Berwyn Flower Shop News
Wood’s Flowers and Gifts Becomes a Proud Member of Teleflora Network - Press Release - Digital JournalTuesday, May 21, 2019
Their flower delivery in College Park MD is available for the following areas: College Park, Beltsville, Calverton, Adelphi, Greenbelt, Seabrook, Berwyn Heights, University Park, University of Maryland College Park Campus, Riverdale and parts of Lanham, Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Silver Spring, Laurel, Cheverly, New Carrollton, and Glenn Dale. “Our customers can view selections online or come into our shop to browse our selection guides. We have premade arrangements available in the cooler for your convenience. We can custom make a gorgeous bouquet for you while you wait. Our large selection of fresh cut flowers is right out in our front shop so you can hand pick your own fresh cut flowers or our friendly staff will pick out an assortment for you,” said the spokesperson. “And if you want to send something fresh and beautiful across the country or around the world, we’ll be glad to take care of that for you.”About Wood's Flowers and Gifts:Being in the floral industry for over 80 years, Wood's Flowers and Gifts, the leading College Park florist delivers beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion, including birthdays, Mother’s day and anniversaries. Visit https://www.woodsflowersandgifts.com for more information.Media ContactCompany Name: Woods Flowers and GiftsContact Person: Barbara WoodEmail: Send EmailPhone: 301-474-7000Address:9223 Baltimore Ave City: College ParkState: MarylandCountry: United StatesWebsite: www.woodsflowersandgifts.com... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4312337
Brookfield florist marks 20th anniversary | Articles | News - Riverside Brookfield LandmarkMonday, December 17, 2018
She signed up to attend the American Floral Art School in Chicago and got hands-on experience working at a flower shop in Berwyn. One year later, she and her husband Paul took the leap, buying the former Ardon's Flower Shop on Broadway Avenue. LeClere said she had eyed a store in Western Springs but was convinced by her husband that Brookfield was the right place for the new family business. After all, the LeCleres had lived in the village for almost 30 years at the time. Paul, who died in 2009, worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad and served as a village trustee. They also scouted locations on Ogden Avenue but found a home instead near Eight Corners. "I like the area," LeClere said of her business' longtime home. "Ogden Avenue wasn't as warm a feeling as we have over here." At first, business wasn't driven so much by flowers as it was by Beanie Babies, which were a phenomenon at the time. "I told Paul, 'I don't think I'll ever sell flowers,'" LeClere said of the store's early days. But the Beanie Baby craze waned and the flower shop's customer base began to grow, thanks in large part to word of mouth and connections the store made through family and friends. "You've got to talk to everybody," LeClere said. "It's just funny, once you start talking, one thing leads to the next." Case in point, LeClere's shop did the flowers for the wedding of Mary Vasquez, the owner of Mary's Morning Mix-Up, just a few doors to the east on Broadway Avenue. Her soon-to-be husband, Jason, looked very familiar to LeClere, who couldn't remember why she knew she'd met him before. Turns out he'd worked with Paul LeClere at the Burlington Northern. The shop handles the typical array of floral services, from wedding and funerals to corporate affairs. LeClere says she stays up to date on what gift items to carry... http://www.rblandmark.com/News/Articles/12-4-2018/Brookfield-florist-marks-20th-anniversary/
Andersonville Celebrates Earth Day Weekend With 4th Annual Flower And Garden Show - edgevillebuzzTuesday, May 01, 2018
According to the Chamber; expect to see some great arrangements at businesses including Andersonville’s new florist Foyer Shop (1480 W. Berwyn), a pop up by returning favorite Marguerite Gardens at Foursided (5061 N Clark), in-shop floral arrangements by Youth and Yarrow at Milk Handmade (5137 N Clark), A Pretty Flower in the lobby of The Guesthouse Hotel (4872 N Clark), and a plant sale with the Peterson Garden Project. There will also be Landscaping demos conducted by City Spaces Landscaping & Design (appearing at The Guesthouse Hotel both days), as well as Red Stem Native Landscaping at Women and Children First (5233 N Clark) on Saturday at 11 a.m.This year, the show will coordinate with Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) weekend and the Chicago cleanup day (Saturday, April 21). Several area organizations will participate with environmental programming including the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project who will be hosting an Earth Day tree walking tour, both the Winona Foster Winnemac Carmen (WFWC) Block Club and the West Edgewater Andersonville Residents (WEAR) will host their Earth Day cleanup events, and the West Andersonville Neighbors Together (W.A.N.T.) will woodchip the path along Ravenswood between Berwyn and Balmoral.