A hospital stay is always brightened by a gift of flowers. The floral gift may be a wishing you a speedy recovery, or it’s a girl or boy, or a hope you are feeling better arrangement. Whatever the message some basic guidelines for construction of floral arrangements and design will help you in selecting the containers, flowers, greenery, accessories and the design or the sentiment piece best suited for the hospital.
Scale, the size of the flower design, is an important consideration. Hospital rooms usually have limited space, and you may not be the only person sending a get well bouquet. Too large of arrangements are a bother to the staff that has to care for the flowers. But just because a flower design is smaller does not necessarily mean cheaper and uninteresting. Use fewer flowers in the design, but allow each flower to be seen nicely. Use less flowers, but more showy tropical type flowers.
Hospital flowers must be of low maintenance. The flowers should not be just wrapped in paper. They need to be arranged in some kind of container. Do not send a dozen roses in a box. Who is going to put them in water? Vases should not be top-heavy. Containers should have plenty of water on delivery or be an arrangement that water can be added to easily. Patients should not have to worry about maintaining their gift.
Try to select flowers for the hospital design that are long-lasting. Daisy chrysanthemums, all types of cut mum flowers (these do not have to be boring as the varieties are vast), carnations, mini carnations, etc. are all longer lasting flowers. Furthermore, do not select flowers that will shed or loose petals. Perform some preventative maintenance such as picking out the pollen-covered anthers (the top part of the stamen) from lilies, which will stain clothing, skin, and bedding. Avoid strong fragrance flowers that can be irritating or may cause nausea to the patient. Fragrance is usually a very nice attribute when selecting flowers, but when in a small, maybe warm or too-warm room the fragrance could be overwhelming.
Most hospitals love for their patients to receive floral gifts. Hospitals realize the morale flowers can have on patients. Just use good judgment and learn the rules. Many times latex balloons are not accepted, maybe just the Mylar balloons. Many people are allergic to latex balloons. Also, flowers and plants are not usually permitted in intensive care units. This is due to having to keep these areas clean and sterile. When you open your shop, call your local hospital and speak with administration or the appropriate department. Let these professionals educate you on the rules and regulations for flowers, plants, balloons and flower deliveries.