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Belle Fiori Driver Spotlight: Tyler

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Belle Fiori has another fantastic Milwaukee floral delivery driver for you!

Tyler Triveline is Belle Fiori’s “flower ninja”….fast and silent! Luckily, we were able to get him to stand still long enough to snap a quick photo before he dashed off for his afternoon route.

Tyler has been delivering flowers for us since August 2015 and is a full time student at UW-Milwaukee, majoring in Business and Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Here is the exclusive Belle Fiori interview:

What is your favorite part of delivering flowers?

Driving around the city.

Favorite place to deliver flowers to?

Baker Tilly

Least favorite place to deliver to?

Milwaukee County Jail

Road music?

Sports radio

Favorite flower?


Make sure to give Tyler a wave if your see him delivering around Southeastern Wisconsin! And thanks to Tyler for being a part of the Belle Fiori team!


Belle Fiori Driver Spotlight

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We love to share our flower stories, but today we want to introduce you to another very important part of the Belle Fiori team…our delivery drivers!

Meet our amazingly organized and oh so fashionable friend and driver Byron Fulsom. Byron has been delivering flowers for Belle Fiori since the beginning of 2016, and now we don’t know what we ever did without his wit, charm, calm demeanor, and very neat handwriting. Here’s the Belle Fiori exclusive interview!

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What is your favorite flower?
Toss up between Hydrangeas (puffy clouds of loveliness) and orchids (so delicate, yet tough and sturdy).

Where is your favorite place to deliver?
I enjoy the Third Ward , there’s so much going on with all of the businesses, restaurants, living spaces and people watching…I really enjoy the variety.

Reading, good times with family and friends, bowling, billiards, darts, following professional sports, eating good food, listening to good music.

What is your favorite road music?
While delivering flowers, I switch between sports/talk radio, R&B/soul and classic rock.

Weirdest reactions to a flower delivery?
A recipient thought I was a scammer, and would not believe I was delivering flowers to him. (They were from his eye doctor…) Another time a woman in the hospital told me to go away, because she did not think anyone would send her flowers. (She eventually accepted them with a smile!)

Best reaction to a flower delivery?
When someone called me his “Lil’ Flower Homie”

Any time I receive a tip!

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Go Local for Mother’s Day!

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Ordering from a national flower company sounds easy, and all those Groupons make it seem like a great deal…until you realize that you are paying extra for a lot of little things like a card message, “processing”, delivery, etc. The flowers often arrive in a cardboard box, and your loved one then has to unpack the flowers and put them in the vase themselves. Hmmmm.

Consider the alternative.

Calling your local florist means that you get to talk to a flower expert (like all our fabulous BF team members), not a call center AND you get to custom design your floral arrangement or bouquet to your love ones’ liking. At Belle Fiori, we want your gift to surprise and delight, not “underwhelm.” We truly believe flowers can be both a beautiful and personal gift, and love getting to know our fabulous clients throughout the Southeastern Wisconsin area. So many of you have wonderful stories about your moms and what makes them special. We want to make Mother’s Day as special as your mom and we can’t think of a better way to show your love than with gorgeous, locally crafted florals.

Belle Fiori is ready to help you create the perfect gift for your mom on Mother’s Day! We custom design your order using the freshest flowers available and hand-deliver them right to her door.

Call us at 414-272-2234 and surprise Mom with some gorgeous blooms from your local Milwaukee florist!

Holiday Planning: Mother’s Day 2016

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Mother’s Day is such a beautiful holiday–one I hold near and dear to my heart as i think of all that my mom has done for me throughout the years. Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, an extra bit of encouragement, or even begrudgingly accepted advice, my mom is someone I can always count on to be there for me throughout it all. While it may seem a bit overdone that I gift my mom her favorite yellow roses every year at Mother’s Day, it’s a ritual that never loses meaning. My mom is my rock, year after year, and though I often mix up holiday gifts with other fun trinkets and vices, those yellow roses remain as constant as my mother’s unwavering support throughout my life. I never look at a yellow rose without thinking of my beautiful mother, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I hope you all have a special place in your heart for this beloved holiday whether your own mom is present in your life or not. So many times, we have clients walk in to Belle Fiori’s Milwaukee shop and order beautiful bouquets and floral arrangements for someone other than ‘mom’ around Mother’s Day. And that makes us so happy. Mom is someone who loves you unconditionally, who you look to for comfort and support, and regardless of biology or proximity, we love when people embrace the broader concept of ‘mother’ this time of year by gifting florals to aunts, special friends, and even dads who fill that special mom role in their life. We encourage you to celebrate the mother figure in your life this Mother’s Day and know that special someone will forever treasure your thinking of them.

