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High school notebook: Vaughn Flowers stepping in larger role for Rolling Hills Prep boys basketball team - The Daily BreezeTuesday, February 27, 2018
Mater Dei-Windward, followed by Etiwanda-Harvard-Westlake). Bishop Montgomery opens the boys schedule at 6:30 p.m. against Sierra Canyon, followed by Etiwanda-Mater Dei.San Pedro’s Barrios heading to stateSan Pedro sophomore Sydney Barrios finished second at 143 pounds at the L.A. City Section wrestling finals on Saturday to qualify for CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday in Visalia.Barrios will join Mira Costa’s trio of Sasha Medvidovic (150), Allysa Nocum (121) and Viviana Ramirez (189) as South Bay wrestlers competing. Wrestling begins Friday at 9 a.m.Mira Costa water polo moving onThe Mira Costa girls water polo team advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs with Saturday’s 8-4 win over Rosary.The fourth-seeded Mustangs (20-10) will take on top-seeded Harvard-Westlake (23-4) in the semifinals on Wednesday at the William Woollett Aquatics Center (4601 Walnut Ave., Irvine). http://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/02/20/high-school-notebook-vaughn-flowers-stepping-in-larger-role-for-rolling-hills-prep-boys-basketball-team/
Muir Ranch gives students at Muir High a chance to flourish with flowers - Pasadena WeeklyTuesday, June 20, 2017
San Pedro. He recalls Barrett arriving at one giveaway “with a 14-foot truck to load up,” and the two quickly struck up a friendship over the fact that Barrett’s vision of the Muir campus “extended beyond being just asphalt and concrete.” Baron and his initial group of student Ranch workers first attempted to grow and sell food crops to school cafeterias, but found that the opportunities were extremely limited by the state’s educational bureaucracy. Having long specialized in growing and selling exotic flowers in his other endeavors, he decided to switch the focus of the program with resounding success. “The focus on flowers puts us in direct engagement with caterers, weddings, and galas, makes it more appealing to the kids,” says Baron. “I pick the genetics, the variety, and the minimal growing conditions for the flowers, but the kids do really beautiful things with them, and we just sold $4,000 worth of flowers the week before Mother’s Day.” Under the $250,000 annual budget, which is raised through a combination of public and private funding including a $25,000 contribution from Miracle-Gro, the student workers earn $10.50 an hour for up to 30 hours each week, including a seven-hour Saturday shift. Once the flowers are ready to market, they are sold weekly at the South Pasadena Farmers Market as well as the Saturday morning farmers’ market at Pasadena’s Victory Park, with proceeds channeled back into the program. The Ranch also has a growing base of “subscription” customers who purchase fresh flowers weekly for their homes and businesses, including Jones Coffee and AltaEats in Pasadena. This year marked the first time they supplied flowers to the Rose Parade, via the Miracle-Gro float, and Baron just closed the program’s first $10,000 deal — to create floral “hats” that will be placed on the heads of 1,000 random attendees and possibly some performers at the upcoming Arroyo Seco Music Festival.Their wedding-flower business is also starting to thrive, due to the fact that flowers purchased from the program are tax-deductible. One satisfied customer on the wedding front is Hollie Loson, a Pasadena resident who had her flowers supplied by the Ranch for her 2014 wedding. She was so impressed by the results that this past January she joined the Ranch team as a part-time marketing advisor to help them expand their reach and orchestrated a special showcase for wedding industry professionals and event spaces at the school in April. “Over the last couple of years, they’ve been hired to do a lot of events and Mud was tapped out by all the hats he was wearing, so they took me on to sell packages for the students,” says Loson. “I have a history in sales, and I talk to the brides, we invite them to the Ranch, and they have a meeting with our lead student designer. We talk about their inspiration, look at photos and if they hire us, we execute whatever is in their floral package on the day of the wedding.” While the focus on flowers puts the students in contact with a broad array of local businesses and puts money in their pockets, the program has impacted one particular student in a much greater way. Manny Garcia started with the...
Cook Florist celebrates 75 years - The CountyWednesday, March 14, 2018
When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. Sidney Cook already owned a gas station, which included a bike rental shop, that had many soldiers from the Air Force base as customers.The Cooks had always enjoyed growing and cutting flowers and after a while people began asking them to make floral arrangements for special occasions. The couple realized that they could create a great business out of that community need and so one year Edna Cook attended the Gorney School of Floral Art in Boston. She and her husband opened Cook Florist not long afterward.Today the Cooks’ granddaughter Karen Duncan is the third-gener...
