Homestead-based orchid growers make a difference for grieving families through horticulture

THE LOSS OF a child by any event is sorrowful to parents, other relatives and friends. A group known as The Compassionate Friends focuses on consoling families who have lost children. They enlisted the help of Silver Vase, Inc. of Homestead, FL who has joined them by donations of flowers, specifically orchids.

The Compassionate Friends, Miami Chapter, holds a special lighting of candles ceremony every December for grieving families of deceased children. Silver Vase, Inc. gives orchid plants to parents who have recently lost children and to volunteers at the observance. They also supply beautiful orchid centerpieces for the event.

The type of orchid donated is the phalaenopsis orchid because it lasts a long time and blooms repeatedly. The vibrant life and recurring bloom of the flower turned out to be very reassuring to grieving families.

Silver Vase didn’t expect how impactful their donations would be, but they quickly learned that families genuinely felt comforted by the beautiful and lively flower. It was eye-opening to see the incredibly positive response brought about from the flower donations.

Silver Vase also works with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and sells related products in hopes of raising awareness for breast cancer. Ten percent of the profits from these sales is donated to the foundation, and this year’s donations are expecting to surpass $20,000.

Silver Vase takes pride in helping people and giving back to communities while cultivating the finest orchids available. In our office, we try to do the right thing by our clients. I have found over the decades there are many folks in agriculture who do the same, and this is just one example. To learn more about Silver Vase and their charitable work, visit



BIO: Michael Martin of Martin Law Office in Lakeland specializes in agriculture and environmental legal representation. A native of Polk County, Mike attended college at Sewanee in Tennessee, before obtaining a doctorate in law from the University of Florida. He haas tried numerous cases nationwide since that time. Mike also serves as the director of the FFA Foundation and is the author of the novel, The Crestfallen Rose.