Apopka Flower Shop News
Meet Ocoee's Famous Felines: The Flower Shop Boys - West Orange TimesTuesday, December 06, 2016
However, circumstances could have been drastically different for the two cats, who were both rescues.Six years ago, Lucy, a former delivery driver, found BJ at Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home in Apopka. Lucy, Tomyn said, was delivering flowers to the funeral home when she came across a feeble kitten in danger of being eaten by two dogs. So Lucy ran over and picked BJ up by the scruff of his neck, effectively plucking him out of a situation he might not have survived.Lucy then took the rescued kitten to the flower shop, and he’s been there ever since.“Everybody went crazy over him, and he just became a part of our shop at that point,” Tomyn said. “Even though the last thing we needed was a cat.” BJ pretends he has no idea who made that mess. Boo, on the other hand, was in Tomyn’s backyard. She found him a year after losing a white cat. Boo, she said, looked just like her lost cat, so she ran after him and spent four days looki... http://www.orangeobserver.com/article/meet-ocoee's-famous-felines-the-flower-shop-boys
Incubator 'graduate' Details Flowers set to accelerate growth, founder says - Daytona Beach News-JournalMonday, June 27, 2016
As a child, she sold flowers at farmers markets that were grown at Bill Brown's Greenhouses, her family's Apopka nursery.</p><p>She and her husband Gregory started a business of their own 13 years ago, Boutique Floral & Photography Studio.</p><p>The business which began in a storefront on Seabreeze Boulevard in Daytona Beach is now run from the couple's Ormond Beach home. It provides floral arrangements, photography and planning services for weddings and special events.</p><p>Over the years, Heck said she came to the realization that there was a need for a software program that could specifically help florists and special event planners keep track of clients' orders and requests as well as monitor inventory and the status of deliveries.</p><p>Not knowing of an existing software program that could do all that, she decided to create one herself.</p><p>She launched Details Flowers in 2014 to focus on developing that software.</p><p>That same year she also applied and got accepted as a client of the Volusia County-funded UCF Business Incubator at Daytona Beac... http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160528/NEWS/160529516
The orchid connections: Aspects of a floral business - Miami HeraldThursday, October 22, 2015
While these Florida orchid growers can be found on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and numerous towns in between, concentrations can be found in the Miami/Homestead and Apopka/Orlando areas.USDA figures indicate the number of commercial orchid growers in Florida increased by 7 percent in 2014, resulting in an increase in potted orchid sales by nearly 12 percent. Florida farmers sold nearly a million more potted orchids, 8.86 million, up from 7.95 million in 2013. The sales increased by nearly $8 million, with $70 million in sales, up from $62.6 million the year before. Nationwide sales of potted orchids increased from 31.7 million to 32.7 million and revenues from $251.6 million to $266.4 million during that same period.Cut orchids are not faring as well. According to the Association of Floral Importers of Florida, 2012 showed a high of 56.1 million stems imported. In 2014, that figure had dropped by more than a quarter to 41.1 million stems, or a loss of 15 million. Christine Boldt, the association’s executive vice president, attributes the decline to reduced consumer interest and increased importation costs.To best illustrate the market, we take a look at four companies that focus on aspects of the orchid market in South Florida, including those that specialize in arrangements, provide potted plants or cut flowers, or sell on the retail or wholesale market.It should also be noted that South Florida, which featured prominently in Susan Orlean’s bestseller, The Orchid Thief, still contends with individuals who go to extremes to own orchids. When local Customs officials stop orchid smugglers at the airport or seaport, they try to save the plants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service steps in to find a good home for the plants. Zoo Miami is a designated Plant Rescue Center. Since 1988, the zoo has accepted 18,664 rescued orchids, says Zoo Registrar and Records Coordinator Rachél Watkins Rogers. A plaque at the zoo credits the Eastern Airlines Orchid Club with helping to maintain the orchids.Fortunately, the smuggling only takes place intermittently, says Michael Hitchcock, the zoo’s horticultural manager. The last time he was called regarding orchids was in October 2014. Someone was caught with three Cattleya orchids, he says.“We haven’t had any in a while,” Hitchcock says. “Most of the time it’s from the seaport. They try to hide them i... http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/biz-monday/article39667323.html
Flowers sent from afar, memories of past slain officers and a sea of uniforms at Jobbers-Miller funeralTuesday, August 14, 2018
Germain. Neil O’Connor, a retired officer with the New York Police who now lives in Southwest Florida, is very familiar with the practice. “It’s (George) Steinbrenner,” O’Connor said. “He does it for every officer killed in the line of duty.” Steinbrenner was the long-time owner of the Bronx Bombers who made it standard to take care of law enforcement families. After his death in Tampa in 2010 the organization continued the practice. As pre-funeral activity got underway at Germain Arena a sea of blue, green, gray, brown and black law enforcement uniforms filled the main hall, punctuated here and there by military personnel. There were numerous hugs, shoulder claps, handshakes and words of comfort. ... https://www.news-press.com/story/news/2018/08/06/flowers-afar-memories-past-slain-officers-jobbers-miller-funeral/904806002/
Homegrown and beautiful: Photo show makes a case for Florida native plantsTuesday, August 14, 2018
South Florida long has been promoted as a tropical paradise - shaded by swaying palm trees, adorned by exotic flowers and carpeted with thick green grass.Except that left to its own devices, it wouldn’t look that way. It would look a great deal more like the 100 photographs of Florida native plants in Renewal: Going Native at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach. PHOTOS: Florida native plants at Palm Beach Photographic CentreMany Florida gardeners have gone native, including the photo center’s president and chief executive officer, Fatima NeJame.She doesn’t feel she’s missing out by bypassing the exotic plants that have squeezed out natives in many landscapes. Everything that grows in her West Palm Beach yard is either a native or an edible plant.They’re not only beautiful, but also if you plant the right native in the right place “you’re protecting the wildlife and you don’t need to fertilize or water so much,” she said... https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/local/homegrown-and-beautiful-show-makes-case-for-florida-native-plants/UGAGaMxraCfNzqgB0MY4CP/
Friendship Through FlowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
Chieko Mihori's commitment to bringing Japanese culture to South Florida is deep-rooted.
She began by teaching ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, in the 1960s. Her activities expanded when she and her husband, James (Sungi), encouraged George Sukeji Morikami to donate land to Palm Beach County in 1973, which eventually became the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.
Mihori, 84, has been involved with the Morikami ever since then, first helping to fill the museum with Japanese art and then leading activities like kabuki dance and the Japanese tea ceremony. Today, however, she's most likely to be found teaching ikebana at either the Morikami or the Boca Raton Museum Art School.
"Ikebana is really three-dimensional flower sculpture," she explains. "It's not just putting flowers into a vase."
Today, she is the coordinator of the Eastern Branch of the Sogetsu School, a contemporary branch of ikebana, which she founded here in 1969 - 23 years after it was founded in Tokyo. When Mihori decided to teach sogetsu, she returne... http://bocaratonobserver.com/observed/la-vida-boca/2018-08-friendship-through-flowers/
A Pensacola Florist Encourages People to Make Others SmileTuesday, July 31, 2018
Contact KellyCo Flowers & Gifts:Michael Paris850firstname.lastname@example.org 185-B West Airport Blvd, Pensacola Florida 32505... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3874152