Local Flower Shop News
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
Shop Talk: College Terrace Market to open, flower shop could close - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, June 13, 2017
Werness' vision to open a store with the look and feel of a neighborhood market ultimately won over the Palo Alto City Council in 2014, which allowed the mixed-use project to move ahead. The store will include an open-air produce section along the sidewalk, outdoor seating, a bakery, a full-service meat department, a deli, meals to go and groceries that can be ordered in advance for quick pick up. Most of the products will be made or provided by small-scale, local food manufacturers and farmers. And the market's ultra-local focus doesn't end there. The names of neighborhood streets -- College, El Camino Real, Oxford-- appear on green street-like signs hanging above each aisle, paying homage. Workers were moving wooden produce bins and shelves into the store last week as Werness looked to fill some remaining vacant cashier positions. This will be Werness' second stab at running a grocery store in Palo Alto. The local grocery veteran operated the acclaimed but financially troubled Miki's Farm Fresh Market at Alma Village for six months before it folded. "It's not that I failed. I just tried something that didn't work. It was an inferior site. And the store faced the wrong way," Werness said at the time. He called the College Terrace location much better. -- L.T.
END OF A LEGACY? ... The iconic bubble-gum pink store that has supplied corsages and boutonnieres for generations of high school prom-goers may be permanently closing its doors unless someone steps up to carry on its 72-year legacy. Owners Michaela Dieffenbach and Steve Wong are retiring in June. The tiny store at 453 Waverely St., currently known as Michaela's Flower Shop, opened as Stapleton's Florist in 1945. Dieffenbach and Wong, both longtime Stapleton employees, took over the business and renamed it Michaela's in 1999 after original owner Olga Stapleton retired. (The name Stapleton's still r...
Do You Have a License for That Bouquet?Tuesday, August 28, 2018
But on a more prosaic point of public policy, Louisiana is a less flattering outlier. It’s the only state in the union that requires florists to pass a licensing exam before they can make and sell flower arrangements. And the local florist is but a poster child for Louisiana’s extensive licensing laws, which have proved particularly resistant to reform. On paper at least, outdated licensing rules ought to be easy to repeal. Louisiana these days is a reliably red state, with voters typically skeptical of activist government. The lone Democrat in statewide elective office, Gov. John Bel Edwards, won in 2015 only after an election widely viewed as a fluke. His Republican rival, then- Sen. David Vitter, had previously been linked to a Washington escort service. Since becoming governor, Mr. Edwards has continued to highlight his conservative sympathies, including pro-gun and antiabortion stances. This spring, trying to burnish his free-market credentials, he backed a legislative push to do away with the florist exam. This could have been a first step toward broader reforms of the state’s licensing practices. Groups that usually butt heads with Mr. Edwards, such as the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, cheered the prospect. “Occupational licenses are essentially government permission slips to work in certain professions,” John Kay, a state director of Americans for Prosperity, wrote in a March op-ed. “In Louisiana, it costs an average of $360 in fees and 202 days of education and experience to obtain an occupational license. For many in our state, particularly the least fortunate, those are insurmountable obstacles and therefore act as barriers to enter certain occupations.” Louisiana’s regulation of florists began in 1950, perhaps not coincidentally under the governorship of the flamboyant machine politician ... https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-have-a-license-for-that-bouquet-1535147773
Geek Chic: Alternative florist produces eco-friendly flowersTuesday, August 28, 2018
Now there is a way to enjoy flowers that are eco-friendly and created to last forever. Geek Chic Floral Boutique, 57 Genesee St., Avon, is an alternative florist, creating colorful, realistic flowers of all varieties out of sola wood and recycled paper.What started out as a craft hobby for owner Anna Prouty has now, less than a year later, become her full-time business. Prouty left her full-time job as an accountant a few months ago when it became apparent that her hobby of creating sola wood flowers was something that people were interested in buying. Geek Chic marked its opening Aug. 3 with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce.Prouty first began creating the sola wood and recycled paper flowers for her own wedding in October 2017. She loved the idea of the flowers being eco-friendly; moreover, she liked that the bouquets would last forever. After her own wedding, Prouty began to create her own dyes and experiment with creating custom colors of flowers that she used to make home décor items. She was asked to participate in a bridal expo and her flowers drew attention from brides to be who also liked the idea that their bouquets could be theirs forever. Prouty began creating more varieties of flowers in many colors; and she hand dyed them all herself. “My husband said either I need to stop making all of the flowers or I need to sell them,” Prouty recalled.She really didn’t have ... http://www.thelcn.com/lcn04/geek-chic-alternative-florist-produces-eco-friendly-flowers-20180820
