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HIGH PROFILE: Little Rock florist's fascination with flowers began in his grandmother's garden - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-GazetteTuesday, December 19, 2017
Watching Walls working alone in such a relatively modest setting, those who don't know him might find it hard to believe the Little Rock native is one of the most sought-after floral designers in Los Angeles. But it's true: During his 25 years in the City of Angels, Walls has done flowers for the likes of former professional boxer Laila Ali and Little Rock native and NBA player Derek Fisher. He has done events for actor Tony Danza -- of Who's the Boss? fame -- and his family. He has even done a party at the home of filmmaker -- and "Madea" himself -- Tyler Perry. In October, Walls did a Halloween party for celebrity he couldn't come out and name, but who he describes as "an R&B singer who is a legend, married to a model. Figure it out. You know who it is."After the Steinkamp wedding, he says, he'll return to Los Angeles and begin pre-production on the premiere for the movie Pitch Perfect 3, whose release is scheduled for Dec. 22. He also did floral design for the Pitch Perfect 2 premiere."Movie premieres are a lot of fun," he says. "But I do find the weddings a little bit more exciting ... because they're more challenging. And you kind of create a connection with the bride, and you hope that at the end of the day that her wedding is an extension of her taste and personality and is what she had envisioned."I actually like to underpromise and overperform, because it's going to make them want to talk [me] up to their friends," as well as seek his services for other events, he says.It has worked: Walls' reputation as a wedding florist has him booked as far out as March 2019. "His work is absolutely astonishing," says friend and longtime Los Angeles client Kim Amphlett, mother of a future bride. "He's always gone above and beyond any of my expectations. I can have a pic... http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/dec/03/michael-rayburn-walls-20171203/
Here's a great wildflower hike near Boise - Idaho StatesmanTuesday, July 18, 2017
It should take 15 to 20 minutes at a moderate pace to get to the site from the trailhead. A bit more than half-way there the trail curls around a small cluster of wildflowers. “A perfect little rock garden,” says Wintauna Belt, recreation specialist at the Mountain Home Ranger District, which administers the trail. “A perfect little rock garden,” says Wintauna Belt, recreation specialist at the Mountain Home Ranger District, which administers the Mores Mountain trail, about 60 minutes from Boise. And it’s natural. Growing here are Coville’s Indian paintbrush (red), arrowleaf balsamroot (yellow), and a splash of taper-leaved penstemon (purple). Bruce Whiting email@example.com That rock garden and the main field farther on look suspiciously like they’ve been planted. But they’re natural.Fields like these used to be more the norm than the exception, says DeBolt, the Botanical Garden botanist.“It is common to have that type of display in many different habitats,” she says. “It is just that so much of our world has been altered, particularly by invasive plant species, we don’t get to see it as often anymore.” A heavy concentration of flowers is just beyond those two trees up on the Mores Mountain trail about 60 minutes from Boise. Bruce Whiting firstname.lastname@example.org You’ll know when you get to the main site: the trail emerges from the trees to a bare hillside — except for the flowers — and an open view looking east, south and west. The flowers have just started to bloom and should peak in late June or early July.As long as you’re up there and if you’re feeling ambitious, continue alon... http://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/hiking/article157641724.html
Rosewater adds floral twist to brownies - Victoria AdvocateWednesday, March 14, 2018
I can now honestly say what was once a stressful, daunting task became a relaxing delight.Without a doubt, the best days to work at a florist are flower delivery days. I loved it when the big boxes came in filled to the brim with beautiful blooms. As I unwrapped each bundle, I wondered what exotic climate they grew in before they made their way to little Ganado. It was amazing to me to see the transformation in the flowers after they got a fresh cut and a long drink of water. It was as though they were springing back to life - bursting open after hibernation.After a little more than a year, my time at the flower shop came to an end when Kayla found someone more permanent to take over my days. I was a little sad but happy for her and grateful for the opportunity to learn so much during my time at the shop.Last week, I was especially pleased to be invited back to lend a hand during the Valentine's Day rush. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I would have to take some flowers home and decided on a fabulous, lush arrangement of roses.They are still in full bloom, and to celebrate, I decided to make these rosewater brownies. They are an interesting, fresh twist on a baking basic. The hint of rose adds another dimension to their rich chocolatey goodness.I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.Katherine Pope is a wife, mother and Realtor. She loves cooking almost as much as she loves living in Jackson County Texas. Katherine can be contacted by email at email@example.com...
