Valley Flower Shop News
Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Sylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Krause, Bantz and the other volunteers came together earlier this year to form the group when the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley called it quits after its monthly rent doubled to $8,000. During its three years of operation, the nonproft — which was part of the national Random Acts of Flowers organization that is still in operation elsewhere — delivered nearly 32,000 bouquets and recycled more than 39,000 vases, according to its website.
The Silicon Valley group also developed a cadre of exceptionally enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom were working as many as four days a week and participating in every step, from picking up leftover flowers, rearranging them and personally delivering them to the bedside.
"When it closed its doors, people were broken hearted," said Klause, who had been four-day-a-week volunteer. "It was awful, just awful. There were several people who said, 'We've got to keep this up. Even if we make only five bouquets and deliver them to the VA once a week, that's what we'll do.'"
Klause was among the volunteers who came knocking on the door of nonprofit senior services agency Avenidas in a bid to find a new home for the activity.
"We heard about (the closure of Random Acts of Flowers) and decided to reach out and let the volunteers know we planned to do the same mission here," said Jyllian Halliburton, volunteer program manager at Avenidas in Palo Alto.
"We started to get contacted by the volunteers and we got about 30-plus volunteers reaching out to us. They were just so excited."
For now, Avenidas has made space for flower sorting and arranging in a large classroom at its Cubberley Community Center site every Wednesday, but workers are already agitating for more days of the week. Some said they additionally volunteer at one of two other known spinoffs of Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket ... https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/10/07/volunteers-band-together-to-revive-recycled-bouquet-program
Farmer-florists are the hot growing trendMonday, October 01, 2018
Trending Stories While today there is a vibrant community of farmer-florists close to home, the current trend traces its roots to the Skagit Valley in Washington State. In 2008, Erin and Chris Benzakein established Floret Farm which started as a small business of cut flowers which quickly spawned a full-fledged research and education farm and a popular book, Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. This title is considered equal parts resource and inspiration for many of the growers who call themselves farmer-florists today. In Canada, Melanie Harrington established Dahlia May Flower Farms on her family farm in Trenton, Ontario after reading Benzakein’s book and deciding to take a workshop on Floret Farm in Washington. With over 60,000 Instagram followers (@dahliamayflowerfarm), Harrington has no problem marketing her sustainably grown, unique and often heirloom varieties from her roadside stand and to local florists. The beauty of flowers, of course, is that they sell themselves. “A lot of trends from the local-food movement are definitely spilling over”, Melanie told Ben when he dropped by the farm where she now produces row upon row of colourful flowers for cutting. “A handful of commercial greenhouses in the Niagara area have also been switched over to marijuana production, which puts a crunch on supply of greenhouse space. There’s a lot of trends coming together, but I’m just happy to focus on what I enjoy doing – being creative and growing beautiful flowers.” Located in Thornhill Ontario, Antonio Valente is a ... https://www.burnabynow.com/community/farmer-florists-are-the-hot-growing-trend-1.23423374
An illustrated guide to Los Angeles trees and flowersTuesday, August 28, 2018
Washington navel. The advent of refrigerated shipping a decade later really kicked things into high gear, and in short order, vast swaths of what is now Pasadena, the San Fernando Valley, and, of course, Orange County were blanketed by orange groves. Most of the groves got squeezed out by the post-WWII population boom and suburban sprawl, but orange, lime, and lemon trees can still be found in countless yards all over the city. And for those folks who don’t have a yard, or whose yards are without fruit trees, there’s the Endless Orchard, which maps the location of publicly accessible fruit-bearing trees in your neighborhood.5. Angel’s trumpetIts name might be cute, and its musical instrument-shaped flowers pretty, but don’t toot on those horns—they’ve got hallucinogenic properties and are highly toxic, as more than a few curious teens who’ve ingested them in the hopes of getting high have learned firsthand.6. JacarandaFor 10 months a year, these South American imports are content to blend into the landscape, providing shade and shelter in low-key fashion while quietly biding their time. Then one spring day, as if by prearranged signal—Shazam!—they turn into drama queens, unveiling their vivid violet canopies in concert for maximum impact. When you find yourself feeling less dazzled by the annual showcase of purple haze than annoyed about the mess that accompanies it, congratulations—you’re now a local.7. Gold medallion treeNative to Brazil, the gold medallion tree is a relatively recent arrival to these parts, introduced via the LA County Arboretum’s plant research programs of the 1960s and ’70s. Hardy and drought-tolerant, it’s used for reforestation of natural landscapes that have been destroyed by fire or overgrazed by herd animals. On top of being practical, gold medallions are visually arresting, brightening summer and early fall with their sunny yellow blossoms.8. Moreton Bay figLike non-native palms, Moreton Bay fig trees don’t make a whole lot of sense in our urban jungle. Originally from Australia, they are best suited for rainforests. They take up a lot of space, and their thick roots wreak havoc on sidewalks and plumbing systems. Not that Angelenos hold these drawbacks against the majestic giants—in fact, three separate plantings of the trees around the city have been awarded Historic-Cultural Monument status.9. Bird of paradiseThe official flower of the city of Los Angeles, fittingly, is a transplant. Imported from South Africa in 1853, the bird of paradise can bloom year-round or suspend growth during periods of drought, but winter is its favorite time to flower. The brightly plumed plant’s nectar is also a big draw for brilliantly colored hummingbirds and other pollinators.10. BougainvilleaAdmittedly, we have no hard data to back this up, but it seems safe to say that the mental image of a classic 1920s Spanish draped in fuchsia bougainvillea has enticed untold millions of transplants to move here. However, if facts are what y... https://la.curbed.com/2018/8/23/17720768/los-angeles-plants-trees-glossary-guide-jasmine-palm
