Fresh flowers are great, until they die and you're left with a vase full of water that smells like absolute sh*t.

In 2011, I found out stagnant water is one of the reasons why hospitals in Massachusetts and across the country no longer allow bedside flowers. My husband, TJ, was diagnosed with colon cancer and following his first surgery at MGH, I got the memo that flowers were not permitted in his room or in that particular ward of the hospital. Oncology, Cardiac and Intensive Care are among a few of the wards that have been declared flower-free zones. Citing possible risk of infection in patients with compromised immune systems, posed by the bacteria and mold fresh flowers harbor. Yikes!

So how does one brighten up a hospital room and add a dose of cheer if fresh cut flowers are no longer welcome?  


Well, in 2012 I had a light-bulb moment and behold....AJBees! Handcrafted paper flower arrangements that require no water, no maintenance, and the best part is.....they last forever! 

Amanda Baudanza

Amanda Baudanza - Founder/Owner


With every purchase made, AJBees donates 10% of the proceeds to the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Research in memory of TJ Baudanza.

Like the bumblebee......where there's a will, there's a way to find a cure.