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Bernard Silver, business entrepreneur and floral designer, dies at 80 - SILive.comWednesday, April 11, 2018
Hylan Blvd. ever since.Fourteen years ago, when the need for a second Flowers by Bernard manifested itself, the family opened another shop in the South Shore town of Pleasant Plains at 6390 Amboy Rd. in the Amboy Bedell Shopping Plaza.Silver's passion had always been to teach and share his knowledge with those with whom he came in close contact at the family-owned floral boutique that bears his name.What makes their business all the more appealing and distinguishes them from others is that Flowers by Bernard has remained loyal to its mom and pop business roots since it opened its doors to Staten Islanders in 1975.In speaking of her husband, Judie Silver stated: "I've been living in a garden with Bernard -- colorful, joyous, invigorating and full of life. His enthusiasm for all of this will stay with me and his children forever."Said his daughter, Elissa Carpenter: "My dad was our positive, fearless leader who led by example, and showed us how to live life to its fullest both in sickness and in health, always with our mom by his side. He loved to travel extensively. As a child, it was not uncommon for our family to spend summer months traveling by car throughout the United States and Mexico.""He also loved European vacations, our last family vacation was a European cruise celebrating my parents 50th anniversary [with] his children and grandchildren. His love of golf prompted him to have a second home at Hemlock Farms in the Poconos, where he exposed his children and grandchildren to the game. We are all avid golfers and have shared rounds with all three generations," she added.'ZEST FOR LIFE'Said Elizabeth David, his daughter: "My dad had such a zest for life. Our family has always been on the go, exploring new neighborhoods, dining at a new restaurants, and traveling across the country. We'll cherish those memories and aim to emulate his joie de vivre for generations to come."Hi grandson, Jordan Carpenter, commented: "My fondest memories are the stories my grandpa told about his childhood where his meager beginnings forced him to work at a young age. His principles of hard work and perseverance enabled him to become an entrepreneur and run several successful businesses. Despite suffering a stroke that left him disabled, he maintained these principles and kept trying until the day he passed. I try to live my life and build my career by the same principles."Said Garrett Carpenter, a grandson: "One of my fondest memories is the first time my grandpa took me to play golf at our country house in the Poconos when I was 8 years old. I remember him teaching me about the game, the etiquette of the game and showing me how to read the breaks in a putt. He also told me that the first thing you do after a round is 'go into the bathroom and wash your hands.' It was the springboard for my golf care... http://www.silive.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2018/03/bernard_silver_of_flowers_by_b.html
A simple-to-make but stunning-to-look-at Christmas decoration - Irish TimesTuesday, December 12, 2017
This Week in the Garden….While the small, pale flower-clusters of the hardy, evergreen, shade-loving shrub known as Christmas box or Sarcococca confusa aren’t going to add flashes of flamboyant colour to the garden at this time of year, they do pack a powerful punch in terms of their delicious, vanilla-like fragrance. Add to that the fact that it flowers from December right up until March, and this slow-growing, compact plant, which is also happy in a pot or container, more than earns its space in the winter garden. Stockists include Johnstown Garden Centre (johnstowngardencentre.ie) and mountvenusnursery.com A well-stocked bird table. Photograph: Richard Johnston Many gardeners like growing amaryllis (Hippeastrum) in a bright warm room indoors at this time of year with the aim of having these sub-tropical bulbous plants in flower for Christmas or the new year. Now that their fleshy flower spikes are emerging, it’s important to give your amaryllis plants a weekly liquid tomato feed as well as to give them some support in the shape of a slender stake. Occasionally rotating the pot will also encourage even growth, but take extra care not to overwater these statuesque houseplants, which hate to sit in permanently damp compost.p cl...
