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Former White House Chief Florist takes the…Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Brussels sprouts (Photos courtesy of Laura Dowling) Swan Lake: Marshmallows, white feathers and silvered branchesThe gallery will resume insecondsFor Dowling, former Chief Florist for the White House, the challenge was to create a new twist on a circular form as old as, well, the Earth.Wait, “You were the florist for the White House?”Twenty years ago, Dowling had a career in public policy and communications strategy. In 2000, she went to Paris for the first time and fell in love with the flower shops.She began doing floral design on the side, and her little business blossomed. When the White House job opened in 2009, she applied along with hundreds of others. Eventually, the search narrowed to three finalists.The last step was a four-hour timed competition. “They put the three finalists in separate rooms,” she said, “and asked us to create arrangements for a state dinner, the blue room, and the Oval Office.” Next, Michelle Obama came to see the arrangements and interview the designers.Dowling’s fresh-from-the-garden, French flower style won the day. “It’s what Jackie Kennedy would have done,” said Dowling of the first lady who created the role of White House Chief Florist in 1961. And so began a dream job, which she held from 2009 to 2015. Since then, she’s written, “Floral Diplomacy”, “A White House Christmas”, about one of the nation’s biggest and most visible floral design jobs; and now “Wreaths.”Dowling’s 128-page book lays out everything you need to know to make 78 inventive, unexpected wreaths. Each recipe includes the tools you’ll need, materials, skill level, approximate duration and eye-candy photos.Dowling and I could have talked all day:Q: What do you wish more people knew about wreath making?A: Anyone can go out and buy a wreath. But so many are flat and typical. I would love for people to know they ca... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Dewar Nurseries Launches Family Owned Floral Retail BrandTuesday, October 30, 2018
Combining their love of farm-to-table trends and natural beauty with their passion for the family business, the Dewar sisters are excited to launch their florist-quality assortment of potted plants in trendy containers designed to complement home settings.AdvertisementThe Life in Bloom collection includes potted house plants, holiday plants, and roses. It will also feature a new edible fruit collection including olives, bananas, tea, kiwis, figs, and berries, to name a few. The new brand is available in major retailers and supermarkets throughout the U.S.“Elizabeth & Alexandra offers florist-quality plants in aesthetically pleasing containers to create a product that can be purchased, presented, and immediately enjoyed,” says Alexandra Dewar.The new brand’s namesakes are the granddaughters of Dewar Nurseries’ founder, Alex Dewar. They represent the third generation of Dewar family growers, and have spent much of their lives participating in the ever-expanding family business.“With 55 years of successful growers in our family lineage, we are proud to continue this tradition while remaining true to our personal strengths and passions,” says Elizabeth Dewar. “Life in Bloom by Elizabeth & Alexandra brings a touch of elegance to everyday life. We’re proud to deliver potted beauty that perfectly coordinates with every living space.”The Elizabeth & Alexandra brand will debut at the PMA Fresh Summit trade event in Orlando on Oct. 19-20, 2018.Founded in 1963, Dewar Nurseries began as a single nursery with a tea... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/dewar-nurseries-launches-family-owned-floral-retail-brand/
6 tips on buying flowers onlineTuesday, October 30, 2018
Most people don’t have flowers in their gardens that they can pick as it takes a lot of discipline to grow them. The easiest way to give someone flower is to order it at the online florist shop. The following are 6 tips on what you should do before buying flowers online. Find Out Whether the Flower is in SeasonIf you want to give someone flower, you would first think what flowers she likes. However, before ordering the flowers, you must first check whether the flower is in season. If the flower is in season, it will be cheaper as they don’t have to be imported. For example, poinsetta is always available in Christmas season. Tulip comes to mind when it is in the spring season. Roses, dahlias, peonies and snapdragons are some of the flowers of summer season. Usually, you can check the seasonal flowers at the online florist site. Buy Flowers that Matches Her PersonalityIf you have no idea what types of flower she likes, you can just buy flowers that matches her personality. Every flower carries a different meaning. You can search online for the meaning of these flowers and order a custom bouquet containing the flowers that carries the meaning you want to tell her. A custom flower bouquet like this will make the recipient feel more special. Use the Category Navigation to Find a Flower for the OccasionYou can also navigate the site using the category to find ... https://augustafreepress.com/6-tips-on-buying-flowers-online/
Birmingham florist hands out flowers Petal it ForwardTuesday, October 30, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- One Birmingham flower shop encouraged people to "Petal it Forward." Almost like pay it forward.Norton's Florist employees stood at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street North and handed out two bouqets to total strangers. They asked them to keep one, and petal the other one forward. ... https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/birmingham-florist-hands-out-flowers-petal-it-forward-/1547594469