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A New Flower Market is Opening in Providence - Rhode Island MonthlySunday, February 11, 2018
Seattle Growers Flower Market, but that is more of a co-op,” she says. “There are two other markets [that sell local and domestic flowers] in the country that are singly owned, in Minneapolis and Sonoma.”Left: Semia Dunne, founder of the Floral Reserve. Right: wild Queen Anne’s Lace.The market is located in the same building as Dunne’s floral design studio, on Sims Avenue in Providence. Its December launch is strategic, she says.“We won’t have a ton of local products, but the idea is to get people aware of what we do have locally,” she says. “So come the spring, everyone is super familiar with where we are.”At this weekend’s launch event, attendees can browse foraged evergreens from New England; American-grown roses from California; and orchids, hydrangeas and ranunculus from the Netherlands.The market will cater to wholesale customers on weekday mornings. Retail customers can shop for flowers on Friday afternoons and Saturdays.It’ll be a boon for local flower farmers, too. Four have already signed on to sell to Dunne.“Their current model is they pack up their vans and deliver them to us,” she says. “When you’re a flower creative, you actually want to go into a place and touch and feel things. I got the idea that if I was wanting to see this, maybe other floral designers would, too.”A bouquet of local zinnia and dahlia with other locally foraged materials.Dunne estimates that local flowers make up at least 60 percent of her designs. She sources from flower farmers in New England and grows her own blooms on family land in Lincoln.In addition to the market, Dunne says she’ll also rent the space to floral designers who are flown in to Rhode Island for weddings. She notes that Newport is the number two wedding destination in the United States.For flower design hobbyists, Dunne says, the Floral Reserve “will be a lot of eye candy. Not only can [retail customers] support their local farmer, but we’ll also have some really interesting things coming from abroad.”To learn more about the Floral Reserve, visit thefloralreserve.com or attend the launch event this Sunday, December 10, from 10 to 4 p.m. at 1 Sims Avenue, suite 102, in Providence.RELATED ARTICLES Studio Choo Showed Us How to Make the Merriest Holiday Centerpieces3 Shop Owners Spill on the Best Gifts of the SeasonRhode Island Monthly‘s Favorite Things... http://www.rimonthly.com/new-flower-market-opening-providence/
Edible garden recipes are a feast for the eyes, too - San Francisco ChronicleTuesday, August 15, 2017
Image 2 of 12Lafayette garden luncheon: Office manager Becky Chavez (left); floral designer Alethea Harampolis; author Stefani Bittner; her daughter Ana Bittner; Sonoma County gardener Sierra Vasquez (walking with salad); and project manager Kylie Flanagan. lessLafayette garden luncheon: Office manager Becky Chavez (left); floral designer Alethea Harampolis; author Stefani Bittner; her daughter Ana Bittner; Sonoma County gardener Sierra Vasquez (walking with salad); ... more Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle Image 3 of 12Edible flowers perk up a glass of Champagne. Edible flowers perk up a glass of Champagne. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle Image 4 of 12Quick pickled rhubarb.Q... http://www.sfchronicle.com/homeandgarden/article/Masters-of-the-edible-garden-feed-their-souls-too-11106855.php
Slow Flowers - Sacramento MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Why one florist got behind a movement to purchase local flowers.First came the slow food movement, which promotes regional food systems and traditional cooking as an antidote to the ubiquity of fast-food chain restaurants. Now there’s the slow flowers movement, which aims to reconnect florists and consumers to regional flowers and the farmers who grow them.Sacramento florist Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, an adherent to the slow flowers movement, says that for years she has made a point of buying as many local blooms as possible. She says local flowers not only hold up better in bouquets because they haven’t had to travel long distances, but also that “you want your flowers to look like the season” in which they were used. “It seems simple, but it’s kind of a revolutionary idea.”In fact, Cosgrove-Rivas feels so strongly about seasonality that she planned her wedding date so that she could carry Sarah Bernhardt peonies down the aisle. “I think it’s important that our flowers have a sense o... http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2018/Slow-Flowers/
11 places where you can get a dozen roses for under $20 - The TennesseanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Day roses range from $12.99 to more than $100 this year. (Photo: Submitted)If you want to spend more on Valentine's flowersImport Flowers: $30Fresh Market: $49.99Garden Delights: $90Emma's Florist: $99.95Rebel Hill Florist: $99.95...
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...
Morning Bulletin: A Florist's History, Creatures that Glow - westsiderag.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
To date, only $100,000—or about one percent—of the $10 million fund has actually been spent, The Eye has found.”Q Florist, on Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd Street, has a long history in the neighborhood. “Gus Bazas emigrated from Nafpaktos, Greece, and he got his start in 1966 by selling flowers from a cart on Central Park West. He bought his flowers from the flower district in Chelsea and stored them in the space that’s now Q. Peter Jennings, the former anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight” who lived in the neighborhood, became a frequent customer and, according to Nick, encouraged and advised his father when he decided to open a storefront in his storage space.”The Museum of Natural History is creating a floor-to-ceiling installation showing “creatures that glow” as part of its upcoming Unseen Oceans exhibition.Tenant groups are pushing for new state laws to close “loopholes” they say make it easier for landlords to push people out.SHARE THIS...
Health staff say it with flowers — just because - Newark AdvertiserWednesday, March 14, 2018
Women’s and Children’s Division, Helena Clements, wanted to give flowers to a colleague to say she was grateful for her support.Rather than have a bouquet delivered from a florist, Helena decided to support a local charity and have volunteers design an arrangement and deliver it to the hospital. After the appreciation of the first arrangement, Helena decided to support the charity further and continue to spread thanks by signing the department up for a year’s worth of flowers, with a different team member receiving a bouquet each Tuesday.She said: “The idea is that the last person to receive flowers decides who the next bouquet should go to within the division but in a different department.“It is always a lovely surprise for the recipient and means so much to them to be thought of by a friend and a colleague.“It is just such a lovely way to say thank you and it is good for staff morale, as well as supporting a worthy cause too.“I have worked with the Flower Pod in the past so I already knew of their great work and wanted to support their cause further.“I would definitely recommend doing something like this to other organisations. It has been well received.”Advertisement'It made me feel incredibly special and valued'Reach Learning Disability supports people with learning disabilities and is based in Southwell.The charity grows flowers at its garden site and one of the charity’s supported volunteers, Anita Highland, selects flowers and puts together an arrangement, decorates the tin they are in and delivers them.Anita said: “I like doing the flowers every week because I am learning how to make arrangements. The comments about how pretty the flowers are make me feel really happy.” Last week, the assistant general manager of the Women’s and Children’s Division, Lorraine Binch, who received flowers the week before, chose to give colleague Dr Victoria Walker, a consultant paediatrician within community paediatrics, the Just Because flowers.Anita visited King’s Mi...