Garden of Joy

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We'll all be looking for ways to bring more joy, happiness and laughter into our lives in 2021.  And nothing delights quite like a bed of flowers with bright, cheerful "faces and eyes" that are sure to make you smile in return.

With their boldly bicolored faces, Pansies and Violas both seem to perpetually grin back at you, while Violas have a subtly sweet fragrance that can instantly boost one's mood.  If you're looking for a surefire way to keep your spirits up, simply surround yourself with gorgeous blooms that inspire smiles for days!


Studies have shown that a presentation of flowers always elicits a Duchenne Smile (1).  Rather than a polite social smile, the Duchenne smile is an eye-crinkling smile of pure happiness and enjoyment.  This mood-boosting expression - first identified by French neurologist Guillaume Duchenne - is characterized by a raised mouth and cheeks, and lines formed around the eyes and mouth.

Happiness in Bloom


"You can grow a wide variety of vibrant flowers together in your garden, then pair blooms of the same shade together to create beautiful and tasteful bouquets for your home.  Try using softer pinks in the bedroom for a serene feel and bright yellows or oranges in the kitchen to brighten up the space."

-Kelly Edwards, Lifestyle Expert & HGTV Veteran

1 An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers - Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Holly Hale Rosario, Patricia Wilson, Terry R. McGuire, 2005

May 24, 2021