San Mateo Flower Shop News
Home front: free compost; cover-crop classTuesday, July 31, 2018
A roundup of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula.
FREE COMPOST WORKSHOP ... The County of San Mateo's Sustainability Academy is holding a compost workshop on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at Collective Roots, 1785 Woodland Ave., East Palo Alto. Come and learn how to compost your fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves and plant cuttings at this free event. County residents are eligible for a $65 discount off compost or worm bins ordered through the Office of Sustainability. Workshop attendees will be eligible for an additional $25 discount. Go to smcsustainability.org to register for the free event.
COVER-CROP CLASS ... On Thursday, July 25, the UC Master Gardener program will host a free workshop on "Cover Crops for Home Gardeners." Cover crops are an often underutilized method for improving garden soil. Easy-to-grow legumes add nitrogen, grasses and other crops add carbon and some cover crops contain chemicals that have other advantages. Learn what to grow for either summer or winter cover crops, easy ways to incorporate them and how they can help you produce more a... https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/07/12/home-front-free-compost-cover-crop-class
From flowers to housing: Family-owned Ah Sam property for sale in San Mateo - San Mateo Daily JournalTuesday, May 23, 2017
Samantha Weigel/Daily JournalA new housing proposal is anticipated for the 2.34-acre Ah Sam property along El Camino Real in San Mateo, which the family-owned florist recently been listed for sale. A long-standing family-run florist is planning to hop aboard the push for transit-oriented housing developments by selling an underutilized parcel abutting the Caltrain line.
Owners of Ah Sam Florist are looking to sell their nearly 2.34-acre property at 2645 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo, and a mixed-use housing proposal is expected to follow.
Zoned transit-oriented development and within the rail corridor, the site just north of 27th Avenue could have around 160 housing units and at least 8,000 square feet of commercial space, said Bruce Paris, first vice president with CBRE, which is listing the property.
“Transit-oriented development is the hot button for a reason. To be able to use the transit corridor, with an electrified or more efficient Caltrain, is really the smartest thing we can do,” Paris said.
The site stretches to the train tracks just west of the massive Bay Meadows rede... http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-05-23/from-flowers-to-housing-family-owned-ah-sam-property-for-sale-in-san-mateo/1776425180695.html
Green-thumbed gurus spring into event center: Annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show kicking off - San Mateo Daily JournalTuesday, April 25, 2017
California native plants. From butterflies and chicken coops to California natives and drought-tolerant succulents, the 32nd annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is sprouting up at the San Mateo County Event Center.
Wednesday through Sunday, green-thumb gurus, landscape architects, artists and sustainability experts will be on hand to educate attendees about the array of possibilities for gardens large and small.
As the state emerges out of a long-awaited hopefully drought-busting wet winter and bounces into spring, experts are flooding the event center in San Mateo to inspire attendees with artistic displays of flora and fauna.
This year, the focus of many exhibitors is on making sustainability and habitat restoration accessible for the modern urban dweller whether they’re just starting out or already a seasoned gardener. Visitors will see beautiful drought-tolerant landscapes designed to enhance wildlife habitat, green roofs, a new enclosed butterfly exhibit, a fully edible garden and examples of some of latest technologies in sustainable living from aquaponics to compostable toilets.
“This year we’ve taken a different approach, instead of being the big showy garden displays that most people come in and ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ at but can’t really do; we said let’s give the public what they can do and give them a little education on why to do it,” said garden show producer Sherry Larsen. “There’s a new generation interested in gardening, but they didn’t learn it from their grandparents. … They’re more interested in what they’re eating and how they’r... http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-04-05/green-thumbed-gurus-spring-into-event-center-annual-san-francisco-flower-and-garden-show-kicking-off/1776425178336.html
Home Front: fountain class, flower arranging - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, March 28, 2017
A round-up of local home and garden news and events.
LOCAL HOME SALE STATS ... February stats are out for home sales in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. For San Mateo County, single-family homes under $1 million, the median price was $828,000 and for single-family homes more than $1 million, the median price was $2,280,000. For Santa Clara County, the median price for single-family homes under $1 million was $789,000, and it was $1,899,000 for single-family homes more than $1 million.
