Local Flower Shop News
An illustrated guide to Los Angeles trees and flowersTuesday, August 28, 2018
Orange treesOranges arrived in Southern California with Spanish missionaries, who planted one of the first groves in the region at Mission San Gabriel in 1804. But it wasn’t until the 1870s that the citrus industry really took off, thanks to the introduction of a seedless variety of orange from Brazil, which later became known as the Washington navel. The advent of refrigerated shipping a decade later really kicked things into high gear, and in short order, vast swaths of what is now Pasadena, the San Fernando Valley, and, of course, Orange County were blanketed by orange groves. Most of the groves got squeezed out by the post-WWII population boom and suburban sprawl, but orange, lime, and lemon trees can still be found in countless yards all over the city. And for those folks who don’t have a yard, or whose yards are without fruit trees, there’s the Endless Orchard, which maps the location of publicly accessible fruit-bearing trees in your neighborhood.5. Angel’s trumpetIts name might be cute, and its musical instrument-shaped flowers pretty, but don’t toot on those horns—they’ve got hallucinogenic properties and are highly toxic, as more than a few curious teens who’ve ingested them in the hopes of getting high have learned firsthand.6. JacarandaFor 10 months a year, these South American imports are content to blend into the landscape, providing shade and shelter in low-key fashion while quietly biding their time. Then one spring day, as if by prearranged signal—Shazam!—they turn into drama queens, unveiling their vivid violet canopies in concert for maximum impact. When you find yourself feeling less dazzled by the annual showcase of purple haze than annoyed about the mess that accompanies it, congratulations—you’re now a local.7. Gold medallion treeNative to Brazil, the gold medallion tree is a relatively recent arrival to these parts, introduced via the LA County Arboretum’s plant research programs of the 1960s and ’70s. Hardy and drought-tolerant, it’s used for reforestation of natural landscapes that have been destroyed by fire or overgrazed by herd animals. On top of being practical, gold medallions are visually arresting, brightening summer and early fall with their sunny yellow blossoms.8. Moreton Bay figLike non-native palms, Moreton Bay fig trees don’t make a whole lot of sense in our urban jungle. Originally from Australia, they are best suited for rainforests. They take up a lot of space, and their thick roots wreak havoc on sidewalks and plumbing systems. Not that Angelenos hold these drawbacks against the majestic ... https://la.curbed.com/2018/8/23/17720768/los-angeles-plants-trees-glossary-guide-jasmine-palm
Glendora doctor accused of damaging endangered Brodiaea plant growing in protected hillside - The San Gabriel Valley TribuneTuesday, June 27, 2017
GLENDORA >> A local physician living in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains faces fines and possibly criminal prosecution after a state environmental agency accused him of crushing several specimens of an endangered plant growing in protected hillside near his home.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on March 3 sent Dr. Tim Ferguson a notice of violation for allegedly running over at least three plants, possibly with an off-road vehicle, while crisscrossing the property owned by the Glendora Conservancy at 2400 Bluebird Road.The spindly, purpled-flowered plants are known as the thread-leafed Brodiaea. The species was declared Glendora’s official flower in 1996. Photographs attached to the violation notice show the three plants damaged with their stalks bent by an off-road vehicle that left tire tracks on the grassy area where the flowers are known to grow.Running over the plants is considered a violation, or a “take,” of the rare plant species. Brodiaea filifolia is classified as endangered by the state of California and threat... http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/20170314/glendora-doctor-accused-of-damaging-endangered-brodiaea-plant-growing-in-protected-hillside
Century-Old Nunziato Florists Closes, Building Sells for $3.6 M - Sunnyside PostTuesday, January 08, 2019
Nunzato Florists at 51-28 Roosevelt Ave. (Queens Post)Dec. 26, 2018 By Nathaly PesantezWoodside’s Nunziato Florists has closed, with the Roosevelt Avenue building it called home recently selling and marking the end of an era for the neighborhood.The florist, located at 51-28 Roosevelt Ave., closed up shop in recent months after operating out of the one-story building on the busy corridor for nearly a century.Property records show that the shop, along with the two-story home next door at 51-24 Roosevelt Ave., were sold for about $3.68 million in late November.The property at 51-24 Roosevelt Ave., next to the flower shop, which sold as part of the same transaction. (Google Maps)The buyer is listed simply as “52 Roosevelt Ave Inc,” but shares an address with AA Realty First, a Flushing-based real estate management company.The developer has yet to file new building or demolition plans, and did not immediately respond to questions about its plans for the property.Nunziato Florists... https://sunnysidepost.com/century-old-nunziato-florists-closes-building-sells-for-3-6-m
Royal florist reveals the drama behind creating Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding flowers - HELLO! MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall tied the knot on 9 April 2005 December 12, 2018 - 11:02 GMT Sharnaz Shahid Royal florist Simon Lycett has opened up about the challenge he faced ahead of Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding. He was the man behind the royal couple's flowers on the big day... He was the man behind the incredible floral masterpieces at Princess Eugenie's wedding and has often been picked by the Queen to decorate some of the historic royal palaces. And while royal florist Simon Lycett has created some of the most fabulous decorations, things haven't always been smooth-sailing - particularly when it came to providing the arrangements at Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in Windsor on 9 April 2005. The wedding date had been set for 8 April 2005 but had to be postponed by a day, so that the Charles could represent Her Majesty at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall married in 2005Speaking exclusively to HELLO!, Simon revealed: "The most dramatic incident we had was when we created the flowers for the Prince of Wales wedding to th... https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018121265519/royal-florist-reveals-why-prince-charles-and-camilla-wedding-flowers-challenging/
A Different Bloom: Conroe-area flower shop blossoms - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, January 08, 2019
A Different Bloom owner Holly Burns spends her days surrounded by flowers and ribbons at her blossomy boutique. A florist for more than a decade, Burns creates contemporary flower arrangements, personalized gift baskets, corsages and formal items for a variety of occasions. https://communityimpact.com/houston/conroe-montgomery/business/2018/08/21/a-different-bloom/
Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
Posted by Brian SparksDecember 19, 2018 Mel Schwanke, Past President of the Society of American Florists and a recipient of the SAF Floriculture Hall of Fame Honor, passed away at his home in Fremont, NE, on Dec. 17, 2018, at the age of 92.Schwanke served as the executive director of the Nebraska Florist Society for more than 50 years and was also the Executive Director of NeMoKan — the Nebraska Missouri and Kansas Florist Association Convention, held annually for many years. He served on numerous committees, including the Retail Florists Council for SAF, and helped to create the American Floral Endowment for research and education in the flower industry.AdvertisementMel and Joey, his surviving wife of 70 years, were known throughout the floral industry for many years for their passion and dedication. They were also known as the famous matching couple, having dressed in coordinating outfits at industry events and everyday in Joey’s family business, Greens Greenhouses Inc.Schwanke served as a Marine in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He i... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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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