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
Former White House Chief Florist takes the…Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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 programTuesday, October 30, 2018
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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The Art of Flowers: Carolyne Roehm will speak about her career in fashion, design and gardeningTuesday, October 30, 2018
Growing up in Missouri, she remembers playing on her grandparents’ farm, in the garden and with the animals.“As a little girl I played dress- up and played florist,” she said. “My heart and soul is really in the outdoors and nature.”Roehm, 67, started her career as a fashion designer in New York City, working for Oscar de la Renta before opening her own fashion house. But the love of nature never left her, and after 22 years she took a hiatus from the world of fashion to learn a new craft, taking an unpaid stint working at a flower shop in Paris.There, she learned the intricacies of designing perfect bouquets and floral arrangements.“I kind of took a sabbatical and decided I wanted to do things I’d never had time to do before,” she said.It was a whole new kind of design, but in many ways, she said, it was familiar.“To me, there is no difference. Flowers and nature teach us about color, about proportion, about line texture, about composition,” she said.She went on to write 13 books, combining her love of gardens, fashion and interior design. Her latest book, “Design & Style: A Constant Thread,” published Sept. 25 by Rizzoli, is part memoir, part photo-laden coffee table book, mixing stories from her life and career with images of her gardens and design work.“I wanted to show this relationship between gardening and fashion and flowers. Flowers have connected so much of what I’ve designed and created,” she said. “This is my relationship with nature and flowers.”That’s an apt topic for her visit to the Cedar Rapids Garden Club, which has supported public beautifica... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/the-art-of-flowers-carolyne-roehm-will-speak-about-her-career-in-fashion-design-and-gardening-20181027
More top designers to return to 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as children theme emergesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Greenfingers children's hospice garden charity.In the pavilion, Thompson & Morgan hope to exhibit new plants on Sparsholt College’s exhibit.Dutch growers such as Florist Holland hope to exhibit on a Birmingham Council exhibit, which has not been confirmed.Millais, APHA, Hillier and Medwyn Williams are also set to exhibit in the pavilion alongside dozens of the regular nurseries. ... https://www.hortweek.com/top-designers-return-2019-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-children-theme-emerges/landscape/article/1497566
Swonk Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close SaturdayTuesday, October 30, 2018
After almost a century of business, Swonk's Flower Shop is closing its doors on Saturday. The downtown florist, which can be found a short distance from Horrocks Farm Market at 84 Goguac St., was opened in 1927 by Molly Simonds and her husband, Charlie Swonk. The current owners, Jeanette and Jim Schmid, took over the store in 2002 and are closing the store so they can retire. Jeanette Schmid had worked at Swonk's since the 1960s when she was in high school. She took a break in 1994 when they moved to Lansing but came back to Battle Creek in 2002 when they bought the store. She’s been running it ever since. “It’s not a business that’s real lucrative, so you can’t really think about that part,” Schmid said. “It’s the satisfaction of doing it. So I thought about being a secretary, but that fell by the wayside, and I stayed with this as a career. I continued working in a flower shop in Lansing. I never left the flower business.” Until now, when the Schmids decided it was time to retire. Jeanette Schmid will continue to work with flowers in her own garden at home. She has 12 flower beds that she’s looking forward to filling with phlox, lilies, hollyhocks and more once spring returns. “They’re miracles,” Schmid said. “To watch a flower grow, come to life, bloom, and there’s so many different kinds. They’re a magnificent creation of God. And they’re beautiful.&rd... https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2018/10/25/swonks-flower-shop-closing/1755166002/