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Dozens Gather in Washington to Lobby for Key Industry Issues - PerishableNewsThursday, May 02, 2019
The most important thing to me is that I got to go in there and make the case in person for my business.”This week, more than 90 retail florists, wholesalers, suppliers and growers came together during the Society of American Florists’ 39th annual Congressional Action Days to meet lawmakers and key congressional staff, discuss important issues, learn from subject matter experts, reaffirm connections and forge new relationships. In a time of deep partisanship, SAF members from 28 states, including 16 first-time attendees, used civility, personal stories and data from their individual businesses to lobby Democrats and Republicans for common sense solutions in the immigration system and to advocate for research funding and a critical federal crop report. Like Fountain, they also expressed their opposition to the effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.“Lobbying can be a force for good,” said Cheryl Denham, AzMF, of Arizona Family Florist in Phoenix, an SAF volunteer leader and longtime CAD participant who introduced many of the expert speakers for the two-day event.To read the rest of the story, please go to: Society of American Florists ... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/dozens-gather-in-washington-to-lobby-for-key-industry-issues/
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICPF program.
This program is designed to give ICPF graduates the opportunity to develop and broaden their knowledge of the floral industry and enhance the professionalism of Illinois florists.
Leanne and her husband, Bruce, own Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton. They are a full-service florist serving Brighton, Alton, Godfrey, Jerseyville, Bethalto, Medora, Shipman, Piasa and Bunker Hill. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Floral Association.
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This is how the Easter lily became the holiday's flower - NOLA.comThursday, May 02, 2019
The Easter lily, Lilium longiflorum, is native to the Ryukyu Islands off the southern end of Japan. In the 1880's this lily was widely cultivated in Bermuda, and bulbs were shipped from there to the florist industry in this country. Around 1900, the Japanese took over the annual growing and exportation of Easter lily bulbs to the United States, and continued to dominate the U. S. import market until the start of World War II. Current U. S. production of Easter lily bulbs for the florist market began with a World War I soldier, Louis Houghton, who brought bulbs to the south coast of Oregon in 1919. Houghton freely distributed bulbs to his horticultural friends and neighbors.When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Japanese source of bulbs was abruptly cut off. As a result, the value of lily bulbs sky-rocketed and many who were growing the lilies as a hobby decided to go into business. By 1945, there were about 1,200 growers producing bulbs up and down the Pacific coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Long Beach, California. And, believe it or not, right here in southeast Louisiana.The following information is quoted from Louisiana – A Guide to the State compiled by Workers of the Writer’s Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Louisiana, first printed in 1941.“Between Junior and Venice, interspersed by orange groves, are small farms devoted to a new and interesting industry – the cultivation of the Creole li... https://www.nola.com/homegarden/2019/04/this-is-how-the-easter-lily-became-the-holidays-flower.html
Fleur Social wants to make Nuriootpa the brunch capital of the Barossa - InDailyThursday, May 02, 2019
Barossa their home.“One of Sarah’s life goals was to open a flower shop in the Barossa,” Ryan says.“We figured out maybe a florist isn’t going to work on its own, but… we’d always had this concept in the back of our heads of doing a coffee shop with it.”Ryan and Sarah could see there was room in the local market for the kind of considered café fare they wanted to offer.Fleur Social sources “about 90 per cent” of its menu from the Barossa – coffee is sourced from Barossa Coffee Roasters at Seppeltsfield; milk comes from Jersey Fresh Milk from Greenock; “all of our meat from within 20 kilometres, our eggs as well,” Ryan says.The shop opened in mid-January 2017, and was an immediate hit.“We opened the door and we actually had a line up out the door and down the laneway for the first eight hours of the first three days of trading. It was insane,” Ryan says.The café’s brunch fare is the kind of food we take for granted closer to the city – smashed avocado, bruschetta, pancakes, and a list of specialty bagels – and with it, Ryan and Sarah hope will begin to attract a younger demographic to Nuriootpa.“It’s all stemmed from that one idea of ‘How can we build the Barossa and how can we help make our mark on this region?’” Ryan says.“What we want to do long term is see the traffic and the visitation to the Barossa more in line with what you’re seeing in the Hills and what you’re seeing in McLaren Vale.”Fleur Social’s Laneway Brunch Series will happen next door to the shopFor this year’s Barossa Vintage Festival, Ryan and Sarah decided to make the most of the increased traffic into the region by putting together the... https://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/plate-and-cup/fleur-social-barossa-vintage-brunch-series-rasa-wines/
Falling for Flowers - Argonaut OnlineThursday, May 02, 2019
The Unlikely Florist is sweeping Venice off its feet with rustic bouquets and a van named UnthoBy Christina CampodonicoPassersby find it difficult to resist Falls’ striking floral arrangements sold from a vintage VW VanagonPhotos by Fanny ChuIt’s hard not to fall for The Unlikely Florist’s beautiful bouquets. Spilling from a 1980 VW Vanagon, the rustic arrangements of blushing protea, ruddy South African pincushions and mustard-yellow billy balls attract people like spring blossoms charm honey bees. Small children run to the modified camper van parked outside the beachy Great White café on Pacific Avenue as if it were hawking ice cream; parents wrangle them to get a family picture. Aspiring social media influencers flock to the flora, burying camera-ready faces into bouquets that make for inspired accent pieces in requisite photos of the Venice Sign instantly shared to “the Gram.”Maybe the world has gone super bloom crazy. Perhaps people are just dizzy with the joy of springtime. More likely, it’s... https://argonautnews.com/falling-for-flowers/