Local Flower Shop News
Humboldt flower growers donate to float in 2017 Rose Parade - Eureka Times StandardTuesday, January 24, 2017
Floral Farms, with fields in Arcata and in Willow Creek, said Tuesday it donated irises, tulips, lilies and green ball dianthus to a float built by students at California Polytechnic universities in San Luis Obispo and Pomona.“It’s a real honor to have our flowers in the Rose Parade,” said Bill Prescott with Sun Valley Floral Farms.Prescott, who said he would watch the parade Jan. 2 in Pasadena from his home in Eureka, called it an honor that the float is being built entirely with flowers grown in the state.In total, the flower farm donated 300 tulips and 500 lilies all grown in Arcata and 16,000 green ball dianthus and 500 irises grown at their farm in Oxnard, Prescott said in an email.According to a statement from the California Cut Flowers Commission, the float is one of only four in the parade that will be built using solely California-grown flowers. Floats by Miracle-Gro, FTD and Real California Milk will also feature an exclusively Californian flower arrangement.Prescott said competition from other flower growers tends to come from out of the country, so he was glad he was able to contribute to an organization supporting native growers.Each of the float’s builders will get around the time of the parade a certificate from California Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross during a ceremony that authent... http://www.times-standard.com/article/NJ/20161227/NEWS/161229866
Rose Parade Festivities Kicked Off with California Grown Certification Ceremony - Santa monica ObservedTuesday, January 03, 2017
California Grown and will use California Grown flowers to decorate its 11 VIP parade vehicles.The float from California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona that features "A New Leaf" theme will also receive the California Grown Certification on January 1.The Real California Milk float, "Legacy of Generations," will pay homage to the success that comes from the knowledge passed from generation to generation and the essential partnership relationship between the farmers, the land, the animals and their communities. "We really appreciate the partnership between our state's dairy and flower farmers for the second year in a row," said Kasey Cronquist, CCFC CEO and ambassador.The Tournament of Roses Parade® is a New Year's tradition where nearly one million visitors line Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena to view the beautiful floats first hand, and millions more watch from their homes across the country.The California floral industry has a $12.2 billion annual impact on the state's economy. California's flower farmers represent more than 4,500 jobs and contribute $1.7 million to California's economy every day.About the California Cut Flower Commission: The California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) is a state agency created in 1990 by the Legislature to advocate and promote California cut flowers and foliage farmers. For more information about California Grown flowers, visit http://www.ccfc.org.About the Buy California Marketing Agreement and the "California Grown" Program: The Buy California Marketing Agreement (BCMA) is a joint effort of agricultural industry groups representing the products of California's farms and ranches. Working as an advisory board to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, BCMA brings together industry and government resources to increase the awareness, consumption and value of California agricultural products, helping the state's consumers enjoy the best of the California lifestyle. For more information, visit http://www.californiagrown.org.This article passed through the Full-Text RSS service - if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.Recommended article: The Guardian's Summary of Julian Assange's Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False. http://www.smobserved.com/story/2017/01/03/events/rose-parade-festivities-kicked-off-with-california-grown-certification-ceremony/2419.html
Top Flower Shops Near Woodland Hills - Woodland Hills MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Woodland Hills and surrounding areas, remaining committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts backed by friendly and prompt service. Branding itself a “local family florist,” Woodland Warner Flowers goes out of its way to make every experience a pleasant one with hand-arranged flowers that are fresh and expertly handled by professional florists to give each gift that special, personal touch. Amongst the top flower shops near Woodland Hills, Woodland Warner Flowers boasts an assortment of lovely plants and dazzling gift baskets for any occasion. The store is located at 21212 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.Any of the shops mentioned above will definitely redefine “flower power” when you’re looking for that perfect bouquet this year, no matter the occasion. http://woodlandhillsmagazine.com/top-flower-shops-near-woodland-hills/
Roots in Bloom entrepreneur returns to her roots - The GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
ION — Cassie Hammarmeister’s new business is rooted in her pursuit of wellness.Long Para:1 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- On Aug. 1, Hammarmeister opened Roots in Bloom, a florist and wellness business in a historic Marion home.Long Para:2 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “It’s all very personal,” Hammarmeister said of the path that led her to the new business. “It’s scary to put it out there, but maybe it will help set someone else free.”Long Para:3 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- After Hammarmeister completed a floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College, she worked at a couple smaller flower shops before taking a manager position at a large florist in the Corridor.Long Para:4 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “I was running a business and dealing with personal stuff in my 20s,” she said. “I didn’t appreciate working with nature.”Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- It was those personal issues, including chronic back pain and struggles with anxiety and depression, that drew her to a new career as a wellness practitioner. In 2011, she attended Carlson College to become a licensed massage therapist.Long Para:6 Long Pra Tota... http://thegazette.com/subject/news/business/roots-in-bloom-marion-iowa-florist-wellness-corridor-cbd-yoga-20180827
E. Stephen Hein Florist makes a move from Winchester Road to Second Street - Lexington Herald-LeaderTuesday, January 08, 2019
E. Stephen Hein Florist, a fixture among downtown Lexington businesses, is moving from its current Winchester Road location to Second Street near the new Martine’s Pastries. The floral business, which has been in business downtown for 31 years, was moving from Winchester Road to Second Street at Eastern Avenue the day after Christmas. It started business at The Wellington Arms at 508 East Main Street, then moved to another Main Street location, to the store at 611 Winchester Road, where it has been for 11 years. It is moving to a location at Second Street and Eastern Avenue, near Martine’s Pastries, at 400 East Third Steet. Martine’s opened... https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article223514825.html
Former White House Chief Florist takes the wreath to new heights - The Mercury NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
Brussels sprouts (Photos courtesy of Laura Dowling) Swan Lake: Marshmallows, white feathers and silvered branchesThe gallery will resume insecondsFor Dowling, former Chief Florist for the White House, the challenge was to create a new twist on a circular form as old as, well, the Earth.Wait, “You were the florist for the White House?”Twenty years ago, Dowling had a career in public policy and communications strategy. In 2000, she went to Paris for the first time and fell in love with the flower shops.She began doing floral design on the side, and her little business blossomed. When the White House job opened in 2009, she applied along with hundreds of others. Eventually, the search narrowed to three finalists.The last step was a four-hour timed competition. “They put the three finalists in separate rooms,” she said, “and asked us to create arrangements for a state dinner, the blue room, and the Oval Office.” Next, Michelle Obama came to see the arrangements and interview the designers.Dowling’s fresh-from-the-garden, French flower style won the day. “It’s what Jackie Kennedy would have done,” said Dowling of the first lady who created the role of White House Chief Florist in 1961. And so began a dream job, which she held from 2009 to 2015. Since then, she’s written, “Floral Diplomacy”, “A White House Christmas”, about one of the nation’s biggest and most visible floral design jobs; and now “Wreaths.”Dowling’s 128-page book lays out everything you need to know to make 78 inventive, unexpected wreaths. Each recipe includes the tools you’ll need, materials, skill level, approximate duration and eye-candy photos.Dowling and I could have talked all day:Q: What do you wish more people knew about wreath making?A: Anyone can go out and buy a wreath. But so many are flat and typical. I would love for people to know they ca... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/
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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