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Florist to the stars: Bringing beauty to the Kardashians - CNNTuesday, September 26, 2017
Leatham's journey. He is a self-described "flower man extraordinaire" whose story begins like those of fabled young starlets in the early days of Hollywood. Leatham moved to Los Angeles from Utah at 19 to pursue acting and modeling. But his path took a different, unexpected turn, and he's since become one of the most beloved and in-demand floral designers in the world. "I never really wanted to work with flowers," Leatham says, "but I realized the impact that flowers had on people and the joy that it brought." From Utah to knighthoodWithin four years, he was dispatched to the reopened Four Seasons George V in Paris, where his floral designs brought him worldwide acclaim and new opportunities, including working with celebrity clientele (Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, Tina Turner), luxury brands and museums. He's designed vases for Daum and Waterford, the former included in the permanent collection at the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2014, he was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, in recognition of his contribution to French culture as artistic director at the Four Seasons George V."We really revolutionized the way people think of flowers at George V. We moved out the furniture and started creating these amazing floral art compositions in the lobby. We've changed the way people look at flowers in hotels, in restaurants, in homes," Leatham said.These days he's splitting his time between Paris and Los Angeles, running his eponymous studio out of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, all while planning his own fall wedding. (Yes, his team at Jeff Leatham is doing the flowers.)Laid back L.A.On the difference between living in Los Angeles and Paris, Leatham is diplomatic (as all proper knights are). "The Parisians have been so great for me, but I'm enjoying being back here in Los Angeles, because it's so laid back and the beautiful, sunny weather." When it comes to food, he likes The Ivy in Beverly Hills, "For me it's great because i... http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/jeff-leatham-florist-los-angeles-paris/index.html
Inside Floral Architect Lily Kwong's Living Botanical Installation in LA - Hollywood ReporterTuesday, August 29, 2017
Lily Kwong's botanical installation in collaboration with St-Germain liqueur landed in Los Angeles for a one-night-only visual experience Wednesday at the legendary Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills. A mix of L.A.'s cool kids — Olivia Culpo, Dita Von Tease, stylist Johnny Wujek, Cleo Wade and Michelle Trachtenberg — were on the scene, while D.J. Chelsea Leyland spun some tunes.The floral architect's vision was to cultivate an immersive discovery experience for modern "bon vivants." Says Kwong: "I was deeply inspired by the project site. I wanted to layer the landscape with dynamic performances and art pieces ranging from dance to archival 'magic' projected films to a sound installation featuring sacred tones."The visual experience featured elements of magical realism and illusions; magicians, a performance by art organization No)one. Art House, improvisational sound art by Patrick Belaga and Celtic tarot reading were enjoyed by guests throughout the five-acre property. Vintage black-and-white films were projected in gazebos, and the creation of a "Light Maison," made out of projected lights and hanging flowers, was a highlight among guests who flocked to snap photos. "Lily's take for L.A. includes discovery moments throughout the estate that still has caves, hidden tunnels, and terraced gardens," says St-Germain brand ambassador Camille Ralph Vidal. "He... http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/inside-floral-architect-lily-kwongs-living-botanical-installation-la-1026259
'Gardening in America' aired its last episode on TV, but it's not the last of Ed Hume - The News TribuneTuesday, October 10, 2017
Hume — one of six children — grew up weeding and pruning hedges. “That was Depression time, and so we all had to work to help out,” he said.Through high school, Hume worked for a florist in Seattle, and not long after was hired as a garden center manager for Wight’s Home and Garden. Hume met Myrna on a blind date when she was right out of high school. Even then, he won her over with his flowers.“I used to carry flowers to school as bookmarkers,” Myrna said. “I just loved it. His business really did play in my heart.”In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Hume started making appearances on shows thanks to his work as a garden center manager, and in 1965, was asked to take over a gardening show on KIRO 7 after the host left. “That was a neat experience for me to get started in television,” Ed said. “I worked with some really neat people.” Hume made his show his own. At the time, many gardening shows were over the radio, with a group of people sitting at a table. But Hume had two rules: he never sat down during a show, and he never used botanical names when first introducing plants and flowers. “It was kind of a new way of doing things,” he said.His show also started out black and white.The majority of (viewers) in the Pacific Northwest did not have color (TV). If I had a red azalea, say, I had to say that it was red because (the audience) saw it was black.Ed Hume“The majority of (viewers) in the Pacific Northwest did not have color (TV),” Hume said. “If I had a red azalea, say, I had to say that it was red because (the audience) saw it was black.”In 1969, his show was moved to KING. In 1988, Hume and his family “bought the show.” It continued to air on KONG-TV and is the longest continuous broadcasting show in the Northwest. He also wrote articles for the Seattle PI, The Seattle Times and published seven books.One of his favorite parts of hosting the show was being able to travel all over the world. Hume taped segments at the White House, the Glass Flower Museum at Harvard University, Disneyland and Disney World. “We have vis... http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/puyallup-herald/ph-news/article173064146.html
