Scouting Out A Floral Adventure!

Are you looking for something fun to do during this cold Wisconsin winter?  Do you like fresh flowers?  Have you ever wanted to try a floral designing?  If you answered "YES" to any of these might want to sign up for a flower design class!  We offer specific classes throughout the year, but also book custom classes for scouting troops and ladies groups.   We have hosted holiday-themed classes for ladies as a work Christmas party, a bridal shower group, as well as our popular Daisy Basket Class for the scouts.  No matter the age group of class, everyone seems to have a great time and goes home with a flower arrangement that they made themselves! 
This past weekend, I had the honor of teaching a delightful group, Brownie Troop #6281 from Sussex, Wisconsin.  We had 5 girls participate as well as the 2 adults join in on the fun!  They were a great group to work with!  Everyone brought home a cheery arrangement, some to keep and others to give away as a gift.  At the end of the class, Chloe, our shop cat made her cameo appearance and said hello to the troop.  Thank you to Girl Scout Troop #6281 for a fun-filled Saturday afternoon!

Wendy Kaye Walker
Bank of Flowers

The Story of Monte

Bank of Flowers in Menomonee Falls has had their resident kitty "Chloe" for quite some time.  The ladies at the Pewaukee store were jealous and wanted their own store pet.

A snail that arrived on a plant was our first pet. Shelldon kept trying to escape and Luan, the manager, was falsely accused with aiding an escapee.  Shelldon was moved to Ashley's house because he was a proven flight risk. (Update:  Shelldon was found half eaten at his current residence. We assume it happened during another escape attempt.)
We then had a fish that Ashley received from her Secret Santa.  Fin didn't last long and he was replaced by Finn 2 who lasted just as long.  We finally figured out that some of the sprays we use ended up in the fish's water bowl and killed them.

That was a few years ago and we still really wanted a pet.  Melissa researched available cats at area shelters because we definitely wanted a cat that wouldn't get into everything and was mellow.  At last, on September 22, Monte came to live at our store.

Monte was named after a flower, the Monte Casino Aster.  In the beginning he was a little skittish but that lasted 3 days!  The people at the Washington County Humane Society thought he might be feral and that he was a stray at one point, not good for ladies who love cats.  Well, after those 3 days of settling in, Monte has become the king of the store!  He likes to greet us at the back door when we get in in the morning and give us kisses.  He will say hi to anyone who comes into the store and always lies down at their feet.   Monte is an attention hog!  

Monte acts very much like a dog.  He has played fetch with us a few times.  We cannot leave an open purse laying around because he will dig in it looking for food.  Monte will come when called (most of the time).  We're surprised he doesn't bark!

Thank you Melissa for picking out such a wonderful companion!  We love Monte very much!  

Luan Kurriger
~Manager, Pewaukee

Meet the Staff - CeCi

We welcome back CeCi Scheuber to our team as Director of Operations! CeCi's first job in her hometown, the Falls, was at Bank of Flowers when she was just 15.  After graduating from Carroll University in 2015, she continued to pursue her love of flowers, and found her way back here at Bank of Flowers, where she started all those years ago!  She grew up in Menomonee Falls, and is currently living down the street from the shop. CeCi enjoys keeping up her passion for music through playing piano and percussion, and loves hanging out with her two little brothers.

CeCi's favorite flower is the beautiful green hydrangea. She considers Taco Tuesday a weekly holiday and her favorite animals are elephants.  CeCi is most excited about the camaraderie and fun, exciting atmosphere here at the flower shop.  We welcome CeCi BACK to the team!

Wendy Walker
~Floral Designer
Bank of Flowers

West Bend Country Club

Anna + Nick = True Love

Ceremony & Reception: West Bend Country Club
Photographer: Chasing Lilies
Florist: Bank of Flowers
Month: September

It was a wonderful day, delivering and servicing Anna and Nick's wedding at the West Bend Country Club.  It brought back so many amazing memories for me.  Six years ago, my husband and I were married at this very same venue, at this same time of year.  I can't believe how time flies.

