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Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
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
The Best Arrangements for Your Thanksgiving TableTuesday, October 30, 2018
Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 8 Be a Foliage Fanatic Autumn leaves are one of the stand out symbols of the season, so skip flowers altogether and decorate your table with a vase full of radiant foliage instead. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 9 Use a Pumpkin As a Vase Use up that last pumpkin that's been lingering since Halloween by hollowing it out and using it as a holiday-appropriate vessel for your centerpiece. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 10 Aim Low There's nothing worse than having to dodge a floral arrangement (no matter how beautiful) to talk to your tablemates—especially on a meal-centric holiday like Thanksgiving. Keep centerpieces below chin height and everyone at your table will be greatful. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below div class="listicle-slide listicle-slide-landscape listicle-slide-imag... https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/g23837569/thanksgiving-flower-arrangements-ideas/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
VA Hospital, local senior centers and other health facilities.
"Just making these floral arrangements gives me so much joy," said Los Altos resident Robin Bantz while sorting flowers on a recent Wednesday. "You're not only doing something positive for the individual receiving it ... but there's something magical about putting color in your hands, putting flowers and greenery together."
The following morning, Bantz's floral creations landed at the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, where clients in the memory-care program could admire them and choose one to take home.
Krause, Bantz and the other volunteers came together earlier this year to form the group when the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley called it quits after its monthly rent doubled to $8,000. During its three years of operation, the nonproft — which was part of the national Random Acts of Flowers organization that is still in operation elsewhere — delivered nearly 32,000 bouquets and recycled more than 39,000 vases, according to its website.
The Silicon Valley group also developed a cadre of exceptionally enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom were working as many as four days a week and participating in every step, from picking up leftover flowers, rearranging them and personally delivering them to the bedside.
"When it closed its doors, people were broken hearted," said Klause, who had been four-day-a-week volunteer. "It was awful, just awful. There were several people who said, 'We've got to keep this up. Even if we make only five bouquets and deliver them to the VA once a week, that's what we'll do.'"
Big changes are happening in Baton Rouge fastest growing neighborhood—and developers arent finished yetTuesday, October 16, 2018
Mid City is no longer a hard sell.Since starting with the organization 15 years ago, Sanders says he’s seen property values rise—as much as 30% to 40% in some instances.Carmen Austin, a realtor with Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate, agrees. Her firm has handled deals for some of the biggest projects along Government Street—buildings now housing Soji, Curbside, French Truck Coffee. She’s seen some properties double and triple in value over the last two decades. A building housing a Little Caesars Pizza is currently fetching multiple competitive offers, she says.Sanders, too, has binders full of interested clients waiting for the right properties to become available. He has way more work than he can even handle.The massive growth can be a double-edged sword. He admits it would be tough now for a new teacher to afford housing in the area. It’s why the organization is pushing efforts to create multifamily housing and quality apartments and townhomes. They even offer educational courses for first-time homebuyers.“It is our strong belief that we want to see it continue to be a diverse area,” he says. “Our motto has always been ‘live, work, play and shop,’ and your income shouldn’t matter.”Crime is still prevalent, but it’s less of an issue than it was a decade ago.“We still have folks who believe the area is not safe,” Sanders says. “I will never say we don’t have crime issues. But if you were to go through the area a few years ago and then come back today, you’d see the improvement.”For the alliance, the plan was always to focus on growing Government Street first. Now that the area has so much traction, Sanders and his team are ready to think bigger. They’re starting to shift energy to North and Florida boulevards, as well as Foster Drive.