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Local florist brightens lives during 'petal it forward' event

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 12, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Nita Storer, right, hugs Amie Lee of Shelley's Flowers & Gifts after receiving a surprise bouquet in the "Petal It Forward" event Oct. 11.

Waldoboro — A Waldoboro florist took to the streets Oct. 11, handing out dozens of flowers to busy commuters to help brighten up their week.

As part of the "Petal it Forward" program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists, Shelley Pease, owner of Shelley’s Flowers & Gifts, and employees handed out 32 bouquets during their stops at Dunkin' Donuts, Moody's, and Townline Video Plus.

Pease joined more than 200 florists across the country in the event. This random-acts-of-kindness effort is in response to the release of data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers, according to a press release.

“We see the positive impact day in and day out when we make our flower deliveries,” Pease said. “People love to get flowers ‘just because,’ so we wanted to create random smiles today, and give people a chance to do the same for someone else.”

Pease and helpers Amie Lee and Pam Cartier not only spread happiness to lucky Waldoboro residents who received the flowers, but armed them with an extra flower bouquet to share with a loved one, coworker or even a stranger.

"People remember what it feels like to get flowers," Pease said. "It can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one," she said.

And that is exactly what happened with the recipients, who were pleasantly surprised by the gesture.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Shelley Pease, owner of Shelley's Flowers & Gifts of Waldoboro, hands Ralph Grant a couple of bouquets Oct. 11 as part of the "Petal It Forward" event being held across the country. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Cynthia Trone, left, smiles with surprise as she receives two bouquets from Amie Lee in front of Moody's Diner Oct. 11. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
All smiles are, from left, Amie Lee, Harry Storer, Nita Storer and Shelley Pease. Pease's business, Shelley's Flowers & Gifts, joined hundreds of florists across the country in the "Petal It Foward" event Oct. 11. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Estelle Rackliff, right, "Petals It Forward" to Brianna Willis outside Dunkin' Donuts in Waldoboro Oct. 11. The surprise moment was made possible by Shelley's Flowers & Gifts, which participated in the "Petal It Forward" event by handing out 32 floral bouquets to unsuspecting people. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 12, 2017 13:47

wonderful! Smiles all around!

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