For her wedding, Anna chose a simple palette of white, pops of plum, and grey accents, which gave the flowers a elegant feel.  White hydrangeas and white garden roses gave the bouquets a romantic base for the plum callas and dianthus, and the grey brunia berries added a touch of class.  A special floral tribute was made and placed on a empty chair, in memory of the bride's father, who had passed.  It was a simple, but touching way to honor him.
The ceremony flowers were all re-purposed for the reception, and they looked amazing.  The unity candle piece was used on the mantle, and the pew decorations and bridesmaids bouquets were used on the tables and around the room.
Congratulations Anna and Nick, and thank you for the trip down memory lane!

-Krista Roskopf
Manager, Menomonee Falls
Bank of Flowers

Meet the Staff: Dana!

Dana has been a Bank of Memories, Menomonee Falls Team Member for just about 2 ½ years now.  Dana grew up just down the road from our shop, and would often stop in for fresh flowers for her mom.  She loved the atmosphere so much that when she noticed we were hiring, she just had to put in her application!
Dana started with us as a junior in high school and is now going into her sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.  In addition to her passion for floral designing, Dana is highly interested in Political Science and Journalism, both of which she plans to study during her time in college. 

 While Dana is unable to work with us during the school year, she more than makes up for it working full time at our Menomonee Falls shop during her summers!  Talk about dedication!  Dana’s favorite flower is the garden rose, due to its fragrance, shape, and uniqueness. Some of her other favorite things include dogs (of all shapes and sizes), freshly baked brownies, and reading a great book on a rainy day. 

When asked what her favorite part of the job is, she replied “I love getting to put the finishing touches on weddings—from adding bling to arrangements or wrapping bouquets with satin ribbons.  It’s almost like getting to be a small part of the wedding, and contributing to the general happiness and love that is being celebrated!”

Krista Roskopf, Menomonee Falls Manager 
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Meet Chloe!

Flowers are not the only thing in our store that can bring you Chloe, our shop cat!  She's the only full-time resident of the Menomonee Falls store, and she really has it made!  Her favorite past times include eating, sun-bathing, and napping in boxes.  Her favorite flower is Lisianthus...we know this because she likes to sneak into the cooler to munch on it!

You may see her sitting in the window, exploring the store, or her favorite...catching a "Cat Nap" in a cardboard box.  Wherever she is in the store, there are many benefits to having a pet in your workplace.

Pets help reduce stress....who could possibly be upset after staring into a puppies eyes, or snuggling up to a furry cat!   They also seem to bring a bit of joy, even when our customers come in to see us for sympathy flowers...petting Chloe seems to ease their mind and make them feel better.

Chloe is also a bit of a mascot for us (and no, she's not really for sale...we were just having some fun with her!)  Everyone loves seeing pictures of her, and what she's up to in the store.  Some of our customers and their children love to come into the shop, just to visit Chloe!

She is quite the local celebrity around here!  Next time you need flowers or a gift, stop in and say hello to Chloe!

Wendy Walker
Floral Designer
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Is is Easter Already?!

Can you believe that Easter is less than a week away?!  Like Easter and springtime, flowers represent growth and new beginnings.  There is no better way to celebrate Easter then by filling your home with spring flowers.  I love designing with tulips, fragrant stock and even bird nests which are all welcome sites during springtime.

Easter lilies have long been popular symbols of Easter, representing love and hope, resurrection and purity.  Their trumpet-like blossoms almost seem to announce the arrival of spring, and all of it's blessings.  Many other house plants, such as our beautiful hydrangeas and hyacinths, bring life to any room in your home. 

It's not to late to order your Easter centerpiece!  Give us a call today for us to create your custom, one-of-a-kind floral design.

Have a blessed Easter from my family to yours!
Krista Roskopf, Menomonee Falls Manager

Winter Bridal Photo Shoot

Photographer: Joe Hang
Model: Andrea
Venue: Onesto 

This winter we had the pleasure of working with some really talented vendors for a fantasy winter wedding shoot.  The shoot took place at the beautiful and historical Onesto in downtown Milwaukee.  Onesto, which means "honest" in Italian, serves a modern twist on Italian flare with an emphasis on fresh homemade flavorful cuisine.

