May 30th, 2017
Posted in : Feed the Bees

Feed the Bees – Seeds of Appreciation for our local bees

Feed the Bees Program - Divine Vines

We all love flowers. But there are few creatures on the planet that love beautiful blooms more than bees. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about the world’s favourite, flower-loving insects. Unfortunately, most of the talk is about how bee populations are in danger. Pesticide use, climate change and habitat destruction are all contributing to declining bee populations the world over.

This doesn’t just mean less honey. Bees are important pollinators that are essential to helping farmers grow the food we eat every day, including fruits and vegetables, oils, cocoa beans and tea and coffee.

Seeds of Appreciation for our local bees

At Divine Vines, we want to help our customers do their part to provide local bees a safe haven with our “Feed the BEES” program.  Divine Vines customers will receive free packets of wildflower seeds made specially to attract bees. Show your appreciation to these amazing little creatures by sprinkling our wildflower mix in patio pots, garden beds or anywhere flowers are desired.

“Recently, more customers are asking about flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds,” says Divine Vines owner Marie Oyama. “There is a lot of concern that our bee population is dwindling due to the chemicals used to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers.”

Bees love flowers in a variety of shapes and colours. Purple, blue, white and yellow are the often preferred colours, while a variety of shapes attract different bee species with different tongue lengths. Native plants are preferred by native bees and more exotic plants attract honeybees.

The Divine Vines “Feed the BEES” free seed mix includes Lavender Hyssop, Rockcress, New England Aster, Beeplant, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Dwarf Cosmos, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Purple Coneflower, Aspen Daisy, California Poppy, Annual Gaillardia, Globe Gilia, Tidy Tips, Sweet Alyssum, Bergamot, Forget-Me-Not, Baby Blue Eyes, Corn Poppy and Ohio Spiderwort.

We know Divine Vines customers appreciate beautiful blooms almost as much as bees do. Not only will this mix attract beneficial pollinators to your yard (you may even see some butterflies and hummingbirds stopping by to feed from your wildflower bed), it will add a variety of shapes and colours to your home garden. And many of the flowers will return year after year, providing you with a low-maintenance garden that’ll also keep the bees happy. 

The Divine Vines boutique flower shop is located in Vancouver’s elite Yaletown neighbourhood and is proud to serve customers from within Vancouver and beyond. From weddings and corporate events to personally crafted arrangements for that special someone, Divine Vines strives to create unique, one-of-a-kind floral creations for any occasion.

Divine Vines customers will receive free packets of wildflower seeds made specially to attract bees providing our local bees a safe haven with our “Feed the BEES” program. 

Come by our store today or add to your order online here


Luxurious floral arrangements for a night of cognac and cuisine

Divine Vines is well-known for their beautiful floral arrangements for weddings and private events, but they’ve also got a reputation for providing exquisite displays for corporate clients. Recently, Divine Vines was invited to add their special touch to the Remy Martin Bon Vivant dinner at Hy’s Steakhouse in Vancouver.


Remy Martin, the prestigious makers of cognac with a history dating back to 1724, joined with Hy’s Steakhouse, Canada’s premier steakhouse since 1955, to host 24 of Vancouver’s most influential lifestyle, fashion, food and media personalities to enjoy some of the rarest cognac in the world. The menu of the evening included steak tartare, filet mignon with mushroom and foie gras sauce, and impressively flambéed bananas foster.  Alongside the impeccable appetizers, main course and desserts expertly prepared by Hy’s Steakhouse’s experienced chefs, guests enjoyed Remy Martin cognac cocktails and were treated to a taste of the company’s 100-year old, barrel-aged Louis XIII, which sells for $6500.

“To create the look and feel of luxury we of course used Vancouver’s Florist Divine Vines to help create the perfect centrepieces that added to the ambiance,” says Kelsey Klassen, Regional Marketing Manager for Remy Cointreau.


To match the extravagant tastes on offer and the luxurious red-velvet and Persian rug atmosphere of the steakhouse, Divine Vines created custom floral arrangements of deep reds and golds. Antique gold bowls held lush red roses and gerberas, with red anthuriums and burgundy cymbidium orchid blooms. Gold-brushed B.C.-native salal leaves and Asian pieris florets provided a bed of complimentary colour to the bowls bursting with red. The gold and red bouquets were then placed as a row of centrepieces down the family-style table shared by guests.


Bouquet of Kindness – Community in Bloom program brings joy to Yaletown residents

“Oh great!  My favourite day of the week!  Nothing makes me feel better than playing with flowers”.

