Flowers for Teacher Appreciation: A Unique Way To Say Thank You

March 2, 2023

Teachers play an essential role in shaping the minds of our future generations. They work hard to provide the best education for their students, and their efforts shouldn’t go unnoticed.

But picking the perfect gift to show appreciation for the teachers in your life feels a little tricky — you want to gift them something unique, but you also want to be practical. 

Whether you’re preparing a gift for teacher appreciation week or the end of the school year, flowers are the perfect gift for teacher appreciation.

Not convinced? 

Continue reading as we go over the best plants and flowers for teacher appreciation, what they symbolize, and how you can put a unique spin on your teacher appreciation gifts. 

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Are Flowers a Good Gift for Teachers?

Absolutely! Flowers are a wonderful gift to show your teachers that you appreciate them. 

Imagine getting gifts every year from 25+ students. Imagine each student bringing in a coffee mug, tumbler, or candle. In four years, a teacher could easily have 100+ coffee mugs in their cabinets! 

Instead, opt for an untraditional gift that shows the teachers in your life that you put thought into your gift, and truly appreciate all that they do for students. 

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What Flowers Are Good for Showing Appreciation?

You really can’t go wrong with gifting flowers as an appreciation gift.

While pink roses generally symbolize appreciation, there are dozens of flowers and plants that are perfect for showing appreciation to the teachers in your life. 

Whether you choose flowers based on your teachers’ unique style or you choose a bouquet of flowers based on what they symbolize — almost any type of flower will catch their attention and show that you put an effort into picking an out-of-the-ordinary gift.

3 Teacher Appreciation Flower Ideas

#1: Traditional Bouquets 

Brighten up your favorite teachers’ day with a bouquet of colorful, seasonal flowers.  

At Botanica Floral + Home, we can create a bouquet unique to your teacher's personality and teaching style.


We’ll help you pick out the appropriate flowers and decor that add a special touch that says, “I appreciate you.” Contact us or stop by our shop today.



Sunflowers make excellent teacher appreciation gifts. Their bright, beautiful yellow golds are sure to put a smile on almost anyone’s face — especially your teachers’. 

Sunflowers symbolize loyalty, longevity, and adoration, traits your teacher likely embodies. By gifting a bouquet of sunflowers for teacher appreciation, you’re showing that you admire their hard work and dedication. 

If you’re looking for a bouquet that is low maintenance and long-living, a bouquet of sunflowers is the way to go. 


A bouquet of dahlias is another excellent option for showing appreciation to your teachers. Dahlias symbolize elegance, dignity, and grace. They are known for their longevity and are often used in formal settings. 

Dahlias come in a wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes — making them the ideal choice if you’re looking to create a colorful, unique bouquet that fits your teacher’s personality and or teaching style. 

These flowers generally bloom mid-summer to late fall — perfect for recognizing your teachers when the school year begins!


flower for teacher appreciation week

Iris flowers come in many different shapes and color patterns — which is just one of the reasons they make perfect personalized flowers for teacher appreciation. 

Their unique structure and intricate layers make them a visually appealing addition to a teacher’s desk or classroom. 

Iris bouquets are long-lasting, so this appreciation gift can serve as a reminder of the life-long impact teachers have on students' lives. Show your appreciation for your teachers’ dedication, support, and guidance to their students by gifting them an iris bouquet. 


Marigolds come in vibrant reds, yellows, and orange colors.

Though marigolds aren’t often found in bouquets alone, these fiery-colored flowers are associated with positivity, joy, and warmth and make a beautiful addition to a bouquet for teacher appreciation.  

Adding marigolds to a flower bouquet can be a thoughtful and creative way to show a teacher how much you appreciate their hard work, dedication, and positive influence on your academic and personal growth.

#2: Flowers Based on The Subject They Teach

Maybe you’re struggling to decide on the type of flowers you want to send to show appreciation. You don’t want to try and guess the kinds of flowers they like — or don’t like — but you want to give them a unique gift. 

A fun way to choose appreciation flowers for your teachers is to base it on the subject they teach. 

Does the teacher need something easy to care for because they spend more time outside of the classroom than in it? Are you a parent sending flowers to your small child’s teacher and want to make it a fun treat for everyone in the classroom? 

Check out some of the ideas below for inspiration! 

Venus Fly Trap

Science teachers — and students — will get a thrill out of receiving a Venus fly trap as a token of appreciation. Venus fly traps can be a practical, educational, and thoughtful appreciation gift for more reasons than one. 

Their unique mechanisms for capturing insects for nutrition make them a fun, hands-on addition to any science classroom. These serve as an excellent teaching tool for explaining topics like: 

Because Venus flytraps are low-maintenance plants that require minimal care, they are a very practical choice for a teacher who does not have the time to care for their plants. 

Looking for more cool plants to send to your science-loving teacher? Check out these “creepy” plants that will have your whole class interested in how and why they look the way they do. 


roses teachers appreciation

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet." — Shakespeare

English literature teachers will admire your thoughtfulness when you bring them a bouquet of roses to show your appreciation. After all, Shakespeare references the flower over 70 times in his work. 

Show your teacher that as a student, you value their efforts and have inspired your love for literature with a bouquet of yellow roses — which signify friendship and admiration — and a Shakespearean quote for the perfect teacher appreciation gift. 

If you know your teacher is a fan of gardening, consider taking things a step further and showing your appreciation with a yellow rose bush. 

#3: Potted Plants: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Looking for a long-lasting gift? 

Potted plants are a great way to show your appreciation to teachers. They can be cared for inside the classroom, taken home every summer, and brought back at the start of the new school year! 

Orchid Plants

orchids teachers appreciation

Orchids may be an excellent choice as flowers for teacher appreciation. They are … 

  • Elegant
  • Long-living; and 
  • Versatile

… plants that encourage positivity and enhance the beauty of any space. Their unique appearance and variety of colors can convey many different sentiments. 

Because they thrive in various environments and are easy to care for, these long-lasting blooms provide teachers with a continuous reminder of students’ appreciation and respect for their hard work and dedication to teaching. 


Succulents are great appreciation gifts for a teacher who enjoys the added decor in their classroom or homes but prefers a low-maintenance plant. 

Succulents are said to symbolize growth and positive change, making them the ideal plant to show your appreciation for teachers at the end of the school year. 

Some of the most common succulents to choose from include: 

  • Aeonium
  • Aloe
  • Crassula
  • Echeveria
  • Graptopetalum


teacher appreication plants

Pothos plants come in over a dozen beautiful species, so you're bound to find one your teacher will love. 

Pothos are said to represent perseverance, making them a special teacher appreciation gift. Their vines grow long and fast with determination — like teachers’ determination to help students thrive.

Pothos are ideal for classroom settings because they: 

  • Remove indoor air toxins
  • Are easy to maintain
  • Thrive in low-light situations 
  • Require minimal care

Botanica Floral + Home: Helping You Create the Perfect Gift To Show Appreciation for the Teachers in Your Life

Struggling to find the right flowers to show just how much you appreciate everything your teacher has done for you or your student? 

There are hundreds of flowers and plants to choose from — and you just want to leave a lasting impression, as they’ve already done.

The experts at Botanica Floral + Home in Portland can help you create the perfect gift. We can help you personalize your gifts to match your teachers' unique traits. 

Contact us, or stop by our shop, to see our unique variety of flowers and plants today. 

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