The America’s Best Flowers family has lost a very special member of our family.  Ilene Isenberg passed away on December 16.  Ilene was our perennial garden manager.  Ilene loved sharing her gardening knowledge with people.  They would leave the greenhouse with a much better understanding and appreciation of the beauty of a perennial.  Ilene was the essence of our perennial department.  Words associated with the word perennial are permanent, returning, perpetual, constant, persistent, and lasting.  Likewise, words associated with the word essence are spirit, core, heart, and soul.  What a perfect collection of words to describe Ilene.  We will miss her.