“I love making flower arrangements.  Waking up to see flowers on my bedside table puts a smile on my face in the morning”.

“Those flowers sure smell good”.

“Ooooohhh!  Look at all the colours!  They are so beautiful”!

These are just some of the comments staff at Yaletown House hear from residents about the Divine Vines Bouquet of Kindness – Community in Bloom program.


Every Tuesday morning, Divine Vines welcomes a Yaletown House resident and volunteer with bunches of free flowers to take back to the Vancouver complex care facility. Yaletown House cares for people who are no longer able to live independently due to illness such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease, mental health or physical challenges. For the last eight years, Divine Vines has been donating flowers to residents through its Bouquet of Kindness – Community in Bloom program.

When Divine Vines creates its custom, one­ of­ a ­kind floral creations for customers, the flowers must be at their peak of freshness.  Other flower shops may throw out flowers that are past their prime, but with its Bouquet of Kindness – Community in Bloom program, Divine Vines has found a way to reduce waste and help the community. Divine Vines donates the not­ quite­ perfect flowers to Yaletown House so residents can use them in flower arranging and enjoy fresh bouquets every week.


Opus Hotel shines at wedding show with Divine Vines florals

As one of Vancouver’s most trusted wedding florists, Divine Vines partnered with Opus Hotel for their display at the recent Just Add Love Wedding Show. The February event was the second one for this locally focused show that bills itself as “the little wedding show with big heart.”

wedding flowers - wedding floral bouquets - opus hotel -  Just Add Love Wedding Show


Opus Hotel, one of the world’s premiere boutique hotels, was one of over 30 vendors, photographers, planners and caterers featured at this event which is dedicated to highlighting local businesses. Divine Vines provided the finishing touch to the Opus Hotel booth with a custom-made bouquet, highlighting Opus as the perfect venue choice for an intimate Vancouver wedding. The Opus Hotel interior is known for its rich, vibrant colours including deep purples, reds and pinks.  Divine Vines created a bouquet to reflect Opus Hotel’s signature colours and style with roses, ranunculi, orchids, mini roses and carnations in a Victorian ceramic vase. The result was a romantic, yet modern look that perfectly complemented the wedding show’s venue, Heritage Hall. The bouquet attracted show-goers to the Opus table to enter contests, sample delicate pink meringues, and learn about all Opus has to offer as a wedding venue.


Mar 7th, 2015

Divine Vines named among best florists in Vancouver

Divine Vines was recently honoured with recognition from the West Ender newspaper’s 18th annual Best of the City readers’ poll. Every year the poll asks readers from throughout Vancouver to rank their favourite businesses around town. Thousands of Vancity dwellers send in their votes for the best of the best in categories like food, entertainment, and of course, florals.

Vancouver Best Florist - Voted Top Flower shop in Vancouver

This year, Divine Vines was ecstatic to learn customers had ranked them among the top two florists in Downtown, Gastown or Yaletown.

“It’s truly an honour to be voted as one of the best florists in Vancouver,” said Marie Oyama, owner and operator of Divine Vines contemporary floral design. “At Divine Vines, we work hard to provide customers with the perfect, customized arrangement to suit any need. I’d like to thank our many loyal clients for voting and making this Best in the City award possible.”

Since opening in 2006, Divine Vines has established itself as a Yaletown institution, serving the surrounding neighbourhood, the West End and beyond. Divine Vines has made a name for itself among customers with its fresh, unique, contemporary designs that always provide the perfect touch of elegance and whimsy.

The Vancouver florist offers everything from personal flower delivery and wedding arrangements to seasonal gifts and customized centerpieces for large-scale events. Divine Vines has been the go-to florist for some of Vancouver’s most high-profile weddings, as well has having its work featured in Wedluxe and Trendy Bride magazines.

Divine Vines prides itself on a keen attention to detail and dedication to perfection that sets it apart from other local florists. For those who have had the joy of sending or receiving a Divine Vines custom bouquet, it will be no surprise that the Vancouver florist has ranked among the best flower shops in the city.

Check out all the results of the West Ender’s 18th annual Best in the City poll here, or pick up the March 19th collector’s edition pocket guide to have the best of all Vancouver has to offer at your fingertips whenever you’re looking for the best place to eat, the best place to shop, or the best place to get a one-of-a-kind custom floral arrangement.


Dec 7th, 2014

The Holidays are near, but what shall we do?

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all over the city,
Vancouver homes hummed a holiday ditty.
But one Christmas couple were feeling distraught,
For festive gift-giving plans they had not.

“We still need a gift for the host of that dinner!
And a gift for the neighbours, but time, it grows thinner!


