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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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Protea flowers a rare treat from down under - West Hawaii TodayTuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.ADVERTISING If you are not familiar with protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called, and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, proteas are worth checking out. Other long lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaiian exotics.For further information on the protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona. Several books are available like Sunset’s Western Garden Book to give you tips on growing these amazing plants. Share this story... http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/10/21/features/protea-flowers-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/
Tropical Gardening: Protea flowers are a rare treat from Down Under - Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)Tuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.If you are not familiar with Protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, Proteas are worth checking out.Other long-lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaii exotics.ADVERTISING For more information about the Protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona.Several books also are available, such as Sunset’s “Western Garden Book,” to give you tips for growing these amazing plants. Share this story... https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/10/21/features/tropical-gardening-protea-flowers-are-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/
Former White House Chief Florist takes the wreath to new heights - The Mercury NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
Brussels sprouts (Photos courtesy of Laura Dowling) Swan Lake: Marshmallows, white feathers and silvered branchesThe gallery will resume insecondsFor Dowling, former Chief Florist for the White House, the challenge was to create a new twist on a circular form as old as, well, the Earth.Wait, “You were the florist for the White House?”Twenty years ago, Dowling had a career in public policy and communications strategy. In 2000, she went to Paris for the first time and fell in love with the flower shops.She began doing floral design on the side, and her little business blossomed. When the White House job opened in 2009, she applied along with hundreds of others. Eventually, the search narrowed to three finalists.The last step was a four-hour timed competition. “They put the three finalists in separate rooms,” she said, “and asked us to create arrangements for a state dinner, the blue room, and the Oval Office.” Next, Michelle Obama came to see the arrangements and interview the designers.Dowling’s fresh-from-the-garden, French flower style won the day. “It’s what Jackie Kennedy would have done,” said Dowling of the first lady who created the role of White House Chief Florist in 1961. And so began a dream job, which she held from 2009 to 2015. Since then, she’s written, “Floral Diplomacy”, “A White House Christmas”, about one of the nation’s biggest and most visible floral design jobs; and now “Wreaths.”Dowling’s 128-page book lays out everything you need to know to make 78 inventive, unexpected wreaths. Each recipe includes the tools you’ll need, materials, skill level, approximate duration and eye-candy photos.Dowling and I could have talked all day:Q: What do you wish more people knew about wreath making?A: Anyone can go out and buy a wreath. But so many are flat and typical. I would love for people to know they ca... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/
New Kalamazoo drive-through flower shop is heaven on Earth for owner - Mlive KalamazooTuesday, January 08, 2019
The construction worker said he doesn't enjoy entering a business when he is dirty after work, especially on Valentine’s Day, which is considered a “last minute” holiday by florists because so many wait to buy gifts. When Julie first told her husband that she wanted to open a flower shop, she said he didn’t understand why because she has a good job already. “Two days ago he spent hours prepping roses, which is a long process and we do it with every flower,” she said. “I can’t believe it. I’m the luckiest girl in the world for my husband to prep so many roses. He really shows that he cares by being here and I can see that he’s proud because he wouldn’t be here, by my side, if he wasn’t.”Munger said sales have tripled this week due to the romantic holiday. She plans to keep the business small and family-oriented in the future. For more information about All Occasion's Floral and Gifts, visit their Facebook page or call 382-2220. “When people walk in they will feel the positive vibes of myfamily because love is in the air here,” she said. "We’ve never had a Valentine’s Day as special as this." Contact Ursula Zerilli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-254-5295. Follow her on twitter. https://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/02/new_kalamazoo_drive-through_fl.html