Revised web site

037 (2)Hello,
We have revised our web site and boy is it beautiful.
Just have a few more finishing touches to add, but it is up and running and our blog is now under news on our new web site.
Please go have a look and see at http://www.lindengrove.ca
Our new blog section is at http://lindengrove.wpengine.com/news/

We have had fun here, but off we go to our new blogging world.

Have a wonderful day and we hope everyone enjoys the new site!

Regards,
Christina Binetti and Anne-Marie Voth

I do,…….vintage style.

The sign in our window for the lovely couple

The sign in our window for the lovely couple

On October 5, 2013, Elena and Rob had their wedding celebration at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse in Corktown.

What a perfect setting for this stylish and fun couple.  Enoch Turner is a Victorian – era school that was built in 1848 with an adjoining West Hall added in 1869.  It is also the first free school in Toronto and today is the oldest school still standing.

It is part of the heritage trust which also include the venue spaces; George Brown House and the Ontario Heritage Centre.

www.heritagetrust.on.ca/Heritage-Venues/Corporate-events/Enoch-Turner-Schoolhouse.

The overall wedding had a 1950’s vintage feel to it.  Elena and her gals looked alluring in their cocktail length dresses while the groom and his groomsmen looked very dapper in their suits and bow ties.

Elena collected teapots and teacups to use as vessels for the flowers for her centerpieces.  She also painstakingly made table runners with book pages that were taped together and edged with a press that made them look like a doily which added to the vintage charm.  Gorgeous flags were strung along between the beams of the ceiling and books wrapped with craft paper and lace were added as additional props to the tables.

The flowers consisted of a lovely mix of pink, white and green flowers. The garden like flowers included lysianthus, roses, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, snowberry and thlaspia with accents of fragrant wax flower and seeded eucalyptus.

The overall feel for this wedding was so charming and intimate that once we completed the set up,  we just knew a good time would be had by all.

Nothing could possibly bring this fashionable couple to their wedding quite like a stunning pistachio cream coloured Cadillac.

Congratulations to Elena and Rob.  Best Wishes to this fun couple for a lifetime of happiness.

Arriving in style

Arriving in style

Attendant bouquets

Attendant bouquets

Elena's bouquet

Elena’s bouquet

Elena's bouquet with vintage brooch

Elena’s bouquet with vintage brooch

Boutonnieres with buttons

Boutonnieres with buttons

Head Table

Head Table

Guest Tables

Guest Tables

Stacked books with various teapots and cups

Stacked books with various teapots and cups

Book page runners

Book page runners

Coffee, tea or me?

Coffee, tea or me?

Astilbe, roses, wax flower and thlaspia

Astilbe, roses, wax flower and thlaspia

Pale pink roses and lysianthus

Pale pink roses and lysianthus

Pretty purple teapot with lysianthus, astilbe and wax flower

Pretty purple teapot with lysianthus, astilbe and wax flower

Beautiful Faith rose

Beautiful Faith rose

Green teapot with romantic mix of flowers

Green teapot with romantic mix of flowers

Pink teapot

Pink teapot

Ceiling flags

Ceiling flags

Guest tables

Guest tables

Groom

Groom

So pretty

So pretty

Let the fun begin!

Let the fun begin!

Deliciousness.....yes please

Deliciousness…..yes please

A fun group

A fun group

Creating texture with foliage.

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At Linden Grove Flowers in Toronto,  we have always loved using various berries, foliage and pods in our floral arrangements. They add so much texture and interest to our designs.  Each variety look amazing on their own or mixed together, and … Continue reading

The Colourful Season

Beautiful pumpkin from the Chelsea flower market in NYC

Beautiful pumpkin from the Chelsea flower market in NYC

Ahhhhhhh………Autumn.   This  particular season brings us fresh brisk air, the harvest from our local farmers and stunning warm colours to make one’s soul dance.

The gals here at Linden Grove love this time of the year.  The beauty is all around in so many forms.

The markets are brimming with fruits and vegetables in the most glorious tones.   Everything from crimson red, orange and dusty green to rich plum tones, hot pinks and vibrant green.  Although the Autumn tends to conjure up images of fiery tones, we do prefer more monochromatic mixes of flowers.  We feel each colour should show off individually.

