Can’t Go Wrong with Flowers from Tipton & Hurst – as featured on AJ Wears Clothes blog

Tipton & Hurst was recently featured in the Valentine Gift Guide article on the popular fashion blog AJ Wears Clothes.


When listing the best presents to give for Valentine’s Day, Tipton & Hurst was the only florist mentioned:

“Flowers are always the ultimate Valentine, and now that Tipton Hurst has joined The Promenade, it’s easier than ever to pick up a bouquet. They have cash & carry in store, or you can order ahead of time and pick up – or better yet, have them deliver! They also have an impressive selection of gift baskets.”

Read the full article here.

Evolve 2015 “Winter Nights”

We were honored to be the official florist of Evolve 2015 at the Little Rock Marriott Saturday, January 24th.

The event was put on by the Centers for Youth and Families. This year’s theme, Winter nights, included centerpieces with ivory branches and gorgeous white hydrangeas accented with hanging candles.

The Center for Youth and Families in Little Rock provides assistance and care for at-risk families and troubled children.

2015 Woman of the Year Gala

We were honored to be the official florist of the 2015 Woman of the Year Gala. Not only were we able to put together some beautiful centerpieces, but the fruit was donated after the event!

The board of Women & Children First, the state’s largest shelter for survivors of domestic violence, held the gala Jan. 17 in the Little Rock Marriott Grand Ballroom downtown.

See the full album here.

Silk is in Season at Tipton & Hurst

Tipton & Hurst has a big announcement: we now have the largest collection of silk flowers and plants in the South.  It’s a selection so life-like, you’ve got to touch them to believe they’re not real. It’s a collection you won’t be able to match anywhere else in the state. We invite you to come by our stores in Little Rock, North Little Rock or Conway to see them for yourself.

When it comes to silk flower arrangements, we still lend our expert creativity and delivery services. Watch Chris Norwood’s KATV appearance below to see what he crafted together for the Good Morning Arkansas set using silk flowers.  You can catch Chris every Tuesday on KATV Channel 7 between 9 and 9:30.

Wholesale flowers

Valentine’s Day: A History

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day  is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. It is the second most celebrated holiday around the world second to New Year’s Day.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a celebration of one or more early Christian saints. The most popular story associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion as well as in the Lutheran Church.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers and sending greeting cards.

The history of giving your loved one Valentine’s Day flowers comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. Introduced in the 18th century, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers. Today, people continue to send flowers on special occasions or to express sentiments of love and admiration.

See our Tipton Hurst exclusive Valentine’s Day collection here and send flowers to your loved one this Valentine’s Day.



Grandparents Day is coming up, don’t forget the flowers!

Foreget-me-not flowers
Forget-me-not flowers. Photograph taken at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, France by David Monniaux. (Wikimedia Commons)

Did you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day? It’s a day set aside to honor our grandparents and appreciate all they have done for us. This year is it September 9.

Grandparents Day was officially recognized as a US holiday in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. A tenacious woman by the name of Marian McQuade was the driving force behind the official recognition of our elders. She wanted to “champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes” as well as “persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide.”

The official flower of Grandparents Day is the forget-me-not but when it comes to showing Grandma and Grandpa how much you love them, most any flower will do. Here are some ideas for incorporating flowers into your Grandparents Day celebrations.

  • Order an arrangement for their home. If they live in a retirement center, be sure to check with the staff about any restrictions regarding flowers.
  • Give Granny a corsage and Papaw a boutineer that they can wear to church.
  • If your grandparents have already passed on, this is a perfect time to honor their memory by visiting their graves and leaving some flowers.
  • Donate a flower arrangement to your grandparents’ church in their honor or memory.
  • Ask your grandmother what her favorite flower is and surprise her with a corsage or arrangement featuring that flower when you take her to lunch.
  • Volunteer at a nursing home and give a rose to each of the residents.

Got any more ideas? leave them in the comments!

Feeling down? Flowers are a natural pick-me-up

Hand-tied bouquet of fresh flowers
Hand-tied bouquet of fresh flowers. Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

You probably don’t need a scientist to tell you that receiving flowers makes people feel good. But did you know that there’s a scientific research that backs this up? It’s not necessarily the gift-giving that boosts your mood but the flowers themselves that are a natural mood enhancers.

Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director director of the Emotions Laboratory at Rutgers University has spent a lot of time researching the way that flowers make us happy, as well as make us generally more satisfied with life.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” says Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

A study by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, found that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less anxiety, and feel less depressed when they have flowers in their home.

“As a psychologist, I’m particularly intrigued to find that people who live with flowers report fewer episodes of anxiety and depressed feelings,” Dr. Etcoff says.

What does this mean for you? If you are feeling blue, buy some flowers! You don’t have to wait for someone to give them to you. Keep a fresh arrangement or two (or more!) in your house not only to beautify your house but to for lasting mood enhancer.

And if you know someone who is feeling down or just had a bad day, give them the gift of a better mood. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, a simple bunch of fresh flowers will do the trick!