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
Third-generation florist to take over Jamesons Flowers - Times Record NewsMonday, December 17, 2018
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/
Florist Behind Melania Trump's Red Trees Calls Backlash Horrible - The Daily BeastMonday, December 17, 2018
A volunteer florist who helped the White House construct Melania Trump’s infamous red Christmas trees told USA Today that she doesn’t understand the “horrible” social-media backlash against the bright, berry-adorned trees. “I don’t know who first said it. Or why,” Ohio florist Vickie Wenstrup said. “The first thing I saw (on Google) was ‘Melania Trump covers the White House in blood for Christmas.’” While the first lady’s team thought of the red tree concept for the East Colonnade of the East Wing, Wenstrup and about 250 other volunteers labored for three days to make her vision a reality, sticking red berries on white styrofoam cones and working on other White House decorations. While Twitter users claimed the trees reminded them of blood or horror movies, Wenstrup said the trees may have been inspired by the holly topiary trees on White House grounds or the White House Red Room. First Lady Melania Trump defended the red tree... https://www.thedailybeast.com/florist-behind-melania-trumps-red-trees-calls-backlash-horrible
Can the season's plentiful poinsettia displays be harmful to you or your pets? - Colorado Springs GazetteMonday, December 17, 2018
Poinsettias get a bad rep. They can be toxic if they’re consumed. But they’re very bitter to taste, so the risk is low,” said Dixie Schneider, designer with Springs In Bloom florist, 318 E. Colorado Ave. Quite a number of the bad-tasting leaves would have to be consumed to sicken someone. An Ohio State University study showed that a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 500 poinsettia leaves to have any side effects.“Those beautiful flowers you’ve been so wary of keeping in your home during the holidays (lest they poison pets or children) are not toxic,” reports Live Science, citing a study that looked at nearly 23,000 cases of poinsettia exposure reported to poison control centers. None was fatal, and the most severe responses were stomach aches. The poinsettia fears probably were sparked, Live Science writes, by a 1919 case in which a child was said to have died after eating parts of a poinsettia, but neither the death nor the poinsettia connection was confirmed.The milky white sap inside the plant’s stem can cause an allergic reaction — especially ... https://gazette.com/life/can-the-season-s-plentiful-poinsettia-displays-be-harmful-to/article_5a5f17ec-f4d6-11e8-8399-cbea3dc81409.html
MSU Florist invites public to holiday open house - Mississippi State NewsroomMonday, December 17, 2018
Contact: Vanessa BeesonSTARKVILLE, Miss.—The public is invited to ring in the holiday cheer at the upcoming Mississippi State University Florist open house. The event, which includes coffee, cookies and a McCarty pottery door prize giveaway, takes place Friday [Nov. 16] from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the flower shop located at 100 Lee Blvd. in the center of campus.The holiday open house is a chance for Bulldog fans to shop local and check out all that the University Florist has to offer from made-in-Mississippi gift selections, including McCarty pottery and Wolfe Studio ceramic birds, to unique MSU gifts and much more. A complete array of MSU ornaments and holiday arrangements also will be on display and available to order or purchase.“This is our way of kicking off the holiday season and giving the community a chance to stop by and check out all we have to offer,” said Taylor Bowden, florist manager.The University Florist at Mississippi State is a retail shop operated by the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It serves as a practicum for students employed in... https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2018/11/msu-florist-invites-public-holiday-open-house/
Closure of longtime Norridgewock Christmas wreath company a sign of higher costs, industry challenges - Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelMonday, December 17, 2018
A phone call to the number on a “For Sale” sign on the building at 69 Depot St. also was not returned.Newman, who died in 2012, was a florist and greenhouse owner in Winchester, Massachusetts, when he started the tree farm on Sandy River Road in 1965. He eventually moved to Maine and with his wife, Nancy, started a mail-order Christmas tree and wreath business out of the Depot Street building, according to Newman’s obituary and Morning Sentinel archives.Newman retired in 1995, at which point he sold the wreath company to its current owner, David Bolduc.In the message on the website, Bolduc talks about shipping expenses increasing more than 27 percent in a single year. It said the average cost for shipping a wreath is $18 to $20 each, but the company charged only $11.25 for shipping.Leman, the Ellsworth wreath maker, said that sounds about right. His company ships about 6,000 wreaths each year to places all around the country. Six years ago, he said the average shipping cost per wreath was about $8 to $12, with $12 for wreaths going to the West Coast.Now it costs $25 to $30 to send a wreath to the west coast via UPS and “close to $16 bucks to send it next door.”The U.S. Postal Service is also an option, but the rates are generally more expensive than UPS or FedEx to ship wreaths across the country, Leman said.Representatives for both companies said in emails that dimensional weight pricing is a common industry practice, and they have efforts in place to help customers improve their packaging practices.“It allows us to make the best use of space in our vehicles and encourages customers to make packaging adjustments,” said FedEx spokeswoman Rae Lyn. “Ultimately, more efficient packaging is good for our customers and increases the sustainability of our operations.”But Leman said, “When they did that, our shipping costs went through the roof pretty much overnight. We’re a medium- to small-wreath company, so we’re able to negotiate slightly lower rates only because of the volume we ship. A lot of these smaller wreath companies don’t have the volume.”He said he’s considered talking with other wreath purveyors to see if they could form some sort of collective bargaining group, so that smaller businesses could negotiate together on shipping deals.“Every year it’s a problem — shipping costs,” said Tom McCarthy, owner of Central Maine Wreath in Skowhegan. “UPS has a monopoly on everything. The post office is no longer competitive, so you’re caught.”McCarthy said he didn’t know when the Norridgewock company went out of business exactly, but he estimates he’s absorbed some of the product from “fir tippers” who harvest and sell boughs.At Maine Wreath & Flower in Freeport, owner Debbie Cupo said pricing by size has affected her business too, but there’s not much she can do to change the size of boxes or get a better rate.“It just affects the bottom line,” Cupo said. “I don’t make as much money.” She said she is not willing to pass on the extra cost to her customers. “They’re unconditional, so I just don’t make as much. It’s difficult.”Winter wreath making is a New England tradition, and Cupo said she sends her products to customers around the country. Most of her sales are sent out of state.Kell, of Kelco Industries, said the early winter storms this year have “kept people out of the woods who would be collecting the tips, and every wreath producer is behind by a week to 10 days.” His company produces about 5 million wreath rings annually, of which about 25 percent, or 1 million, are sold to wreath-makers in Maine, suggesting the state probably has a few thousand wreath-making operations.Kell said another small industry trend is the “buy-local” movement that has wreath-makers popping up in other parts of the country, decreasing the demand from traditional sellers in New England. Higher shipping costs cont... https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/12/08/closure-of-longtime-norridgewock-christmas-wreath-company-a-sign-of-higher-costs-industry-challenges/