Coachella Flower Shop News
'JW Marriott' & 'Dolce Blums' create world's largest flower crown - KESQTuesday, May 01, 2018
JW Marriott - Dolce Blums create...Weekend 1 of Coachella might be over but preparations for weekend 2 are already underway.The JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert is bringing in thousands of flowers to make a larger than life flower crown, making for a perfect photo opportunity."So we partnered with 'Dolce Blooms,' a company out of Los Angeles, and our florist Jamie was absolutely incredible. He built a ten foot by ten foot with over 1,300 stems with over a thousand ecliptics leaves, really a plethora of greenery it was absolutely stunning," said Lexi Dempsey, Supervisor of Fun.The hotel is also offering a hair braiding and henna bar for weekend 2, serving up rose quartz infused champagne in crystal water bottles. They are welcoming both hotel guests and festival goers to enjoy their festival programming. http://www.kesq.com/lifestyle/eye-on-the-desert/jw-marriott-dolce-blums-create-worlds-largest-flower-crown/730621670
Meet the Makers Behind Kendall Jenner's Unconventional Floral Headpiece - Vogue.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
The flower crown, in recent years, has gone from unconventional to ubiquitous—less free-spirited wild child, and more “every single girl” at Coachella. But London florist Rebel Rebel is making the flower crown unusual again, as they proved with a creation for Vogue’s April Issue cover star Kendall Jenner.“Crown,” perhaps, doesn’t do the structure justice. It’s an extravagant floral headpiece, overflowing with Gypsophila (better known as baby’s breath) shaped delicately around Jenner’s face. “I call it a lion’s mane,” says Phil Perry, one of the Rebel Rebel florists who made it.Rebel Rebel, who count Dior, Stella McCartney, and Swarovski among their clients, was founded in 2000 by Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin. Their avant-garde and bold designs made them the poster children for London’s ongoing floral revolution, which saw an explosion in radical creativity and surrealism. While other florists fiddled away at crowns, Rebel Rebel perfected their floral diadems and mohawks. “I was quite bored with what was coming out,” Perry says of their experimental visions. “Flower crowns are so beautiful and so wrapped up in culture. I...
The Power of Wearing Flowers - New York TimesTuesday, February 27, 2018
Joni Mitchell, in a daisy-chain crown, asking for peace, love and understanding; and the modern-day women that emulate her, in festivals from Glastonbury to Coachella.p class="Paragraph-paragraph--2eXNE elementStyles-paragraph--3EIcW element...
This is why all of those people have flowers on their heads at Arroyo Seco Weekend - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, November 07, 2017
Seriously everywhere, from in front of the Louvre in Paris, to Havana, Cuba and to Corona. Oh, and you may have seen “#FlowersOnYourHead” at Coachella too (no, they are not just flower crowns). Arroyo Seco Weekend, however, was the first music festival where Baron was sponsored (by JetBlue) and the project had its own tent. Although, that did not stop them from wandering around the grounds putting flowers on the heads of attendees and even artists. •Related:Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers deliver a set packed with hits on opening night of Arroyo Seco WeekendWant to see some of these creations? Head to Baron’s Instagram or look up the hashtag “#flowersonyourhead” and you will see a plethora. And if you want to get a pristine shot of some flowers on your head, go over to the JetBlue/Muir Ranch tent, although you may just bump into Baron while walking the grounds or bump into him in front of a museum in Europe some day. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20170625/this-is-why-all-of-those-people-have-flowers-on-their-heads-at-arroyo-seco-weekend
This year's Desert Gardening Community Day will be bigger than ever - The Desert SunTuesday, November 07, 2017
This is a makeover of the old, smaller Community Day through the co-sponsorship by powerhouses UC Riverside Master Gardeners and the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and the UC Cooperative Extension. Each lecture, presentation or demonstration is given by well educated and established local professionals. In the world of gardening today, there's a lot of fake news about plants, so this kind of instruction is vital to learning the basics here.Discover apache plume, a desert native with soft textured exotic flowers. (Photo: Maureen Gilmer/Special to The Desert Sun)Community Garden Day this year is so huge you'll have to consult the Horticultural Society website at Deserthorticulturalsociety.org. It details not just the main event at UC Riverside but many other opportunities around the valley and Southern California and various other locations. This is where you'll get the list of classes, show times and other activities at Garden Day. Moms, don't overlook the fun kids activities to help them learn to grow plants with you.There are at least 4 classes offered on Native plants, which is a real benefit since most folks know little about integrating southwest desert species into their garden. You'll learn about their origin, life cycle and various uses by indigenous peoples of the desert. Get set to grow penstemons, brittlebush, datura, and bright desert mallow this year. More: How to keep your trees safe from 'deadly' insects in the desertSustainable organic gardening presentations help you get started with a winter garden in this crazy tropical desert climate. October is planting time for the winter garden of root and leaf plants, or protected tomato planting for an earlier start than planting in the New Year. Enjoy your own renewable organic vegetables in a climate that allows growing almost year-around.Find out how to grow our fabulous California penstemons for desert gardens. (Photo: Maureen Gilmer/Special to The Desert Sun) There are demonstrations on efficient irrigation and water conse... http://www.desertsun.com/story/life/home-garden/maureen-gilmer/2017/10/20/years-desert-gardening-community-day-bigger-than-ever/772787001/