“We hope to welcome spring with this event,” Austin added. “We want participants to come out and shop, talk to their fellow neighbors and business owners and help beautify the streets of Andersonville. While we aren’t certain if winter coats can be put away just yet at least we can take in a little spring traversing Andersonville and spreading sunshine with warm smiles.”In order to help guide attendees during the Flower and Garden Show, numbered garden gnomes will highlight participating locations. For more info on the FREE event, go to andersonville.org.The full list of participating bu... http://www.edgevillebuzz.com/news/andersonville-celebrates-earth-day-weekend-with-4th-annual-flower-and-garden-show
Palmer Florist owners celebrate love - Suburban Life PublicationsTuesday, March 14, 2017
They’re never apart.”Kowalczyk, 60, bought Palmer Florist 26 years ago from the daughter of one of his friends when the shop was located at Roosevelt Road and Clinton Avenue in Berwyn. He remained there until 2012, when the property was sold to Culver’s. Kowalczyk then moved his business to Westchester, and it’s now a 1-800-FLOWERS franchise. In addition to farm-fresh flowers, Palmer Florist also sells hand-dipped chocolates, fresh fruit arrangements, plush toys and other gifts.The Naperville resident had never worked with flowers prior to purchasing the shop, but his friend convinced him to get into the business, which Kowalczyk says has changed tremendously over the years.“When I bought the shop, everything was done by hand, and the internet has changed the whole business,” he said. “We get a lot of online orders, and people can see photos of the arrangements so they know exactly what they want.”Despite the explosion of online shopping, it’s the personal connection with the customers that keeps places like Palmer Florist in business. Braswell said the shop has been a part of the community for so long that the customers are more like friends.“We hear their stories, and they’re heartfelt. We’re here for our community,” she said. “There’s a legacy here. We’re part of the fabric of the community, and we care about each other. This is a wonderful, family-owned business and just a unique place.”And now, Kowalczyk and Church are gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year.Kowalczyk said 80 to 90 percent of their Valentine’s Day customers are men who are “buying flowers to impress their ladies.” The most popular flowers for the holiday are roses and calla lilies, he said.The couple hasn’t been able to celebrate Valentine’s Day very often over the years because they’re both so busy with the shop, but the one time they did attempt to celebrate, it didn’t go very well, Church said.“In 2009, he sent me flowers for Valentine’s Day, but I was out of the country. The holidays are challenging for us,” Church said with a laugh.---If you goWhat: Palmer FloristWhere: 1926 S. Mannheim Road, WestchesterHours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed SundayInfo: palmerflorist.comPrevious Page12Next Page... http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/02/07/palmer-florist-owners-celebrate-love/a9e5kfq/
As Upper Darby blossomed with diversity, so did stalwart flower shop - PhillyVoice.comMonday, October 12, 2015
Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby in 1980, but 10 years later as his family continued to grow – he and his wife have four children – he looked westward. He now lives in Berwyn, Chester County, on the Main Line, about eight miles from Upper Darby. But he still cheerleads for the township.“I’ll take my wife, some friends, I say come on down here, I know some restaurants,” says Polites. “People don’t even know. I frequent the stores around here and try to support them. I’ve heard their stories and I’ve told them similar stories about how my family came in the 1800s. They get a kick out of it."The people are nice and they are all doing the same thing – living the American dream.”... http://www.phillyvoice.com/upper-darby-blossomed-diversity-polites-florist/
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/