Art in Full Bloom: Combine art, floral, food and fun for AFAN on Friday - Las Vegas InformerTuesday, November 28, 2017
Artists and designers will be asked to focus on the uses of electric colors in their art and floral designs. Attendees will be encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and revelry.Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice and the stigma associated with the disease. AFAN is committed to a system that nurtures personal growth and dignity of persons served, which is emphasized during orientation, ongoing staff training and the culture of our organization.“We first started this event as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist,” explained Sharon Hearne, branch manager of Mayesh. “We wanted to give back to the community and have a nonprofit agency benefit from the open house.” After meeting with representatives of AFAN, it was decided to select them as a way to bring awareness as well as much needed funds.Attendees are asked to make a donation to selected charity upon entrance, buy art, raffles, and bid at the silent auction. “We have unbelieveable artwork this year. I will be just as amazed since I won’t see it until the day of the event,” Hearne said. “We are a wholesale company and this is one of the few times the public is... http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2017/11/09/art-in-full-bloom-combine-art-floral-food-and-fun-for-afan-on-friday/
What to plant in New Orleans this fall - bestofneworleans.comTuesday, October 10, 2017
Christopher Boozer of American Aquatic Gardens. Cajun hibiscus also blooms in fall and will continue to flower through winter and spring. The flowers typically are larger and more flamboyant that other hibiscus varieties. There are nonfloral options for fall gardens, such as ornamental peppers. The small peppers can be red, purple, orange, yellow, black or white, interspersed with glossy green leaves. They are edible and come in a range of spice levels. They usually fruit from mid-spring until fall, but in New Orleans peppers are perennials and grow inside or outside. The peppers do not require a lot of care: Outside, they only need to be watered if there is less than half an inch of rain per week. With its deep green leaves and purple stalks, ornamental cabbage is attractive, yet unassuming. It is a good neutral for gardens, needing full sun and cool (not cold) temperatures. It thrives in the Louisiana fall. Ornamental cabbage can be used as a border plant and is commonly mixed with mums. Other low-maintenance fall plants are herbs such as dill, cilantro, fennel and rosemary. Herbs can be grown all year round indoors or out, with access to sunlight and water. Many herbs can be grown in just a glass of water, but they also can be grown in garden soil. In New Orleans, colorful gardens don't have to end with summer.
The Dutch ambassador's tulip party: A 400-year-old passion still burns - Washington PostTuesday, April 25, 2017
Dutch lost their minds over the then-exotic and expensive tulip.Calvinist impulses took over, and the Dutch have had a much more sober and canny relationship with this flower since. For all their flamboyance, Schrijvers’s 10,000 tulips were flown to Washington for a clear-eyed diplomatic mission. The festooned residence became the venue for Dutch Tulip Days, when the ambassador over three days hosted a lunch, reception and dinner for lawmakers and other Washington politicos, as well as talks on Dutch agriculture.This is not to detract from the gaiety of the event, which reminded everyone that the tulip, at heart, is the embodiment of the joy of spring. (Although the events were invitation-only, there was something for the neighborhood: hundreds of tulips in silver buckets displayed along the flight of steps to the entrance on S Street NW.) The Dutch have long been proud of their ability to share their love of the tulip with the rest of the world. They export more than a billion flower bulbs to the United States annually, almost half of them tulips, said Caroline Feitel, the embassy’s agricultural officer.Adrian HigginsThe Washington PostCut tulips await arranging in the makeshift studio of floral designer Susanne Schrijvers.Adrian HigginsThe Washington PostThe Dutch floral designer chose red and off-white parrot tulips to place in a reproduction 17th-century tulipiere.“It’s the message that winter is gone,” said Henne Schuwer, the ambassador. “We are going on to a better season.”Previous ambassadors organized similar floral displays, but they haven’t been held for several years. Schuwer, the ambassador to Washington since 2015, decided it was time to bring the celebration back. “Nobody has ever given a bouquet of flowers in anger,” he said. He used the same line at a reception the next day, to a crowd of guests, then adding that sharing flowers is the friendliest of gestures “in a world where anger seems more and more the dominant factor in people’s lives.”Peter DejongAssociated PressFields of blossoming tulips are seen above the bulb farms of Lisse, Netherlands.Schrijvers, who is Dutch but lives in Bethesda, where she has a floral studio, said she wanted to re-create in the tray plantings a sense of the tulip fields in the Netherlands. There, tulip growers arrange bulbs by variety in a way that creates broad swaths of color. They are a magnet for photographers, and they catch the eye of passengers landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.In her imagined tulip fields, Schrijvers added choice varieties to the mix, including peony-flowered, fringed and parrot tulips. Some of the major arrangements are topped with swanky long-stemmed French tulips. (She also has a florist’s shop in Orleans, France.)The colors of the blooms are eclectic, some pastel, others warm to hot. Some are flamed, like those captured in Flemish still lifes. Together, they are a happy multitude. If you use enough, it seems impossible to make tulips clash with one another.Against this abundance, however, the tulip stems in the tulipieres look especially precious. (In the 17th century, a single bulb could cost a fortune; today, antique pottery tulipieres a...
