Barrington Flower Shop News
'Floral fusion' the theme of 2018 Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show - The Providence JournalTuesday, May 01, 2018
Szosz came to the flower and garden team as a professional gardener — she is the head gardener at the Rhode Island Country Club, in Barrington, — and as president of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs.The state federation was organized in 1930 and now has more than 1,000 members who love gardening and floral design but also are responsible for plantings that beautify many cities and towns, and who advocate for preserving the beauty and natural resources of Rhode Island.The broader Home Show has its own share of attractions, including the Home Design Hub, a 10-room display of interior design created by four local designers and built by career and technical school students from across the state. Students also were involved in building the educational Energy Efficiency Showcase, an interactive display.The popular Home Décor Store is also returning this year."Adding the Flower & Garden Show to the Rhode Island Home Show was a way for us to combine outdoor living, horticulture and the environment with energy and housing," says John Marcantonio, chief executive of the Builders Association. "Bringing the flower show back in 2017 got off to a slow start, but I’m sure most will be happy to know that it’s growing in the right direction in 2018."— Kathie Raleigh is a Rhode Island-based freelance writer.If you go ...What: 2nd annual Spring Flower & Garden Show, in collaboration with the 68th annual Rhode Island Home ShowWhere: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., ProvidenceWhen: Thursday and Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for children 15 and under. Tickets available at the door are valid for re-entry all four days.Information: ribahomeshow.com... http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20180404/floral-fusion-theme-of-2018-rhode-island-spring-flower--garden-show
Yuletide celebration coming to Storrowton Village Museum - MassLive.comTuesday, November 28, 2017
Fontaine said. "We will also have Sally-Jane Heit with us this year. She is a former Broadway actress, who has also appeared in movies and on television, who is retired and now lives in Great Barrington. Her readings of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' will be infused with her own comedic stories about Christmas and her memoirs of performing over the years," she added. Among the many scheduled performances and activities both days will be:Barbara Bennett, organ recital of seasonal carols, Saturday at 11 a.m.Mike Rondeau, ice sculpting demonstration, Saturday at noonGail White, a discussion on how New England Native Americans prepared for winterHands-on crafts for the whole familyCactusHead Puppet Show presents "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," Saturday at 3 p.m.Stan Svec, Folk Music of 19th Century America, Sunday at 1 p.m.Sally-Jane Heit, reading of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and stories of Christmases past, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. There will also by 19th century craft demonstrations of blacksmithing, heart cooking, quilting, broom making and tinsmithing, as well as hands-on crafts for both kids and adults to participate in. Also, visitors will also be able to do a little holiday shopping at the Storrowton Gift Shop in the Phillips House. And, the Holiday Sweet Shoppe in Potter Mansion will be selling hot beverages and baked goods prepared by Storrowton volunteers and staff. But the old-fashioned fun doesn't end on Sunday. After the weekend's free event, the Village will hold Yuletide Open House Tours for $7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5-9 and a special Yuletide By Lantern Light on Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m., also for $7. Children 6 and under are free for the regular tours, while those 2 and under are free for the lantern light tours. Storrowton Village will also offer ASL tours on December 3 conducted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested in those special tours should check in at the Gift Shop upon arrival. Parking is free for the event. http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/11/yuletide_celebration_coming_to.html
Snapshot: Random Acts of Flowers surprise Barrington residents - Current in CarmelTuesday, July 18, 2017
Random Acts of Flowers as a team-building exercise. The employees spent the day arranging, delivering and surprising nursing home residents with the bouquets, including at The Barrington of Carmel.“Our mission is to improve the well-being of people in hospitals and nursing homes. People are attracted to our mission for a lot of different reasons. There’s not anyone who can’t benefit from someone in their community coming in and reminding them that they’re not alone and they care about them,” said Lindsay Potter, program manager at Random Acts of Flowers. http://currentincarmel.com/snapshot-random-acts-of-flowers-surprise-barrington-residents
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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/