Local Flower Shop News
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
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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Home front: free compost; cover-crop classTuesday, July 31, 2018
FREE COMPOST WORKSHOP ... The County of San Mateo's Sustainability Academy is holding a compost workshop on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at Collective Roots, 1785 Woodland Ave., East Palo Alto. Come and learn how to compost your fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves and plant cuttings at this free event. County residents are eligible for a $65 discount off compost or worm bins ordered through the Office of Sustainability. Workshop attendees will be eligible for an additional $25 discount. Go to smcsustainability.org to register for the free event.
COVER-CROP CLASS ... On Thursday, July 25, the UC Master Gardener program will host a free workshop on "Cover Crops for Home Gardeners." Cover crops are an often underutilized method for improving garden soil. Easy-to-grow legumes add nitrogen, grasses and other crops add carbon and some cover crops contain chemicals that have other advantages. Learn what to grow for either summer or winter cover crops, easy ways to incorporate them and how they can help you produce more abundant crops. The free talk will be by Ann Burrell at the Los Altos Library from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
INTRO TO FLORAL DESIGN ... Lanette Anderson, farmer/flori... https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/07/12/home-front-free-compost-cover-crop-class
Carolyn Singer: Gathering winter greens for a natural holiday season - The Union of Grass ValleyMonday, December 17, 2018
Broadleaf evergreens provide a beautiful array of leaf color, size, shape and berries to add bright touches of color. I usually wire a section of florist foam on to the wreath. Moistened, it will keep accents fresh for a couple of weeks or longer. Sweet bay (Laurus nobilis), holly (Ilex species), Cotoneaster, and Pyracantha may be used as accents.Small sprigs of variegated foliage from Daphne, Pieris and Ilex "Variegata" are like winter flowers as they contrast with the rich greens of the conifers.I once gave a winter presentation to the Lake Wildwood garden club, creating a bouquet that included the new growth of Choisya ternata "Sundance" (Mexican orange). Some members thought it was a flower, the glowing golden leaves the focal point of the winter arrangement.Silverberry with gold and silver-green foliage, Elaeagnus pungens "Maculata" adds a bright touch of foliage to wreaths or arrangements. You can even turn the leaves over to expose the very silvery underside.Try sprays of Viburnum davidii or leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum). At this time of the year, the leatherleaf viburnum has interesting buds for next spring's bloom. They are a bit fuzzy, adding a nice texture to the wreath.My favorite native to use in a natural winter creation is snowberry (Symphoricarpos), its round white berries adding an unusual touch. The California native. Rhus ovata is another winter favorite, and usually ends up as a winter bouquet on my kitchen counter.Our gardens and natives enrich our lives all year. Bringing a bit of foliage and berries inside to celebrate winter seems natural.Carolyn Singer has gardened organically in Nevada County since 1977. She is the author of the award-winning "The Seasoned Gardener, 5 decades of sustainable and practical garden wisdom", and two volumes of "Deer in My Garden" (deer-resistant plants), available locally. Send your gardening questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out her website at carolynsingergardens.com. https://www.theunion.com/entertainment/carolyn-singer-gathering-winter-greens-for-a-natural-holiday-season/
Flower District is next as Manhattans old markets vanishMonday, December 17, 2018
Street once boasted more than 65 wholesalers. Now it’s a handful of second- and third-generation shops. As nearby hotels and condos shoot up, skyrocketing rents have forced out wholesalers and florists who can’t keep up, a pattern seen all over the city as bank branches and drugstore chains appear where family-owned stores once served neighborhoods. The flower district has experienced an average 15 percent increase in rent over the last 10 years, according to data compiled by brokerage Citi Habitats. The median monthly rent is currently about $4,000, among the highest in the city, according to an analysis from Bloomberg News. (However, New York did see prices decline in second quarter 2018.)The real estate frenzy has also erased nearby parking lots, which floral customers depended on to transfer loads of flowers out of midtown’s congested streets. Increasing traffic has deterred longtime buyers from even trekking into the city. Even without the fallout from construction and gentrification, the marketplace for expensive flowers has been flooding with new competitors—from Costco to e-commerce sites and even local delis—further squeezing the high-end florists of 28th Street.