“Sight To Behold” Visit

The EG crew was busily designing away this afternoon when we got a fun surprise visit from Fraser Orr, owner of our fantabulous, amazing vendor Hardins Wholesale.  We carry on a healthy phone and email relationship with Fraser and our topnotch sales rep, Wayne, discussing flower and product shipments at all times of the day, but we don’t generally get to see either of them as Hardins is located in the metropolis of Liberty and we are in Raleighwood.

The beginnings of a beautiful altar design with Hardins florals & glassware

The beginnings of a beautiful altar design with Hardins florals & glassware

Fraser dropped in to check out this week’s controlled chaos at the EG (let’s just say it is wedding & event central). With eight designers and five master preppers working away, the EG was a sight to behold. We’re thinking Fraser was impressed and hopefully approving of how all the gorgeous Hardins floral product was looking in our designs.

We talk a lot in our blog and on social media about our favorite local farms and about the specialized vendors who ship us product from all over the place-Alaska, Israel, Holland, Apex (got to plug our Carolina farms!). But the pillars of our industry don’t always get the kudos they deserve. Hardins is one of those pillars. Since 1934, Hardins has served the Carolinas and beyond with incredible flowers and a wide range of floral supplies.  As our industry has evolved into a system of specialized vendors offering narrow, focused product portfolios, there are few vendors left who can essentially cover all of a florist’s needs. From flower foam to fragrant freesia, Hardins is a florist’s one-stop-shop.

A colorful, sophisticated design by Renee utilizing an array of Hardins' products

A colorful, sophisticated design by Renee utilizing an array of Hardins’ products

On a weekly basis, Hardins provides us with amazing fresh flowers, operational supplies and an ever expanding selection of vases and gift items.  Our principal sales rep, Wayne (who also happens to be a pool shark), works closely with Lauren and Renee in sourcing the very best product for our daily, wedding and event work.  With a few clicks of a mouse or a quick phone call, Wayne can procure peonies from the Midwest, tulips from Holland and orchids from Hawaii. And when we need some fun ribbon choices and whimsical balloons Wayne can help us with those selections too. Fraser is working with us to expand the scope of our product offerings while streamlining our shipping methods to ensure that product remains in cold chain during shipping and handling. We are also working with Fraser and his principal buyer Paul to incorporate a broader range of local and seasonal products sourced through Hardins in the designs featured in our class series.

We couldn't love Wayne more! He is the best and treats us like we are his one and only customer. Nikki snapped this picture with him during a flower pick-up

We couldn’t love Wayne more! He is the best and treats us like we are his one and only customer. Nikki snapped this picture with him during a flower pick-up

Check out some of the beautiful Hardins’ blooms chillin’ in our cooler this week. Better yet, call us and place an order for a gorgeous bouquet! To learn more about Hardins, check out their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hardins-Wholesale-Florist-Supply/126682724079755 .

More About Hardin’s Wholesale From Fraser Orr

Hardin’s Wholesale Florist Supply, a wholesale distributor providing a complete source for all your floral needs. Our commitment is to provide unsurpassed service and the highest quality products.
Our commitment to the best customer service and a wide range of availability translates to one stop shopping for your needs and convenience. We are a complete service company, providing the highest quality blooming and green plants, fresh cut flowers and greens, pre-made arrangements, along with a complete line of floral supplies. We offer rapid turn-around time for orders, which makes us the obvious choice for the products you need.
At Hardin’s, your satisfaction is our goal. Your sales representative will be happy to discuss quantity discounts with you. Cut flowers and plants have volatile pricing, so please call or email us for current prices.

Perennial fall favorites-orange lilies from Hardins weekly lily assortment

Perennial fall favorites-orange lilies from Hardins weekly lily assortment

Hardin’s opened for business in 1934, when Myrtle Hardin began growing flowers in her yard and making her own floral arrangements. We began with a woman’s love of flowers and have grown to become the Carolina’s largest complete source for cut flowers, potted plants, pre-made arrangements and floral supplies.

Love this Carolina grown Sweet William from Hardins

Love this Carolina grown Sweet William from Hardins

Hardin’s state-of-the-art 80,000 square foot headquarters includes a warehouse for floral supplies, 4,000 square feet of cut flower cooler space, a 6,000 square foot designer showroom, an 8,000 square foot greenhouse, and a pre-made arrangements department. The entire inventory includes over 14,000 items, 250 plant varieties and 150 cut flower and green varieties. Our fleet of trucks travels covers a 250-mile radius, within the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. We also ship throughout the United States.

Vibrant purple lisianthus and gorgeous pink roses add pop to any bouquet

Vibrant purple lisianthus and gorgeous pink roses add pop to any bouquet

Wispy petals of perfection in seasonal Hardins mums

Wispy petals of perfection in seasonal Hardins mums