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.”

August 06, 2013

Wood, wood and more wood

Wood has a natural way of making your home look and feel cozier, especially when you compliment it with other natural materials. Now we’re not saying to drag a log or tree stump into your living room or move into a log cabin. Instead, let’s take a look at the selection of wood and branches that we carry to see how you can incorporate this natural element into your design work and home décor.
A birch pedestal can be used to accentuate any décor, as well as providing a stable perch to place an arrangement. Birch bark can be used to wrap containers and large birch branches cab be used to add height to containers and even wall décor by securing several branches in a row to the wall.
Driftwood and wood trays can be used as a base to create stunning floral decorations. They can also do double duty as a rustic candle holder. 
We have a plethora of branches, stems, twigs and sticks – bamboo, birch, Acai branches, banana sticks, buriti, berry sweet hucks, coco curly, willow, curly rattan, as well as reed cane, ting and yucca poles. Choose from natural branches, lacquered, coloured, and let your imagination go soar. When you see the different textures, colours and branching lines and patterns, you’re sure to find instant inspiration. 
Cork provides an elegant natural look while remaining environmentally friendly. Our cork products like our cork cylinders and bark are 100 per cent renewable. Once the cork has been harvested, the bark immediately begins to renew itself. This ensures that trees aren’t harmed during harvest.

July 26, 2013

Fabulous floral feather craze

Feathers are everywhere. From feather hair extension and jewelry to home décor and bouquets, feathers are no longer limited to costumes or haute couture. 
Were feathers always fashionable? Evidence of wearing feathery plumes has been traced back to Neanderthals and Native Americans. Not to mention feathery boas, bonnets, headbands, and jewelry worn by Mary Antoinette, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Rihanna.  Feathers are vibrant, eye-catching, fun and unconventional, so it’s not surprising to see them being used in floral design and home décor.
If you’re looking for something to add an extra touch of excitement to your arrangements, look no further than feathers…and Botanico.
We carry a wide selection of feathers to compliment any design or décor. From ostrich, peacock, pheasant, and guinea – we have feathers in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours. Not to mention some wispy and whimsical items like feather wreaths and feather balls.
To add some whimsy to your design work, come and see our selection of feathers. You’re sure to find something that will tickle your creativity!

July 08, 2013

Make your decor dreams a reality

Whether you want to beautify the bathroom or liven up the living room, we’ve got décor tips that will help you add interest to any room in your home or client’s homes.
Tip 1: You can place your dried arrangement anywhere
Dried botanical arrangements will look great anywhere – inside and out.  They are extremely durable, and will remain in place and as beautiful as ever no matter where you choose to keep them.  Choose a variety of dried botanicals with different shapes, colours and textures to add interest to your arrangements.
Tip 2: Use containers with removable inserts
Containers with removable inserts are great because they allow you the chance to change your décor at any time, without having to go out and buy a new, separate holder. Replace your current insert with a new one at any time – hassle free.  Come and visit us to see the huge array of containers we offer with removable inserts. You’re sure to be inspired!
Tip 3: Get help with design and arrangement
Trying to design a floral arrangement takes time. Botanico can help lighten your work load. Our in-house design team can help to create a beautiful arrangement personalized just for you. Making the process easy, you’ll leave with a complete arrangement that just needs a place to call home. We have a vast selection of arrangements – each piece has been masterfully crafted by our in-house designers.
We’ve helped with hotel, window, and garden displays and have assisted florists and designers with their design and arrangement needs and deadlines.