Local Flower Shop News
Doris Irene LedbetterTuesday, July 31, 2018
Red Bank, grandchildren, Joseph (Hannah) Ledbetter, Sacramento, Ca., Rachel (Warren) McCrickard, Hixson, Rebecca (Kendal) Shipley, Ringgold, Samantha (Ben) Harris, Atlanta, Angel (Tabitha) Serrano, Jacksonville, Fl., Bryan (Krisia) Jaynes, Bedford, NH., Andi and Adrienne Jaynes, both of Atlanta, nine great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Mary Nell Sullivan, Chattanooga, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.A Celebration of Doris’ Life will be held in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mike Lofton officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Doris will be laid to rest with her husband in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions to be made to Hearth Hospice in Doris’ memory for the excellent care they afforded her. Also the family wishes to give thanks to the Lantern at Shallowford for the excellent care they gave Doris.Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, Tn. 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com... http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/7/30/373605/Doris-Irene-Ledbetter.aspx
Business is blooming at House of FlowersTuesday, July 03, 2018
I had no intention of doing this, none at all,” Sorrell said. “I was actually in college figuring out what I was going to do. I was on the hallway phone talking to dad one day in 1983, at Jacksonville State, and he just mentioned that Valley Florist was for sale. I came home and bought it that next weekend. That’s how I got into the business.”When his parents opened the shop in 1970, being florists wasn’t their first idea either. Theron Sorrell was in the United States Air Force, working a desk job at Fort Patrick Air Force Base near Cape Canaveral, Fla. According to Steven, the job was a particularly stressful one, so his father worked at a flower shop in his free time to learn how the business worked. After around three years of doing that, Theron and Rachel moved back to their home in the Greater Valley Area and opened up House of Flowers where it still stands today. Steven had operated Valley Florist for five years in conjunction with his parents’ shop until moving to Atlanta briefly before coming back to Valley in 1992 and taking over. Since then he has kept business going strong, something he attributes to a redesign in 2011. “If you came in here eight years ago it was all tan,” he said. “Tan walls, tan carpet, tan ceiling, antique furniture. I sort of had an epiphany.” This redesign included bringing the House of Flowers brand into the modern age. Sorrell had a professional website built and a custom logo made — something he had previously never thought important. He gleaned this redesign knowledge from online messa... https://www.valleytimes-news.com/2018/06/business-is-blooming-at-house-of-flowers/
More top designers to return to 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as children theme emergesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Greenfingers children's hospice garden charity.In the pavilion, Thompson & Morgan hope to exhibit new plants on Sparsholt College’s exhibit.Dutch growers such as Florist Holland hope to exhibit on a Birmingham Council exhibit, which has not been confirmed.Millais, APHA, Hillier and Medwyn Williams are also set to exhibit in the pavilion alongside dozens of the regular nurseries. ... https://www.hortweek.com/top-designers-return-2019-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-children-theme-emerges/landscape/article/1497566
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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Flower shop petals for a good causeTuesday, October 30, 2018
CAIRO — A Cairo florist plans to participate in a nationwide random of act of kindness by handing out flowers across Greene County today. Karen’s Flower Shoppe at 271 Main St. is part of Petal It Forward, started by the Society of American Florists. In 2017, Karen’s handed out bouquets of flowers to 100 people. This year, shop employees plan to hand out 300 bouquets to 150 people, owner Karen Gallo said.“When we were out giving these away people, thought it was the most fantastic thing they ever heard of,” Gallo said. “We were going to get more involved and spread more flowers this year.” Petal It Forward’s mission is to hand out two bouquets of flowers per person — one for them to keep and the other to give away, National Society of American Florists Marketing Vice President Jennifer Sparks said.“I consider it to be a gesture of communication — some people just need human connection,” Sparks said. “We want to give people the surp... https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/flower-shop-%E2%80%98petals%E2%80%99-good-cause
Bloomr Offers an Impressive Collection of over 2000 Faux Flower Stems to Create Your Own Artificial Floral ArrangementTuesday, October 30, 2018
Bloomr offers an extensive collection of faux flower stems to create your own DIY floral arrangement or decorate with a bunch of artificial roses in a vase. The faux flowers are designed by the real florists using the highest quality materials to replicate the real flowers like hydrangeas, roses, peonies, lilies, and anemones. Apart from home decoration, their mixed flower arrangements are an important part of the ambience on occasions, such weddings, birthdays, corporate parties, etc. Also a favorite of the DIYer, with over 2000 artificial flowers stems there is surely something for everyone! Bloomr is one of the most sought after names in the artificial floral industry for providing top-quality products at the market's best prices. The company has amassed a customer base all across the world due to its unrivaled commitment to their quality. Their florists make all their arrangements by hand and are happy to customize their floral arrangements. In addition to faux stems, the company also offers Faux Orchid Arrangements, Faux Floral Arrangements, Faux Succulents & Plants, Faux Trees and Pots & Vases Talking about their faux flower stems, one of the representatives of the company stated, "Anyone can be a florist with BLOOMR faux floral stems. We source the highest quality materials and all of our stems are made with lifelike, real-touch technology. What... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4003706
Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html