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Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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 of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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US Supreme Court sends case of WA florist back to Olympia - KVI-RadioTuesday, January 08, 2019
The United States Supreme Court ordered the case of a Washington florist, Baronelle Stutzman, back to the Supreme Court of Washington, declining to hear the appeal but remanding it for new review in light of the High Court's recent decision involving a Colorado baker.Both cases revolve around a business owner declining to serve a customer regarding a gay wedding ceremony. In Stutzman's case, she declined to serve a gay customer who wanted her to present and arrange flowers at a gay wedding. Stutzman said her religious beliefs prevented her from participating in such an event. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson ultimately sued Stutzman for discrimination. Stutzman lost both a lower court ruling and a Supreme Court of Washington appeal. That's when she and her legal team appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Associated Press, the justices' order Monday means the court is passing for now on the chance to decide whether business owners can refuse on religious grounds to comply with anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.T... http://kvi.com/news/local/us-supreme-court-sends-case-of-wa-florist-back-to-olympia
New florist Dolce Fiore now open in Glendale, with handcrafted arrangements and more - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
A new florist has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Called Dolce Fiore, the new arrival is located at 407 W. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale.Dolce Fiore specializes in custom, handcrafted floral arrangements for weddings and events. It also offers a range of bouquets and centerpieces for smaller occasions including prom and graduation, which start at $75. (Check out some of the shop's offerings here.)With a five-star rating out of 12 reviews on Yelp so far, Dolce Fiore seems to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.Yelper Chris S. said, "My absolute favorite florist! The team was so kind and listened to every detail I envisioned for my engagement party, bridal shower and wedding. My florals were just perfect." And Martin H. said, "They provide the nicest, freshest, long lasting flowers in Los Angeles, and I have been to multiple florists around the city. If you are trying to pay fair prices and get one-of-a-kind flower arrangements, definitely give this place a try -- they have earned... https://abc7.com/business/new-florist-dolce-fiore-now-open-in-glendale-with-handcrafted-arrangements-and-more/3434202/
Roots in Bloom entrepreneur returns to her roots - The GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
ION — Cassie Hammarmeister’s new business is rooted in her pursuit of wellness.Long Para:1 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- On Aug. 1, Hammarmeister opened Roots in Bloom, a florist and wellness business in a historic Marion home.Long Para:2 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “It’s all very personal,” Hammarmeister said of the path that led her to the new business. “It’s scary to put it out there, but maybe it will help set someone else free.”Long Para:3 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- After Hammarmeister completed a floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College, she worked at a couple smaller flower shops before taking a manager position at a large florist in the Corridor.Long Para:4 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “I was running a business and dealing with personal stuff in my 20s,” she said. “I didn’t appreciate working with nature.”Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- It was those personal issues, including chronic back pain and struggles with anxiety and depression, that drew her to a new career as a wellness practitioner. In 2011, she attended Carlson College to become a licensed massage therapist.Long Para:6 Long Pra Tota... http://thegazette.com/subject/news/business/roots-in-bloom-marion-iowa-florist-wellness-corridor-cbd-yoga-20180827
Royal florist reveals the drama behind creating Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding flowers - HELLO! MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall tied the knot on 9 April 2005 December 12, 2018 - 11:02 GMT Sharnaz Shahid Royal florist Simon Lycett has opened up about the challenge he faced ahead of Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding. He was the man behind the royal couple's flowers on the big day... He was the man behind the incredible floral masterpieces at Princess Eugenie's wedding and has often been picked by the Queen to decorate some of the historic royal palaces. And while royal florist Simon Lycett has created some of the most fabulous decorations, things haven't always been smooth-sailing - particularly when it came to providing the arrangements at Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in Windsor on 9 April 2005. The wedding date had been set for 8 April 2005 but had to be postponed by a day, so that the Charles could represent Her Majesty at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall married in 2005Speaking exclusively to HELLO!, Simon revealed: "The most dramatic incident we had was when we created the flowers for the Prince of Wales wedding to th... https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018121265519/royal-florist-reveals-why-prince-charles-and-camilla-wedding-flowers-challenging/