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...
A Creative, Flower-Filled Wedding in BaltimoreTuesday, August 28, 2018
Hod’s Alona gown," she says. "It was love at first sight."While Erica didn't technically have bridesmaids, she wanted to make her best friends feel special so she had the florist create a variety of floral jewelry pieces for them to wear. "From floral rings, necklaces, and earrings, they were able to pick what best accompanied their outfits and personalities," she explains.Photo by Abby Jiu PhotographyPhoto by Abby Jiu PhotographyThe ceremony took place in the hotel's courtyard, where the couple brought in trees and floral towers to create a garden party vibe in the middle of the modern, sleek space. They added a final modern touch with the acrylic seating.In addition to creating the garden environment, the couple's planners and florist created a "mother's table" in honor of the bride and groom's late mothers. The table was topped with a statement floral arrangement for each mother and packed with seed packets for guests to take home and plant gardens of their own. "Our mothers loved being outside and in the garden, so this was a lovely way to incorporate them into the wedding," Erica says.Photo by Abby Jiu PhotographyPhoto by Abby Jiu PhotographyThe bride's best friend officiated a highly personalized and emotional ceremony. The officiant's partner also played live music throughout, selecting "Isn't She Lovely" as a special recessional for the newlyweds.Photo by Abby Jiu PhotographyThe couple's modern garden theme was further played out on the pool deck, where guests posed in front of yet another creative wedding detail: a flower-wall photo booth!The cocktail hour menu was thoughtfully curated. "We worked with the chef to create custom dishes not on their menu," says the bride. "That way, we were able to give our guests a taste of Baltimore, Houston, and our travels."Photo by Abby Jiu... https://www.brides.com/story/a-creative-flower-filled-wedding-in-baltimore
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
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
Former Robben Florist and Garden Center business owner dies at 90Tuesday, August 28, 2018
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- George Robben Junior, who owned Robben Florist and Garden Center on Pedretti Road in Delhi Township and served in the Army during the Korean War, died Saturday morning around 3 a.m.He was 90 years old.Robben was the second-generation owner of the garden center after his father, George Robben Sr., built a greenhouse near the corner of Pedretti Road and Delhi Pike in 1931. He and his wife Carroll, who is also very sick, shared a hospital room so they could be spend more time together.Jeff Lefler, secretary of the Delhi Township Veteran's Association, asks that you keep Robben's friends and family in your prayers.Visitation for Robben will be Sunday, August 19, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Vitt, Stermer and Anderson Funeral Home at 4619 Delhi Pike. Mass and burial will be Monday, August 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church at 4551 Delhi Ave. ... https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/delhi/former-robben-florist-and-garden-center-business-owner-dies-at-90
Detectives Seek Man Who Shot, Killed Woman At Lennox Flower ShopTuesday, August 28, 2018
Maria Ventura, a grandmother who had sold flowers in the area for more than 20 years before recently opening her own shop. They told ABC7 that they had no idea who killed the florist, or why. Friends described her as a hard worker who opened her shop several months ago and was doing well.The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, last seen fleeing on foot northbound on Inglewood Avenue toward westbound 104th Street, Koerner said. No weapon was recovered.Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at lacrimestoppers.org.Detectives Seek Man Who Shot, Killed Woman At Lennox Flower Shop was last modified: August 7th, 2018 by Contributing Editor>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: ... https://mynewsla.com/crime/2018/08/07/detectives-seek-man-who-shot-killed-woman-at-lennox-flower-shop/