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America's Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens - CBS SacramentoWednesday, April 11, 2018
Japanese cherry blossom trees, with peak colors expected around mid-March, in addition to number of family-friendly activities over Easter weekend.Longwood Gardens1001 Longwood RoadKennett Square, PA 19348(610) 388-1000www.longwoodgardens.org Founded by American entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Pierre DuPont in 1906, Longwood Gardens is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest gardens and among the most visited public garden in the country attracting more than 1.5 million visitors last year. With five seasonal displays presented during the course of the year, Longwood Gardens is currently hosting its famous Orchid Extravaganza at its 4-acre Conservatory through March 25, which features more than 4,500 dazzling orchids, including the acclaimed 17-foot tall orchid curtain. Just recently, the Gardens began presenting its new Winter Blues Festival, which showcases hundreds of blue colored flowers such as the Pride-of-Madeira in its Main Conservatory and Exhibition Hall, along with a number of appearances from blues musicians, and on March 31, the Garden’s most popular seasonal display – Spring Blooms is set to begin. On view through May 6, Spring Blooms will be highlighted by a “symphony of colors” from countless numbers of daffodils, azaleas and wisteria and more than 240,000 tulips in the Idea Garden and Flower Garden. Gracefully situated across nearly 1,100 acres in the Brandywine Creek Valley, Longwood Gardens is located about an hour’s drive west of Philadelphia, which among others, call itself America’s Garden Capital, with much of the credit going to these magical gardens within the small community of Kennett Square.Missouri Botanical Garden4344 Shaw Blvd.St. Louis, MO 63110(314) 577-5100www.missouribotanicalgarden.orgHome to one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is definitely worth at least one visit during the springtime. The country’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation, the award-winning 79-acre Garden is currently presenting its annual Orchid Show through March 25 and will host additional Signature Events during this colorful season, such as the spring kickoff celebration – Meet Me (Outdoors) in St. Louis Garden Weekend April 7 & 8, a Sake and Sakura event under the Garden’s cherry trees and Chinese Culture Days April 21 & 22, featuring a Grand Parade complete with a crowd-pleasing 70-foot long dancing dragon. The 14-acre Japanese Garden is one of the largest in North America and in addition to its more than 230 cherry trees that bloom in March to early April, also has on display a vast number of other flowering plants like the early arriving azaleas, gloriously abundant rhododendrons, and the carnation-like pink and red peonies. Among the other points of interest at the Botanical Garden are the Geodesic Dome Conser... http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/03/14/americas-most-beautiful-botanical-gardens/
Master Gardener: Orchids brighten winter - The Livingston County NewsTuesday, February 27, 2018
Orchids are slow growers, and only need to be repotted every two to three years.To support my new volunteer job, I’ve been digging around for online resources on orchids. Longwood Gardens has an enormous orchid collection with a full-time orchidist to care for them. Their conservatory and greenhouses cover 6 acres! I saw a Longwood Gardens orchid display a few years ago, when I joined a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Longwood recently posted a free online course on orchids which I completed, available at https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/everything-about-orchids-online-open-class; or do a Google search for “Longwood Orchid Course.” The course includes countless slide shows and videos of gorgeous orchids.Julie Brocklehurst-Woods has been a Master Gardener Volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County for more than 10 years. She enjoys helping all gardeners become successful gardeners, especially helping people identify tools and strategies to prioritize and simplify their gardening tasks. http://www.thelcn.com/lcn05/master-gardener-orchids-brighten-winter-20180224
How to design your own holiday centerpiece - Purdue Agricultural CommunicationsTuesday, January 08, 2019
