Local florist distributes free flower bouquets to the community of Queensbury
QUEENSBURY, NY (NEWS10) – Who Needs a Wednesday Pick-Up? If you are moving to the Queensbury / Glens Falls area, you might have a colorful surprise! A Queensbury florist is getting ready for the “Petal it Forward” program.
For the seventh consecutive year, Binley Florist and Garden Center joins thousands of florists across the country to distribute free bouquets of flowers to locals to help brighten their day. The “petal it forward” program is a response to the Society of American Florists (SAF) data release showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers.
According to the SAF, when it comes to happiness, it is as good to give flowers as it is to receive. Eighty-eight percent of Americans say giving flowers makes them happy, while 80% say receiving flowers makes them happy. The report says that just being surrounded by flowers improves your mood. Seventy-six percent of Americans agree that having flowers at home or in the office improves their mood.
“We’re here to prove that the scientific research of the Society of American florists still does. The power of flowers, they just make you happy, ”said Lauren Lebowitz, deputy director of support at Binely Florist.
On Tuesday, Binley staff gathered 12,000 bunches of flowers before loading them into their truck. Then the best part, handing them out to 600 foreigners. The goal is to keep one bouquet and to “petal” the second bouquet to someone else.
“The reaction we are getting is just phenomenal. Everyone is so surprised; I saw tears from one of the parents, ”Lauren said. “It’s a wonderful feeling.”
The first stop was at Queensbury Primary School! “It’s really great, it made my day!” Queensbury’s mother Stephanie Belden said. When asked who she would give the second bouquet to, “I work at the Glens Falls Senior Center, so probably one of my elders,” she said.
Bringing joy to parents, children and children one petal at a time, the local florist hopes to continue the tradition of spreading kindness in the community 518.