Local Flower Shop News
Effort to eliminate florist licenses in Louisiana becomes a thorny issue - Fox NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. – In Louisiana, florists must know the proper storage temperature for plants, wiring methods for various flowers and how to construct a cascade bouquet. They pay $100 a year.The Pelican state is the only state in the country that requires a license to sell flowers, a distinction that has become a point of contention among florists who say it legitimizes their trade and state lawmakers who feel Louisiana is too overwhelmed with a dizzying number of professional license requirements.State lawmakers wanted to cut back on the number of licenses by eliminating the floral one. That has drawn the ire of florists who take pride in regulating their profession – by weeding out people who know little about floral arrangements. Orchids sit on display at Red Onion in Baton Rouge. Several florists throughout the state say they want to keep a licensing and testing requirement in place. Louisiana is the only state in the country that requires florists to be licensed. (Fox News)Part of the licensing p... https://www.foxnews.com/politics/effort-to-eliminate-florist-licenses-in-louisiana-becomes-a-thorny-issue
Longue Vue hosts Banksy of flowers Lewis Miller, master of guerrilla floral design - The AdvocateTuesday, January 08, 2019
That’s what they’re meant to do.”“Doing very well” is a bit of an understatement. Miller has been the florist of choice for events as diverse as a “Babylonian Garden Party” staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a picnic in Central Park inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon.” Vogue, Flower, Forbes, Haute Living, Architectural Digest and The New Yorker (calling him the “Banksy of Flowers”) have all written about the “renegade” “guerrilla” floral designer in the last 12 months.Miller won’t be in New Orleans long enough to create a "flower flash," a feat usually accomplished in 45 minutes under cover of darkness. +6 img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAQAAAADCAQAAAAe/WZNAAAAEElEQVR42mM8U88ABowYDABAxQPltt5zqAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="Lewis Miller 3.jpg" class="img-responsive lazyload full" width="1241" height="1238" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=200%2C200 200w, https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=30... https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_d2abe736-d94a-11e8-8c4c-9ba946986727.html
Florist Fire outgrows Hyde Park Village, relocates to Davis Islands - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
TAMPA -- Florist Fire Design House creates award-winning florals for any special occasion: weddings, corporate parties, charity events “and just because flowers make everyone happy,” said Gayle Zerr, the owner/lead designer who relocated the floral shop to downtown Davis Islands last month.“We outgrew our space in Hyde Park Village,” Zerr said. “I really like the sense of community on Davis Islands and felt it needed a neighborhood flower shop.”Weddings keep the business busy year round and account for 75 percent of the work.“I love weddings,” Zerr said. “We’ve done themes from traditional to Bollywood, a really fun one with exotic flowers, incense and lanterns.”Corporate and charitable clients, including Wine, Women and Shoes and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital gala can take 80 hours of planning and preparing, she said.“We did a Dali event where we copied his paintings and portrayed them in florals... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/city-times/florist-fire-outgrows-hyde-park-village-relocates-to-davis-island-20181011/
Bright and Beautiful Flowers in Dereham under new ownership | Latest Dereham News - Dereham TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
Dereham, based on Wellington Road.It comes after the previous owner, Claire Brightwell, was forced to sell the business following health concerns which left her unable to continue working as a florist.Ms Crummett, a former Neatherd High pupil, lives just outside of Dereham and has been working as a florist for more than 30 years.“I’ve always enjoyed floristry,” she said. “My parents were gardeners and my passion for the job developed from their love of nature.”The mother-of-three first began her career working Saturdays in a florist shop and went on to study at Oatley College in Wisbech, near King’s Lynn.She added: “After I had my family, I worked part time. Now that the children are older, it’s a great opportunity to have a shop of my own - a life long ambition fulfilled.“I want to keep up the great reputation the shop already has, while working on expanding the wedding flowers side of the business.”The independent shop has been trading from its town centre location since October 2013 and has gone from strength to strength. It will continue trading as the same name under the ownership of Ms Crummett.Well wishers have already been quick to wish the new owner the best of luck with her new venture and have taken to Facebook to share their messages.Bright and Beautiful Flowers will also continue to sell tickets for Dereham Memorial Hall.- For more information search for Bright and Beautiful Flowers on Facebook or visit the website www.brightandbeautifulflowers.co.uk.- Do you think Dereham has a good mix of independent shops in the town or would you like to see more of them? Write to The Community Editor, Dereham and Fakenham Times, Office 440, Breckland Business Centre, Saint Withburga Lane, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1FD or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... https://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/bright-and-beautiful-flowers-in-dereham-under-new-ownership-1-5824802
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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