We are privileged to work for a wide variety of clients who use green plants and floral displays for special events. Often, we provide plants around a banquet room, and florals for tables. Sometimes we decorate a church or other venue for weddings. One of the relationships we are most proud of is our long history working with Michigan State University, particularly decorating commencement stages. Because of the size of the University and the complexity of their needs, planning starts months in advance. Commencement dates are set two years or more ahead. Our client is the Provost’s office, but our communication is with the landscape designer in charge of the event, and with the stage managers at the various venues where ceremonies are held.
We have learned what species give the best show at a distance while looking attractive up- close. We understand the importance of avoiding highly fragrant flowers or those that carry a lot of pollen, to be sure speakers and guests are not burdened by allergic reactions. We embrace the importance of arriving on time for both installation and takedown, often bringing teams of a half dozen skilled workers to be sure we are speedy. It is not unusual at fall commencement to be clearing plants from one end of the Breslin center stage while the stage itself is already being disassembled at the other end, soon to be followed by the person driving the floor cleaning machine and then the crew laying the basketball floor and locking it into place. A well -coordinated team of people makes this possible. We work with our foliage growers in Florida and flowering plant suppliers in West Michigan to supply large numbers of matching items at the right stage of maturity and color. Typically, we decorate three major stages and sometimes more. We also work with large departments on campus who hold their own unique ceremonies a week after the main MSU events, as well as working with Lansing Community College, Olivet College and sometimes even the University of Michigan, as well as several local high schools. The volume of plants we source for the commencement season means we have depth of stock for summer weddings, galas and conferences in April, May and June and all manner of Luaus, graduation parties and patio parties. It is a joy to help make the commencement experience beautiful for graduates and their families.