Abingdon Flower Shop News
The evolution of Zazzy'z from florist to coffee house - Southwest Virginia TodayWednesday, January 03, 2018
ABINGDON, Va. — Every once in a while, folks call Dr. Ramsey White “Zazzy.”“You know, I go by ‘Ramsey,’” said White, 72. “And I had a younger brother. When he was just starting to talk, he could not say ‘Ramsey,’ and he used to call me ‘Zazzy.’”White laughs, saying he could just not let that nickname go.Born in 1945, White lived in Bristol in the late 1940s — in both Virginia and Tennessee. For a few years after marrying his wife, Betsy, White lived at Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he served as a school teacher at Kempsville and Bayside. Then, starting in 1978, White became a dentist in Abingdon for 27 years and boasted thousands of patients.Today, this Abingdon resident occasionally still answers to “Zazzy.”In fact, that nickname showed up on signs when White opened a store in Abingdon after retiring from dentistry in 2005.White owns Zazzy’z. It’s a coffeehouse located in what was also once primarily a bookstore in what was also once White’s dental offices in the early 2000s.Before... http://www.swvatoday.com/news/article_c35fc501-5939-5b2b-9c12-59d1f802ef45.html
Abingdon Florist and CABI scientists from Wallingford bring home the gold at Chelsea Flower Show - Oxford MailTuesday, June 27, 2017
Society show. Some proved hugely successful, being crowned among the top entries and bringing home gold standard certificates. One florist who is celebrating a golden win is Jane Belcher, from Abingdon, who took home gold for the Best Floral Arrangement Exhibit in Session 1 flower arranging. She said: "It is always a huge relief when you find out you have been awarded a medal after weeks of hard work. To get a gold was an amazing feeling and to receive the award for best floral arrangement exhibit was the icing on the cake. "Chelsea has a fabulous atmosphere and you get to meet lots of other competitors from around the country and the rest of the world. It is always great to see them again the following year." Ms Belcher created a master piece of flowers under the category 'In Suspense' which was based on a piece of literature called The Birds. She added: "I wanted the design to look like pages of a book with the story running through the design and the orchids depicting the birds." For Ms Belcher, flower arranging started as a hobby 19 years ago. Elsewhere in the county a team of scientists put on a display to wow judges in the educational section. The Wallingford-based CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International), entering the show for the first time, created a display called Nature vs Invader to look at natural solutions to invasive plant problems including alien weeds such as Japanese knotweed. Scientist Suzy Wood said:... http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15315128.Florist_and_scientists_bring_home_the_gold_at_this_year__39_s_Chelsea_Flower_Show/
Year-round flowers surround Deni Patterson - Southwest Virginia TodayTuesday, December 27, 2016
ABINGDON, Va. — Every day Deni Peterson goes to work she is surrounded by containers of colorful dried flowers harvested from her summer garden. A workshop in her Abingdon farmhouse is the perfect place to settle in after a day’s work in the gardens.An environmentalist and farmer for most of her life, Deni uses nature’s inventory of flowers, grasses, and trees to create the sustainable art of wreath making.Subscription RequiredAn online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.LoginChoose an online service.The following services are print only and offer no digital accessNeed an account? Create one now.You must login to view the full content on this page.Thank you for reading 15 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 15 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact... http://www.swvatoday.com/news/washington_county/article_7cd4e36d-ecd8-5877-8f94-d981e5dc72cf.html
Deni Peterson's wreaths keep colorful flowers year-round - Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)Tuesday, December 13, 2016
ABINGDON, Va. — Every day Deni Peterson goes to work she is surrounded by containers of colorful dried flowers harvested from her summer garden. A workshop in her Abingdon farmhouse is the perfect place to settle in after a day’s work in the gardens.An environmentalist and farmer for most of her life, Deni uses nature’s inventory of flowers, grasses and trees to create the sustainable art of wreath making."We’re different from florists because we grow most of the materials we use for our wreaths. And, all of the flowers are organically grown, which may be a unique commodity in the region as well as throughout the country."She and her husband and business partner, Tom Peterson, operate Blue Door Garden, a source for organic and locally-grown flowers, vegetables, herbs, and small fruits. They make dried floral arrangements for a variety of celebrations, including weddings, private parties, baby showers and corporate dinners."The lion’s share of our business is in fresh cut flowers and ar... http://www.heraldcourier.com/community/agriculture/deni-peterson-s-wreaths-keep-colorful-flowers-year-round/article_b7651729-7839-5b19-a481-bcb781521713.html
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
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 ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html