This dramatic space had some beautiful lighting enhancing the detail of Andrea's bridal gown from Bucci's Bridal in Pewaukee. 

The bouquet we created for the shoot was designed by Luan Kurriger of the Pewaukee location of Bank of Memories & Flowers.  The rich red roses, variety of greens, and other textural elements added to the Italian feel of the space and the elegant dress.

~Melissa Maas
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Teleflora's Unit President Meeting

Recently, I had the honor of attending the Telefora Unit President Meeting in Burbank, CA. There are 38 Presidents in all, covering different regions like the Big Apple Unit, Minnadakota Unit, Lewis and Clark Unit and the Kentucky Derby Unit just to name a few.  Serving as President for the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan's Unit, my responsibility is to provide leadership to the unit and help organize education programs for florists in my area.

The event was four days long, filled will seminars, breakout sessions, demonstrations, trade fair, new technology and products, even some fabulous entertainment! It was great to pop my head out of my floral shop and see what the top florists in our industry are doing.

Teleflora's amazing team of Education Specialists come from all over to share their knowledge of their years of experience in the floral industry.  They are the presenters at our floral programs.  

The entire event was sponsored by Teleflora to help us educate surrounding florists in our region. They believe in giving back and providing education so we can be successful as florists and grow our businesses.  This was an amazing recharge for myself and my business.  To be able to meet other florists, from all over the United States, who are doing the same thing and share their experiences was priceless.

Thank you to Teleflora, Rich Salvaggio and Lottie McKinnon for this wonderful experience and amazing gift.   Pictured below is Melissa Maas (Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Unit President) with Rich Salvaggio AIFD, AAF, PFCI (Vice President of Industry Relations).

~Melissa Maas
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Pictured below is Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD, CFD, PFCI, CAFA (Education Specialist),  Melissa Maas (Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Unit President) and Brent Stelzer (Unit Regional Director)

Dance Time Again!

It's dance time again at Bank of Memories & Flowers, and it's not Homecoming or Prom.  For some it's their Winter Formal or Senior Ball.  But for the rest it's Sadie Hawkins, Turnabout or TWIRP. 

TWIRP, which stand for The Woman IRequired to Pay, originated in the 1930's.  The dance started out as Sadie Hawkins Day, named for a spinster character in the L'il Abner cartoon strip.  In the comic dated Nov. 15, 1937, Sadie's father, tired of her not being married, declared Sadie Hawkins Day, a day when unmarried girls were in a footrace with the town's bachelors.  If Sadie (or the girls) caught her bachelor, they would then be betrothed.  That comic was a hit and within 2 years, high schools and colleges across the United States held Sadie Hawkins Days, which then morphed into todays Sadies dances.

The Sadie Hawkins dance (or Turnabout or TWIRP) was a chance for young ladies to take the initiative and ask a young man to the dance.  It was empowering for the ladies of the '30's and was one of the first examples of women's liberation.

Today, high school girls dream up fun ways to ask their dates to the dance and are traditionally required to pay for the festivities of the evening.  Of course, the couple can bend the traditions to fit their situation.

Everyone at both locations at Bank of Memories & Flowers is here to help each couple choose everything needed for their corsages, boutonnieres and hand tied bouquets.  We are fully stocked with pretty wrist bands of beads, rhinestones and pearls, fun rhinestone or beaded accents, colorful ribbons and fresh flowers.  We also have garters that can be personalized to match your flowers.  

Whether a dance or a ball, Bank of Memories & Flowers is your one stop shop for all of your floral needs.

Luan M. Kurriger
Manager, Pewaukee
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Krista's Pick for Winter Bloomers!!

Winter can be a cold and dreary time of the year here in Wisconsin, but I've got some great blooming plants to brighten up this chilly season!

Cinerarias have many little daisy-like blooms and come in many bright shades including magenta, red, purple, blue, and even white!  They do well in the winter months because they thrive in cool temperatures around 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cinerarias prefer bright, indirect sunlight and like to stay moist at all times.

