Local Flower Shop News
Modesto has nation’s largest garden club. It shows in 140 downtown flower pots - The Modesto BeeTuesday, December 04, 2018
Sixth-graders Varun Murali of Lakewood School and Joseph Yakligian of Fair Oaks School topped the countywide bee for elementary students. They will compete at the state bee in Stockton. Fifth-grader Taetum Cardenas of Connecting Waters Charter School won honorable mention and will go to Stockton if one of the others cannot. A sampling of the words the county champions had to spell: apiarist, idiosyncrasy, gasconade and intermittent. The county’s top junior high spellers were eighth-grader Alisha Chakravarty of Turlock Junior High School and seventh-grader Gurbaani Pannu of Prescott Junior High School. They will compete in the state bee in San Rafael. The alternate is seventh-grader Amay Parmar of Prescott. Some of the words they nailed: sacrilegious, deleterious, supercilious and magnanimity. The Stanislaus County Education Foundation and the county Office of Education put on the bees. Foster Farms aids Paradise Foster Farms donated $25,000 worth of its cooked chicken products to families affected by the massive Camp Fire in Paradise. The Livingston-based company is working with the Community Action Agency of Butte County and several food banks to deliver about 24,000 servings. “Community involvement has been a Foster Farms value since 1939,” CEO Laura Flanagan said in a news release. “As a California company, we feel a responsibility to step forward and support our fellow Californians in times of need.” The donation came amidst the ann... https://www.modbee.com/latest-news/article222463475.html
Craig Barker: Tributes and flowers for 'true gent' left in Stockton and ThornabyTuesday, July 31, 2018
Flowers have begun to appear and tributes are flooding in on social media to Stockton murder victim Craig Barker.Mr Barker, 47, who died on Tuesday, two days after being violently attacked in Hardwick , ran a car wash business in Thornaby town centre . And on Wednesday, amid social media suggestions of “flooding the car park with flowers”, bunches and bouquets had begun to appear. Floral tributes have also appeared near Mr Barker’s home. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in 8Cancel A florist in Thornaby’s Pavilion Centre, Heaven Scent, has opened a book of condolence for anyone wanting to leave a message in his memory. Heaven Scent’s owner told Teesside Live: “He was hard-working and always had time for people. Craig Barker “He loved the kids and if he was washing cars and, say someone was struggling with their shopping bags, he’d always help them lift them into the car. “Everyone is totally shocked - he was a lovely man.” Several shops in the centre are due to... https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/craig-barker-tributes-stockton-thornaby-14949521
Heights Flower Shoppe Voted Top Florist in Bergen County - TAPinto.netTuesday, January 08, 2019
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Heights Flowers Shoppe and Tea Room on the Boulevard was named one of the best local businesses in the florist category in the Best of Bergen Readers' Choice Award as by a local magazine.Owner Ray Vorisek wasn't aware that the business was being considered for the honor."It just happened," he said. "It was a nice surprise."Sign Up for E-NewsAs part of the award, Vorisek and the shop will have the opportunity to be featured at an event celebrating all the winners at MetLife Stadium in the fall. Vorisek and Heights Flower Shoppe has been in town for 32 years. He attributed his success in business to his customers and "staff who have been with him for years." He is also the President of the Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce.Even though noted in the award, Vorisek closed the Victorian Tea House (its complete name) earlier this year. The Tea House was a private room on the second floor available for people to explore and sample the finer points of teas from around the world. He plans to revamp the space an... https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hasbrouck-heights-slash-wood-ridge-slash-teterboro/articles/heights-flower-shoppe-voted-top-florist-in-bergen
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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US Supreme Court sends case of WA florist back to Olympia - KVI-RadioTuesday, January 08, 2019
The United States Supreme Court ordered the case of a Washington florist, Baronelle Stutzman, back to the Supreme Court of Washington, declining to hear the appeal but remanding it for new review in light of the High Court's recent decision involving a Colorado baker.Both cases revolve around a business owner declining to serve a customer regarding a gay wedding ceremony. In Stutzman's case, she declined to serve a gay customer who wanted her to present and arrange flowers at a gay wedding. Stutzman said her religious beliefs prevented her from participating in such an event. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson ultimately sued Stutzman for discrimination. Stutzman lost both a lower court ruling and a Supreme Court of Washington appeal. That's when she and her legal team appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Associated Press, the justices' order Monday means the court is passing for now on the chance to decide whether business owners can refuse on religious grounds to comply with anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.T... http://kvi.com/news/local/us-supreme-court-sends-case-of-wa-florist-back-to-olympia
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/
Oscars supporting role: The floral designer to the stars - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
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. ... https://abc7.com/entertainment/oscars-supporting-role-the-florist-to-the-stars/3170684/