“It’s coming,” he says. “The Mid City buzz isn’t buzz anymore. It’s real.”JOURNEY DOWN GOVERNMENT STREETA TOUR OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE, BUSINESSES AND EVENTS TELLING MID CITY’S STORY—FROM 1509 GOVERNMENT STREET ALL THE WAY TO 711 JEFFERSON HIGHWAYFor this month’s cover story, we’re taking you along Government Street, the thread that ties the community together. These are just a few of the businesses—both new and old—that call the area home. This tour is not all-encompassing, as there are so many more places and faces than we have room to highlight. What’s even better? Thinking about how much more is in store for Mid City.1509-2101 GOVERNMENT ST.ELECTRIC DEPOT1509 Government St.Rendering Courtesy Weinstein NelsonThe former Entergy site will soon be home to a bowling alley, music venue, restaurants, bars and office and retail space. Phase one wraps at the end of this year.—CIRCA 1857 COMPLEX1857 Government St.Photo by Malarie ZaunbrecherOpen here since: 2001A treasure trove of antiques and art, including The Market, The Guru an... https://www.225batonrouge.com/our-city/big-changes-happening-baton-rouges-fastest-growing-neighborhood-developers-arent-finished-yet
Georgia flower shop owner sends flowers to every single teacher at schoolTuesday, August 28, 2018
WALTON COUNTY, Ga. - A local flower shop owner went above and beyond for the people who are help shaping the next generation. Owner of April’s Rose Garden, Sandi Williams, made special flowers for every single employee at Walnut Grove Elementary School in Walton County. Her co-workers contacted Channel 2 Action News about her story and said she has been working non-stop for days making the arrangements. In total, Williams made arrangements for 150 staff at the school. The flowers were delivered Tuesday and judging by the smiles by the staff members, they loved it. TRENDING STORIES: © 2018 Cox Media Group. ... https://www.wsbtv.com/news/national/hot-topics/georgia-flower-shop-owner-sends-flowers-to-every-single-teacher-at-school/808141823
Vancouver Christmas Events 2018: 100 ways to get into the holiday spirit - Vancouver SunTuesday, December 04, 2018
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and the CKNW Kids’ Fund. • Dec., 2, the parade begins at noon at West Georgia and Broughton, ending at Howe and Davie. vancouversantaclausparade.com/ (READ MORE: Vancouver Santa Claus Parade: What you need to know)Surrey and Vancouver host a Santa Clause Parade on December 2.Ric Ernst / PNGSurrey Santa Parade of Lights The 13th Annual Surrey Santa Parade features a wonderful mix of antique vehicles, big rigs, boats, floats, marching bands, mascots, remote controlled vehicles, dancers, service clubs and sports teams. Please join us for an evening of fun that is held in the charming historic town centre of Cloverdale. • Dec. 2, the parade begins at 5 p.m. Please bring non-perishable food items or gift item for the Surrey Food Bank and Christmas Bureau • surreysantaparade.comChristmas at FlyOver CanadaFly like Santa this Christmas on a magical flight across Canada. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole. • FlyOver Canada, Canada Place, until Jan. 6 • 604-620-8455, flyovercanada.comFly across the North Pole with FlyOver Canada’s holiday programming.Vancouver SunGrouse Mountain Peak of ChristmasEnjoy the natural beauty of Blue Grouse Lake lit by light installations, and stroll through the light tunnel. Learn all about Santa’s reindeer at the Reindeer Habitat, and bundle up for a Mountaintop Sleigh Ride. Lace up your skates and enjoy the 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy Christmas movies and enjoy a variety of live entertainment. • Grouse Mountain, North Van, until Jan. 6 • grousemountain.com/peak-of-christmasChristmas GlowStroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of a million lights at the largest indoor Christmas festival in Greater Vancouver. The playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while adults can enjoy a licensed bar and live music. Whisper your Christmas list to Santa, and shop for unique items at the Christmas Market. • Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th St., Langley • Runs until Jan. 19 • From $16.99/$22.99, glowgardens.comfigure id="attachment_" class="w... https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/festivals/vancouver-christmas-events-2018-100-ways-to-get-into-the-holiday-spirit
Flower festival celebrates StamfordTuesday, October 16, 2018
Boston and Market Harborough.”The festival celebrated the unique history of Stamford in addition to acknowledging present day achievements and attractions.Themes included the market and fair, Georgian Stamford, farming, wool trade, hostelries, theatre and many more.Money raised from the event will go to the Evergreen Care Trust while a donation will also be made to the Churches Conservation Trust, which owns St. John’s Church, for use of the facility.“We’re still tallying up just how much we raised but are delighted with how things went,” said Catherine.The flower Club has about 100 members and anyone interested in joining can e-mail email@example.com... https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/flower-festival-celebrates-stamford-9044505/
