pieces for celebrations, with past creations including a french poodle sculpted from flowers and a Spongebob Squarepants–themed arrangements in which blue gel simulated the ocean, submerging plants in an under-the-sea wonderland.