“There is no viable future for the flower market here,” says Gary Page, owner of G. Page Wholesale Flowers and former president of the now-defunct Flower Market Association, which reported back in 2000 that the district raked in as much as $120 million a year. “The heydays are gone.”U.S. floriculture retail sales—including flowers, plants, seeds, and potted plants—are valued at $35.2 billion, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nationally, imports account for approximately 64 percent of fresh-cut flowers sold by dollar volume in the U.S., the Society of American Florists says. Of the fresh-cut flowers exchanging hands in New York’s flower district, the vast majority are imported.In fact, the bouquet you bought at your local deli was likely grown on a mountainside in Colombia, where 78 percent of all U.S. flower imports originate. This relationship is a product of trade policies implemented in the 1990s to curb Colombian drug production by encouraging a legal, alternative crop. After import taxes were lowered, Colombian flowers flourished. American growers, however, paid the price—sales of U.S. roses have dropped 95 percent since 1991, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Additional imported flowers make their way to America from the Netherlands,... https://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180814/REAL_ESTATE/180819968/flower-district-is-next-as-manhattan-s-old-markets-vanish
Explore the 3 freshest new businesses to launch in Washington - HoodlineMonday, December 17, 2018
Interested in finding out about the freshest new spots in Washington? From a pizza-and-cocktails spot to a florist, read on to see the newest hot spots to make their debut recently. [embedded content] Broccoli Bar1817 Seventh St. NW, ShawPhoto: Broccoli Bar/YelpFirst up is Broccoli Bar. This collaboration between D.C.'s &pizza and Broccoli City, the urban social movement and music festival host, showcases some of &pizza's favorite designer pies, like the meat lover's Maverick with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, basil pesto and mozzarella.In addition to the food, there are wine and beer options, plus house cocktails like the Rum N' Rolla made with spiced rum, chai tea, lemon and winter citrus.It's off to a solid 3.5-star start out of four Yelp reviews.Esther S., who reviewed it on Nov. 13, said, "Really nice place and very clean. Pizza was just as good as &pizza and had a few specialties. The pizza was ready quickly and the service was great! They have a full bar and chill vibes!"Brandon H. noted, "This is a dope urban spot and an upscale tak... https://hoodline.com/2018/12/explore-the-3-freshest-new-businesses-to-launch-in-washington
Wedding Inspirations: What do you need to plan a party? AN.GLE Events dishes on event planning - The AdvocateMonday, December 17, 2018
We spent hours and hours working closely with florist Kim Starr Wise and the client using inspiration from many different places and pictures to achieve a look that was both unique and in keeping with the client’s aesthetic. It was a blast!*************What are the top three things that people need to bring you to plan a party? 1) A budget is helpful, but if unknown, a list of what’s most important to the client. 2) Trust in us and the planning process. 3) A fun guest list!What has been the most unusual request? Fourteen floor seats to a New Orleans Pelicans playoff game 10 minutes before it started. If you could plan your own party, what would it be? A bonfire on the beach with s’mores, bare feet, fruity cocktails and hundreds of floating candles!What is your greatest fear? Only having half of AN.GLE! (Angle stands for Anna and Glenny.)Biggest save: One month before a wedding during the busiest wedding weekend in the spring, the bride found out she was scammed by the band’s manager. We found a replacement band, with the wedding located in a remote location. Or pulling off two weddings during a mandatory... https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/article_4f0bec46-e6b0-11e8-accf-8b57cd241577.html
Boston florist launches ‘art house’ retreat in Mexico to help creativity bloom - The Boston GlobeMonday, December 17, 2018
Boston florist launches ‘art house’ retreat in Mexico to help creativity bloom Globe Staff Stepping back from the daily grind can be tough. But Krissy Price, owner of Boston Pollen, wants to give artists a chance to unplug, get inspired, and collaborate with others. By Steve Annear 20181211181300-- By Steve Annear Globe Staff December 11, 2018 For the past few winters, once the busy wedding season has finally come to a close, florist Krissy Price has packed her bags and traveled to a far-off place with the goal of unwinding and searching for inspiration in another part of the world.The brief respites, which have taken her to Cuba and Australia, have helped her recharge and refocus, before delving back into making eye-popping displays for people’s nuptials.“Boston is brutal [in the winter] and you lose motivation and it’s hard to get yourself in gear,” said Price, owner of Boston Pollen, a floral de... https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2018/12/11/boston-florist-launches-art-house-retreat-mexico-for-creatives-hoping-focus-projects/CJ0OTfhZM1w6F3DafJXIiL/story.html