He added that differently textured foliage should be used to give the piece a dynamic look.Many winter greens can be found in backyards and neighborhoods, eliminating the need to purchase from a florist. “White pine, for example, can be found in many neighborhoods,” Cotterman said. “When it comes to blooms for the centerpiece you might need to visit a flower shop, but greenery can be found everywhere.”After disguising the dish and base with greenery, Cotterman suggested choosing several different blooms to intersperse throughout the arrangement. A variation of colors, textures and sizes will enhance the arrangement and produce an inviting fragrance. When it comes to adding the blooms, don’t go overboard, Cotterman advised, and stick to an odd number of flowers.Perhaps most importantly, sink the stems of blooms and greenery into the base by at least half an inch. If a bloom needs to be moved, the stem must be re-trimmed and inserted into a different location.“This is so we don’t clog the stems. We want the stems to be able to soak up as much water as possible,” Cotterman said.While decorating is an important part of the holidays for many families, decorations should never come at the expense of guests, he continued. Floral arrangements can be aromatic, so be sensitiv... https://ag.purdue.edu/stories/how-to-design-your-own-holiday-centerpiece/
Pater named lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood - Sussex CountianTuesday, January 08, 2019
Jun 13, 2018 at 8:00 PMDanielle Panarello, director of operations for The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro, announced the appointment of Shelby Pater to the position of lead florist at the restaurant and event venue, which is owned by SoDel Concepts.“With Shelby at the helm of our floral department, we can make our clients’ vision a reality,” said Panarello. “Shelby has extensive experience in the floral industry, and she’s up to date on all the trends.”A native of Southern Indiana, Pater began working in a floral shop while still in high school. She graduated from Indiana University with bachelor’s degree in visual communication and drama.She’s worked as a corporate trainer and lead designer for a retail store and for a Washington, D.C.,-area wedding planning company. Most recently, she’s been an independent florist and wedding planner.As lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood, Pater handles the floral arrangements for the restaurant and the event center. Her once-a-month floral workshop series is open to the public. The class, which includes a take-away arrangement, is $45.For more, visit sodelconcepts.com or baywoodclubho... http://www.sussexcountian.com/news/20180613/pater-named-lead-florist-at-clubhouse-at-baywood
Silver Lake says goodbye to Tokio Florist and a Japanese-American legacy - The Eastsider LATuesday, January 08, 2019
Silver Lake — Bargain hunters, neighbors and old friends swarmed over the 100-year-old Tudor-style home that for decades housed the Kozawa family and their business – Tokio Florist.An estate sale provided an opportunity to explore the overgrown grounds and creaky house on Hyperion Avenue that has intrigued passersby in the busy commercial hub.Wedged between Jersey Mike’s and the Trader Joe’s parking lot, the two-story home is mostly hidden from view by shrubs, trees and other greenery. Out front, a faded and rusted Tokio Florist sign rises above the sidewalk.On Friday afternoon, Susie Kozawa watched as strangers wandered through the house she grew up in with her parents and grandmother. The visitors sorted through boxes and displays of everything from kitchenware and old Playboy magazines to pieces of Bauer pottery and florist ribbons, vases and other supplies.“It’s a privilege to be in the house,” one woman told Kozawa. “I’ve seen this house not knowing [what was inside] when I went to Trader Joe’s. All this, oh my god, it’s so fabulous, so wonderful.”Tokio Florist was originally loca... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/11/silver-lake-says-goodbye-to-tokio-florist-and-a-japanese-american-legacy/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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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Roots in Bloom entrepreneur returns to her roots - The GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
ION — Cassie Hammarmeister’s new business is rooted in her pursuit of wellness.Long Para:1 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- On Aug. 1, Hammarmeister opened Roots in Bloom, a florist and wellness business in a historic Marion home.Long Para:2 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “It’s all very personal,” Hammarmeister said of the path that led her to the new business. “It’s scary to put it out there, but maybe it will help set someone else free.”Long Para:3 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- After Hammarmeister completed a floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College, she worked at a couple smaller flower shops before taking a manager position at a large florist in the Corridor.Long Para:4 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “I was running a business and dealing with personal stuff in my 20s,” she said. “I didn’t appreciate working with nature.”Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- It was those personal issues, including chronic back pain and struggles with anxiety and depression, that drew her to a new career as a wellness practitioner. In 2011, she attended Carlson College to become a licensed massage therapist.Long Para:6 Long Pra Tota... http://thegazette.com/subject/news/business/roots-in-bloom-marion-iowa-florist-wellness-corridor-cbd-yoga-20180827