Kalanchoes are one of my favorites because they are so easy to care for.  They prefer bright direct sunlight and like to dry out between waterings.  They come in a variety of vibrant colors including red, orange, yellow, and hot pink!

Phalaenopsis orchids are just so elegant!!  Many people think they are hard to care for, but actually, they are quite simple.  They will flourish indoors with moderate, indirect sunlight and only need about 2 ice cubes per week.  My only suggestion is to make sure you don't over-water orchids.  They do not like any standing water in the bottom of their containers.

Cyclamen are sometimes called the poor man's orchid.  You can find them in a variety of shades of pink, red and white.  They prefer bright, indirect sunlight and moist soil.  Their vibrant blossoms and interesting leaves make this plant a popular indoor blooming plant choice.

African violets come in many varieties with flowers ranging from white and light pink, to violets, blues, and purples.  Foliage varies from dark green to lighter variegated leaves, and most have a deep purple tone underneath the leaves.  They enjoy indirect bright light and a slightly moist soil.

So stop in and brighten up someone's day with a colorful winter blooming plant!

Krista Roskopf
Manager, Menomonee Falls

New Years Resolutions for 2016

It's that time again, the time of year when we all contemplate our New Year's Resolutions.  What will it be this year?  Promises to lose weight, go to the gym more often, or to quit smoking, usually top the list of resolutions every year for a lot of us.  We try to do our best but every year we take on more than we can handle.  This year can be different, and this resolution can increase your well being and happiness as well as those around you.

BUY YOURSELF MORE FLOWERS!! Europeans have done this for years, they stop by a florist or flower cart and buy flowers for THEMSELVES.  Flowers are not a luxury, they are a staple, just like air and water.  A study done by Rutgers University found that having flowers in the home triggers happy emotions and have a long term positive effect on mood.  Not only do flowers visually stimulate us, they also induce memories through our sense of smell.  A beautifully scented lily wafting through the house does more to alleviate anxiety and depression than one would believe. 

If you don't feel comfortable picking up flowers for yourself, then buy flowers for others.  Nothing gives me greater joy than seeing the faces of people who are receiving a flower delivery.  Receiving flowers is a joy but it is a joy for  the giver as well.  Studies have shown that senior citizens who receive flowers suffer less confusion, less depression and feel a greater sense of community.  What a powerful gift!

So, go out there with your NEW New Years Resolution, adding flowers to your daily life or the lives of those around you!!
Luan M. Kurriger, Manager
Bank of Memories & Flowers Pewaukee

Wendy & Carl

Ceremony Location:  Bride's Home, Waukesha
Reception: Artisan 179, Pewaukee
Month: September

Wendy contacted Bank of Memories- Pewaukee by email and attached pictures of everything she had chosen for her wedding, including the centerpieces she created herself.  She needed us to design the bouquets for her and her attendants.
The bride wore a gorgeous full length lacy wedding dress in antique white and she chose to carry white hydrangeas, mini lime green hydrangeas, lime green and lavender roses, burgundy snapdragons and white waxflower.  

Her attendants, her daughter and granddaughters, each wore a dark wine dress with lace overlay.Their bouquets were smaller versions of the brides bouquet but without the white hydrangeas.  We created a white waxflower comb for her youngest granddaughter hair.

The bride and her daughter wanted to create the gentlemens boutonnieres, so we supplied the flowers and the tools.  What a great way to share the experience with your family!

Thank you and best wishes to Wendy and Carl from everyone here at Bank of Memories & Flowers!

Luan M Kurriger, Manager, Pewaukee Bank of Memories & Flowers

End of Summer Events

How it is September already?  Where does time go in the summer??  Oh that's right...weddings and special events!!  At Bank of Memories & Flowers, we work hard, but have a lot of fun helping our clients plan parties and events.  It is something that we love and we can definitely get carried away!

For this baby shower, the theme colors were limes and different shades of pink.  Plum dendrobium orchids, lime hydrangeas, and fuchsia roses really made these designs pop!

What an amazing way to welcome the newest member of the family!

Danielle's wedding celebration was in a beautiful white tent set up in her parents picturesque backyard.  The perfect setting for an outdoor party!

