Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
One Valentine's Day during college, I was working in our local flower shop. The place was slammed with college boys crammed in, wall-to-wall, out the door and around the corner, clamouring for roses and gerbera daisies. Harried and disheveled, I made my way one-by-one through the line, taking orders like a shorthand cook in a hot, sweaty diner. One sandy-haired boy stood aside, quietly.
"Can I help you choose some flowers?" I asked.
"No," he said, "I don't have anyone to give any flowers to. I'm just here to help my buddy."
This boy was so adorable.
"Aw, come on! I'm sure that anyone would love to get flowers from you!" I insisted. He shook his head, "no, no...I wouldn't know who to give them to."
I started listing opportunities for him, "A neighbour? A friend? Your study partner? A crush? Anybody?..."
He smiled and said, "I could get some for you."
I laughed. "No, no. You don't have to do that. You don't even know me!"
He sighed. "Well," he said, "What's YOUR favourite flower? What would be something YOU'd like to get?"
I didn't even need to think. "Lillies," I said. "Everyone gets roses, but I think lilies are so much more exotic and pretty- they're way cheaper and they last FOREVER. And look-" I said, taking a stem out of the cooler, "See how great they smell?!?"
He smiled. "I'll take one of those."
I handed him the stem and directed him to our designer so it could be wrapped, "Happy Valentine's Day!" I shouted, "Good luck!"
Hours later, when the hustle slowed down, I saw the most beautiful casablanca lillies arranged on the counter. "Wow," I breathed, "Who's that for? That's amazing!"
"O!" My coworker said, "That's for you. Some guy said to give them to you."
I still remember you, blonde Stephen. Thanks for the flowers.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Congratulations again to Matt and Ananda, the winners of our Most Romantic Moment contest for a romance bouquet; their story reminds us at The Woods that small, th0ughtful gestures every day are what keeps romance alive.
Friday, February 12, 2010
We hope you have someone special to celebrate this Valentine's Day with and remind them that they bring meaning to your life.
After much deliberation...
The winner is...
Matt and Ananda!!!
We were so touched, here at The Woods LA, that Ananda would put in so much effort and thought on a daily basis to create something new to celebrate her husband, Matt, during the entire month of February. It just goes to show you, you can create romance daily by small, thoughtful gestures that remind the love of your life why they are so special to you.
Ananda, we have to agree with Matt. You inspire us as well, and we think you deserve some flowers.
Call us at 310.559.6711 so we can arrange a delivery, courtesy of Team Matt.
After 2 years of romance my sweetheart keeps getting sweeter. My birthday, valentines day and our wedding anniversary all reside in the month of February, so my wife has dubbed February "the Month of Matt". The most romantic thing that has ever happened to me is actually happening right now.
Since the first day of February, Ananda has been leaving pictures she printed, and artistically manipulated, all over the house, one for each day of the month. Each picture has a memory of our courtship, first dates, first meetings, written on the back, as well as a piece of a larger message that i'm STILL waiting to figure out!
The fact that this romantic gesture is still going and still yet to be fully realized hopefully won't weigh against it! If anything it shows how romantic Ananda is LONG TERM and how much she deserves some flowers!
Don't forget to submit YOUR most romantic moment on our blog by 5pm TODAY- our favourite story will win a romance bouquet from The Woods for their Valentine.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
After marrying a third generation florist, his genius for design found a new avenue. By chance, he became the florist for the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. There, he poineered the new style - which still widely imitated, cannot be duplicated. This new style brought more notoriety and prominence to Woods and earned the hotel the reputation as a "flower destination". After twenty years Woods' signature entrance piece still takes center stage.
Over the years, George's masterful hand has created signature flowers for eight luxury hotels around the world, as well as social and event flowers for luminaries of fashion, entertainment, business, and politics. Evonne Woods, the other half of this dynamic pair, brings a rich heritage of creativity and practical knowledge of floristry to the team.
In the spirit of a true artist George is constantly evolving. The next innovation was the glorious emporium he and his wife, Evonne, opened in Brentwood. It was included in an article on The World's Most Beautiful Flower Shops in Conde Nast's Traveler Magazine. People come from all over (France, Japan, etc.) to see what each season's magnificence will be displayed there. Now, a new phase is beginning and we are all very excited to see what these newest seeds will cultivate!