This D.C. florist secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - The Washington PostWednesday, March 06, 2019
The florist’s all-time customer list has featured Washington Post cartoonist Herblock, the late Mayor Marion Barry, the Washington Nationals, television/radio host Larry King, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, astrologer Jeanne Dixon, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height and half the hotels in town.Florist shops in the United States average about $350,000 in revenue a year and pocket about $50,000 in profit, according to the Society of American Florists. With $2 million in revenue, Caruso must be raking in profit.Cheryl Diaz MeyerFor The Washington PostRob Mittemeyer of Caruso Florist loads flowers into the van for delivery within a 25-mile radius of downtown Washington.“The business supports a lot of people,” said Mike Caruso, 59, Phil’s son who runs the day-to-day operations at the florist. Four Carusos work there; three brothers and father Phil, who is the president. There are 23 full-time employees and five trucks delivering flowers seven days a week. The big expenses are labor and flowers. [Here’s how rich you have to be not to worry about getting dragged from a plane]The five trucks together typically make more than 100 deliveries a day, dropping off fruit baskets at hospitals, flowers at churches and a dozen roses at a Potomac home. Ninety-five percent of orders arrive by phone and Internet. The business has computer files on thousands of its regular customers. About 40 deliveries are standing weekly orders for drop-offs at the University Club, a dentist’s office, the hotels and a law office — anything within a 25-mile radius of downtown. Caruso Florist is known for higher-end pricing and service, with orders from $35 for a basic arrangement to $30,000 to decorate the Hay-Adams for an over-the-top wedding. Mike Caruso arrives before sunrise every Monday. He spends the morning organizing the day, which may mean unloading 1,000 roses flown in from Ecuador or checking on the Gerbera daisies that just arrived from Canada’s eastern provinces at 6:30 a.m. “We have five trucks out on the road today,” Mike said last Monday. “Probably close to 100 deliveries. August is the slowest month of the year. Once Congress goes out, things kind of calm down.”December, February and May make up half the business. There are three weeks of heavy traffic leading up to Christmas. Mother’s Day is bustling. And then, of course, Valentine’s Day.It’s do-or-die day. The truck fleet grows to 30 just for Valentine’s Day, and the staff doubles.[My conv... https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/this-dc-florists-secret-to-surviving-114-years-and-four-generations/2017/08/18/ee1a0152-836e-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html
Could There Be A Spectacular Wildflower Season At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area? - National Parks TravelerTuesday, March 05, 2019
If the weather cooperates, in terms of rainfall, they can lead to spectacular floral displays, which is something that could be coming soon to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.The NRA was badly burned last fall by the Woolsey Fire, but recent steady rains could prove to be the perfect additive to spour a promising display of spring wildflowers in the Santa Monica Mountains during the peak flowering season that typically occurs in March and April.“We are expecting a very good showing because of the fire,” said Mark Mendelsohn, a National Park Service biologist at Santa Monica Mountains. The team of biologists is vigilantly keeping an eye out for new sprouts during #WildflowerWatch2019.Mendelsohn said one specific aftereffect of the destructive Woolsey Fire will be the blooming of “fire follower” herbaceous plants. These species normally bloom only after a fire, and there are more than 100 of these types of plants. The rain storms - in some cases multiple storms that pounded the area in the span of one week - began in October and came at just the right time and in just the right amount. Biologists say these rains will also play an important role in the predicted bloom. At a weather recording station in Cheeseboro, Ranch, 14.17 inches of precipitation has been recorded for this season, thus far. Last year, 1.95 inches of rain had fallen by this time - a marked difference!... https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2019/02/could-there-be-spectacular-wildflower-season-santa-monica-mountains-national-recreation-area
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
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GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365
Southern California Will Soon See Another Booming Superbloom - Smithsonian.comTuesday, March 05, 2019
In the next few weeks, parts of Southern California may experience a superbloom, which is when the desert landscape comes alive with blossoming wild poppies, verbena, lilies, primroses, prickly pear and dozens of other species of ephemeral native spring wildflowers, reports Evan Nicole Brown at Atlas Obscura. The term superbloom is used to describe years when excess rain causes chaparral and desert landscapes to produce more flowers than normal, with carpets of wildflowers sometimes covering entire landscapes for a brief period, explains Eleanor Imster at EarthSky. The seeds of desert wildflowers are made to last—they often have thick or waxy coatings and are able to survive in a dormant state for years or decades. Tiffany Camhi at KQED reports that the best superblooms occur after extended drought has had time to kill off invasive weeds that compete with native wildflowers for sunlight, followed by above average rainfall. When the excess rain soaks and softens the ... https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/southern-california-cusp-another-jawdropping-superbloom-180971466/