It is more appealing for us to mix very hot orange tones with chartreuse green rather than yellow………that just seems too expected.

White mixed with brown  is another favorite colour blend of ours as the magnolia leaves with their shiny green upper leaf and brown velvety under side of the leaf are just so striking and beautiful.

Mauve and purple tones married with a rich crimson red is just ooh-la-la decadent and we like that a lot!

Here are various photos of our designs and the markets that inspire us so.

Enjoy this most joyous time of year.

More gourds at the markets in NYC.

More gourds at the markets in NYC.

Lovely sage green tones too.

Lovely sage green tones too.

Toffee coloured cymbidium orchids with seeded eucalyptus and buriti sticks.

Toffee coloured cymbidium orchids with seeded eucalyptus and buriti sticks.

Magnolia and other fall foliage branches in Chelsea....sigh.

Magnolia and other fall foliage branches in Chelsea….sigh.

Gorgeous olive branches

Gorgeous olive branches

Oh look at the pumpkins at the Saturday Union Square market in NYC.

Oh look at the pumpkins at the Saturday Union Square market in NYC.

Pincushion protea or otherwise known as Nutan.

Pincushion protea or otherwise known as Nutan.

Little guys at the store Eataly on 5th Ave.

Little guys at the store Eataly on 5th Ave.

Let us not forget the huge commercial mums and asclepia pods.

Let us not forget the huge commercial mums and asclepia pods.

Celebratory piece for an autumn wedding. I do.....love this arrangement.

Celebratory piece for an autumn wedding. I do…..love this arrangement.

Very lovely modern piece with in your face colour.

Very lovely modern piece with in your face colour.

The lovely autumn ladies....Dahlias.

The lovely autumn ladies….Dahlias.

Not sure what kind of berry this is,  but we like it very much.

Not sure what kind of berry this is, but we like it very much.

Artichoke flower.  They make a statement all on their own.

Artichoke flower. They make a statement all on their own.

Beautiful purples and greens together....hydrangea, allium and dahlias.

Beautiful purples and greens together….hydrangea, allium and dahlias.

A fresh green and white mix.

A fresh green and white mix.

Green hydrangea with the striking magnolia leaves.

Green hydrangea with the striking magnolia leaves.

Sunflowers.....they just make you happy.

Sunflowers…..they just make you happy.

Commercial mums with fascinated willow and ornithogalum.

Commercial mums with fascinated willow and ornithogalum.

There she is...showing off her beauty one flower at a time.

There she is…showing off her beauty one flower at a time.

Event at The 5th in Toronto

Alleyway converted to a lounge in downtown Toronto

Alleyway converted to a lounge in downtown Toronto

Well, this was quite a fun event to be a part of. We got to use local and native white and green product to create a very earthy and lovely environment for a corporate celebration.

This event was held at The 5th at Duncan and Richmond in downtown Toronto. The alleyway was converted into a sleek lounge area and the shabby chic design was just perfect in this rustic location.

The highlight of these pieces was the unforgettable fragrance that permeated from the gorgeous sweet peas and mock orange.

The interior was graced with simple glass vases mixed with lovely alchemilla, allium, eupatorium, vibernum, spirea and hosta leaves.
Enjoy the photos and have a wonderful day.

Still finishing up, but coming along nicely.

Still finishing up, but coming along nicely.

Bar area in front of shipping elevator.

Bar area in front of shipping elevator.

Shipping elevator converted.

Shipping elevator converted.

Succulents and hens and chicks.

Succulents and hens and chicks.

Succulents

Succulents

Succulents

Succulents

Boston ferns. Fresh and clean.

Boston ferns. Fresh and clean.

Beautiful mix of vibernum, deutzia, hosta leaves, spirea and mock orange.

Beautiful mix of vibernum, deutzia, hosta leaves, spirea and mock orange.

Large entrance piece of mock and spirea.

Large entrance piece of mock and spirea.

Entrance piece.

Entrance piece.

Bar area at The 5th.

