Hello Bloomszoomers!

Welcome to our new blog.We are Helen Blakey Flowers. As professional florists we live with flowers every day and would love to share our enthusiasm for flowers with you. Our flower shop has been serving the Scarborough and GTA since 1969. On staff we have two full time designers with combined experience of over 40 years. We are delighted to take care of any and all of your floral needs, weddings, birthdays, new arrivals and funerals etc. Based in east Toronto we enjoy working with many ethnic and multi-cultural diversities and influences. Visit our all occasion website www.helenblakeyflowers.com to view our seasonally changing online catalogue. You will enjoy our easy, secure online shopping.

To celebrate our new blog, we are offering a coupon. Until Nov. 30, 2011, spend $50.00 before delivery and taxes and enjoy a savings of $10.00. Mention promo code Blog10 when placing a phone order.For online orders enter Blog10 in the promo code box in the check out.

Helen Blakey Flowers is commited to improving and encouraging fair living standards for flower farm workers all over the world and supporting responsible growing practices that protect the enviroment. These fair trade practices insure that  the beautiful flowers you see in our fridge are purchased from farms that meet specific guidelines. We feel that offering our customers an ethical choice is our responsibility. We want our customers to feel good about their purchases. We guarantee that the quality of our product will remain second to none, as it has for over 43 years!

FAQ

Q – What are fair flowers?

A – Fair flowers refers to social and enviromental responsibility. Socially it means workers are paid a fair living wage which gives them the opportunity to cover basic needs for their families. Also, international health and safety laws are enforced. Enviromentally it ensures that efforts are being made to conserve natural resources. Fair flowers offers consumers an ethical, more aware choice in the world market and walks hand in hand with the Fair Trade initiative.

Q – Are your flowers more expensive because they meet these standards?

A – No, at Helen Blakey Flowers we work very hard in coordination with our wholesalers to seek out the very best product in a cost effective way.

Q – Does this mean you have less of a selection?

A – No. We source our flowers from Canada, Ecuador, Columbia and Europe to ensure the same great selection you’ve come to expect.

Q – Does this really make a difference?

A – By purchasing flowers from fair farms, this encourages farms with less than ethical values to re-assess their practices in order to remain in business. We feel everyone can play a part in making this world a better place to live. It is a proactive approach that we are proud to offer and sincerely hope our customers embrace this initiative.

Q – Where can I get more information?

A – www.sierraeco.com

www.flower-label-program.com

www.colombianflowers.com

www.fairtradefederation.com

Please feel free to comment on our blog or call us at our store (416) 291-2117. We would love to hear what you think!