Gardening: Autumn planters 101Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Heuchera, which forms a bright dome of foliage in a myriad of colours.A few of my favourites include ‘Blackcurrant’ (purple with silver highlights), ‘Georgia Peach’ (peach to rosy purple), ‘Lime Rickey’ (ruffled chartreuse foliage) and ‘Crème Brulee’ (peachy-bronze).If you need a little more height, then consider Euphorbias, many of which will take on red highlights during the colder weather.I find that the variegated forms seem to be the most popular with ‘Ascot Rainbow’ (green, gold and red), ‘Glacier Blue’ (frosty blue with cream margins) and ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ (greyish-green with cream margins) being readily available in smaller pots at this time of year.Trailers are also an important component of the autumn display and we have many choices, some of which will only cusp the edge while others will tumble heavily.Carex ‘Evergold’ is nice for whisping over the edge with its clean gold and green foliage. There are also a lot of Ajugas available but my preference is ‘Black Scallop’ with its inky leaves that have a pearly sheen. Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ or golden creeping jenny cascades heavily with its bright chartreuse foliage, while either the large or small-leaved forms of wire vine (Muehlenbeckia) add a tangled billow of deep green.Of course, we need some ephemeral color and this is where the fall mums and ornamental peppers add their harvest charm, but both will last longer if kept under cover out of the rain.The same is true for dwarf forms of florist cyclamen, which will persist until the heavy frosts, but whose flowers are spoilt once they get soaked.Ornamental kale is another option this time of year, but expect these purple and white beauties to only last until December, at which time they begin to smell like cabbage soup.Dusty Miller, with its silvery foliage, is much more persistent and lasts the winter provided you cut any flowers out.The mainstays of seasonal colour are your winter pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) and violas (Viola cornuta), which bloom from fall to spring during periods of mild weather.They are available in myriad colours and, in my opinion, the violas put on a better overall display despite their smaller blooms.Mike Lascelle is a local nursery manager and gardening author (firstname.lastname@example.org). https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/gardening-autumn-planters-101/
Schaefer Wholesale Florist Launches New & Improved Website For Better Customer ExperienceMonday, October 01, 2018
West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. “SWF is continually seeking ways to fulfill our client’s needs with the highest-quality fresh-cut flowers, special event supplies, and more, and the new website does just that. With the new website, we not only expanded our customer reach with a clean, modern look, but deliver easy to access direct buying options that improve customer selection and offer expanding buying power with outstanding costs savings. In addition, we are excited about the new informational video tutorials on the new site.”- Sherry Schaefer, Buyer/Owner, Schaefer Wholesale Florist. The new website allows Schaefer Wholesale Florist to better serve their clients and continue the tradition of delivering the highest quality products with competitive prices. At Schaefer Wholesale Florist, the new site promises a fresh, up-to-date look that is easily navigated, to make selecting and purchasing the finest, freshest florals and accessories with value packed pricing, cost saving shipping solutions, and excellent service. Visit Schaefer Wholesale Florist (https://www.SWFlorist.com) today, experience the ease of the new client-centric website and find your favorite fresh florals and supplies! Bio: In 1958, Schaefer Wholesale Florist began providing stunning fresh cut flowers to florists, wedding and floral designers, retail and wholesale merchants, and special events planners. Their business has grown successfully due to guaranteed on-time delivery of premium fresh flowers and foliage to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Today their longstanding tradition of quality, service, and value continues with the South American Direct Program, the Holland Fresh Cut Direct Program, Quick Buy online ordering, and Dutch-Direct Online/Ecommerce Auction. As always, Schaefer Wholesale Florist continues to meet their longstanding goal of delivering the freshest fresh cut flowers anywhere along with foliage, plants, supplies, and accessories. Source: Schaefer Wholesale Florist ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0070771