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half block of property, making it the “largest and b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html
Saving spring: How the Ohio River almost stole thousands of tulips - Cincinnati.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Park went to battle stations.They were ready. When the park flooded three years ago, the workers had made a point of watching how far up the water came and what was going to be planted there.The park florists – actually they're horticulturalists – saw that the tulip bulbs in the Memory Garden bed needed attention.Workers all over the park were moving the foot piano, chess pieces, picnic tables and all the stuff that required electricity. They also moved salt and mulch and potting soil. (They moved everything into the parking garage only to learn that the garage would also be submerged. So they moved all that stuff again.)But the bulbs, planted in an intricate pattern of undulating color, couldn't be just yanked out of the ground and put in a bag and replanted when the water dropped.The bed was replanted this year with bulbs to create a special ombre effect, shading from dark purple to light pink. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)It was supposed to be this fabulous show of color. "We were excited to see how it turned out," said florist Corrie Carswell.So, moving the bulbs required some, well, innovation."As a Hail Mary to try to protect 3,500 tulips, we tarped and sandbagged the overlook bed," she said.A team that included florists Corrie Carswell ,Garrett Dienno and Jay Swanson and district crew leader Casey McCann came up with and executed a simple plan to save tulips from the Ohio River: Cover the bulbs, load on sandbags and hope for the best. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)The water rose, creating a blue tarp island in the midst of the muddy water, lapping at the edges of the bed. The water soon covered it. The water continued to rise.The river crested at 60.9 feet, putting the beds under about 6 feet of water, Carswell said. p class=...
Oscars supporting role: The floral designer to the stars - WLS-TVWednesday, March 14, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, California -- Meet floral designer to the stars, Eric Buterbaugh. When Hollywood needs the most upscale floral arrangements, Buterbaugh is the go-to guy.As a highly sought-after florist, Buterbaugh has a long client list of A-list celebrities, a few of them being Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Naomi Campbell.Awards season is one of Buterbaugh's busiest times of the year. Not only does he work on the floral arrangements for the Oscar parties, but everyone uses Buterbaugh's designs to send as a "thank you" or "congratulations" gift. http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/oscars-supporting-role-the-florist-to-the-stars/3170684/
Oklahoma City florist fuses flowers and art to redefine floral experience - NewsOK.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Each order goes through a design and planning process, and on the big day, the production team is on site to bring the vision to life.Williams and master florist George Catechis moved to Oklahoma in 2011 from Las Vegas where they were in the same line of work.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.Catechis has been in the flower business since he was a boy.“It’s safe to say he has his doctorate in ‘Over-the-top Floral Design’ and the ‘More is More’ theory,” Williams joked.Williams worked in high-end guest services at Caesars Palace and Bellagio and, in her own words, minored in “creativity” at the prestigious School of Life.The concept that the two brought to Oklahoma has worked.“A year in the life of The Fleuriste is adorned with roughly 500,000 stems of flowers, over 500 client meetings and site visits in as many as 22 cities,” Williams said.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.They design wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients.“Our focus leans mostly toward weddings, events, galas, corporate functions and installations,” Williams said. “We also have flower school once a month at The Fleuriste where we have a blast with our guests teaching them to make their own floral designs.”Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.The team at The Fleuriste is passionate about their work and believes in the significance of creating stunning bouquets and breathtaking environments with respect for clients’ style and preferences, but also the flowers themselves.“Flowers bring another level of dimension through texture and color to any space. They’re the life of the party,” Williams said.Their designs continue to evolve, but their approach remains consistent. Williams and her team believe flowers are not simply colors and varieties but also an interpretation of personalities and lifestyles, especially of those they represent. Whether designing for individuals, events or corporate environments, the focus remains dedicated to the translation of clients’ personal style and vision.“Being able to translate people’s vision into an experience is wonderful. The creative aspect for sure is rewarding, but the absolute best is people’s reaction when they see what we’ve created,” Williams said.The Fleuriste is located 1020 NW 82nd Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit thefleuriste.com. alert('start 3'); Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. The Fleuriste team designs wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients. Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. Photo court... http://newsok.com/article/5583554