Local Flower Shop News
Faux flowers are the real deal in home decorTuesday, August 28, 2018
Styrofoam and acted like they were decent substitutes. Some of today’s faux flowers really do look real. A long wooden bowl in Cathy Robinson Hutton’s Renovate home decor store and interior design firm holds an assortment of air plants. Some are fake and some are real, and you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart. “My mom loves pink, and she has a fake pink orchid on a side table. One of her friends has tried to water it twice,” Robinson Hutton said, giggling at the story. Her Houston store has a good inventory of ready-made faux plants, orchids of all sizes, peonies, preserved boxwood topiaries and even a tall fiddle leaf fig tree whose knobby branches and irregular leaves look remarkably lifelike. Even its fake dirt doesn’t look very fake. Robinson Hutton picked up a glass vase with fake water — another decor advancement — and a few magnolia blossoms. “Computer imaging has changed the game. The material is thicker and better, and the petals and leaves even have veining. They’re so pliable you can shape them however you want,” she said, rubbing one petal between her finger and thumb. “And our orchids — we almost cannot keep up with the demand,” she said. “A woman came in one day and said ‘I have killed three real orchids. Here’s my pot, please give me fake ones in it.’” Makers of artificial flowers have embraced Mother Nature’s perfect imperfections. No longer are petals or leaves a flat, solid color; they exist in gradations of colors. Branches and stems are as knobby as they ought to be. And the pliable nature of the materials means you can bend stems to look like a natural droop or fold petals to look irregular. Some leaves might even have a slightly browned edge. All of this contributes to the faux plants looking more authentic and realistic. After all, if you picked a bouquet from your garden, would every flower and stem look identical? Of course not. Interior designer Missy Stewart ... https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/home/design/article/Faux-flowers-are-the-real-deal-in-home-decor-13185048.php
So LA: La Fleur Bouquets Are Hollywood's New Favorite Long-Lasting FlowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
That box sells for $2,000."Prices range from $40 to $2,000. Aside from its website, the brand can also be purchased at Nordstrom and Ron Robinson, who recently commissioned Elaziz to create a 2,000-rose wall installment for his home. Personalized design options include a velvet keepsake box with calligraphed engraving, or diamond-dusted roses. Each order is sprayed with an original scent developed by the young inventor herself — fragrance is something she says is next on her company's radar, in addition to trying to tap the male celebrity market: "Men don't typically get flowers and we have masculine colors that would be perfect," she noted.In addition to Drake, Elaziz has created designs for Elton John (red and gold roses in the shape of an "E"), 50 Cent, Tracy Morgan and George Lopez, but she says most orders have been primarily for women. Still, as Elaziz's impressive list of clientele continues to grow ("You think it can't get better and it does every time"), she still has a few Hollywood icons that she's hoping will one day put in an order."Drew Barrymore would be at the top of the list, and I really want to send to Ellen [DeGeneres]. I freakin' love her," admits Elaziz. "Cardi B would be really cool, too, just because she's so crazy and her reaction would probably be priceless!"... https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/la-fleur-bouquets-year-long-roses-hollywood-loves-1132565
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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Eugene flower shop "Petals it Forward"Tuesday, October 30, 2018
It's an annual event that calls attention to the positive impact of giving and receiving flowers. Strangers and florists, like Dandelions owner Krystal Vincent, handed out flowers just to brighten people's days. "Science has shown that flowers make everyone happy, so it feels really good to give people flowers and they actually get to experience that as well, something that we get to do here everyday," Vincent said. "They get the chance to get flowers as well as receive them." The event is sponsored by the Society of American Florists. ... https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Eugene-flower-shop-Petals-it-Forward-498486612.html
Waitrose launch surprise flower delivery service for online shoppersTuesday, October 30, 2018
And of course, if you'd rather choose the flowers for your home, you can always browse a huge selection at WaitroseFlorist.com. ... https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/shopping/a23560057/waitrose-surprise-flower-online-delivery-service/
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/
Flower shop petals for a good causeTuesday, October 30, 2018
CAIRO — A Cairo florist plans to participate in a nationwide random of act of kindness by handing out flowers across Greene County today. Karen’s Flower Shoppe at 271 Main St. is part of Petal It Forward, started by the Society of American Florists. In 2017, Karen’s handed out bouquets of flowers to 100 people. This year, shop employees plan to hand out 300 bouquets to 150 people, owner Karen Gallo said.“When we were out giving these away people, thought it was the most fantastic thing they ever heard of,” Gallo said. “We were going to get more involved and spread more flowers this year.” Petal It Forward’s mission is to hand out two bouquets of flowers per person — one for them to keep and the other to give away, National Society of American Florists Marketing Vice President Jennifer Sparks said.“I consider it to be a gesture of communication — some people just need human connection,” Sparks said. “We want to give people the surp... https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/flower-shop-%E2%80%98petals%E2%80%99-good-cause