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Our Tropical Flowers

Because of the graduation season, we have been talking about the orchids we bring in from Thailand and Hawaii to make leis.  In our weekly shipments from Hawaii, we also order a wonderful selection of tropical flowers, some of which you can see in the pictures on the Flower Arrangements page.  Island Home and Garden is the only store in Santa Cruz with such a wide variety of these flowers, and their main asset is that they are very long lasting.  The anthuriums in particular, can last up to 3 weeks, and they come in all sizes and colors. Another notable feature of the tropical flowers are the intense colors: reds, pinks, greens, purples, and oranges – which make lively and memorable flower arrangements.  Come in to Island Home and Garden and browse our “island” of fresh flowers, which displays ginger, halekonia, birds of paradise, tropic fleur, etc., and a wonderful selection of tropical foliage.   Share...

Multiple Leis for Mariko’s Graduation Day!

Congratulations to Mariko on her graduation and accomplishments! It was a pleasure to make sure she was full of ALOHA on her graduation with honors from Occidental College!   Share...

Graduation Leis – Hawaiian & Thai Orchids...

It is almost the end of May, and graduations have begun!  Our special orchid refrigerator is stocked with both Thai and Hawaiian orchids so that we can provide the custom leis that you have come to expect. Some information about our orchids: The Thai orchids are larger than the Hawaiian orchids, and most of you will be familiar with the purple and white standard leis that you buy at most places.  This Thai orchid is called Bombay (and we have another deep purple called Red Bull) which we use as base colors when making multi-colored leis.   Our refrigerator also holds ‘mokara’ orchids from Thailand in shades of orange, yellow, pink and red.  These are smaller orchids, and we use them as accent colors with the purples. The Hawaiian orchids are more delicate, but still make beautiful leis. They are all dendrobium orchids and come in shades of lavender, green, white and dark purple. Don’t forget we can also add plumeria (yellow) or tuberose (white) blooms to add a fabulous tropical scent to your lei!!!   Share...

Order Graduation Leis Now!

Graduations have already begun!!!  Barb and Robyn are planning to bring in many extra orchid blooms to accommodate all of your orders for graduation leis.  We highly recommend that you pre-order a lei by calling or Emailing us as soon as possible – that way we can guarantee that your specific requests can be met.  We plan on bringing in plumeria blooms from Hawaii, and we can add a few to your lei for a heavenly scent!!  Tuberose season has just begun, and a few blooms of this wonderful white flower can also add a tropical flavor! Our leis range in price from $35.00 to $60.00 – depending on the color you choose, and whether you want to add plumeria or tuberose. Please refer to our website Leis page for ideas.  Green ti-leaf leis are also available, starting at $30.00. Congratulations to all Graduates, and we look forward to making your day even more special! Aloha, Barb and Robyn   Share...

Our customers are the best!

A  big Thank You to all of our loyal customers (old and new) for the support you gave us during Mothers Day week, that helped make this special event so successful.  We were thrilled that you enjoyed our tropical flowers, leis, and plants, and came to soak up the essence of Island home and Garden! Mahalo, Barb and Robyn Share...