Dec 1st, 2014

Great things to do This “Holiday Season” in Vancouver

(Photo: VanDusen Botanical Gardens)

The holiday season in Vancouver is upon us! Though we may not live in a snowy winter wonderland, there are still plenty of ways for Vancouverites to get into the festive feel with events happening all month long around the city.The VanDusen Botanical Gardens holds its Festival of Lights again this year. Stroll through the holiday florals in the beautifully manicured gardens bedecked in a million glittering lights and see a different side to this horticultural hot spot.

Spend Christmas in the clouds atop Grouse Mountain. Enjoy an enchanted sleigh ride through the wintry alpine forest, visit Santa’s workshop and finish off the visit with a skate on the magical mountain-top pond.


Nov 6th, 2014

November 11th – Remembrance Day

Remember our veterans and soldiers this November 11th.

Our veterans and soldiers are to be commended for their valor and courage. Thank you for protecting us and making our lives safe. To show your appreciation to our veterans and soldiers, take part in a Remembrance Day service.

There are services in several locations around the city of Vancouver – these are a few locations…


Bouquets for a night of beer and burlesque – Beerlesque IV at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Centre

At this year’s Craft Beer Week, Vancouver florist Divine Vines had the pleasure of sponsoring one of the premiere, week-topping events. Beerlesque is a sultry night for the senses, featuring selections from local microbreweries alongside talented burlesque dancers and other titillating entertainment.

flowers bouquets for beerlesque 4 vancouver roundhouse

This was the fourth year for the Beerlesque show and it shows no sign of losing popularity, with tickets going for only $49 per person.   This year’s lineup included local darlings of the burlesque scene Nicky Ninedoors, Melody Mangler and Lola Frost. As for the beer, recognizable brands like Driftwood and Hoyne mingled among some newcomers like Four Winds and Copper and Theory.

 Vancouver Floral Bouquets at Beerlesque 4 Roundhouse Community Centre

Divine Vines donated one-of-a-kind floral arrangements for this unique event, helping to put the finishing touches on the whimsical carnival atmosphere. The flower arrangements played in contrast to the rich colours and textures associated with burlesque costumes and performance spaces. Among the corsets, feather boas, miniature top hats and glittering bodices, Divine Vines’ floral bouquets adorned the room in crisp whites, delicate pinks, and fresh greens. Flowers included white hydrangea, cymbidium orchid, lisianthus and skimmia set in vibrant green vases.


Nov 14th, 2013

Elegant wedding florals featured on Trendy Bride

Elegant Wedding florals featured on Trendy Bride

Vancouver Wedding Flowers - Divine Vines Wedding Florals

When Luna and Ayo were planning their special day, they knew just the place to go for their Vancouver wedding florals. Popular wedding blog Trendy Bride recently featured the wedding of Luna and Ayo, a couple whose classic style was beautifully accentuated by the floral arrangements designed by Vancouver florist Divine Vines.

Being a couple with elegance and sophistication, Luna and Ayo decided to go with an all-white theme for their Vancouver wedding florals. The lovely October ceremony was held at the Fairview Baptist Church where tall hurricane vases brimming with white phalaenopsis orchid blooms lined the bridal path. Each vase gave off a soft glow as a single floating candle shone out from among the exotic flowers.

Ayo stood at the alter, awaiting his bride, a single white orchid in his lapel sitting in beautiful contrast to his classic black tuxedo. The groomsmen at his side wore small white cala lillies, mirroring the bridesmaids who each carried a dainty bouquet of the sleek, yet sensual blooms.


Mar 28th, 2012

Bliss, Love, Flowers….and a Beautiful February Wedding

Sweet Pea Photography –

February 2012,  Divine Vines was pleased to help Emma and Will make their dream wedding a reality.  The couple, joined by friends and family, exchanged promises of love and loyalty on February 25th at St Andrew Wesley United Church in Vancouver and Divine Vines was there at every step, adorning the special day with beautifully blooming winter wedding florals.

Sweet Pea Photography –


Emma’s dress is a simple and romantic design, so Divine Vines created a bouquet to reflect this classic style. The bride carried a dainty, feminine, hand-tied bouquet in all white florals. Fragrant tulips, ranunculus, anemones and hydrangea, enhanced with gold filigree leaves, made a gorgeous addition to Emma’s look and highlighted the unique beauty of the winter wedding aesthetic. When she entered the room, all eyes turned to the brilliance of the bride-to-be.



Feb 7th, 2012

Valentine’s Day reminds us to appreciate those who give us that fuzzy feeling.

