Local Flower Shop News
Let a hundred flowers bloom in honor of Zeke the Sheik - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
Mostly newspaper reporters.And some judges, on down the line.That’s ‘cause Zeke, aka Tim Dundon of Altadena, was the proprietor of a famous heap of organic matter hard by Mountain View Cemetery that was 30 feet high and covered almost all of a 50-foot by 217-foot lot near his garden.Cemeteries throw off a lot of grass clippings, and Zeke’s chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese deposited what he liked to call a lot of doo-doo. Still, even for a prolific gardener like Zeke — tomatoes and whatnot, boring squash, but also plenty of weed, back when that was under Prohibition — there was more compost than a person knew what to do with. I mean, you can only fertilize so many zucchini. If the pile weren’t there, or were smaller, he could have grown a bushel and a peck more veg.But, as our Janette Williams noted in these pages nine years ago, Zeke saw the compost itself as his life’s work. When after much legal wrangling it was bulldozed on April 20, 2005 when the property was put on the market by the cemetery — the owner of the lot on which Zeke squatted — it was a traumatic experience Dundon told Janette he never gotten over.Janette, our beloved late longtime reporter and then city desk editor, was one of many journalists who made a tremendous amount of hay out ... https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2019/08/14/let-a-hundred-flowers-bloom-in-honor-of-zeke-the-sheik/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
The following morning, Bantz's floral creations landed at the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, where clients in the memory-care program could admire them and choose one to take home.
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 ag... https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/10/07/volunteers-band-together-to-revive-recycled-bouquet-program
Meet the 5 best florists in Fort Worth - HoodlineTuesday, November 19, 2019
Searching for the finest floral arrangements in town?Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the most exceptional florists in Fort Worth, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market for flowers.People in the Fort Worth area tend to spend more in fall at retail and wholesale businesses than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of CRM and business insights for small businesses. Estimated daily customers at Fort Worth-area retail and wholesale businesses rose to 13 per business in the fall of last year, 3% higher than the average for the rest of the year.Hoodline offers data-driven analysis of local happenings and trends across cities. Links included in this article may earn Hoodline a commission on clicks and transactions.1. Blossoms on the BricksPhoto: Blossoms B./YelpFirst on the list is Blossoms on the Bricks. Located at 5023 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Arlington Heights, the flower shop is the highest-rated florist in Fort Worth, boasting five stars out of 20 re... https://hoodline.com/2019/11/meet-the-5-best-florists-in-fort-worth
Filipino florist in Virginia reaches toilet paper dress finals - INQUIRER.netTuesday, November 19, 2019
Ronaldo “Roy” Cruz’s wedding dress made of toilet paper. He reached the finals this year in a toilet paper dressmaking contest.NEW YORK –Filipino florist and designer Ronaldo “Roy” Cruz of Chesapeake, Virginia made it to the finals in a recent popular toilet wedding dressmaking contest.Cruz was one of the 12 designers selected for the finals of this year’s Cruz the Charm Weddings and Quilted Northern’s Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, beating out more than 1,500 entries.ADVERTISEMENTLast year, Cruz won the top prize. He decided to join the contest after being laid off from his job. He also won the fan favorite voting prize in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Cruz told WTKR News 3 last year that this contest is a natural for him. “When I was in the Philippines, I used to make gowns of other materials like shells, corn and dry flowers,” he said.FEATURED STORIESThis year, his dress, “La Filipina,” honored his family’s heritage, taking 40 rolls of toilet paper to complete.Surfside Beach, California resident Mimoza Haska took home the top prize in this year’s competition, receiving a check for $10,000.MORE STORIESDon't miss out on the l... https://usa.inquirer.net/45231/filipino-florist-in-virginia-reaches-toilet-paper-dress-finals
Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Florist Launches Hair Accessories Fit for a Queen - VogueTuesday, November 19, 2019
Photo: Courtesy of Philippa CraddockPhilippa Craddock spring bouquet faux-flower headband, $1,855matchesfashion.comIt may come as a surprise that, 10 years ago, the self-taught florist Philippa Craddock, who’s worked with the likes of Hermès, Alexander McQueen, and Kensington Palace (she designed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding flowers), had just begun experimenting with the art of arrangements. In this short time, she’s risen to the top—literally, too: This week, Craddock’s sophomore collection of faux-floral hair accessories landed at Matchesfashion.com.Following her first foray into adornments made from dusty, dark blossoms, the 10-piece spring lineup is a visual feast. “They’re lighthearted,” Craddock says of this season’s single-blossom slides and lush bouquet-like bands dressed with blindingly bright hydrangeas, dahlias, and poppies, the likes of which can all be found during a stroll through a rambling English country garden.Though the undeniably romantic pieces may skew playful, their creation is anything but: Crafted from a combination of silk, cotton, and linen, each flower is sewn onto handmade silver pins and satin bands by local Lo... https://www.vogue.com/article/philippa-craddock-floral-hair-accessories-headbands
Milton Arts Guild to host Creating Paper Flowers Artful Touch workshop - Milford BeaconTuesday, November 19, 2019
Participants will craft paper roses great for any occasion. Gannon guides the class through the ins and outs of crafting these blooms. Participants should bring paper, scissors and a roll of green florist tape. All other materials will be provided.Advance registration is $30 members, $40 nonmembers, available at miltonartsguild.org. Guests may also register by calling 242-8420 or 632-7868 or emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.MAG Artful Touch classes explore new techniques and topics in a “no pressure” environment making these classes a great way to try something new.For more, visit miltonartsguild.org. ... https://www.milfordbeacon.com/news/20191105/milton-arts-guild-to-host-creating-paper-flowers-artful-touch-workshop
Blooming brilliant Ramsgate flower shop gains place in exclusive Good Florist Guide - The Isle of Thanet NewsTuesday, November 19, 2019
York Street Flowers is in the exclusive guideRamsgate’s florist York Street Flowers has been crowned as one of the UK’s best floristsThe business has been accepted into the exclusive Good Florist Guide, the gold standard of floristry and the only merit-based guide to the finest florists in the UK and Republic of Ireland.Acknowledged as the ‘little black book’ of the very best British and Irish florists, York Street Flowers were awarded the prestigious accolade last week.Owner Karen Harvey said: “We are delighted to be accepted into the Good Florist Guide. We are passionate about flowers, design, quality and the service we give to each of our customers so it is wonderful to have this recognised.”To be part of the guide, florists undergo a rigorous evaluation process before being approved. York Street Flowers submitted a detailed description of the floristry business, including the range available and services offered as well as images of the business premises, design work, their team and even the delivery vehicle! It was then assessed... https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2019/11/19/blooming-brilliant-ramsgate-flower-shop-gains-place-in-exclusive-good-florist-guide/