Remember, Mother’s Day is coming up quickly and, at Belle Fiori, it’s one of our busiest holidays of the year. Give us a call today to order your arrangement or custom floral order to ensure it’s ready for May 8th!

“These are always my mom’s favorites…what about yours?” -Emily

Compost Crusaders

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For years, Belle Fiori has been working on a way to compost our piles of stems, leaves and spent flowers (They do pile up around here!). The solution was discovered by our administrative assistant JoAnn Bishop, a committed composter herself, in Milwaukee’s own Compost Crusaders.











Belle Fiori owner Emily Neubauer met with Crusaders founder Melissa Tashjan early in March, and a few days later we had our first compost tote, which we immediately filled. Emily realized that we needed to commit on a larger scale, and soon our beautiful two yard dumpster was delivered.


Our staff created “trash only” and “recycling” bins in the shop and we soon discovered how much of our waste could be diverted into compost. “Our goal is to divert 50-70% of an organization’s compostable waste” says Melissa.  We think we are well on our way to meeting that goal. And for every 20,000 lbs of raw material collected, Compost Crusaders will donate one yard of compost back to the community!

Belle Fiori joins several notable Milwaukee businesses and organizations in the quest to compost, including Braise, Outpost Natural Foods, Fuel Cafe and the Urban Ecology Center. For more information and to meet the Crusaders team, visit www.compostcrusader.com


Custom Funeral and Sympathy Arrangements from Belle Fiori

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Belle Fiori designers are known for their unique and innovative creations, but we are also becoming known for beautiful and unusual funeral and sympathy arrangements around the Milwaukee area. Our designers enjoy helping customers put together the perfect floral tribute for their loved ones, custom created to celebrate the life and unique characteristics of each individual. Stop in or call us at 414-272-2234 for a private consultation with one of our flower artists, we are happy to help with anything from simple vase of sympathy flowers to an elaborate funeral tribute.

Here are a few examples and ideas:

An assortment of tropical arrangements by Erika Herman for a gentleman who had been stationed in Hawaii.

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A custom arrangement in blues, creams and apricot for a well-known pottery artist. Designed by Erika Herman.


A gorgeous easel arrangement showcasing a fall color palette by Erika Herman.


A spring themed casket spray and urns from designer Alex Covert, featuring peonies and sumptuous garden roses. The funeral home claimed that these were the most beautiful arrangements they had ever had for a service.

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This custom urn arrangement was created by Erika Herman for a “very unique and quirky” gentleman, including cymbidium orchids, protea, star of Bethlehem, kiwi branch, parrot tulips, artichokes and air plants. The actual urn was a burled wood globe that looked right at home in this earthy, lovely environment.



We can also create an arrangement of fresh seasonal blooms that can be enjoyed at home. Check out some of our favorite creations…

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Beautiful Memories of Art in Bloom 2016

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Belle Fiori has happily survived our 8th Art in Bloom week at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where we created both an artwork inspired floral installation, as well as a gorgeously detailed floral dress for the Saturday evening fashion show. Belle Fiori has been featured at this annual event since it’s beginning, and we always look forward to seeing the artwork through a florist’s eye.

This year, we had two teams of designers for each of the projects. Team #1 was given “Untitled, 1960 by Joan Mitchell”, an abstract piece that included vivid bursts of intense color and thick, textured brushwork. Designers Alex Covert, Jennifer Nolan and Amy Reese used various concrete vessels layered with a variety of plants, using the Japanese Kokedama technique so that plants could be easily positioned. Air plants and succulents added bits of texture, color and interest, while lush groupings of blue, yellow and copper flowers drew the eye upwards. One of our favorite comments was from a museum staff member who said, “Your piece makes the painting look better!” We were also honored to have our design featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal on March 21st.


Team # 2 consisted of Erika Herman, Tama Roberts and Cecilia Zea, who put an incredible amount of time and creative energy into a beautiful floral dress for the Beauty in Bloom fashion show. The team began researching and  sketching up plans, ultimately designing a long tunic to be worn over a voluminous tulle skirt. Tama designed and constructed both garments, with the entire team spending over 40 hours hand sewing galax and ti leaves onto the tunic, then gluing individual flowers and petals into intricate, tapestry inspired patterns. The design was topped off with a lush floral headpiece created by Erika and the whole ensemble was modeled with beauty and grace by Sinceree Dixon. We could write a whole book about this dress, but we’ll let the pictures tell the story.


