Special to Dream Foundation’s hometown of Santa Barbara, Flower Empower is a volunteer-driven program that delivers hope and compassion – in the form of beautiful bouquets – to those in need. Several days each week, groups of volunteers gather at the local farmers’ market, and other designated locations, where they prepare dozens of arrangements using donated flowers. Volunteers then make deliveries to hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and personal residences. In addition to abundant bouquets, flower recipients enjoy fresh-baked cookies, fine chocolates and cards handmade by school children.
The mission of Flower Empower is to ensure the recipients know they are not alone, and their community cares.
Our hope is that volunteers across the country will establish Flower Empower programs in their own communities, spreading hope across the nation‚ one flower at a time.
Thank you to the 2014 team of dedicated Flower Empower sponsors, volunteers, growers, cookie-bakers and chocolatiers, including B&H Flowers, Botanik, Tim and Diane Brown, Chocolats du CaliBressan, Arthur and Kate Coppola, Domingo Farms, Ever-Bloom, Florabundance, The Himovitz Family, Maximum Nursery, Myriad, Trader Joe’s, Valley Flowers Inc., Westerlay Orchids and Westland Floral.
For more information please download our Flower Empower brochure, and for volunteer opportunities, contact Valerie Banks at (805) 564-2131, or e-mail her via our contact page.
Our Flower Empower Partners
Ever-Bloom’s flower-growing tradition can be traced back 15 generations, to 1699 and the Cornelius family of Holland. Every generation since then, for 288 years has grown flowers or fruit and vegetables.
It’s not complicated. We just focus on what matters — great food + great prices = Value.
Founded in 1978 as Westerlay Roses, Westerlay Orchids is a family-owned and operated commercial grower of orchids located in Carpinteria, California. The company was started by Joe Overgaag following his emigration from the Netherlands to Carpinteria, and later he earned the distinction of being among the first in the nation to widely apply hydroponic growing technology to flowers.
B and H Flowers produces a variety of commercial, Veriflora-certified flower crops for both mass retail and wholesale distribution, providing customers nationwide with sustainably grown, vibrant, and long-lasting California flowers.
Located just south of Santa Barbara and Montecito in the charming beachside town of Summerland, botanik is a destination for garden enthusiasts, discerning designers and those anxious to indulge their senses. Set within the backdrop of a 1920’s Victorian, the boutique has garnered both regional and national acclaim for nearly a decade. An ever-changing collection of unique wares fills both the interior and private garden of this must see stop along California’s Central Coast.
Our commitment keeps Maximum Nursery on the cutting edge. The environment, our customers and our employees are our keys to success. Maximum Nursery Inc, the “oldest” grower of gerbera daisies in the United States of America has been in the forefront in producing high quality gerberas for over 30 years.
Valley Flowers sells approximately three million bunches of fresh flowers and foliage per year. We employ 100 full-time employees spread throughout our four growing locations. For the last 15 years Greenhouse Grower Magazine has ranked Valley Flowers, Inc. one of the top one hundred fresh flower producers in the nation.
Growing & delivering farm fresh, environmentally friendly floral products nationwide. Our 100-acre farm in Carpinteria, CA offers the ideal climate for producing the finest fresh-cut bouquets & potted flowers.
Those of you already familiar with “Le CaliBressan” from France can now enjoy Jean-Michel’s delicious artisan chocolates created fresh right here in the United States! If you are not already acquainted with us and our chocolates, please explore the surprising imagination of Chef Jean-Michel and his wife Jill.
Myriad Flowers is located along California’s Central Coast about 5 miles south of Santa Barbara. With 14 acres of Rose greenhouses, 4 acres of Pompon greenhouses, and 20 acres of field flowers, Myriad Flowers sits on three separate locations throughout the Carpinteria Valley. Along with the Roses and Pompons, upcoming crops of Tulips, Iris, Miniature Carnations and Misty Blue will be soon be added to our current field production of Gypsophilia, Statice, Solidaster and Sunflower.
Florabundance is located in Carpenteria where the mountains of the Los Padres Forest meet the Pacific Ocean, just south of Santa Barbara, California. The fertile flower growing conditions coupled with favorable temperatures ensure a steady harvest of California grown fresh cut flowers and foliages. Our flower packaging techniques are highly developed allowing us to offer a 100% quality guarantee. We invite you to tour our newly improved site, sign-up for our newsletter, and shop online in our store designed for the floral professional. Florabundance is known for excellent and knowledgeable customer service.