Local Flower Shop News
Darien Arts Center announces art show winners - Darien TimesWednesday, July 05, 2017
Amy Schott, winner of Best in Show at the 58th Darien Art Show and Sale Opening Reception. The show is open to the public through Saturday, June 10, in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.Darien artist Amy Schott won Best in Show with a mixed media entry, Salzburg Swallows at the Darien Art Center’s 58th Darien Art Show & Sale, which kicked off with a packed gallery at their opening reception on June 2. The DAC, received 244entries from 157 artists from kindergarten age to adult. The appeal and variety of the entries in this year’s show have translated into sales of over $1.100 in art in its first weekend. The show will be open to the public through Saturday, June 10, in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. Artwork will be on display and available for sale in a variety of media from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Twenty five percent of art sales will benefit the DAC.This year’s judge, Arianne Faber Kolb, Ph.D., commented, “It was a great pleasure judging the Darien Art S... http://www.darientimes.com/86750/darien-arts-center-announces-art-show-winners/
After Starting Out In Autos, Darien Florist Flourishes With Flowers - Darien Daily VoiceTuesday, April 04, 2017
DARIEN, Conn. — Adam Manjuck’s career path took a hard U-turn the moment he walked into a Stamford florist shop nearly two decades ago. Now the owner of Flowers & Flowers in Darien, he has become one of the county’s most decorated floral artists, business is thriving and even Manjuck scratches his head at the unlikely and abrupt change in his career path. “Sometimes I’ll even ask myself, ‘How did this come about?’’’ Manjuck said. “I don’t even know.” Who : Adam Manjuck, Stamford Owner : Flowers & Flowers, Darien Learn more: On the store website Born, raised and still living in Stamford, Manjuck graduated from Wright Tech with interest in auto body repair and detailing. “I love to use my hands and be creative,’’ Manjuck said. “I knew somehow, some way, that’s what I’d be doing. I thought if I stayed working with automobiles I would lose my hair from all the fumes. This is a lot prettier path.” He visited a St... http://darien.dailyvoice.com/business/after-starting-out-in-autos-darien-florist-flourishes-with-flowers/695931/
The Art of Flowers: Carolyne Roehm will speak about her career in fashion, design and gardeningTuesday, October 30, 2018
Growing up in Missouri, she remembers playing on her grandparents’ farm, in the garden and with the animals.“As a little girl I played dress- up and played florist,” she said. “My heart and soul is really in the outdoors and nature.”Roehm, 67, started her career as a fashion designer in New York City, working for Oscar de la Renta before opening her own fashion house. But the love of nature never left her, and after 22 years she took a hiatus from the world of fashion to learn a new craft, taking an unpaid stint working at a flower shop in Paris.There, she learned the intricacies of designing perfect bouquets and floral arrangements.“I kind of took a sabbatical and decided I wanted to do things I’d never had time to do before,” she said.It was a whole new kind of design, but in many ways, she said, it was familiar.“To me, there is no difference. Flowers and nature teach us about color, about proportion, about line texture, about composition,” she said.She went on to write 13 books, combining her love of gardens, fashion and interior design. Her latest book, “Design & Style: A Constant Thread,” published Sept. 25 by Rizzoli, is part memoir, part photo-laden coffee table book, mixing stories from her life and career with images of her gardens and design work.“I wanted to show this relationship between gardening and fashion and flowers. Flowers have connected so much of what I’ve designed and created,” she said. “This is my relationship with nature and flowers.”That’s an apt topic for her visit to the Cedar Rapids Garden Club, which has supported public beautifica... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/the-art-of-flowers-carolyne-roehm-will-speak-about-her-career-in-fashion-design-and-gardening-20181027
Narcotics professor, florist found faithTuesday, October 30, 2018
A few years ago, she took a class on floraldesign. By happenstance, her teacher was a social worker who donated flowers towomen’s shelters. Sale fell in love with floristry and spent three years offand on at a floral design school in Manhattan. She also volunteered arrangingflowers at women’s shelters. “It was the first time (the women) ever hadflowers. Can you imagine?” she said. “They would come up to me and cry. I wouldteach them and I would say, ‘Put them next to your bedside because you deserveflowers — always remember that.’ ” Now she has her own small business — Sandi’sFloral Creations. A few years ago, Sale took her flowersand retired to the beach. But after six months, she found she was miserable. Soher brother invited her to stay with his family for a while. One Sunday, shejoined them for Mass at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax. “Everybody seemed so peaceful, and thewelcoming was amazing,” she said. “I said, ‘What planet is this?’ And mybrother goes, ‘That’s our faith.’ I said, ‘How do I get that?’ ” So Sale wasback in the classroom again, this time attending RCIA. In 2017, she wasreceived into the church. Sale’s Catholic faith is “the best giftI’ve ever had,” and so she uses her talents to give back to the church. Sale arrangesthe flowers for the altar at St. Leo Church and occasionally at diocesanevents. She likes to volunteer with the youth group and is a member of the Legionof Mary. “It is finally a place where I feel Ibelong. I was meant to be here, and the joy I have every day from belonging andfinding my path is more than I can ever say,” said Sale. Her hope is to bringpeople the light of Christ through all she does. “I waited 60-some years to getthis gift — I want to shout it from the treetops.” ... https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Narcotics_professor,_florist_found_faith/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
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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Waitrose launch surprise flower delivery service for online shoppersTuesday, October 30, 2018
And of course, if you'd rather choose the flowers for your home, you can always browse a huge selection at WaitroseFlorist.com. ... https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/shopping/a23560057/waitrose-surprise-flower-online-delivery-service/
How to get, give free flowers today to "Petal It Forward"Tuesday, October 30, 2018
A stranger may hand you a bouquet today in an effort to make you smile. A florist may offer you two free flower bunches, one to keep and one to gift. What's this all about? The annual Petal It Forward giveaway, which takes place this year on Wednesday, Oct. 24.The event, sponsored by the Society of American Florists, calls attention to the variety of floral products grown in the U.S. and the positive, instant impact of giving and receiving flowers.-- Janet Eastman firstname.lastname@example.org@janeteastman Dandelions Flowers & Gifts Local growers, wholesalers and retailers are among those participating in 400 cities. Each florist chooses how to pass out the bundles. They can spread joy to residents in assisted living facilities, passersby and people stuck in traffic. Sunflower Flats ... https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/10/4bc4e605d83579/give-get-free-flowers-today-to.html