Orinda Flower Shop News
Florist Offering Free Bouquets To East Bay Commuters Today - HoodlineTuesday, October 24, 2017
Flower Mart.Volunteers assemble bouquets at J Miller Flowers. Photo: Cirrus Wood/HoodlineVolunteers come from the Piedmont Garden Club, the Lafayette Garden Club, and from Walnut Creek, Orinda, Piedmont, and Oakland. Between 9am and 11am, Petal It Forward teams will be at the Piedmont Police Department, Piedmont City Hall, Oakland Fire Department, Jack London Square, and other locations.“So many people are out there hurting and having a bad day, and flowers are a universal language of friendship,” said volunteer Jeannie Roberts. http://hoodline.com/2017/10/florist-offering-free-bouquets-to-east-bay-commuters-today
Hope Blooms at Dream Foundation's Annual Flower Empower Luncheon - NoozhawkMonday, May 23, 2016
Financial Advisors, Hollye and Jeff Jacobs, Amie Parrish, Bette and Bill Pattis, Justine Roddick and Christina Schlieske, and Daryl and John Stegall; Daisy Sponsors Sally and Clay Dickens, Casa Dorinda, Kimi Matar, Jodi Fishman-Osti and Darren Osti, Christina Rottman, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Melinda Werner; Event Sponsors Bates Ranch House, Behind the S...
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
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
Photos Courtesy Of Alexandra Wallace
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
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
Obituary of Donald McNaught - The Union of Grass ValleyTuesday, March 05, 2019
Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday March 16, 2019, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Light refreshments will be served.Don was born to Herbert and Luetta McNaught on May 31, 1933 in Berkeley, California. He attended schools in Salinas, Fresno, and San Mateo, and received a BS from UCSF Pharmacy School in 1957. Don loved pharmacy and was president of McNaught Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Foothill Medical Pharmacy in Sunnyvale, California for 30 years. After retiring and moving to Grass Valley to build their dream home, Don worked for several pharmacies in the area. Pharmacy was in his blood.Don was also a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, Fairbrae Tennis, Palo Alto Elks, CA Pilots Association, CA Pharmacist Association, Alta Sierra Country Club, Music in the Mountains, and a Nevada County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff.He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla; children Jeffery and Lisa; grandson Brycen; and several nieces and nephews.The family wishes to thank Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. https://www.theunion.com/news/obituaries/obituary-of-donald-mcnaught/