Easy Dorm Room Decorating for your Student

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Over the next few weeks, parents will be dropping off their children in new classrooms across the Saint Louis area – some for the very first time as they experience kindergarten, and others dropping off their “babies” at college. If your child is preparing to live away from home for the first time, there are likely a lot of emotions that come to the surface. We are here to help you to make the transition just a little easier. A gift from Walter Knoll Florist will add a bit of living beauty to your dorm room decorating, with our diverse online collection of plants, flowers and gifts.

Fast Facts: Approximately 20.5 million students are planning to enter college as incoming freshmen this year; approximately 13 million of them will be living in dormitories and on-campus housing. Continue reading

The Bonds Between Sisters & Friends

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Sisterhood and friendship can be some of the strongest relationships we experience. The first Sunday in August is National Friends & Sisters Day and is the perfect chance for you to honor, encourage or send love to your sister or best friend. Walter Knoll Florist knows how special these individuals are in your life. We’re ready to help you celebrate them with gifts and flowers that are perfect for the occasion!

Fun Facts About Sisters: 

Did you know that the oldest sister is typically the protector, the advice-giver, the confidant? Younger sisters often look to the older sister for advice and encouragement- and sometimes a sense of safety. Younger sisters also tend to be the attention-seekers. And the middle sister? She’s usually the best one at compromise, since she can shift between being the older and younger sister. Which one you are might truly help you appreciate the bond between your sister and you!

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The fun, colorful Summer Pitcher, featured above, is full of bright blooms and cheerful whimsy. Bouquets like this (as well as many in our collections) will beautifully express your gratitude for years of fun and laughter.

Why We Need Friends: Throughout our lives, our friends are exceptionally important to our social development. As young children, friends teach us basic interpersonal skills. As teenagers, friends teach us how to navigate relationships with people who are different from us. And as adults, friends help us to determine priorities.

Whether she lives in St. Louis or across the country, your bond is unbreakable –  this August, celebrate National Friendship Day and National Sisters Day by calling the floral experts at Walter Knoll Florist. We’ll deliver the perfect arrangement to convey your love and friendship.

Summer Delphinium Designs

delphiniumWe are into the dog days of summer – bright, hot days filled with plenty of sunshine. Walter Knoll Florist knows that filling your home with seasonal florals is a great way to infuse a breezy, carefree and refreshing ambiance into your decor – and we are happy to provide all the most popular summer flowers for you to choose from.

One flower that exudes the essence of summer is the delphinium. Its tall stems and vibrant colors stand out from the crowd, adding stark contrast to every floral design they are included in.  In fact, delphinium are almost always used as a backdrop for other flowers. But here at Walter Knoll Florist, we have brought the delphinium into the spotlight, and given them their own arrangement – after all, this beauty deserves some special attention! Choose your color and we’ll do the rest. delphinium

What’s in a Name? The word delphinium is derived from the Greek word delphis, or delphin, which means “dolphin.” The name refers to the flower’s curving, dolphin-like shape. Delphinium is also known as larkspur, as its blooms resemble the sharp claws, or spurs, of the lark’s foot; in fact, William Shakespeare called it “lark’s heel”.

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Happy Birthday! The delphinium is the birth flower of July, making it the perfect choice for birthday arrangements and celebrations. And if one of your friends or relatives is expecting a baby boy this July, make sure to add some delphinium to your congratulations bouquet – it is a truly fitting way to welcome the new arrival.

This summer, keep delphiniums in mind – for birthdays, celebrations, picnics, or exceptional decor. You’ll find these exquisite flowers, and many other bright floral choices, at Walter Knoll Florist. We’ve been providing the most beautiful floral designs to Saint Louis since 1883 – and you can trust us to deliver the same to you.

Butterflies, Bees & Flower Gardens

flower gardens The natural world is a synergistic system, in which the individual components rely on each other for survival. The insects need flowers for food, the flowers need the insects for pollination, and in turn, humans need the bees to sustain our food supply. Because we are all so interconnected, it only makes sense for us to help support the bees and butterflies by providing them with a safe haven. (Not to mention, watching them work is fascinating!) At Walter Knoll Florist, you’ll find all the floral expertise you need to plan your very own Saint Louis butterfly garden for your patio or backyard.

But Won’t I Get Stung? Honeybees are experiencing a critical loss of population. By providing honeybees with a garden to gather nectar and pollen, you will be assisting them in their fight for survival. But honeybees at work are generally uninterested in stinging anyone, and as long as you leave them alone, there should be no danger.  Continue reading

Patriotic Floral Designs to Celebrate Independence

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From centerpieces at your picnic to gifts for your favorite veteran, patriotic floral designs play a large role in our July 4th celebrations. After all, what would a backyard barbecue be without the traditional red, white, and blue? Walter Knoll Florist has a large selection of floral designs that will help you to celebrate in true American style, no matter what is on your schedule this holiday. So shop our Independence Day collection, and let these beautiful designs transform your event.