FOR LEASE ... Developers have begun leasing Elan Menlo Park, the new luxury multifamily complex on Haven Avenue in Menlo Park. The new structure is situated minutes away from major Bay Area employers and will be managed by Greystar. It has 146 luxury apartments and more than 17,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space for residents. Elan Menlo Park includes one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 715 to 1,249 square feet. Units have upscale kitchens with custom islands, quartz countertops, European cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Floor plans will incorporate features such as woo... http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2017/03/16/home-front-fountain-class-flower-arranging
Photos: San Francisco Flower and Garden Show - San Jose Mercury News media centerFriday, March 18, 2016
Designers and landscapers were putting the final touches on their gardens at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo County Event Center on Tuesday morning. The five-day event opens to the public on Wednesday and this year's show will highlight ways for homeowners and gardeners to create lovely gardens despite the drought.(Photos by John Green/Bay Area News Group)Advertisement... http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_29644233/photos-san-francisco-flower-and-garden-show
Tropical Gardening: Protea flowers are a rare treat from Down Under - Hawaii Tribune-Herald (subscription)Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Proteas that were planted at the Kula station three years earlier. As he was familiar with Proteas being grown in California, he was inspired to explore the potential of a Protea industry in Hawaii.This industry has indeed developed and continues to grow.With partial funding for Protea research coming from the Governor’s Agricultural Coordinating Committee, several College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources researchers have been able to solve some of this young industry’s problems and help improve production and handling.Parvin worked on the management aspects of the crop, such as the selection of superior cultivars, propagation, density spacing, pruning and plant nutrition.I-Pai Wu, a professor of agricultural engineering, developed drip irrigation systems to meet water requirements in the field and make better use of available water resources. John Cho, Stephen Ferreira and Norman Nagata, plant pathologists, examined fungicides for the control of root rot, a disease problem in Protea production.Ronald Mau and Arnold Hara, entomologists, helped solve some of the pest problems, including those that could lead to the rejection of shipments to other areas.Philip Ito, a Hilo-based horticulturist, worked on new types of Protea for the world market.Robert Paull, a plant physiologist, solved problems arising during shipping and ways to extend Protea shelf life.Of course, all these efforts became meaningful because of key Protea growers, who developed a good marketing system and took research to action.So, you see the intriguing Protea blossoms on display in homes and places of business such as hotels didn’t just happen. They are the result of concerted efforts by Hawaii’s agricultural scientists and growers working together to develop another fine Hawaii... https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/10/21/features/tropical-gardening-protea-flowers-are-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/
Master Gardener: How to make cut flowers last - Press-EnterpriseTuesday, January 08, 2019
There is a convenient substitute for commercial flower preservative. A number of years ago, University of California researchers discovered that a solution of one part lemon lime soda (regular, not diet) and two parts water works just as well as the commercial products. The acidity of the soda and the sugar in the solution work together to prolong flower freshness. Following these simple steps should ensure that your flowers will last their longest.Q: The raspberry vines I have produce wonderful berries. Several friends would also like plants of this variety but I don’t know its name. How can I help them?A: Cuttings usually can be rooted successfully as long as they are taken from canes that have not born fruit. For best results, select canes that are at least pencil-thickness. Cut them to six-inch lengths and remove the leaves from the lower half of each cutting. Insert the leafless half in a moist soil; raspberries root easily enough that rooting hormone is rarely necessary. Within four to eight weeks roots should develop.When grown under the same conditions as your plant, these new plants will produce the same fine berries as their parent. https://www.pe.com/2018/11/15/master-gardener-how-to-make-cut-flowers-last/
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/
Protea flowers a rare treat from down under - West Hawaii TodayTuesday, January 08, 2019
Kula station three years earlier. As he was familiar with proteas being grown in California, he was inspired to explore the potential of a protea industry in Hawaii.This industry has indeed developed and continues to grow with partial funding for protea research coming from the Governor’s Agricultural Coordinating Committee, several College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources researchers have been able to solve some of this young industry’s problems and help improve production and handling. Dr. Parvin worked on the management aspects of the crop, such as the selection of superior cultivars, propagation, density spacing, pruning, and plant nutrition.Dr. I-Pai Wu, a professor of agricultural engineering, developed drip irrigation systems to meet water requirements in the field and to make better use of available water resources. John Cho, Stephen Ferreira, and Norman Nagata, plant pathologists, examined fungicides for the control of root rot, a disease problem in protea production.Ronald Mau and Arnold Hara, entomologists, helped to solve some of the pest problems, including those that could lead to the rejection of shipments to other areas. Dr. Philip Ito, a Hilo based horticulturist, worked on new types of protea for the world market.Dr. Robert Paull, a plant physiologist, solved problems arising during shipping and ways to extend protea shelf life. Of course, all these efforts became meaningful because of key protea growers who developed a good marketing system and took research to action.So you see that the intriguing protea blossoms on display in homes and places of business such as hotels didn’t just happen. They are the result of concerted efforts by Hawaii’s agricultural scientists and growers working toge... http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/10/21/features/protea-flowers-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/