From Yacht Flowers to Clean Waterways, Dianthus cares.

Dianthus Miami, a member of the MIASF (Marine Industries Association of South Florida) was  excited to be an on-site coordinator for the 2019 Broward County Waterway Cleanup on March 2, 2019. So many water conscious locals, National Honor Society and Scout troops showed up to help clean Rotary Park and Boat launch. No stone or coconut was left unturned and the volunteers were able to fill a refuge bin in a few short hours. The weirdest item the teens found was a very long shed snake skin—thankfully no snakes! And the coolest item was a coconut that they opened and shared the juice and fruit with everyone willing to try it. A great event for the waterway, its neighbors and Rotary Park.


With Dianthus’ involvement in the world of yacht flowers, megayacht events, boat shows and more, it was our pleasure to participate in an event that brings together people of all ages who come out in their boats and along the shores to clean all kinds of debris from the waterways.

Sea you again next year!

Yacht Flowers for Luxury Charter Brokers' Cruise

Our escape is “Motoryacht Sweet Escape”—an amazing 130 ft Superyacht of pristine elegance, opulent design and sophisticated service. Dianthus Miami was invited onboard Motoryacht Sweet Escape to design and stage the yacht for their Spring Brokers Cruise with flowers and bouquets themed for Breakfast At Tiffany’s, James Bond, Art Deco Gala Dinner and a Mexican Fiesta under the stars. Dianthus Miami engaged Matea Michelangeli Photography to capture and blend every drop of sunshine and angle of our arrangements to the yacht.

Walter Vermilan, our Master Florist, Creative Designer and US Operations Manager set the wheels in motion to start writing the perfect floral recipe for each theme. Upon meeting with the yacht’s Chief Stewardess—who provided a detailed brief of the event’s organization and inspiration—flowers, pots and themed accessories were handpicked by Walter himself. The Dianthus Team also created some handmade, one of a kind pots and vases specifically for the Sweet Escape. Leaving no stone unturned, Dianthus Miami began creating the vision of “Sweet Escape”.

From the very beginning this project was magical for Team Dianthus, the sun, sea and vessel were the perfect pairings for Dianthus Miami’s swirling of endless colors, textures and themes, indoors and outdoors.

Like a fine wine, that needs the perfect glass to showcase its intricacies and hidden flavors, Dianthus Miami nestled the “Sweet Escape” to sail with our creations. With over 20 years of experience working with luxury cruise liners worldwide, our personalized megayacht services are unparalleled.

Tot Ziens Sweet Escape! Until we meet again.

How to prep the flowers for a major Oprah event

So how does a company begin to plan for Oprah’s arrival? The same way you would prepare for an event with the Royal Family—both of which we are experts at. First you start by jumping up and down with excitement and anticipation. Then, when you finally come back down to reality; your fingers take to the keyboard to research and collect the fine details of the event and her requests.

Oprah has amazing taste, as the world knows, and when it comes to flowers; they are no exception.  Only the finest; tulips, hydrangeas, garden roses and peonies had to be ordered from Holland and flown into Miami. So immediately, orders were prepared, growers were contacted and the international certificates of Agriculture and Customs all were put in progress.

Thousands of fresh flowers, specific greenery and the perfect matching vases and pots were all ordered.

Ten thousand delicate white frilly tulips, five thousand pink, butter yellow, cream, white, orange and periwinkle garden roses, two thousand pink, white, cream and dark pink peonies, eight hundred white, cream, light pink, carnation pink along with light and dark blue hydrangeas. This is just a portion of the list that made up our “sea” of flowers loaded on the Nieuw Statendam for her Christening and Oprah’s Girl’s Getaway.

Once the flowers were ordered we had to plan on how many staff members it would take to make everything happen; both on land and sea. The Nieuw Statendam will always sail with a team of two “Onboard Dianthus Florists” and a complete full-service flower shop. However, for this major event, additional team members were flown in from the Amsterdam office, vacations were shifted, visas, flights and hotels all had to be confirmed. In total the team was composed of nine Dianthus employees (five from the Amsterdam office and four from Dianthus Miami) plus two onboard florists for a total of eleven hands-on, with the rest of the Amsterdam office supporting us through the whole process.

Planning for an Oprah event involves everyday follow up for months before the actual date. Weeks before the flower deliveries, the warehouse and coolers are organized, delivery trucks are maintained, the warehouse is re-organized to accommodate the design space needed to create our masterpieces.

Dianthus worked around the clock a week in advance of the Nieuw Statendam’s Christening and Oprah’s Girl’s Getaway. One-of-a-kind, handmade custom planters were made and painted. Master florists worked from sunrise past sunset to create the floral designs. Floral temperatures were constantly monitored, tubs full of oasis were soaking overnight, pizzas were ordered and Uber Eats was on speed dial while copious amounts of Dutch Coffee kept the team going.

When the big day finally arrived, Dianthus was ready to impress and everything was delivered, installed and perfectly set up. With over 20 years of cruising experience, Dianthus Miami is ready to undertake your floral project. Give us a call and share your vision, we’ll take care of the rest.

Tot Zeins!

Dianthus Creates Boat Show Flowers Worldwide
Walter Vermilan and Amy Kreft of Dianthus Miami at the 2019 Miami Yacht Show

Walter Vermilan and Amy Kreft of Dianthus Miami at the 2019 Miami Yacht Show

Dianthus Miami comes to life when vessels are near. Shape, size and color only add to the endless possibilities of exquisite floral designs to enhance the beauty and sophistication of any yacht. “Flowers are the elements of gracious living on land and sea”. Dianthus Miami uses that mentality to create opulent designs on Luxury Cruise Liners and Super Yachts worldwide daily.

Be it Cruise Ship Christenings, launches and Grand Voyages, Dianthus International and Miami have perfected the art of Floral Designs at sea.

Dianthus Miami attended the Miami Yacht Show 2019

Dianthus Miami attended the Miami Yacht Show 2019

Team Dianthus has embraced several Yacht Shows this year including; Monaco, FLIBS, Miami and upcoming Palm Beach. Flowers speak for themselves, without saying a word. Take Red Roses for example, you automatically think of love. Dianthus Miami can send the perfect message and set the tone of your vessel with our floral designs. Tell us what you are trying to capture and we will deliver.