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Art in Bloom 2016-Begins Tomorrow at the Milwaukee Art Museum!

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It’s almost here! One of our favorite Milwaukee area events of the year begins tomorrow!

The designers at Belle Fiori are busy getting ready for Art in Bloom, the annual floral/art exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum featuring lectures, shopping, a fashion show and over 40 art inspired floral installations in the newly renovated Collection Galleries. This year, we have design teams working on two separate segments of the show.

Our “painting” team consists of Alex Covert, Jennifer Nolan and Amy Reese, who will be interpreting a Joan Mitchell abstract, with the finished installation on view from March 17th-20th.  We can’t show you our piece yet, but here is some of our past work for Art in Bloom!

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Our “dress” team consists Erika Herman, Tama Roberts and Cecilia Zea who are creating an innovative work of wearable floral art for the Saturday evening fashion show in Windhover Hall. This year’s dress design is top secret till Saturday, but feast your eyes on last year’s amazing creation! This is the second year for this fabulous addition to Art in Bloom, tickets are still available at www.mam.org/bloom


Peonies: A Belle Fiori Favorite

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Young women arrange their wedding dates around the peony’s peak growing season. Young men seek peonies in romantic hand-tied bouquets, because they’re their girlfriend’s favorite. The designers at Belle Fiori swoon when these lovely blooms are available, usually mid-May through early June. What is it that makes these flowers so appealing to our Milwaukee are clients?

Peonies can represent wealth and riches, romance and romantic love.

In China, the word peony translates to “most beautiful” and is tied to royalty and honor. They are also widely used in holiday and religious ceremonies. Chinese peony paintings are often hung in the home for good luck and in the office for good business.  The ‘complementary of opposites,’ is another traditional Chinese meaning associated with the peony, which is often understood as a positive influence for woman and man living harmoniously together.

In Greek mythology, they represent bashfulness and shame, as naughty nymphs would hide themselves in peony blooms to shield themselves from prying eyes. The English word  peony came from the word Paeon. In Greek mythology, Paeon was the physician of the Olympian gods and a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius was jealous of the popularity of his student; Zeus, the god of sky and thunder and the ruler of the Olympians of Mount Olympus, saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.

Whatever the meaning, our Southeastern Wisconsin customers are in love with peonies (and so are we!) Peonies are full, fluffy and feminine, making them the perfect focal flowers for bouquets and arrangements. One more reason to fall in love with peonies is this gorgeous poem by Mary Oliver. Enjoy!

From New And Selected Poems 

by Mary Oliver

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready

to break my heart

as the sun rises,

as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open —

pools of lace,

white and pink —

and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes

into the curls,

craving the sweet sap,

taking it away

to their dark, underground cities —

and all day

under the shifty wind,

as in a dance to the great wedding,

the flowers bend their bright bodies,

and tip their fragrance to the air,

and rise,

their red stems holding

all that dampness and recklessness

gladly and lightly,

and there it is again —

beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.

Do you love this world?

Do you cherish your humble and silky life?

Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,

and softly,

and exclaiming of their dearness,

fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,

their eagerness

to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are

nothing, forever?

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Belle Fiori Wedding Trends: The Free Form Bouquet

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Loose and airy, ethereal and romantic, the free form bouquet is a lovely and popular trend in bridal bouquets throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and the country this year. The look is soft and feminine and creates the feel of a freshly gathered bouquet with trailing foliage and interesting botanical elements, as well as gorgeous focal and accent flowers, finished off with streaming ribbons or lace.

Belle Fiori’s lead floral designer, Erika Herman, created this bouquet while taking a hands-on workshop at Floret Flowers in Mount Vernon, WA last fall. Naturally, we love everything Erika creates, but this is truly a work of art!

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A more recent design from Belle Fiori designer Alex Covert featured garden roses, heather, hyacinth, Blue Mountain thistle and succulents. This style of bouquet works well with a rustic chic, vintage garden or bohemian style wedding.

Belle Fiori will have examples of this look at the Milwaukee Magnificent Bride show this Sunday, March 6th at the Pfister Hotel. Come join us for a wonderful afternoon with some of Milwaukee’s top wedding vendors!

Check out a few more exclusive Belle Fiori free form designs below-we love how many different looks you can achieve!

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