Bar area at The 5th.

Fun pieces with allium, orchids, vibernum, eupatorium and astilbe.

Fun pieces with allium, orchids, vibernum, eupatorium and astilbe.

Fun and sleek.

Fun and sleek.

Lounge and bar indoor.

Lounge and bar indoor.

Bar piece.

Bar piece.

Copa tables.

Copa tables.

 

 

Being Green

Kwanzan cherry branches from our local supplier.

Kwanzan cherry branches from our local supplier.

Being green……..our progress towards making Linden Grove Flowers a greener company.
The floral industry and Linden Grove have made many changes over the last 20 years.

SOURCING PRODUCT AND FARMING PRACTICES
We continually strive to make Linden Grove Flowers a more eco-friendly company largely through getting to know the farmers and suppliers that we purchase our flowers and vases from. We have spent many years building these relationships and we rely on their expertise of their products and their knowledge of how their products are produced.

We love locally grown flowers and use them all year. There are some items that we especially love like, flowering branches, peonies, delphinium, freesia, ornithogalum, zinnias, calla lilies, dahlias and mums.

Due to pressure from the West, many farms in South America have become fair trade and like many Ontario farms, use natural pesticides (good insects brought in to combat the bad insects). Our main suppliers who bring in product from South America have very strong mandates and regularly check their farm practises. They support fair trade farms and safe factories in China where a good portion of glass comes from.
We prefer European made glass and do our best to use it whenever possible.

Many European growers have state of the art facilities and use renewable sources of energy and water recycling.
The Ontario farmers that we do most of our business with grow their gorgeous blooms outside, so there is no greenhouse energy being used.

FUEL
The imported flowers that we use come in on passenger planes as opposed to cargo planes. For our deliveries, we use a co-op service of drivers that deliver to specific areas of Toronto and the GTA. We have built relationships with individuals who work with us to deliver function work and we are members of Autoshare.

PACKAGING

All of our flowers and vases come in boxes. We return our flower boxes back to our suppliers to re-use. Any cardboard that is not sent back including the cardboard rose sleeves, we re-use ourselves.

Anything that we can’t re-use, we re-cycle.  Luckily for us,  the majority of the waste that we generate is compostable.

A few years ago, we switched from cellophane to corn film. This film is produced by a Canadian company called Greenshift and is 100% compostable. It can go directly into your compost bin and it will literally turn into soil.

DESIGNING

Like many florists, we really do prefer to not use floral foam.  We do our best to make the majority of our flower arrangements in glass vases with water and only use floral foam when necessary.  We hope to phase out using it altogether until an eco version is introduced to our industry.

When we receive our flowers back from our corporate clients, we do our best to use them for a few days in our window displays.  For most of our displays, we always try to use natural compostable items.

We are continually trying to improve our knowledge about where our products come from and we strive to move forward and make necessary changes to be a responsible and ethical company.

Local ornithogalum. We use these blooms in August and September. Imported the rest of the year.

Imported ornithogalum.  This variety is only available for a short period of time.

Imported ornithogalum. This variety is only available for a short period of time.

Imported ranuncula from France.

Imported ranuncula from France.

Local peonies that we just love.  We do love imports but the local ones are our favorites. Only a couple of weeks in June.

Local peonies that we just love. We do love imports but the local ones are our favorites.
Only a couple of weeks in June.

Local quince branches. Stunning and available from about mid February to mid April.

Local quince branches.
Stunning and available from about mid February to mid April.

Mimosa brought to us from France or Italy.

Mimosa brought to us from France or Italy.

Poppies imported from Holland.

Poppies imported from Holland.

Roses from South America from a fair trade farm.

Roses from South America from a fair trade farm.

Imported tropical flowers.

Imported tropical flowers.

Very rare and unusual variety of rose from a small grower in Holland. He only produces a small quantity of these.

Very rare and unusual variety of rose from a small grower in Holland. He only produces a small quantity of these.

Beautiful frilly variety of tulips from Holland.  There are some great Canadian grown tulips available, but the quality of the Dutch tulips is better as is the variety choice.

