Local Flower Shop News
Obituary of Donald McNaught - The Union of Grass ValleyTuesday, March 05, 2019
Grass Valley to build their dream home, Don worked for several pharmacies in the area. Pharmacy was in his blood.Don was also a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, Fairbrae Tennis, Palo Alto Elks, CA Pilots Association, CA Pharmacist Association, Alta Sierra Country Club, Music in the Mountains, and a Nevada County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff.He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla; children Jeffery and Lisa; grandson Brycen; and several nieces and nephews.The family wishes to thank Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. https://www.theunion.com/news/obituaries/obituary-of-donald-mcnaught/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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 agitating for more days of the week. Some said they additionally volunteer at one of two other known spinoffs of 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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The Flower Disrupter - The New York TimesWednesday, March 06, 2019
AdvertisementSupported byThe Flower DisrupterFashion’s favorite florist learned her trade at Tom Ford, watching all the bouquets go by.ImageWhitney Bromberg Hawkings runs FlowerBx, the go-to florist in Europe for the fashion set.CreditCreditAlexander Coggin for The New York TimesBy Dana ThomasFeb. 27, 2019LONDON — Whitney Bromberg Hawkings never wanted to be a florist.“I still don’t dream of being a florist,” said the 44-year-old former communications director at Tom Ford. Yet there she was, sitting behind a big bunch of yellow parrot tulips at the headquarters of Flowerbx, her company in north London.Flowerbx, now four years old, has become the go-to florist in Europe for the fashion set — a consumer base that is as picky as it is needy when it comes to blooms. Louis Vuitton is Flowerbx’s biggest customer. (The sumptuous vegetal garlands for a V.I.P. client dinner last fall in the Orangerie at Versailles were Flowerbx work.) Another regular client is Dior. Ditto the Birley Group, owner of the clubs Annabel&rsquo... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/fashion/florist-flowerbx-london.html
Floral Nightmare: A warning about a website to stay away from - KRDOWednesday, March 06, 2019
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A special warning for those romantic online shoppers: a site called "Troy's Florist" is reportedly scamming victims across Southern Colorado.The company, which has been active for four years, is accused of stealing thousands from consumers nationwide, according to the Better Business Bureau.If you're in the market for a special gift and you're looking online, it's easy to come across scam sites by doing a simple Google search.Troy's Florist is a perfect example of one that looks completely legitimate. It has pictures, prices, and the promise of a quick booking.Rubisel Carranza from Colorado Springs used the site to buy his wife, Judith, two beautiful bouquets for their anniversary. "I got a receipt, but days later nothing ... no flowers," Carranza said, who filed several complaints on the website.It turns out, he's not alone. There are multiple sites with hundreds of complaints from different consumers who paid for flowers, but got nothing in return.Our team sat down with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado CEO Jonathan Liebert, who explained the company has an 'F' rating with their site. "They're saying they're local when they are not. They're based out of New Jersey, but they have people in a lot of different communities telling folks they're right here," L... https://www.krdo.com/news/colorado-springs/floral-nightmare-a-warning-about-a-website-to-stay-away-from/1040065847
Owner explains Luepke closure, plans for downtown Vancouver building - The ColumbianWednesday, March 06, 2019
The biggest factor was competition, he said. The widespread availability of flowers online and in grocery stores made it increasingly difficult for the florist shop to sustain the level of customer traffic it once enjoyed. Too many shoppers were opting for the convenience of ordering online or visiting the floral department at their supermarket, he said, and those sellers also were able to undercut Luepke Flowers on pricing.“It was a very sad decision,” Amicci said.The competition problem has dogged Luepke in recent years. The store — originally known as Luepke Florist — was founded in 1909 by Frank and Edla Luepke and passed through three generations of family ownership before being purchased in 2004 by its longtime manager Maria Adler and her husband. The Adlers announced in late 2014 that they planned to retire and close the store, and their explanation was similar to Amicci’s — increased competition had eaten up the store’s revenue.Amicci purchased the Luepke building in early 2014, and when he learned about the Adlers’ decision, he stepped in to buy the florist shop and keep it operating. He also embarked on a project to revitalize the Luepke building, turning it into a retail and food destination called Luepke Station. The renovations were completed in 2015, and a brewpub called Tap Union Freehouse opened in the western half of the building in 2016.The florist shop was renamed Luepke Flowers and Finds. It had a strong first year, Amicci said, but ultimately it couldn’t e... https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/feb/28/owner-explains-luepke-closure-plans-for-downtown-vancouver-building/
Third-generation florist to take over Jameson's Flowers - Times Record NewsWednesday, March 06, 2019
Wichita Falls Times Record News Published 1:48 AM EDT Jul 30, 2018 The Jameson family tree is budding with florists and a new generation is about to bloom with the business. Jenny Hines, daughter of Lori and David Jameson Jr., and her husband Bryan are set to take over Jameson’s Flowers at the beginning of August. “We are excited to take on this new adventure together and help the community celebrate life. We don’t plan on changing a whole lot from the get go, just polishing a few things,” Hines said. “We are passionate about Wichita Falls and plan to have as much community involvement as we can. ... https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/local/2018/07/30/third-generation-florist-take-over-jamesons-flowers/851515002/
Fielding Questions: Can tulip bulbs be replanted in a pot, trying... - The Dickinson PressWednesday, March 06, 2019
The series belongs to the species Hydrangea macrophylla, which is different from other hydrangeas that thrive in our region. It’s more closely related to the florist-type hydrangea, and a majority of gardeners have reported disappointment after the first season.Those who report success with the Endless Summer series plant the shrubs in protected, shaded microclimates, mulch through the growing season, provide plentiful moisture and ensure winter protection, including good snow cover.Q: It was great fun to see the photos and read the letter from the person in Moorhead with the prolific amaryllis. I also had one of these huge white double amaryllis from Walmart this Christmas. Mine had three stems and also had 17 flowers. — Linda Luessen, Valley City, N.D.A: Thanks, Linda, for your interesting comments.Linda continues, “I got mine at the Jamestown, N.D., Walmart. When the bloom first showed color, I was disappointed to see it was going to be white, because the flower on the box was red with a white star in the middle and was labeled ‘Stargazer.’ I was amazed at the size of the bud, then this huge double flower opened up. The flowers were so large, and there were so many it was hard to distinguish one bloom from another. Needless to say, I will be checking for these mislabeled bulbs again next Christmas!”Stargazer amaryllis should indeed be bright red with white stripes, so obviously a mix-up occurred somewhere in packaging, but at least it turned into a pleasant surprise.If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at ForumGrowingTogether@hotmail.com. All questions will be answered, and those with broad appeal may be published, so please include your name, city and state for appropriate advice. https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4574152-fielding-questions-can-tulip-bulbs-be-replanted-pot-trying-out-new