Poinsettia Plant in a pot surrounded by other Christmas decorations

When is National Poinsettia Day?

Most people recognize poinsettias as the vibrant red and green plants that signal the beginning of the holiday season each winter, but did you know that December 12 of every year is National Poinsettia Day? Just in time for the Christmas season, National Poinsettia Day honors both Joel Roberts Poinsett, who first sent the plant back to the U.S. from Mexico, as well as Paul Ecke Jr., who is credited with founding the modern poinsettia industry. read more

Chrysanthemum Care Guide: Tips and Advice

The chrysanthemum flower is a beautiful fall staple known for its seasonality and variety of colors. These can make a stunning addition to any garden or can be used as a festive fall decoration, both inside and out.  

Chrysanthemums are one of the easier flowers to care for, mainly needing ample light and water. There are still a few things to keep in mind though, especially if you want to ensure that your garden mums come back year after year. We’ve created the ultimate chrysanthemum care guide to help you enjoy these beautiful flowers regardless of if they are in a container or in your garden. 

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How To Throw the Ultimate White Elephant Party + Fun Printables

Grab your favorite wrapping paper and get ready for the holiday season! As we prepare to spread Christmas cheer, we’re also thinking about our favorite holiday games to play, one of which is the classic White Elephant gift exchange. This popular Christmas event is a blind gift exchange that involves people “stealing” gifts from each other in order to walk away with the best present. This can include anything from crazy socks or pens to useful kitchen items or even a potted plant!

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Celebrating Cyber Monday: History & Details

The 2021 holiday season is here! This means that it is time to start making those holiday gift lists, checking them twice, and finding out which stores are naughty and nice when it comes to their Cyber Monday Deals. We know that most of the shopping deal love gets doled out to Black Friday, but Cyber Monday is not a day to be overlooked. So, let us help you understand the shopping day a little bit more, that way you can really maximize savings as much as possible!

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Illustration of Oliver Flower Shop Owner Rick

Homegrown Stories: Pittsburgh’s Historic Oliver Flower Shop

Like many floral-filled storefronts, Oliver Flower Shop is a family business spanning three generations. Florist Rick Conley runs the show now, who has grown up with the business saying, “I’ve learned by osmosis since the age of 10 and would go straight after class throughout high school and college.” Working under three generations provides a unique learning environment, one that’s entrenched in all aspects of life. They recently added “pandemic” to a long list of other major world events they’ve managed the Oliver Flower Shop through, alongside the Great Depression, WWII, 9/11, and the Great Recession. Despite all these obstacles, the shop will celebrate its 91st birthday this November at its prime downtown Pittsburgh location!

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Woman Holding Shopping Bags and Holding Phone on Black Friday

Celebrating Black Friday: History & Details

With the holiday season quickly approaching, that means our favorite day of the year is on the horizon. You might be thinking Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, but we are talking about Black Friday! Ahhhh, Black Friday. The day that comes around once a year, but offers a year’s worth of savings. Black Friday brings forth a ton of sales, great deals, and allows you to get all of your holiday shopping done in one day. So, it is time to start deciding what you are on the hunt for, making your shopping list, and prepping for the biggest shopping day of the year. read more

What Is Giving Tuesday and When Is It?

It’s that time of the year. The weather is cooling down, leaves are changing color, coffee shops are stocking up on pumpkin spice and families are dreaming of turkey and pumpkin pie as Thanksgiving approaches. But while many people are familiar with Thanksgiving, not as many know about or celebrate the Tuesday after, also known as Giving Tuesday.

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Family hiking on nature trail

When is National Hiking Day?

During the U.S.’s frontier days, the country’s citizens were of course bound to their natural settings. Walking distances across different terrains was a necessary aspect of life, and most people sustained all the walking they could stand and more. But in the centuries since, times have changed, with natural settings becoming rarer as cities, townships, and highways continue to be constructed over the long stretches of natural land that stood before. With society’s advancements in technology, and especially with a year-plus for many of us working from home, many people could likely use a nice hike in the countryside nowadays! Hiking is defined as a prolonged walk that usually takes place in a natural setting, such as parks, mountains, or woods. National Take a Hike Day (or National Hiking Day) is a celebration of this great hobby that takes place this year on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021.

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