Valentines Day is almost here and Divine Vines wants to help you celebrate all the love in your life. From family to friends to partners for life, Valentine’s Day reminds us to appreciate those who give us that fuzzy feeling.

As mid-winter approaches, what better time for a holiday celebrating love and intimacy? Valentine’s Day is a welcome reason to cuddle up and forget your February blues. Hide away from winter with someone you love.


Feb 1st, 2012
Posted in : Who Knew?

ROSES – and why we love them….

Roses evoke romance, love & beauty. Revered for its velvety petals and heavenly scent, it is desired in the home and garden. Roses are grown all over the world to supply the demands of the flower market. Long lasting Ecuadorean and Columbian roses are desired by florists and rose lovers of the twenty-second century. They open to lush,full blooms 3-4 inches in diameter. They lend themselves to classic arrangements as well the mod, contemporary designs of today.


Nov 26th, 2011

Covenant House Charity Gala – “Night of new beginnings”

On November 24th, Divine Vines was honoured to be a part of The Night of New Beginnings, a Covenant House Charity Gala event. As one of Vancouver’s premiere florists, Divine Vines provided floral displays for the high-profile gala, which invited guests to enjoy appetizers and cocktails at the beautiful Vancouver Art Gallery.


Mar 10th, 2011

Marie Oyama…Retail Entrepreneur Award Winner…

MARIE OYAMA – Owner, Divine Vines (Modern Contemporary Flowers – Yaletown) …was recently featured in Business in Vancouver  Employment Paper in their “Success Stories”  featuring her presentation of the very prestigious honour of “Retail Entrepreneur Award Winner” this year for her outstanding achievements and entrepreneurship!


Dec 18th, 2010

The “Grinch Tree” adorn the tables and interiors of the Global Group

The Divine Vines "Famous Grinch" Tree at the Global Group Restaurants

We were so very delighted to provide the Global Group Restaurants in Vancouver with our famous Divine Vines “Grinch Tree”. Our Grinch Trees adorn the tables and interiors of the Global Grill, the Italian Kitchen, the Coast Restaurant, Sanafir, the Trattoria Kitchen and Society. Thank you Global Group Restaurants!


Aug 13th, 2010


A phaleanopsis orchid plant that has pale, limp leaves are suffering from heat and over watering. The phaleanopsis likes to be in indirect light, such as north, northeast, and northwest. It really doesn’t like being close to a window. Glass will magnify heat and cold, which causes harm to the phaleanopsis orchid plant. It will thrive even in the darkest corners of your home or office.

Remove the badly damaged leaves that are very soft. The leaves that are still firm to the touch may plump back up with some TLC. If you have healthy roots, they are rounded and firm to the touch and grayish in colour with greenish tips.  This orchid plant might bounce back, but it may take a few weeks to see some real improvement.


Jul 14th, 2010
Posted in : Plant Care

Choosing and keeping a Phalaenopsis orchid plant healthy – Part 2

As an orchid plant lover, I recommend choosing a plant with 3 or 4 open blooms and at least as many flower buds, for the enjoyment of 8 to 12 weeks of flowering. If you are lucky, your phalaenopsis orchid plant can bloom for as long as 16 weeks or more! You will enjoy an orchid plant in full bloom for approximately 4 to 8 weeks.


Jun 28th, 2010

WedLuxe Magazine features Divine Vines floral in an “Afternoon in Eden”

Divine Vines floral in an “Afternoon in Eden”

We love it!!! Divine Vines was so very proud to be highlighted on the first page of WEDLUXe’s ‘Daydream Issue” feature article “Afternoon in Eden”. Our chic and sophisticated cascade bouquet was inspired by imagining the visions of the luscious Gardens of Eden.


Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in : Plant Care

Caring for a Phalaenopsis Orchids – Part 1

Caring for a Phalaenopsis Orchid plant after it finishes its first flowering.

When a phalaenopsis orchid plant finishes blooming, trim the flower stem just underneath the first bloom and above the first leaf node. It is possible for a new flower stem to branch out from the leaf node. A lot of patience is required though, as it takes a few weeks, while the plant works hard to produce more flowers. Put your plant in a room with an east or northeast exposure and ignore it.


Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in : Who Knew?

Who Knew? Add some fresh flowers and business goes up…

Flowers are creating successful and creative businesses!

Productive workforces in business today are filling their offices with flowers and plants. The addition of mother natures beautiful plants in businesses, are aiding in improved creativity and increasing higher levels of energy for employees. Overall performance is vastly improved which is increasing the bottom line.