5 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing Wedding Flowers - Brides.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
We're not talking unsightly floral combinations here, but rather about the way brides approach meeting with their florists—much of it having to do with expectation vs. reality. To get the inside track on what to avoid and how to approach thinking about flowers for your wedding, we spoke to the oh-so-talented Victoria Ahn of Designs by Ahn, a New York City based floral company. Take note, brides-to-be, there's a whole lot of super useful info packed into these 5 tips on what to avoid when choosing wedding flowers!Photo Courtesy of CLY by Matthew Photography" data-id="5a96faa90f0ce0052e6ab5fe" data-type="image-embed" data-reactid="139" readability="0.74193548387097" Photo Courtesy of CLY by Matthew PhotographyFlowers by Designs by AhnUnorganized Inspiration BoardsWhen brides put together an inspiration board of their ideas, it can be quite helpful. However, if the collection of images doesn’t follow a theme within the same color palette and style, it can be confusing and more difficult for the florist to understand what the bride actually wants to see on her wedding day. If your photos seem to be all over the place, and you need help deciding on the best route to go for your wedding, have a discussion with the florist first. They can help steer you in the right direction, and you’...
Alicia Vikander wanted to become a florist - Cleveland AmericanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander dreamed of being a florist as a child.The Academy Award-winning actress - who stars as Lara Croft in the new 'Tomb Raider' movie - has admitted to harbouring a number of professional ambitions during her youth, saying that at one stage she wanted to sell flowers for a living.Asked what she wanted to do as a child, Alicia shared: "My God, I wanted to be everything, from a florist to a dancer and an actress. I wanted to be a singer or a dancer, and it was not until ... it was actually a clip that was found of me on Swedish television not long ago that I don't have any memory of. But apparently in this interview at seven years old, I said that I wanted to be an actress. I actually had no clue I wanted to do that."The Swedish actress was a huge fan of adventure movies, such as 'The Mummy' and the 'Indiana Jones' franchise, during her younger years.And Alicia, 29 - who is married to fellow Hollywood star Michael Fassbender - has admitted that Bruce Willis was her "first crush".Quizzed about her obsession with... http://www.theclevelandamerican.com/lifestyles/entertainment/alicia-vikander-wanted-to-become-a-florist/article_2303a68f-6cbb-5cb1-bec9-25d51a379264.html
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
And one that quite literally can save the day.As an event coordinator who offers clients “packages” by finding vendors for special events, Christin realized finding a florist for her brides was becoming a frustrating task. So she allowed them to choose their own florists.One day, however, Christin was hit with an unexpected challenge. On her way home after setting up a wedding, she received a phone call from her assistant.“She said, ‘The flowers are supposed to be here,’” Christin recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t even know who their florist is!’”Feeling helpless, Christin decided to do the flowers herself.It ultimately became a game-changer in her event planning.“I kind of put together a price list for myself, and I thought well, would somebody ask me to do their flowers for them?”Christin, who owns Fox Creek Events, has been the event planner for Fox Creek Ranch for the past three years.Now, she has ventured out by opening her own flower shop, The Flower Girl, in San Juan Bautista on Feb 1.With the help of consultant, Michelle Roberson, Christin has learned the “tricks of the trade,” she says.But she hasn’t needed much help with the business aspect of her store.Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a sh...
Free Flower Friday spreads cheer across Greater Cincinnati - WLWT CincinnatiWednesday, March 14, 2018
Do you roll over and go back to sleep, or do you write down the idea to later bring it to life? Advertisement. Matt Hiatt of Hiatt's Florist and Gifts ... http://www.wlwt.com/article/free-flower-friday-spreads-cheer-across-greater-cincinnati/19378303