Did You Know? The colors of our flag have deep significance to our history. Red represents valor and sacrifice, white innocence and purity of heart, and blue stands for loyalty, perservrance, and justice.
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Seasonal Floral Decor for Summer Tables

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Whether a backyard barbecue, a picnic at the lake, or an elegant evening soiree on your deck – summer is the perfect time for getting together with family and friends. Longer days allow us to linger a bit longer, and balmy evenings make for special memories of food, fun, and friendship. No matter how you prefer to entertain in the summertime, there is one element that should never be left out – flowers! Seasonal floral decor is the perfect way to add beauty, color, grace, and personality to any gathering – turning an ordinary party into a special event. Walter Knoll Florist has a collection of summer bouquets and centerpieces you’ll love. So send out the invitations, prepare the menu, and order the flowers. It’s going to be a great time!  Continue reading

Saint Louis Wedding & Anniversary Flowers

wedding flowers According to the industry experts, June is the most common month for wedding ceremonies. And whether you are planning a June wedding or you’ve booked a venue for another month during the year – this is the perfect opportunity for us to discuss how much we love weddings! Walter Knoll Florist is your go-to St. Louis wedding florist -providing all of the stunning bridal bouquets, venue decor, centerpieces, and accessories that you’ve dreamed of!

After June:  The months of May. September and October are the most popular wedding months if you do not choose June. The least popular months for nuptials are January through March, although New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day both are generally heavily booked.  Continue reading

Summer Roses for National Rose Month

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The rose is an incredible flower. It has been employed over the centuries both as a symbol of romantic love and passion, as well as a symbol of war. Its flowers are beautiful and elegant – yet the rosebush is one of the most resilient plants in the world. Roses are given to express the most intimate of sentiments, yet rosebushes are often landscaped into yards and campuses for security and protection. The rose is known as the Queen of flowers for many reasons – and this June, during National Rose Month, the floral designers at Walter Knoll Florists would like to share some amazing facts about this spectacular flower.

Looking for more summer roses and rose bouquets? Browse our online Rose Collection, or check out our Pinterest Board. Continue reading

Father’s Day Gifts for Your Special Dad

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There are many Dads in St. Louis, but none are as special as yours. And because your dad is so unique and special, we think he deserves better than another tie, or a charger for his phone. No, your Dad is an original, and that is why the team at Walter Knoll Florist has put together a collection of Father’s Day gifts that will shine a spotlight on the things he loves. This Father’s Day, celebrate dad with a gift he won’t soon forget.
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Memorial Day Flowers in Red, White & Blue

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Memorial Day is one of the most solemn holidays on the calendar, and its meaning is integral to the very fabric of our nation. Instituted unofficially in 1868 (as Decoration Day) and officially made a day of remembrance in 1971, Memorial Day is set apart to honor those who throughout history, have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms which we enjoy. Walter Knoll Florist considers it both an honor and a privilege to assist you in showing your respects to those who have fallen.

What are the Most Popular Flowers on Memorial Day? Although any flowers within the patriotic color palette are appropriate, we love red roses and carnations, white daisies or lilies, and blue delphinium and iris.

Although many consider the day to be simply a day off from work and the kick-off to summer, there are many events happening around St. Louis that will remind you of the meaningful significance of the holiday.

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  • The Memorial Day Parade in Alton, Illinois, is truly a part of history. It is the oldest consecutive running Memorial Day parade in the nation, dating back to 1868. The parade begins each Memorial Day at 10 a.m. at the intersection of College and Washington Avenues.
  • Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is an impressive sight year-round, but especially so on Memorial Day. Each year, local boy scouts place small flags at each of the nearly 190,000 headstones on the cemetery grounds. There is also a special service at 10 a.m., in the cemetery chapel honoring all those who have served.
  • The Compton Heights Concert Band has been performing free concerts  in St. Louis since 1976. The band’s summer season kicks off every year with a Memorial Day Concert in Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis. Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and gather round the bandstand at 3 p.m., for an afternoon of patriotic music.

Memorial Day FlowersFlowers can be given for many reasons on Memorial Day. If you choose to send a floral arrangement to the home of someone who lost a family member, choose a design that is less formal. Crosses, wreaths and urns should be reserved for the cemetery or memorial. And don’t forget, if you are hosting the Memorial Day party (or would like to bring a hostess gift) we also have many festive designs for the day.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. Call Walter Knoll Florist today to make sue you have all the honorary and celebratory flowers you need.