Flower Arranger announce year programTuesday, August 28, 2018
Yasmin Spiegel, who comes to flower arranging from a background in theatre, costume and design will emphasize pushing the envelope in the use of materials and composition.On Dec. 5, Dixon Florist Courtney Kett, a long-time favorite among Davis Flower Arrangers, will demonstrate new holiday décor ideas while traditionally keeping the audience amused with her latest family news and Dixon gossip.Beginning the new year on Jan. 2, 2019, an active member of Davis Flower Arrangers, will lead a workshop for members only entitled “Using Unconventional Materials in Design.” She has had two of her arrangements selected for publication in the 2019 Vision of Beauty calendar published by the National Garden Clubs Inc. One of her arrangements uses panty hose to provide form and color.On Feb. 6, Ron Brown, well known among the Bay Area Ikebana Organizations as a florist and a provider of display arrangements for the Bouquets to Art Show at the de Young Museum, will help Davis Flower Arrangers understand what is happening in the flower world just to our west.On March 6, Mary Arakelian, this year’s winner of the Flower Arranger of the Year award for a design used on the National Garden Council’s Vision of Beauty Calendar will discuss the Joy of Creative Floral Design. A member of the Sacramento Floral Design Guild and the Auburn Arrangers Guild, she was well received as a speaker for Davis Flower Arrangers in past years. AdvertisementOn April 3, Sahshah Middleton, a Bay Area florist, will speak with demonstrations based on a lifetime of flower work that began in Singapore and includes being a resident designer for the famous Raffles Hotel. She is from a Czechoslovakian family and has most recently been a show manager for the San Francisco County Fair.Membership in Davis Flower Arrangers costs $40 per year and provides access to eight programs and workshops and the potluck picnic party that will end the year in May.Other activities of The Davis Flower Arrangers that all members are invited to join include providing flower arrangements for the Mary L. Stephens Davis Library, working together with the Davis Senior Center to provide May baskets to shut-in seniors, and providing bouquets for the regional garden club luncheon. The club has also provided bouquets for the Odd Fellows Bingo Fundraiser Games and the group sometimes organizes bus tours to the Bouquets to Art Show at the de Young Museum in San Fr... http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20180817/flower-arrangers-announce-year-program
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
The Society of American Florists Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 3:26PM EDT ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society of American Florists will celebrate the longevity of four floral industry businesses with the SAF Century Award during SAF Palm Springs 2018, the association's 134th Annual Convention at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California. The Century Award recognizes companies that have been in business for 100 years or more. The 2018 Century Award honorees are: City Line Florist in Trumbull, Connecticut; Gould's Flowers in Lockport, New York; Janousek Florist & Greenhouse, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska; and Lake Forest Flowers in Lake Forest, Illinois. "Each year when we gather at the SAF convention, we interact with business owners who have determination, vision and grit," said SAF Awards Committee Chairman Marvin Miller, Ph.D., AAF, of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois. "But to sustain that for 100 years or more is truly an impressive ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
After 77-year run, Campus Florist to closeTuesday, August 28, 2018
Purchase a Print More)" Photo by: Ben Zigterman/The News-Gazette Signs in Campus Florist's window, shown Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at 609 E. Green St., C, announce the 77-year-old mainstay's impending closure. Other Related Content Questions? Ask 'em hereCHAMPAIGN — A Campustown mainstay plans to close at the end of October.“We don’t have a set date yet,” said Anne P. Johnston, whose Campus Florist has been at 609 E. Green St. for 77 years.As for why, Johnston said that “after 77 years of being here, I think it’s time.”The shop is just to the east of where a 17-story high-rise is expected to be built on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets, and Johnston said that played into the decision.“I had no intentions of retiring, until this mess came up about the high-rise, an... http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-08-22/after-77-year-run-campus-florist-close.html