Auburn Flower Shop News
Mobile flower bed spreads joy on streets of Auburn - The Auburn PlainsmanTuesday, October 22, 2019
The Flower Bed has made about a dozen outings since April 2019. The couple has parked the truck in downtown Auburn to meet with people and sell flowers.“I am a very behind-the-scenes kind of person,” Lauryn Rodgers said. “I normally don’t like to be out in front of people, but this has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and learn about myself. And people make it so easy because everyone is so happy to come by and see us.”Rodgers tries to get her flowers from local growers. She specifically noted Opelika, Montgomery and LaGrange growers, but also mentioned buying flowers from as far away as California and Miami. “In my heart, I would love to buy from local growers in different varieties,” Lauryn Rodgers said. “But it can be hard because you need to find people who are willing to tend to the project.”Her long-term dream is to be able to incorporate a way to teach children how to grow and tend to their own flowers. In the near future, she will be involved with the Auburn City Market on Saturdays this month, Lauryn Rodgers said. “I have been humbled by this whole process and the kindness of everyone,” Lauryn Rodgers said. “I am excited when I get the opportunity to go out — and a ball of nerves too — but everyone has been so happy that it is all worth it.” Do you like this story? The Plainsman doesn't accept money from tuition or student fees, and we don't charge a subscription fee. But you can donate to support The Plainsman. Support The Plainsman Cory Blackmon Community Reporter... https://www.theplainsman.com/article/2019/10/mobile-flower-bed-spreads-joy-on-streets-of-auburn
Wild Honey Flower Truck is Birmingham's florist on wheels - Yellowhammer NewsTuesday, July 23, 2019
MONTGOMERY — Former Auburn University head football coach and current GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville attended Tuesday’s meeting of the River Region Republican Club at the Farmers Market Cafe in the state’s capital city, visiting with local conservatives one-on-one and delivering a 22-minute variant of his fiery stump speech.One of the topics he touched on was immigration, an issue he has made headlines on before.While reaffirming his stance as being tough against illegal immigration, Tuberville this time around was sure to highlight his firm support of coming to the United States “the right way.” -- -- 586 Saying he knows people cur... https://yellowhammernews.com/wild-honey-flower-truck-is-birminghams-florist-on-wheels/
Keeping things natural come Hell or High Water - Enumclaw Courier-HeraldTuesday, June 25, 2019
A key transition came in 2015 when Kevin participated in the Organic Farming Education Program, offered by Tilth Alliance. Located in Auburn, it offers education for beginner farmers and serves as a business incubator. For three years, he grew vegetables and flowers and kept flocks of laying hens at Tilth’s Red Barn Ranch. “It was nice being around like-minded individuals,” Kevin says of his relationship with Tilth.A commercial customer stops by Hell Or High Water Farm, picking up an order of 25 dozen eggs. Photo by Kevin Hanson After a couple of brief stops, it was in 2018 that the Helfricks moved Hell or High Water Farm to Enumclaw’s Cart Before Horse Farm. They live in a home on the property and use five acres of land, all nestled in a rural setting just north of Enumclaw. While Desiree continues her day job off the farm, Kevin has transitioned to full-time work at Hell or High Water. He tends a flock that, these days, is producing upward of 150 eggs per day and nurtures the land that produces a wide range of vegetables and flowers. There were tough lessons to be learned along the way, but Kevin said there are no regrets when it comes to leading a particular kind of farm life. Standing in a barn, looking out over his flock, he says, “This is one of the only things that has made my heart sing.” THE MISSION “Our work is grounded in a deep respect for our natural world and all the creatures in it,” the Helfricks write on their website (hellorhighwaterfarm.com). “We believe it is our responsibility as farmers to foster sustainable agricultural practices as stewards of the land and our community.” Take their chickens, for example: “We believe firmly that all creatures have a right to sun, fresh grass, and the freedom to engage in behaviors which are innate to their species,” the Helfricks write. The birds are moved from spot to spot, held in place by solar-powered electric fencing, enjoying pasture life from sunrise to sundown. “Our goal is for the chickens to have a million great days and just one bad one,” Kevin said, with a nod to the reality of life as a farm bird. Vegetables and flowers originate from certified organic, non-GMO seeds, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties. The Helfricks go so far as preferring hand tools to tractors when it comes to tilling the land, and certain plants are used to attract useful insects that eat pests. -- -- ... https://www.courierherald.com/business/keeping-things-natural-come-hell-or-high-water/
Tennessee's 2019 Offseason Outlook: Safety - 247SportsTuesday, March 05, 2019
Star/Money positions, which both played last season. Shamburger was in and out of Pruitt's doghouse last season (he didn't even make the travel roster for the Georgia game and started at Auburn two weeks later), but the Vols still think he can be a quality player.Labruzza has played in 11 games, primarily on special teams, the past two seasons, but Davis should be able to get in the mix in the secondary after redshirting last season.Four-star McCollough is an early enrollee who will go through spring practice, which will provide him the valuable reps he needs to learn the defense and get comfortable in it, and that could help him as he challenge for a significant role as a freshman.img src="https://s3media.247sports.com/Uploads... https://247sports.com/college/tennessee/Article/Tennessee-Vols-safety-2019-Offseason-Outlook-Nigel-Warrior-Trevon-Flowers-129598306/
Wild Things: More Than You would Expect From a Local Florist - StyleBlueprintSunday, February 10, 2019
It was during that job, while assisting her local florist, that she discovered her passion for floral design and her gift for creativity.She took that artistic bent to college at Auburn University, where she earned her degree in graphic design, which in turn earned her a position at an advertising agency in Atlanta. While building her creative portfolio in Atlanta, she met her husband, a Birmingham native. The couple soon moved to Birmingham, where Carolyn dabbled in the freelance world of branding and logo design — but she had a nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite the job for her. She oftentimes found herself visiting local supermarkets to buy flowers to decorate her new home, but wished there was a local stop — both trendy and fun — that sold fresh arrangements, along with other pretty trinkets to pepper throughout a home and brighten someone’s day.Then one day she realized she should create this dream shop she had been envisioning. And so, Wild Things Flowers & Curiosities was born. Nestled in an almost hidden spot behind SOHO Square in downtown Homewood, this quaint floral boutique offers home decor accents, gifts and candles, as well as floral arrangements, workshops, event design and more.Carolyn’s calling was always flowers. Now, she has a little shop of florals an... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/wild-things-more-than-youd-expect-from-a-local-florist/
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l firstname.lastname@example.orgSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
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
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/