Zacks Investment Research Downgrades FTD Companies (FTD) to HoldTuesday, July 31, 2018
Canada, the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland. Its portfolio of brands also includes Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct, and Drake Algar in the U.K. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. “ Get FTD Companies alerts: Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. DA Davidson lowered their price target on FTD Companies to $3.50 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 20th. ValuEngine upgraded FTD Companies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have assigned a hold rating to the company. FTD Companies currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.83. FTD Companies opened at $3.54 on Wednesday, Marketbeat reports. The stock has a market cap of $95.21 million, a P/E ratio of 7.73, a P/E/G ratio of 3.43 and a beta of 0.26. FTD Companies has a 52 week low of $3.25 and a 52 week high of $20.29. FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 8th. The company reported ($0.17) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by ($0.39). The company had revenue of $318.17 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $297.10 million. FTD Companies had a negative return on equity of 0.01% and a negative net margin of 20.88%. analysts expect that FTD Companies will post 0.08 earnings per share for the current year. A n... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/2018/07/27/zacks-investment-research-downgrades-ftd-companies-ftd-to-hold.html
Spirit of Central Illinois: The Secret GardenTuesday, July 31, 2018
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Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 MagazineTuesday, July 17, 2018
Kris the mercantile, which is in a house down the road from the fields that also gets quite busy come sunflower time.Other fields making the list criss-crossed the country: Ohio, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alabama, New York (2), Florida, California, Wisconsin, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina (2), Tennessee and Minnesota.Georgia had two fields on the list and, of course Grinter Farms wasn’t alone in the Sunflower State.The other is in Lyndon, which is south of Topeka on U.S. Highway 75.The Lyndon Leader 4-H Sunflowers are “organized and managed by the local Lyndon Leaders 4H Club,” according to Mattern. “This sunflower field in Lyndon, Kansas is open to visitors for photos and flower picking. Donations are accepted on site and are often donated to local charities, making this attraction well worth the visit.”To see the full list, go to countryliving.com.Next to Nature FarmThis month’s 435 Magazine features a story called “The Business of Bees,” which profiles Next to Nature Farm, a local operation just northwest of Tonganoxie.The farm, established in 2008, offers honey for food consumption, honey-based skin care products, fruit (apples, peaches, plums and pears) and eggs.Owner Chad Gilliland, an avid beekeeper, and his family have taken a “chemical-free” approach to their farm, as they do not use pesticides and rely on sticky traps and other means to combat insects.According to Sherry Kuehl’s story about the farm in her 435 Magazine feature, the Gillilands launched their Next to Nature line of skin products for the first time after extensive research between Chad and his wife.Current best-sellers, according to the story, are the Comfrey Salve, Healing Salve and lotion bars.“My wife and I did a ton of research on the medicinal and healing properties of natural herbs and essential oils,” Gilliland said in the 435 story. “We spent countless hours making sure that each and every ingredient component would work well and offer the specific medicinal properties we desired as well as the right natural moisturizing ingredient components that would complement the recipe.”After Friday’s Tonganoxie Business Association meeting, Gilliland told The Mirror that his family stays pretty busy throughout the year with selling at markets and other events. He also hopes to eventually open a store at the farm.To read the 435 story, visit 435mag.com. http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2018/jul/11/agribusiness-accolades-grinter-farms-featured-coun/
Local designer shaping Governor's Mansion renovationsTuesday, July 17, 2018
Candice Hart, owner of Pollen and Pastry says its an honor to design flower arraignments for the Governors Mansion which reopens on Saturday.(Photo Courtesy: Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association/Facebook)By Blake HaasBLOOMINGTON – Stop and smell the Roses has always been an old saying, but for one Bloomington native that has turned into a life long dream.With the seed being planted in 4-H, one local florist didn’t know what she would be doing then would blossom into the face of the Governors Mansion in Springfield.“I was a kid in 4-H and I took flower design and horticulture as a project and then enjoyed it and kept doing it over the years and [then] I majored in horticulture in college,” added Candice Hart, owner of Pollen and Pastry located at 2121 Morrissey Dive in Bloomington. “I started my business during Grad School [at University of Illinois in Champaign] and kept going with it.”When Gov. Bruce Rauner first moved to the mansion in 2014, he found peeling paint, over grown trees and shrubs, buckling walls and other problems including problems with the roof, but after a $15 million renovation... http://www.wjbc.com/2018/07/13/local-designer-shaping-governors-mansion-renovations/