Florida Flower Shop News
Florists arrange to retire - The Kingston Whig-StandardTuesday, November 07, 2017
Paul and Greg, who are florists, have worked pretty much every day at the shop since it opened in 1976. Paul's only vacation was a three-day trip to Florida in 1993.Marilyn took five days off after the birth of each of her two sons, in 1975 and 1979, respectively, but otherwise has been a daily mainstay in the store."Mom worked every day after opening the beauty salon [in 1961]," said Marilyn of her mother, Megan. "In 2001, she caught a cough and she was cremated 21 days later." She was 78."I want to live a little before I die," Greg said.Their brother Peter, 66, is a venture capitalist and president of the family business. He said rising electricity costs and big-box stores also played a role in the decision to close the business. When the shop opened in 1976, he said, the highest monthly electricity bill was $28; last winter it was $3,000."The industry has changed," said Peter, who said the family's plan is to revert the property to residential. "Box stores have had a huge impact. They've taken a lot of the gravy out of it."The family announced on its company Facebook page Wednesday that the business would be closing Oct. 31. Since then they have received, via the Facebook site, hundreds of well wishes, congratulations and shared memories from customers, past and present, some of whom first did business with the family back in 1976. Other folks have dropped into the store to express their feelings."We're sorry to see you leave" has been a common sentiment, Marilyn said.Form... http://www.thewhig.com/2017/10/26/florists-arrange-to-retire
Hurricanes, Marijuana Affecting Local Florists - Flathead BeaconTuesday, October 10, 2017
That’s the case for florists across the country in the aftermath of hurricane season, especially after Hurricane Irma caused chaos in Florida in late August and early September, shutting down the Miami International Airport, a major flower hub for shipments from Central and South America.“You’re looking at Ecuadorian roses flying into Miami,” said Penny Kiger, owner and designer at Woodland Floral in Kalispell. “They closed down the airport for each storm. If you were relying on roses for sure, and that was the only way you were getting them, you were in jeopardy.”Given the nature of flowers and their limited lifetimes, it didn’t matter if an order for a September wedding was placed back in March — the flowers need to grow and ship close to the date.“It doesn’t matter that you ordered three months ago — a storm is a storm, and Mother Nature wins,” Kiger said.Tracy Styke, owner at Kalispell’s Flowers by Hansen, said the hurricane season wreaked a bit of havoc on her business.“We had issues with Irma,” Styke said. “From all the flowers from Colombia coming in from Miami.”One way to avoid these issues is to diversify the flower supply chain, but Kiger said her shop was hit with various speed bumps this summer. A popular flower wholesaler in Spokane closed down, affecting one method of supply.A different kind of natural disaster also came into play: Shipments of carnations that come from Oregon and shipped via Yak... http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/10/07/hurricanes-marijuana-affecting-local-florists/
VIDEO: Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma shares terrifying footage of storm - Evening TelegraphTuesday, October 10, 2017
Evening 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
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 flight from Miami -- closer to East Coast customers than California, the center of the U.S. flower industry. Cheever and some friends invested in Colombia and in 1969 began building the successful Floramerica business. They started with carnations.I was surprised to learn that Columbia’s flower exporting trade received an incentive from the U.S. in 1991. Columbia was “a country ravaged by political violence for most of the 20th century and by the cocaine trade since the 1980s,” reports the Smithsonian. “To limit coca farming and expand job opportunities in Colombia, the U.S. government in 1991 suspended import duties on Colombian flowers. The results were dramatic, though disastrous for U.S. growers. In 1...
Hurricane Irma leads to historic flower shortage for local florists - Kokomo TribuneTuesday, September 26, 2017
Local florists are reporting access to their flower supply has been severely disrupted due to Hurricane Irma, which battered Florida over the weekend and left the state’s sea ports damaged and without power.Janice Lagzdins, owner of Banner Flower House in Kokomo, said up to 85 percent of flowers in the U.S. are shipped from South America. That number jumps to nearly 100 percent for roses, carnations and palms.All those flowers are shipped to ports in Miami, Florida. But after last weekend’s hurricane, ships could no longer dock anywhere in Miami. Even if they could, trucking routes out of the state have been cut off because of storm damage.That’s all lead to an historic flower shortage for U.S. floral shops.Dave Baird, co-owner of Webster Florist in Peru, said he’s worked in the industry for 57 years, and he’s never seen such a massive disruption to the U.S. flower supply.“This hurricane probably has had the most effect on the quality, quantity and types of flowers we can get that I’ve ever seen,” he said Friday. “It’s been very limited on colors and the amounts. I know some wholesalers just got some stuff in today, but it’s an extremely limited supply.”L... http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/hurricane-irma-leads-to-historic-flower-shortage-for-local-florists/article_ea9f4f4a-9a4e-11e7-9ab0-77d1b200705a.html