Pink peonies. Scarlet gerbera daisies. Leafy green fronds. Put them together and arrange them artistically in a vase and you have the seeds for a career in floral design.
That was the idea behind a job-training workshop offered by Winston Flowers to students at Perkins School for the Blind. For five weeks this past summer, a group of teens learned the secrets of building beautiful bouquets – and, in doing so, enjoyed a hands-on vocational experience that could one day lead to a paying job.
“The goal was for students to learn the art of floral design by teaching them new skills and building their confidence,” said Bryan Reitz, assistant manager of special services design at Winston Flowers. “The kids really seemed to be receptive – there was lots of interest and excitement to be part of the program.”
But the bouquets assembled by those teens aren’t the only way a vase full of flowers can help students who are blind build a better future for themselves.
Winston Flowers is offering its spectacular “Charity In Bloom” arrangement throughout the month of May to support Perkins’ Transition Services that give students the skills and self-confidence they need to become more independent adults. When you purchase a “Charity In Bloom” bouquet by May 31, Winston Flowers will contribute 20% of the proceeds to Perkins’ life-skills classes and employment programs that prepare teens for work, college or life in the community.
Winston’s “Charity In Bloom” bouquet is the perfect gift for any special occasion, including Mother’s Day (May 10), birthdays, graduations or anniversaries. It’s a lovely arrangement of pink roses infused with springtime geranium leaves that will fill any room with color, fragrance and beauty.
Winston Flowers delivers nationwide. To order your “Charity In Bloom” bouquet, visit www.winstonflowers.com or call 1-800-457-4901 by May 31.
Pink-hued roses. Winston Flowers. Your generosity. Put them together and you’ll help plant the seeds of a better future for students who are blind.