Brookfield Flower Shop News
Brookfield florist marks 20th anniversary | Articles | News - Riverside Brookfield LandmarkMonday, December 17, 2018
Osco drug stores — when she decided to strike out on her own.This weekend, she'll mark her 20th anniversary as the owner/operator of Betty's Flower and Gifts at 9138 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield. In honor of the milestone, the store will host an open house on both Dec. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "It was a fast 20 years," said LeClere. The impetus to start her career as a retail florist had its roots in Osco's decision in 1998 to move its corporate office from Oak Brook to Salt Lake City. With a move to Utah out of the question, LeClere took advantage of Osco's policy of paying tuition for employees who wanted to further their educations. 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 h... http://www.rblandmark.com/News/Articles/12-4-2018/Brookfield-florist-marks-20th-anniversary/
Best Bets On Buying A Mother's Day Gift Bouquet Near Mount Vernon - Patch.comMonday, May 08, 2017
Westchester1. Joseph Richards Florals, 384 Main Street, Armonk2. Rubrums Florist Ltd., 154 South Highland Avenue, Ossining3. East Meets West Flowers, 17 Brookfield Place, Pleasantville4. Hollywood Flower Shop, 7 Kirby Plaza, Mount Kisco5. Art of Flowers, 144 King Street, Chappaqua6. Whispering Pines, 83 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua7. Blossom Flower Shops, 275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains8. Bedford Village Florist, 641 Old Post Road, Bedford9. Sunshine & Clover, 122 Grand Street, Croton-on-HudsonPutnam1. Carmel Flower Shop, 1908 Route 6, Carmel2. The Flower Boutique, Route 6 and Veschi Lane, Mahopac3. Putnam Valley Florist, 15-A Morrisey Drive, Putnam Valley4. The Brewster Flower Garden, 14 Main Street, Brewster5. Whispering Pine Garden Center & Florist, Mahopac6. Carolyn's Flower Shoppe, 126 Main Street, Cold SpringMid Hudson Valley1. Millbrook Floral Design, 3272 Franklin Avenue, Millbrook2. The Annex Florist, 28 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling3. Flower Barn & Greenhouse, 261 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie4. Colonial Flower Shop, 20 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz5. Green Cottage, 1204 State Route 213, High Falls6. Osborne's Flower Shop, 30 Vassar Road, Poughkeepsie7. Hyde Park Florist & Gifts, 4204 Albany Post Road, Hyde ParkRockland1. Bassett Flowers and Gifts, 305 South Main Street, New City2. Petals and Stems, 55 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern3. West Nyack Florist, 726 West Nyack Road4. Dykstra Florist & Greenhouse, 165 North Middletown Road, Pearl River5. Tappan Zee Florist, 176 Main Street, Nyack6. Pine Knoll Florist, 85 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern7. Rockland Florist, 8 Old Haverstraw Road, Congers Get free real-time news alerts from the Mount Vernon NY Patch.
For The Heart: Brookfield Florist Features Perfect Rose For Valentine's Day - Brookfield Daily VoiceTuesday, February 28, 2017
BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Every year for Valentine’s Day, Flowers By Whisconier in Brookfield receives about 200 orders. And this year, the 15-year-old business is preparing for the same — or even more. According to Christina Foley, who works as a wedding planner at the shop, the featured flower for this Valentine’s Day is the heart rose. “It’s a German-cut rose that is a darker red color than the traditional rose,” said Foley, a Danbury resident. “It’s also called a cabbage rose because the petals flare out. “It’s breathtaking because inside the rose, the petals actually form into the shape of a heart." Aside from roses, which are always the most popular flower for Valentine’s Day, a second favorite are tulips. “I think people like the tulip because it’s a spring flower so it gets people in the mood for spring,” said Amelia Soderquist of Newtown, who owns the business. “They're a breed of their own,” she said, coming in many different colors such as pink, purple, yel... http://brookfield.dailyvoice.com/lifestyle/for-the-heart-brookfield-florist-features-perfect-rose-for-valentines-day/697867/
Danbury Middle-Schooler Blooms With Floral Accessories Business - Newtown Daily VoiceTuesday, January 03, 2017
Ethan Allen Hotel, Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury and the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center in Danbury.For supplies, she shops at Michael's and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts in Brookfield, and also travels to craft stores in Manhattan.It takes about 45 to 90 minutes to make each hairpiece, which requires a glue gun and an assortment of clips and pins.What made Ziya want to start a business — or even think she could?“My parents are entrepreneurs and they inspired me," she said. "They always told me I could do whatever I want and wouldn't allow anyone to tell me I couldn't.“I like having my own business because it empowers girls to live their dreams, just like I'm living mine,” she said.Ziya’s mother Malakah Shabazz-Williams is owner and founder Bash Boutique, an organic cake business. Her father Basheer Shabazz-Williams is a developer at Black Bridge, a computer network engineering business.“I try to raise all my children to define who they are and to create their own sense of worth,” said Malakah Shabazz-Williams, who also has two other children."Since my husband and I are both entrepreneurs, that is what my children grew up seeing. They thought, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to have a business.’ And it turned into ‘Why do I have to wait?’”Ziya said she is her own best marketing tool. “I wear hair accessories all the time, coordinating them with my outfits,” she said.Her greatest challenge is balancing her business with her schoolwork and other interests.She’s a top gymnast at Elite Gymnastics Center in New Milford and qualified to compete in the 2017 State Games of America in July in Grand Rapids, Mich.Ziya... http://newtown.dailyvoice.com/business/danbury-middle-schooler-blooms-with-floral-accessories-business/694247/
John Warland wins gold at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show with World Vision Garden - Kent OnlineWednesday, July 06, 2016
Flower tentPaul Harris of Brookfield Nurseries, Ashford, took gold for his hostas and silver-gilt for his Hemerocallis cultivars. Downderry Lavender, of Hadlow, also took gold to make it a brace after RHS Chelsea Flower Show success. Madrona Nursery, of Bethersden, earned silver-gilt for its flowering shrubs, trees and perennials while Dysons Nurseries, at St Mary's Platt, was awarded silver for its salvias. Pictu... http://www.kentonline.co.uk/whats-on/news/golden-day-for-kent-at-98483/
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/