Marie Johnson “The flower lady”Tuesday, August 28, 2018
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. August 24, 2018 – “The flower lady,” Marie Johnson, decked her town in gladness. Over half a century as owner of Foothill Flowers she donated countless flowers to decorate parties and events for non-profits and local organizations.Marie drifted into sleep and died peacefully in her North Auburn Street home on Friday night, August 10th. She was 87. Her customers, neighbors and friends are invited to a celebration of her life at Foothill Flowers, at Main and Auburn streets, on September 15, at 3 pm.All four of Marie’s grandparents had emigrated from Sweden. The second of seven children of Emil and Olga Larson, Marie was born in 1930 in Michigan City, Indiana, where she was raised and graduated from Elston High. She worked in floral shops as a teen and young woman. In 1956 she headed west, following a friend to Sacramento and bringing her teenager brother, Carl. The friend had written: “The weather is gorgeous and there are plenty of jobs.&rdqu... https://yubanet.com/regional/marie-johnson-the-flower-lady/
Forget Flower Girls Chic “Flower Grannies” Led the Way Down the Aisle at this WeddingTuesday, October 16, 2018
Joseph Garrity, a junior on the baseball team, had noticed her from the dugout. However, Chelsea transferred schools after her freshman year, switching to a college in Alabama. Even though Chelsea and Joseph were now at two different schools in two different states, they exchanged numbers over Twitter. For the next year they spoke to one another non-stop. Chelsea’s mysterious instinct about Joseph deepened: it felt meant to be.Though they had been talking for months, it had been a while since their first mutual year at Frostburg. For the couple’s first official date they settled on a restaurant neighboring the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace, Maryland, called the Tidewater Grill. Chelsea and Joseph strolled together down the pier sharing life stories and inside jokes. By the time they reached the Concord Point Lighthouse, it felt as though the stars had aligned. For the next four years, the couple took turns traveling to each other’s homes every weekend.div class="eic-image eic-image-0" data-size-x="516"... https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/09/26/wedding-flower-grannies-not-flower-girls/
New florist in Foley offers Just Perfect arrangementsTuesday, August 28, 2018
Smith said. It's Just Perfect is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The shop is located at 15213 Alabama Highway 59 in Foley. For more information, call 251-943-5765 or visit itsjustperfectflowers.com. Kalyn Wolfe is a freelance columnist for the News Journal. Send new business tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.pnj.com/story/money/business/2018/08/12/new-floral-shop-its-just-perfect-opens-foley/957658002/
Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 MagazineTuesday, July 17, 2018
Other fields making the list criss-crossed the country: Ohio, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alabama, New York (2), Florida, California, Wisconsin, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina (2), Tennessee and Minnesota.Georgia had two fields on the list and, of course Grinter Farms wasn’t alone in the Sunflower State.The other is in Lyndon, which is south of Topeka on U.S. Highway 75.The Lyndon Leader 4-H Sunflowers are “organized and managed by the local Lyndon Leaders 4H Club,” according to Mattern. “This sunflower field in Lyndon, Kansas is open to visitors for photos and flower picking. Donations are accepted on site and are often donated to local charities, making this attraction well worth the visit.”To see the full list, go to countryliving.com.Next to Nature FarmThis month’s 435 Magazine features a story called “The Business of Bees,” which profiles Next to Nature Farm, a local operation just northwest of Tonganoxie.The farm, established in 2008, offers honey for food consumption, honey-based skin care products, fruit (apples, peaches, plums and pears) and eggs.Owner Chad Gilliland, an avid beekeeper, and his family have taken a “chemical-free” approach to their farm, as they do not use pesticides and rely on sticky traps and other means to combat insects.According to Sherry Kuehl’s story about the farm in her 435 Magazine feature, the Gillilands launched their Next to Nature line of skin products for the first time after extensive research between Chad and his wife.Current best-sellers, according to the story, are the Comfrey Salve, Healing Salve and lotion bars.“My wife and I did a ton of research on the medicinal and healing properties of natural herbs and essential oils,” Gilliland said in the 435 story. “We spent countless hours making sure that each and every ingredient component would work well and offer the specific medicinal properties we desired as well as the right natural moisturizing ingredient components that would complement the recipe.”After Friday’s Tonganoxie Business Association meeting, Gilliland told The Mirror that his family stays pretty busy throughout the year with selling at markets and other events. He also hopes to eventually open a store at the farm.To read the 435 story, visit 435mag.com. http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2018/jul/11/agribusiness-accolades-grinter-farms-featured-coun/
Business is blooming at House of FlowersTuesday, July 03, 2018
Everything needs its own identity,” he said. “I started running everything like I was a large shop in a large metro area. What I’ve been termed in the Alabama State Florist Association is ‘the biggest little shop in the state.” Although the summer months are the slowest for flower sales, business is still in full swing. Sorrell runs the store with floral design help from Amber Tucker and the occasional hand from his father.“It would be my hope for the Valley area that they know they can turn to me to turn their emotions into something presentable to another person,” Sorrell said. “Whether it’s congratulations or happy birthday or ‘We are sorry your mom died,’ any kind of emotion that you feel, there’s a flower we can send for it.” ... https://www.valleytimes-news.com/2018/06/business-is-blooming-at-house-of-flowers/