Beautiful frilly variety of tulips from Holland. There are some great Canadian grown tulips available, but the quality of the Dutch tulips is better as is the variety choice.

Local dahlias……be still our hearts.

Local vibernum.....love.

Local vibernum…..love.

A Mother’s Love

Mother and babe.

Mother and babe.

In one more week, the 2nd Sunday in May is that special day to honour a woman in our lives who for many of us is the most profound connection we will have to another person…….our mother.

This bond is so strong and vital in our lives, so when Mother’s Day arrives, it is quite important to express how much we love our moms.

This is why it is a very good idea to send them a stunningly beautiful floral arrangement from Linden Grove Floral Studio;)

There is no standard type of flower or plant that is suitable, because all of these special women have their own favorite colours and flowers.

We do love roses here and we will also have some lovely peonies, hydrangea, scilla, hyacinths and many more lovely blooms.

We will be happy to help you express your love for your mom with a gorgeous, scented bouquet of flowers.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Much love to my own mother who is in fact the best mommy on the planet!

Latin Breeze roses.

Latin Breeze roses.

Kwanzan cherry

Kwanzan cherry

Peony mix.

Peony mix.

Colourful mix.

Colourful mix.

Roses & peonies.

Roses & peonies.

Roses, berries & spray roses.

Roses, berries & spray roses.

Scilla

Scilla

Hydrangea, roses & tulips.

Hydrangea, roses & tulips.

Garden roses, hydrangea & tulips.

Garden roses, hydrangea & tulips.

Ancaster Old Mill Wedding

Ancaster Old Mill

Ancaster Old Mill

 

Linden Grove had the pleasure of making flower arrangements for a lovely couple who married in Ancaster on April 6, 2013.

Our designs were simple and romantic. We used ivory and mint green hydrangea, pink garden roses, ivory roses, stocks and tulips. The fragrance was so heavenly thanks to the exquisite garden roses and stocks.
The Ancaster Old Mill is a beautiful venue just North of Hamilton close to the Niagara Escarpment.
There is a lovely waterfall and elegant simple rooms. What we loved most about this intimate venue, was that regardless of what window you were looking out of, it was pretty. The landscaping around the place is lovely and we saw the pussy willow trees just coming into bloom.

The environment outside was so serene and had streams, and waterfalls with gorgeous walkways. You could smell the delicious fragrance coming from a chef cooking on the outdoor wood fire oven on one of the terraces.

The ceremony was held in a room upstairs with the backdrop being a fireplace mantle which is always a gorgeous backdrop to have.
The reception was held in a window lined room which as I mentioned, beauty lied outside every window.

Here are some photos from this most lovely wedding. Congratulations to Nicole and Philip!

Nicole's bridal bouquet

Nicole’s bridal bouquet

 

Mother's corsage of dendrobium orchids and lisianthus buds

Mother’s corsage of dendrobium orchids and lisianthus buds

 

 

Ceremony location.

Ceremony location.

 

Gift Table

Gift Table

 

 

Centrepieces with fragrant rose petals between.

Centrepieces with fragrant rose petals between.

 

 

Just waiting for the lovely meal.

Just waiting for the lovely meal.

 

 

 

So pretty and fragrant

So pretty and fragrant

 

Petals and candles

Petals and candles

 

We love the window cube vases

We love the window cube vases

 

More beauty

More beauty

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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In two short weeks,  Valentine’s Day will arrive!

There are so many beautiful flowers available and who doesn’t love to receive flowers on this day from their spouse, mother, father, friend and colleague?

It’s always fashionable to express your love through sending a lovely floral arrangement.

It is a hectic time of year,  so always be sure to order as early as possible.  It is true that red roses are not the greatest at this time of year, but there are so many other flowers to choose from.  Spring flowers like tulips, ranunculas, hyacinth, hydrangea and clematis are so gorgeous and who doesn’t love a bit of spring at this cold, dark time of year?

Orchids are also a fantastic choice.  They are sturdy and contemporary.

Below are some expamples of some lovely things that are available and don’t be afraid to experiment with not following tradition.

Any expression with flowers is appropriate and most appreciated.

We all want to feel special.

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