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At Home Floral Care

Whether it is a cut bouquet, a bouquet in a vase or an arrangement in floral foam, there are some little tricks into getting the longest life possible out of your fresh flowers.

For cut bouquets, make sure to re-cut the stems before you put them in water. If they have been out of water for more then a few minutes, the stem has already dried out at the bottom allowing for less water to travel up the stem. Fill a vase with slightly warm water and add the flower food package that would have come with the bouquet. Re-cut the stems and place in the vase. If your bouquet comes with an elastic keeping it together, cut the elastic just before you place it in the vase and allow for it to loosen up to fill out the vase.



For arrangements in floral foam, the most important thing to know is that once the foam dries out, you cannot re-hydrate it. Keeping the foam full of water by adding water to it every day will help the life of the flowers.  Giving the flowers a spritz of water will also help them stay fresh.


For arrangements in a vase, the designer would have put fresh water in just before it was put together along with floral food. Keep them out of sunlight and the warmest areas of your home to slow down the process of the flowers opening. Every other day or so, gather the flowers in your hand and take them out of the vase to re-cut the stems. Change the water at the same time to minimize bacteria growth on the flower stems. If you notice something getting droopy, making the water warmed will help them to perk up.


A tip for all kinds of floral arrangements is that most likely, some flowers will last longer than others. If you notice some of the flowers are past their prime, remove those stems. Don’t be afraid to play around with your arrangements and take apart bouquets. You will be able to freshen it up and make something new!

If you ever have questions about flower care, please call us at any of our locations! We will be happy to help you!

A Day in the Life || Academy Florist

A sweet little visitor came into the shop a few weeks ago and snapped a few photos of us on one of our busiest weeks. Simply Rosie Photography came to pick up a beautiful bouquet for a gal that was getting engaged. We made up the beautiful bundle for the new bride-to-be in exchange for a few captures of what a day in the life looks like for us.

Floristry is messy, dirty and can be rough on the hands, but what we get to do every day is design moments. A proposal bouquet, a way to say “I love you”, a way to share sympathy, a way to connect with loved ones.  We are invited into the lives of people and get to have a small part in delivering something fresh, something happy, something alive.

We love what we do at Academy Florist. We invite you to join us in sending moments to the people you care about.














































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Simply Rose Photography

Spring Time is our Happy Time!

We are grinning from ear to ear at the spring florals lining our coolers. Whether it be a fresh cut bouquet, a large arrangement or a simple centerpiece, flowers are guaranteed to brighten your home! Administrative Professionals week is coming quickly, and Mother’s Day is soon to follow. Get some fresh ideas at our Academy Florist Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. Oh, and get your orders in early! Our Academy Florist Elves are ready to make flower magic!
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Valentines Is Near!

We are gearing up for Valentines in the shop! It is already buzzing with beautiful arrangements and pink and red have taken over! Order your Valentines flowers early for the one you love. Allow our designers to be creative and send something extra special. Here are a few ideas of what we can do for you ranging in price and colour! Call 204-488-4822 to order today!

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Featured Products

We are crazy about these beautiful Rifle Paper Co. products. We have cards and notebooks with lovely floral designs that we know you will LOVE! Perfect to go with a little bouquet or arrangement of your choice. Ask about our Rifle Paper products in your next order!

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The Holiday Season Is Here!

We are full to the brim with beautiful Christmassy things! Poinsettias are in and still coming by the truck load, Eco Friendly Soy Harvest candles are lining the shelves, not to mention our Holiday arrangements flying out the door! We are busy designing wreaths, centerpieces and baskets for the holiday season. Stop by or call to order today!

Red and White Poinsettias Available!

Christmas Arrangement Accessories

Birch Accents Decor

Christmas Decor for Sale!

Eco-Friendly Soy Harvest Candles


Call or Click to Order Today!

The Journey of a Flower

Winnipeg Wedding Florist

Have you ever wondered how a flower gets to our shop so quickly and stays so fresh? The floral industry relies on a process sometimes described as the “cold chain” to keep flowers fresh from the farms on which they are grown until they reach customers’ hands.

Flowers after harvest are cooled rapidly to temperatures just above freezing and transported via airplane, train or truck – often in refrigerated holds – to importers, wholesalers or directly to florists, who then prepare the flowers for sale. Depending where the flowers are traveling, total transit time can be as quick as 24 hours.

The low temperatures in transit keep the flowers essentially in a state of suspended animation: respiration (moisture loss) slows; their carbohydrate reserves (fuel for vase life) are maintained; and they aren’t as sensitive to ethylene, a gas given off as plants age that decreases vase life.

After the blooms arrive at the flower shop, stems are recut and the flowers are placed into a hydration solution to encourage good water uptake. Florists call this “conditioning” the flowers. Most flowers remain refrigerated until they are ready to be sold or to go into an arrangement.

