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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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Stourbridge florist Laura Leong to take part in Interflora World Cup - Dudley NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
A STOURBRIDGE florist has been picked to represent the UK and Ireland at one of the most prestigious floral design competitions in the world. Fresh from being crowned Interflora Florist of the Year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last summer - Laura Leong, of The Flower Basket, will be competing at the world-renowned Interflora World Cup at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show in Pennsylvania. The 46-year-old faces tough competition as she takes on 22 of the finest floral designers from five different continents, each aiming to go home with the top accolade. She said: "It’s an absolute honour to have been chosen to go through and represent the UK and Ireland at the 2019 Interflora World Cup this year off the back of winning the UK’s Florist of the Year competition. "As competitions go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this and my opposition couldn’t be tougher, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge." During the competition, Laura - who has work... https://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/17461178.stourbridge-florist-laura-leong-to-take-part-in-interflora-world-cup/
Wedding of the Week: Stacey Barclay and Christopher McCann - Daily RecordTuesday, March 19, 2019
Gary Barclay and Kieran Rooney. Honeymoon The newlyweds travelled to Las Vegas for their honeymoon. Photography Maureen Bell Photography. (Image: Hamilton Advertiser) Flowers Busy Lizzies Florist. Cake Kimmy Cakes - Couture Cake Design. Thanks The couple want to thank all of their family and friends who shared their big day with them, giving them memories that they will cherish forever. How to take part It’s free and easy to feature as our Wedding of the Week. Just email email@example.com for more details and we’ll get back to you. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/wedding-week-stacey-barclay-christopher-14094463
New ixia Flowers outlet at Booths Park - Knutsford GuardianTuesday, March 19, 2019
BRUNTWOOD Works is set to welcome international florist Jonathan Moseley on Wednesday (March 13) as he officially opens ixia Flowers’ outlet at Booths Park. The outlet opened on March 4, and is run by qualified florist Holly Beresford. It is the company’s second launch in 12 months, and offers fresh flower deliveries across Knutsford and Alderley Edge It follows a stand-out year for the ixia Flowers Ltd after its initial launch last year, and later being awarded a silver medal at RHS Tatton for its ‘Floral Royalty’ exhibit. The team is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the business community hub at Booths Park, which includes start-ups and established brands. Andrew Lomas, director at ixia Flowers Ltd, said: “We’re extremely proud to join the Bruntwood community. “The setting at Booths Park is absolutely beautiful, and is the perfect backdrop to showcase our fabulous fresh flowers and plants, and the welcome from our new neighbours has been second to none. “The las... https://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/17492774.new-ixia-flowers-outlet-at-booths-park/
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
Every Ranunculus Lover Needs to Visit These Fields at Carlsbad Ranch - HouseBeautiful.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Move over, tulips. These ranunculus fields in Carlsbad, California are about to steal your thunder. Back in the 1920s, a Dutch florist named Luther Gage settled in this area north just north of San Diego and planted tons of ranunculus seeds he brought over with him. After several decades, the beauty of these more than 50 acres of vibrant flowers speaks for itself.And to make matters even more impressive, the variety found in The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are giant Tecolote ranunculuses, which are known as one of the finest strains of ranunculuses. That's part of the reason these flowers, also known as a Persian buttercups or Ranunculus asiaticus, are so unique and the fields are worth putting on your bucket list.If you want to see this stunning display for yourself, they're currently in peak bloom (which runs from early March through early May). But you'll have to act fast, since the ranch closes for the season on May 14. When you visit, you can explore the fields by foot or take a ride on a wagon pulled by an antique tractor. It's quite picturesque. Take a look: Getty ... https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/news/a8722/carlsbad-california-flower-fields/