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This Mother's Day, Say it With Flowers

by on May 06, 2013 8:20 PM

There are several Mother's Day gift options for the special women in our lives, but perhaps none is more popular than flowers. A bouquet clearly conveys a message of love and appreciation on that special spring Sunday in May.

While flowers have long been a Mother's Day tradition, the way people buy them has shifted over time, according to florist Larry Rhoades of Queen Anne's Lace.

"It's been a gradual change over the past 10 years," he said in his South Atherton store on Monday. "Years ago, Mother's Day was the biggest day for florists, but now there's tents and grocery stores to compete with, and it isn't easy."

Although Rhoades says Mother's Day has been unpredictable in recent years, he expects colored roses, lavender, and tulips to sell well over the next few days.

Mitch Ballas of George's Floral Boutique on College Avenue echoes Rhoades' rose sentiments and says another particular flower is usually popular around this time as well.

"Our two most popular items for Mother's Day are typically roses and carnations," he said.

Luckily, there are lots of options to consider when shopping for a floral arrangement in the State College area. Here are just a few.

Economical Options:

Many supermarkets sell colorful bouquets. Ava Glantz works in the flower shop at Wegman's. Glantz says the days leading up to Mother's Day are very busy, "There's a huge increase, everybody has a Mom or a Grandma!"

"Orchids are really popular right now, people like a lot a lot of plants that they can give and then plant outside for the summer and cut arrangements are always popular too."

Wegman's - The supermarket on North Atherton has plenty of inexpensive arrangements of tulips, roses and daisies on sale throughout the week. Price: $8-$15

Address: 345 Lowes Blvd. State College, PA 16803

Phone: (814) 278-9000

Weis Markets - Local Weis Markets will also be offering affordable bouquets as customers are gearing up for Mother's Day. Price: $7-$25

Address (North Atherton location): 1471 Martin St State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 237-2500


George's Floral Boutique - This College Avenue shop will be selling roses and hanging baskets among other things for the holiday this week. They'll also be offering carnations for $1.50. Price: $10-$50

Address: 482 E College Ave State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 237-2722

Woodrings Floral Gardens - Woodrings has offices in both State College and Bellefonte and is promoting a number of Mother's Day specials on its website, including lavender and daisy arrangements. Price: $25-$80 (delivery included)

Address: 145 S Allen St State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 238-0566

Avant Garden Floral - This boutique on Calder will allow customers to mix and match flowers to create individual bouquets and will also be offering several specials through its website. Price: $30-$75

Address: 242 W Calder Way, State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 231-1212

Queen Anne's Lace - Queen Anne's Lace on South Atherton isn't offering any special deals on Mother's Day, but it is allowing customers to create custom bouquets at a competitive price. Price: $40-$80

Address: 1341 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801

Phone: (814) 238-5223

Nursery & Temporary Flower Shops:

You've probably noticed the tents filled with flowers that pop up in parking lots right before special occasions. Anele Herbst runs the Flower Tent on N. Atherton St. Asked about the most popular items Herbst says, "For Mother's Day mainly hanging baskets and the prettier stuff." Herbst says Petunias are Fuchsia are hot sellers and that purple flowers are going fast.

Flower Tent

Address: N. Atherton St. in front of Penn State Mobile Home Park

College Gardens Nursery - This nursery is just located off E. College Ave. It offers small potted plants starting at $3.99. College Gardens Nursery does not sell cut flowers but there is a selection of hanging baskets.

Address: 2481 Commercial Boulevard, State College, PA 16801

Phone (814) 237-6801

Online Option:

1-800-Flowers - This national florist is always an option for those looking for holiday flowers. This week, they're selling a variety of arrangements to customers nationwide and are offering a 25 percent discount if you place an order on or before Thursday, May 9th. Price: $35-$100

Click HERE to see our special Mother's Day guide.


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