(via FloristsReview.com)

A New Look

As you all know, we’re very excited about all of the changes that have been going around Academy Florist the last 6 months or so. We relocated our Kenaston and Scurfield locations, and moved into a new store at 925 Corydon Avenue. Our designers at our Marion St and Pembina Highway stores have been an amazing support for us at the Corydon store while we’ve been hectically unpacking everything, and continue to create amazing designs. And finally, we have a new sign! Here’s a look at the old face of 925 Corydon with our temporary sign, and the new look too!

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Downton Abbey… In Winnipeg

Back in May, we had the privilege of designing beautiful centrepieces for an evening at the Manitoba Club. The event was focused on the food, and the theme was Downton Abbey – and did we ever have creating arrangements that would go perfectly with the theme!

Room #1 featured our silver candelabra. The stunning ballroom is yellow with navy draperies, so we wanted to keep the flowers in the soft yellows and greens, and added in a few vintage vases with single blooms of Queen Anne’s Lace.

Candelabra Centrepieces

Gold Wedding

Candelabra Wedding

Table #2 was in the fireside room. Since the event was held in May, we wanted to take advantage of the spring peony season and packed this room full of gorgeous coral peonies. We decked out the long table with an assortment of arrangements in our mercury glass vases which went along perfectly with the Victorian theme, and added in light touches of greenery garlands.

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Vintage Coral Wedding

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It was SUCH a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful event! Thank you to the Manitoba Club for hosting and asking us to be a part of it, and to BLF Studios for the wonderful photos!

Want to see more beautiful wedding and event images? Follow our weddings page on Facebook! 

Christmas Gift-Giving Ideas

Christmas Gift Giving Ideas

The Christmas season is fast approaching and Academy Florist has the perfect Christmas gift ideas. Whether you want to send a festive holiday gift to a beloved friend or you want to treat yourself there’s no better way to deck the halls than with fresh Christmas flowers!

Give a Keepsake Holiday Gift from Thomas Kinkade

See it, hear it, love it! This spectacular Thomas Kinkade gift features a gorgeous hand-painted village scene tableau inspired by the legendary late artist. Thomas Kinkade’s collectible Winter Wonder light-up cottage is perfectly accented by red spray roses and million star gypsophila. It’s a wonderful gift to treasure this holiday season and beyond. It is an heirloom Christmas keepsake in the making. This illuminated keepsake will be enjoyed for years, and the fresh evergreens and Christmas flowers in this arrangement will fill your home with the delightful scents of the season.

Send a Sparkling Christmas Centrepiece with Candles

Our sparkling hand-polished glass bowl creates a stunning holiday centrepiece. It is a high-value décor piece that can be used throughout the year. Red roses, white miniature carnations, lemon leaf and tips of white pine and noble fir are adorned with festive silver balls and red candles. Even after the flowers are gone, this beautiful bowl will remain a treasured keepsake.

Gift Yourself a Shimmering Holiday Ornament!

This delightful winter white ornament is an exclusive keepsake from Teleflora’s Flowers-in-a-Gift collection. Add sparkle and shine to any holiday with this lovely collectible. Red roses and miniature carnations are accented with tips of holly and noble fir in our fabulous iridescent and silver-glitter-covered ornament. Complete with lid, it makes a great candy dish for next year!

“Send a Hug” Collectible Teacup is Perfect for all Ages!

This adorable and festive mouse teacup is another exclusive from Teleflora’s Flowers-in-a-Gift collection. It is guaranteed to be a surefire hit for all ages (FDA-approved). Red roses, carnations and huckleberry are accented with eucalyptus and tips of noble fir and holly. Our Night Before Christmas teacup keepsake is accented with a sweet sleeping mouse.
Re-use it next year to serve milk and cookies for Santa or make the kids a warm bedtime milky cocoa to help them sleep on Christmas Eve!

Send a Silver Mercury Glass Hurricane Centrepiece

Our beautiful Silver Glow mercury glass hurricane is so chic! The antique silver-flecked finish adds elegance to this hurricane centerpiece. It can be used year-round in the home with flameless or traditional votive candles. Your gift recipient will be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time they light the candle. For the holidays we added red roses, miniature carnations, lemon leaf, tips of noble fir, holly and flat cedar. This gorgeous on trend, holiday centerpiece is sure to delight friends and family!

Looking for the Perfect Teacher or Hostess Holiday Gift?

This “peppermint candy” ceramic vase is another sweet specialty. The perfect gift for everyone on your list – including teachers and hostesses.
Red carnations and white mums are accented with candy canes and tips of white pine, flat cedar and noble fir. Arranged in our perfect Peppermint Christmas vase.

Send a Christmas Gift with a Little Sparkle

Every family has its own holiday traditions. For some, it’s caroling on Christmas Eve and steaming mugs of cocoa. For others, it’s decorating the house with holiday accents and brightly colored decorations. Celebrate the special customs of the season our signature Mercury Glass Bowl centrepieces. This classic Christmas centerpiece will bring all the warmth and comfort of tradition. But its chic mercury glass bowl makes it a modern accent perfect for any home. This sparkling mercury glass pedestal bowl is a keepsake to treasure.
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