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Plan a Beach Wedding!

The tropical flowers at island Home and Garden are perfect for a beach wedding on the Santa Cruz coast.  Whether it is a ceremony on the beach, or a cruise on The Chardonnay, let us take care of the flowers according to your wishes. Bouquets, leis, boutonnieres, corsages, head wreaths, etc – they can all enhance a tropical atmosphere with our colorful orchids, anthuriums, and other flowers from Hawaii!   Share...

UltraDerm MedSpa Open House

Two weeks ago, the tropical flowers from Island Home and Garden were prominently displayed at UltraDerm MedSpa on Mission Drive for their annual Open House.  We were asked to create a green and white theme in each treatment room and a large arrangement for the reception area.  The event was very well attended and we received many compliments on the flowers, some of which we brought in especially from our Hawaiian shipper for the featured reception area vase.   Share...

Take Home a Cut Bouquet!

Our fresh flowers from Hawaii take pride of place at Island Home and Garden, and we encourage our customers to consider a cut bouquet to take home and place in a vase of their choosing. All of the stems and foliage are sold by the stem, and can be purchased in any combination – Barb and Robyn will happily wrap them to make them look even more appealing! They make wonderful gifts, and a stem of tuberose (when in season) or a stargazer lily adds a unique fragrance.  Going to a lunch date, or finishing errands? We will put the stems in water tubes to ensure their longevity! Some of the individual blooms (and their prices) are shown below: Heliconia – the ‘giant’ of our tropicals, it comes in many different colors and has a very thick stem -$15 each Ginger – very tall bloom, in pink or red – $5 each Bird of Paradise – always a favorite, in bright orange – $5 each Anthirrium – we get a beautiful selection every week, and they are SO long lasting – $3 (small) to $5-7 (large) Orchids – these colorful stems come from Hawaii and Thailand – $5-8 per stem Share...

Honor Your Loved Ones with Tropical Flowers

Recently, we were asked to provide a large tropical arrangement for a memorial service.  We have done this on previous occasions also, but as Robyn delivered them to the church last week, she realized how stately the flowers appeared in a spiritual setting.  There were many birds of paradise, ginger, heleconia and orchids which stood so tall in a large glass vase. The tropical colors were very vibrant under the spotlights in the church, and as the mourners passed by, the flowers caught their attention and contributed to the honoring of the deceased.  Because the stems of the ginger and birds of paradise, in particular, are so long when cut in Hilo, we recommend them for any occasion to make a significant and eye-catching creation. Share...

Summer is here!

First of all, a very big Thank You from Barb and Robyn for all of the support we received during the graduation season.  We made many leis for many graduates, and appreciated immensely all of the referrals from friends and customers, and our colleagues in the Santa Cruz floral community. After taking a deep breath and returning our store to normal, we decorated the “Woodies on the Wharf” event for its annual celebration.  There were two large displays of our tropical flowers, and we took along lots of palm trees to give the entertainment area an island feel.  The wharf had the look of another era with all of the beautiful cars (Barb’s included), and we are grateful to be a part of this big city event. We made many new friends during the last month and would love to see you again and have you browse Island Home and Garden at your leisure.  We are stocking up on gifts for summer parties, weddings etc., and will always have fresh flowers coming in weekly from the tropics. Mahalo     Share...

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...