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Meet Toronto’s florist to the stars - Toronto StarSunday, February 10, 2019
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
UrbanStems flower delivery review: sustainably sourced, beautiful bouquets - Business InsiderSunday, February 10, 2019
UrbanStems founder Ajay Kori was fed up with sending flowers as gifts. Every experience he had doing so ended in catastrophe. Instead of giving up on the gesture altogether, Kori enlisted his college classmate to try and fix the floral industry.What they've created is an easier, more affordable way to order beautiful flowers online — one that ensures your bouquets actually are delivered in time for those special moments. How the service works:When you head over to the UrbanStems, you'll find a small but diverse selection of bouquets. UrbanStems is a member of the fewer, better camp, which is reflected in their selection — a few beautifully-crafted bouquets and potted plants, rather than a mass of mediocre arrangements. All of the flowers and plants are sourced from sustainable farms, which UrbanStems' in-house floral designers collaborate with to create unique bouquets. With prices that start at $35, UrbanStems is a pretty affordable option as well. Once you've picked which bouquet you like, put in your desired delivery address and choose from the delivery date options listed. UrbanStems provides a calendar that shows which delivery dates are available, as well as notes when the bouquet will be back in stock if it has been sold out. UrbanStems also suggests vases that compliment each bouquet, should you want to spend a little extra to send a vase as well. Moving to checkout is simple. UrbanStems has you sign up with your email so they can inform you on the status of your order. Then all you have to do is fill out the delivery information, and my favorite part — a cute note to go with your flowers. If you're stumped, UrbanStems has some sweet prewritten options for you, but you can completely customize this part on your own.UrbanStems bouquets can be delivered anywhere in the US — if you're living outside of the US but want to send flowers to someone who does live here, you can do that, too. One of the best parts of UrbanStems is its simple delivery process. If your recipient lives in DC or NYC, an UrbanStems courier will deliver their flowers by bicycle or car, any day of the week. If your recipient lives anywhere else in the US, your order will get free one-day FedEx delivery, which can only be delivered Tuesday-Friday — something to note if you're planning for flowers to be delivered for a specific occasion.These quick delivery options make UrbanStems a great last-minute gifting option, but you can also use it to plan gifts far in advance. If you know you want to deliver someone flowers for their birthday in a month, you can order bouquets up to three weeks out from the current date. UrbanStems' pretty packaging is an added bonus.UrbanStemsWhen your recipient receives their flowers, they'll be packaged up in a beautiful box that's hiding a lovely bouquet and a sweet note from you. It's thoughtful and easy way to surprise someone special and make them smile. Whether it's your partner, sister, brother, parent, friend, or coworker, UrbanStems makes a great gift for just about any occasion. If you'd like to know more about the experience, here's what two of our editors have to say about the service:Sally Kapla... https://www.businessinsider.com/urbanstems-flower-delivery-review
Couples choose Zero-Waste weddings - Concord MonitorTuesday, February 05, 2019
If nothing else, make sure flowers are composted instead up ending up in a landfill somewhere.“Or you can forgo cut flowers altogether in favor of potted plants, which can then be gifted or planted. There’s certainly no waste there,” Chezar said.Party favorsCenterpiece and other decor items, like flowers, fruits or vegetables, can double as gifts for guests, as can things like votive candles. https://www.concordmonitor.com/Many-couples-say-I-do-to-Zero-Waste-weddings-21965108
Tips for cutting costs on your wedding without sacrificing quality - Globalnews.caTuesday, January 08, 2019
That means no pre-reception shots, which may help things flow more smoothly.Others eliminate shots from their bar altogether.Make the food personalFood stations at cocktail weddings are a big thing now that let you save a bit on furniture rentals and decor. But they can still end up being more expensive than a sit-down dinner, according to Wise.If you want to do a food station, pick one that’s meaningful to the two of you — like a taco stand if you fell in love over tacos or if that’s your favourite go-to date-night food.Be aware that food is probably going to be your biggest spend.Cut the cakeAnother one of Wise’s trade secrets: rent a cake pedestal to increase the height of your cake without increasing the price.Cupcakes can also be an easier cost to swallow. After all, who really remembers eating the cake?Trim the guest listThis will make the biggest difference to your food and beverage bottom line.Avoid inviting your “B”-list to just your ceremony or dance portion of the reception, Wise said, unless they’re someone you know will be totally cool with knowing they’re on your B-list.AttireSales and second-hand ... https://globalnews.ca/news/2709285/tips-for-cutting-costs-on-your-wedding-without-sacrificing-quality/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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.'"
Famed florist to present during Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show - Atlanta Journal ConstitutionTuesday, January 08, 2019
FULL COVERAGE: Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show continues 30-year tradition The theme, “Ingenue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry,” is particularly appropriate for Duarte, but he’s ready to teach everyone how to create arrangements fit for a star. “I love living with flowers. It just changes the mood,” he said during a recent interview. “Throughout the year, certain flowers are available. It reminds you, ‘Oh, it’s Spring!’” He loves orchids, especially lady slipper orchids, and enjoys mixing in materials like branches or bark to add texture. ( Take a look at his handiwork here ). He also likes to use leaves in unusual ways to add visual interest, and turning greenery from filler to fabulous will be among the techniques he’ll cover during today’s lecture. “It’s going to be fun,” he said. “People can go home and try it themselves.” Whether you receive or create an arrangement, hydration is key to enjoying it longer, so be sure to keep the water changed and the stems snipped, he advised. Oh, and if you’re planning an Oscar watching party and aren’t sure what to festoon the buffet table with: “I would do a gold container with all red roses,” Duarte advised. “Very classic.” Joining him Saturday will be author and garden, floral and interior designer James Farmer, an editor-at-large for Southern Living. Presentations are today from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Driving Club, 1215 Piedmont Avenue NE. Tickets are $50 and are available online here. ... https://www.ajc.com/blog/buzz/famed-florist-present-during-atlanta-botanical-garden-flower-show/cyqPwgRtfpKEOGZaOZwkRM/
Georgia flower shop owner sends flowers to every single teacher at school | WSB-TV - WSB AtlantaMonday, December 17, 2018
Georgia flower shop owner sends flowers to every single teacher at school 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 Tues... 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 firstname.lastname@example.org... https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/flower-festival-celebrates-stamford-9044505/