May 30, 2014

Metal pots and planters for all your needs

Metal pots and planters continue to gain popularity in home décor and floral design, especially if you’re looking for a chic and contemporary look.  Our metal pots are available in a variety of colors and sizes, and many of them are suitable for either indoor or outdoor use.

If using them outdoors, you can rest assured that they hold up the elements and are ultra-durable and versatile. To create a pleasing display on a patio or deck, think about grouping pots of various sizes and shapes. If you’re choosing pots made from the same material, but showcasing different sizes, you can create an informal but harmonious arrangement. 

From rustic utilitarian planters to modern galvanized wall pots the selection is vast. Try to avoid positing them in a wet location, but you can make them more durable by using a clear lacquer spray paint coating on the weld seams. Our metal containers are all made from galvanized steel and then powder-coated.

For décor ideas in the home, we carry square and rectangle metal trays, round metal plates, low metal trays – all of which are perfect for creating a stunning floral display. We also carry a large assortment of planters that can easily fit in your home décor including square, round, and rectangle pots. Creative arrangements made with other botanical elements that we carry will really impress. Branches, dried flowers, pods and botanicals and even leaves and grasses create interest and texture beyond your typical home décor arrangement. Wall pots and cones can also be mounted to walls to offer a place to add interest, while leave valuable floor space vacant.

April 28, 2014

A look back at candles

Candles date back as far as 5,000 years.  The candles then were not anything like the candles we use and love today.  They consisted of straw, hemp or reed which was then soaked in fat or resin.  In the early times of candle making, candles were primarily used to light people’s homes, for night travel, and of course in religious ceremonies.  It wasn’t until the middle ages that beeswax candles were created. 

Since then we have now come up with many different materials for candles that release less smoke, and less soot.  They are also no longer used in the same way; they are no longer our main source of light, but still grow in popularity for their calming, romantic, endearing qualities. 

Even though we don’t use them to light our homes, we still need to be aware of the safety and burning information.

· Never leave a candle burring unattended and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
· Keep draughts well away and a safe distance away from flammable materials.
· If the wick is too long, shorten it – wick scissors are designed specifically for wick trimming.
· Cut off a too high edge with a knife when the wax is still warm.
· Put out the candle by extinguishing the flame with a candle snuffer or by dipping the wick into the liquid wax. Please straighten the wick afterwards. Never blow out the flame.
· Candles should be kept cool, dry and dust-free in preferably dark rooms in a way that they cannot bend.
· Before lighting a candle, clean dust and dirt off with a lint-free cloth moistened with water.

The Bolsius Rustic Pillar Candles from Botanico are top quality rated candles.  Available in 2.7” diameter, 20 colours and three standard sizes:  3”, 5” and 7.5” high.  Our candles are guaranteed to make the top of your list.  All pillars are packaged in boxes of 6.  Our extra wide tea lights come packed in 12 per bag.  The best part about a Bolsius candle is that they burn with minimal smoke. 

February 03, 2014

Botanico Potpourri

Who doesn’t love to buy something that is Canadian made ? Did you know that our potpourri is made right on site at our Botanico warehouse ?
Potpourri is a collection of many different items, all of which have a different purpose. The fixative is a vital element in a potpourri recipe – this item absorbs and retains the fragrant oils, which are used to boast the natural perfumes of the items mixed in. Without a fixative, the life (and scent) of potpourri dissipates very quickly.  Other potpourri ingredients can include flowers and petals, which add colour and fragrance. Ingredients like dried leaves, bark, seed pods, pine cones, and other dried botanicals add texture and interest.
Originally, potpourri was stored in a ceramic jar that was placed near a heat source, so the perfume expanded in the warm air. When the lid was on, the fragrance was trapped inside. Potpourri has evolved as many other things have and today, it’s valued not only for its fragrance, but for its beauty as a home décor accent.
Potpourri is quite versatile and can be used in many different ways – as bowl fillers, as an attractive element to a wreath or in a centerpiece – let your imagination run wild when designing with it. You can add candles and other elements like bark and wood to create a stunning arrangement that smells wonderful. Our potpourri is available in a variety of different color themes including white, orange, lime, burgundy, yellow, red, and mauve. We offer our potpourri mixes in various sizes including boxed, bagged and mini choices.  Check out our Potpourri section on our website to find the exact mix of potpourri that will work for your next project.

November 27, 2013

Ever wonder about shipping costs?

Considering the size of Canada, you would think that shipping freight across the country would be extremely expensive, but it’s not. In fact, it is surprisingly affordable. A single adult airfare from Toronto to Vancouver costs approximately $400, but a pallet with 1,000 lbs. of freight can cost less than half of an airfare ticket.

Depending on a number of variables including distance, volume and weight of the order, delivery time, tailgate delivery (a lift at the back of a truck), in store delivery (when a truck driver carries boxes in a store), residential delivery and oversized boxes, freight can add a lot or a little to the cost of merchandise.

At Botanico, we work with four different carriers (truck lines) for palletized freight and several courier companies for boxed orders to find the most economical freight rates for our clients. For local delivery in Metro Toronto, we use same day couriers for any order large or small. In general, our rule is – When you buy more, you save on freight. A $150.00 order may have 20 per cent freight added depending on the final destination, but a $1000.00 order to the same destination may only have a 10 per cent freight charge. Wonder why? Well, it’s because when an order gets to be a certain size, we can start using a pallet to ship.  Sending several small orders that are delivered by courier can become quite expensive.

There are other advantages to shipping large orders on pallets, aside from saving money. You can put a lot of weight on a pallet. Think of all the really heavy items like glass and basefill such as river rocks and other heavy items we carry.  There is also the advantage that your entire order arrives at the same time and in one piece – there is a lot less chance of breakage with pallet shipping.

Make sure to come back and visit our blog next week, when we continue to explain how pallet shipping is a convenient and cost effective way to deliver your next order.

August 27, 2013

Sharing our passion and commitment to what we do

At Botanico, we have over 2000 items, including a wide selection of glass and metal vases, indoor and outdoor pots and planters, and much more. We are happy to offer you convenient, cash and carry service from our warehouse, making sure your experience with Botanico will bring you back to us again.
In fact, when you first come to visit us, you may lose track of time while browsing our huge selection.  From bouquets, branches, flowers, leaves and grasses to ceramics, glass, metal, pots and planters – you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.
We’re a family business, and have been for 10 years. We would love for you to come and visit us, to understand our passion and commitment to what we do, and to hopefully leave with something beautiful.
Here’s what a few happy clients are saying about us!
“The selection at Botanico is endless. They have beautiful vases, planters and accessories, and completely original arrangements…I just wanted it all!”
“Botanico’s service is fabulous. They were so quick to help me with what I needed and ensured I was satisfied with what they helped me to create.”
“The staff at Botanico are incredibly friendly. They made me feel so comfortable, and were eager to help me find what I needed.”