Feminine and classic, her arrangements had an abundance of crisp white hydrangeas and miniature garden roses.  They looked like they were just picked from the garden.  The white hydrangeas contrasted nicely with the long grey wooden box she rented from us.

Here's to a Happy End-of-Summer!

Krista Roskopf
~Manager, Menomonee Falls

Dancing Daisies and Frolicking Flowers

Homecoming is here!

After a slow start to the summer, it's hard to believe that fall is upon us and it is time for Homecoming Dances!

The creative designers here at Bank of Memories & Flowers are ready to help you put the finishing touches on your dance attire.  With a rainbow of ribbons, rhinestones, and beaded bands...the sky is the limit.

Each corsage, boutonniere and hand-held bouquet is created with a style just right for you.

And don't forget to order your matching garter, embellished with accents to match your dance flowers.

Stop in today and get a jump on your Homecoming's not too soon to order your dance flowers!

~Wendy Walker
Floral Design Specialist
Bank of Memories & Flowers

Bishops Bay Wedding

Bishops Bay Wedding, Madison, WI

Month: July
Ceremony and Reception: Bishops Bay Country Club
Flowers: Bank of Memories & Flowers

When family friends Kristin and Aaron asked us to travel to Madison to do their wedding flowers, we were over-the-moon honored!  The happy couple chose to have their ceremony and reception in the historical manor at Bishops Bay Country Club in Middleton, WI.

The ceremony site was nestled under hundred-year-old oak trees and breathtaking views of our state capital over Lake Mendota.  Aaron's father re-purposed old barn beams to create an arch to frame the ceremony site.  The beams were covered with hydrangeas, lilies, stock, roses, delphinium, curly willow, and peonies!  The bride's aisle was scrolled with fresh white rose petals, and floral bouquets lined the chairs.

After the ceremony, guests walked across the lawn along a pathway lined with hanging glass bottles filled with candles and hydrangeas in Kristin's signature wedding color of teal. The cocktail space featured stunning views of Madison.  Guests found their name beautifully painted on old window panels for what table they would sit at.

The centerpieces were mounds of garden flowers designed in shabby chic wooden boxes that filled the tent with the fragrance of roses and peonies.  The 3-tier cake was a stunning focal, which sat over a floating bed of flower blossoms!

Thank you to Aaron and Kristin for letting us be a part of their wedding day and creating memories for us to share in the future.

~By Melissa Maas, Owner

Robbyn and Bill and Baseball

Month: July
Flowers: Bank of Memories & Flowers Pewaukee
Robbyn and Bill met playing softball and love the Milwaukee Brewers, so it was easy to understand their color scheme and their venue. Kelly's Bleachers III is home to not 1 but 2 baseball fields and the couple planned on marrying on one of them (before the hot weather changed that idea).

Robbyn chose a mix of Brewers colors for her bouquets.  Yellow ranunculus , pincushion protea and craspedia were featured in her bouquet, surrounded by white lisianthus and Queen Anne's Lace as well as light blue delphinium and blue berries.  Her bridesmaid and her flower girl, the couples daughter, carried matching bouquets.

The gentlemen all wore yellow ranunculus boutonnieres with blue berries.  The mothers of the couple wore white pearl band corsages with white and yellow ranunculas with blue berries to accent.

Thank you, Robbyn and Bill, for allowing us to be a part of your special day!

Luan Kurriger, Pewaukee Manager

Harley Davison Wedding!

Month: June
Flowers: Bank of Memories & Flowers

It was a very warm and beautiful day for a wedding at the Harley Davidson Museum for Jenna and Derrike. Notice the white hydrangea, ranunculus, coral roses and gerbera daisies paired with kermit mums. They are absolutely stunning!  

The focal point of the ceremony was a stunning arch embellished with romantic blossoms cascading down and nature-inspired birch branch accents.  The aisle was dressed with dainty romantic hydrangea blossoms paired with charming candle-lit lanterns.  

This year corals and limes have been a very popular theme!  It was truly a delight to design this wedding for Jenna and Derrike. 

~Krista Roskopf, Menomonee Falls Manager