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Petal It Forward leaves people ‘happy and surprised’; Austin florist gives away bouquets

Vicki Trimble “petaled it forward” Wednesday.

Trimble, owner of Austin’s Hardy Geranium, gave out free flower bouquets in downtown as part of a one-day Society of American Florists campaign. The give-away began in 2016, to let people experience the positive impact flowers can have on your outlook.

By the end of the first campaign, flowers had been given away in 234 U.S. cities. The success of the first year prompted this year’s campaign.

Mackenzie Trimble gets some help delivering flowers from four-year-old Vivienne Godfredson as part of the Hardy Geranium’s Petal It Foward Wednesday afternoon. People were given flowers and encouraged to in turn give flowers to others.

This was the first year Hardy Geranium participated in the event.

“It went really well,” Trimble said. “People were very happy and surprised.”

Recipients of the flowers could be anyone from friends to complete strangers.

“I gave a lot of them to people I’ve never met from out of town,” she said.

Trimble said she gave away all 200 bouquets. She also says she plans to do it again next year.

“I hope everyone enjoys (the flowers) and they had a positive impact on their day,” she said.

Hardy Geranium owner Vicki Trimble crosses Main Street to hand out flowers for the Petal It Forward.