Blumz to Petal it Forward, branch out to Holly - Crain's Detroit BusinessTuesday, October 10, 2017
Ahead of the Holly opening, though, Blumz is also preparing to dispatch staff to walk the streets Wednesday, giving away flower bouquets to unsuspecting passers-by as part of the Society of American Florists' nationwide event.Employees from the Ferndale and Detroit shops at 503 E. Nine Mile Road and 1260 Library St., respectively, will be out around their locations to hand out two flower bouquets to each person — one to keep and one to pass on to someone else to spread the love."It's a great awareness of the power of flowers ... people that may be on a regular basis aren't floral consumers can witness how powerful handing a bouquet of flowers to somebody can really be," Raska said.They gave out 1,200 bouquets last year around Campus Martius. Raska said he isn't sure how many flowers suppliers will ship in this year, though, as crops have been "devastated" by the recent slew of hurricanes.The cost of Petal it Forward is "minimal" for Blumz, Raska said. He didn't provide a specific figure, but said it's mostly the labor dollars, as suppliers are providing the flowers at a "low cost."... http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20171010/news/641691/blumz-to-petal-it-forward-branch-out-to-holly
Everyone's favorite bloodthirsty plant arrives at Cutting Hall - Chicago TribuneTuesday, October 10, 2017
David Geinosky and Kristine Burdi-Stickney are front and center in the show as Seymour and Audrey, clerks at Mushnik's Skid Row Florists where Audrey II resides."I've wanted to play this role since I discovered musical theater," Geinosky said. He described Seymour as someone with big dreams. "When things start coming his way, he doesn't know if he deserves it," the actor said. "He's got some confidence issues and hasn't been exposed to a life where he has the ability to spread his wings and soar, and be the person he wants to be."An orphan, he was taken in by shop owner Mr. Mushnik when he was very young. "All he's ever known is living in the confines of this little shop in Skid Row," Geinosky said.Then along comes Audrey, a woman Seymour considers beyond his reach until Audrey II boosts his confidence by giving him fame."Audrey lacks confidence. She's kind of been put down her whole life but I think that deep down inside she knows that there's more to her life," Burdi-Stickney said. "She's looking for something bigger but she's not sure she deserves it."This is the first time that Music On Stage Artistic Director Frank Roberts has directed "Little Shop of Horrors," but he understudied the role of Mushnik and did props for a production at Drury Lane Oak Brook several years ago.Roberts praised the show, saying, "There's so much going on. It's very much a throwback to the campy shows of the '60s, yet there's a very honest story to it, too. Skid Row florist worker, very shy, very much into his plants — they're probably the only friend he has. He's secretly in love with his co-worker Audrey. And then, all of a sudden, there's this plant from another world that takes over the shop and takes over the world. It's a fun, fun show."The director also praised the '60s sound of the music and the Street Urchins, a trio that sings a number of the songs and comments on the action of the play. "They're kind of like a Greek chorus," ... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-zurich/news/ct-bcr-go-little-shop-of-horrors-tl-1012-20171010-story.html
VIDEO: Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma shares terrifying footage of storm - Evening TelegraphTuesday, October 10, 2017
Evening TelegraphVIDEO: Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma shares terrifying footage of stormEvening TelegraphA Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma has shared terrifying video footage of the storm. Dawn Falconer, who runs Hilltown florist Forget Me Not, is currently in Florida, which has been hit with winds of up to 130mph. Homes have been swamped and ...
Alamosa Flowers: Where do florist flowers come from? - Valley CourierTuesday, October 10, 2017
Rosadex Rose greenhouses in Ecuador. At that time they exported one million blooms (they refer to them as stems) worldwide each year.Not so long ago, Americans got their flowers from neighborhood florists, who bought blooms grown on U.S. farms or imported from the Netherlands. The 800 Florals website explains that America’s taste in flowers is shifting from traditional mums and carnations to more unique specialty blooms and that their place of origin has been changing in recent years. California is still America’s top cut flower producer, while Florida is second.“These days, the bouquets that many Americans buy, typically at supermarkets, are grown, assembled and packaged overseas,” reported John McQuaid in a 2010 Smithsonian Magazine article. The most recent data I could find at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website is for 2015. The top four countries exporting flowers to America were Colombia (694 million stems), Ecuador (189 million stems), Mexico (38 million stems), and the Netherlands (20 million stems).The Rosadex greenhouse we visited in Ecuador was very near the equator. Their website states, “Only in the equator do roses grow perfectly straight. Ecuador is a great place to cultivate roses. Its real advantage is that they get natural light all year round, in addition that our roses are located at high altitude (9580 feet above sea level) in the lush volcano valley of Cayambe.”According to the Smithsonian article, in 1967 David Cheever, a graduate student at Colorado State University, wrote a paper suggesting that the savanna in the foothills of the Andes at about 8,700 feet altitude would be perfect for growing flowers. It had little temperature and light variation year around. Further, Bogota was just a three-hour flig...