Carrollton Flower Shop News
Wood’s Flowers and Gifts Becomes a Proud Member of Teleflora Network - Press Release - Digital JournalTuesday, May 21, 2019
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
What it's like decorating a Tournament of Roses Parade float - KIRO SeattleWednesday, January 03, 2018
A Marietta native who got his start as an entrepreneurial kid who would dig cattails from a ditch and sell them to an area flower shop, Whittle was working in Carrollton when he got the call to go west.“It really steamed up my career,” he said. He didn’t love getting up on scaffolding to attend to the top of the float, but otherwise enjoyed learning floral problem-solving skills on that big a stage. “We worked 29 hours straight. It just showed me yeah, it can be done.”The annual parade, older than the football contest, dates back to Jan. 1, 1890. That first year, horse-drawn buggies festooned with blooms were meant to echo a festival of roses in Nice, France. Two years later, winter weather threatened the supply of roses and nearly turned the event into the “Orange Tournament,” but the fledgling tradition held.Automobiles showed up in 1901 and were shoved to the back of the parade, so they wouldn’t spook the horses. The following year saw the first merger of flora and football, when the University of Michigan rolled over Stanford University, 49-0. One year, 1913, organizers thought a camel vs. elephant road race would be fun. The elephant won, and the species’ record remains unbroken as there have been no similar matchups since.Famed zookeeper Jack Hanna rode on the float Whittle worked on in 2002, accompanied by giant botanical tigers, monkeys and exotic birds. If your Rose Bowl party plans call for slightly less elaborate floral decor, Whittle likes roses (of course) as well as red ginger and anthurium.“Carnations are not bad, either. It’s a sturdy football kind of rose,” said Whittle, who has created displays incorporating football helmets.Proper hydration is key – he’ll give newly arrived blooms a couple of days to drink up before placing them in arrangements – and he uses a sharp knife, not scissors, to ensure a clean, angled cut.Then again, he mused, there’s one major flub people make when setting out to arrange flowers.“That is the mistake,” he said with a twinkle, “doing it yourself.”© 2018 Cox Media Group. http://www.kiro7.com/news/trending-now/what-its-like-decorating-a-tournament-of-roses-parade-float/664421661
Diary of a wedding - Times-GeorgianWednesday, January 03, 2018
Facebook status reads: “newly engaged.” The love of my life, Cooper Davis, proposed to me at one of my favorite spots on campus.We met in school in 2013. Neither of us were from Carrollton, so we had that in common - yet we seemed connected in other ways I cannot describe. He would walk with me after class; he said he wanted to make sure I got to my dorm safely, but I think he just wanted to talk to me and get to know me a little better.When that semester ended, and the holidays arrived, I missed our conversations and knew I wanted to see him again. When classes resumed, he asked me out to dinner and our relationship bloomed. I was going to graduate in December 2016; he was a year and half away from graduation. During my last semester, we would often meet in the garden next to Melson Hall before my classes.I then entered the “real world,” but early in January, he asked me to rejoin him on campus for a walk. We were walking towards psychology building and he was leading me towards the garden. I had a feeling that he might propose, but when he got down on one knee, I found I wasn’t prepared at all.Of course, I said yes, because for three years we had been able to learn everything about each other. We both share the same fear of separation. Because of that, we don’t fight like other couples. We don’t slam doors or call each other names; if one of us irritates the other, we talk it out. We compromise.When I finally looked down at the ring he had given me, I was shocked to see his great-grandmother’s engagement ring. When we had talked before about possibly getting married, I had told him a ring didn’t matter – I don’t like flashy rings, and I didn’t want him to spend too much. But when I saw this diamond, I knew... http://www.times-georgian.com/west_georgia_living/diary-of-a-wedding/article_d7c7f9fc-e338-11e7-bc40-8f23b2f32f7c.html
Flower arrangement tips and trends for summer brides - bestofneworleans.comTuesday, May 23, 2017
Beautify with baby's breathNo longer the much-maligned floral filler of the 1970s, baby's breath is trending in a new way. The idea, according to Barbie L'Hoste of Carrollton Flower Market, is to use it as a "star attraction," not a supporting act. "When it's done tastefully and used in quantity," she says, "it can have a presence — and it's economical."Have your flowers and wear them, tooL'Hoste says some brides choose a wrist corsage, a flower ring or flowers in their hair rather than carrying a bouquet, leaving their hands free to dance the night away.Get personalSonnier and other florists can help brides think of ways to add a unique, personal touch to a ceremony. Sonnier has attached a photo charm to a bouquet and created a special memorial table with a flower arrangement and a candle for a deceased loved one.Procrastinate notDIY florals can save money, but they need not look like you scrimped on them. Order ahead (most florists have cash-and-carry flowers) so you have the variety you want and the quantity you need. Make sure you have time to compose your arrangements without a last-minute scramble. Note for the novice: Carrollton Flower Market offers a Wine and Arranging Night to teach useful tricks, such as how to keep flowers in place and how to create a pleasing composition.Give it a goIf different and unique are your goals, experiment. There is one caveat: Do it with plenty of lead time. Rather than duplicating what you see in magazines or on the internet, L'Hoste suggests using those images as a springboard for thinking outside the box.Ask the expertsThe internet and overnight shipping from all over the world have made it possible to achieve almost any look. Villere says florists can send pictures of what you're looking for to suppliers, which in turn can send photos of things they are growing. However, he recommends using common sense: Don't have exotic tropicals shipped in the dead of winter or order anything sight unseen. Ask your florist for advice if you are unsure.Do "you"With individuality trending in all aspects of weddings, there's plenty of room to be creative, so look for inspiration in unlikely places. "If it's been on Pinterest, it's been done before," says Sonnier,who recommends alternative sources of ideas, like old books. L'Hoste says florists can tell customers what's making news in the trade. The rule of thumb: "Do what you like," says Sonnier. "Do what makes you happy."...
Grocery delivery service AmazonFresh arrives in North Texas - Dallas NewsTuesday, October 18, 2016
Amazon Fresh will be available in Dallas and surrounding areas including Mesquite, University Park, Garland, Duncanville, Lancaster, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Richardson, Plano, The Colony, Frisco, parts of Allen (but not McKinney), Lewisville, Flower Mound, Southlake, Irving, Fort Worth and Burleson. Consumers can place an order in the morning and have it delivered as early as that same evening, or order before going to bed and have the items on the doorstep in time for breakfast the next day. Available items include fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy products, along with pet supplies, baby items, beauty products and prepared foods such as Tyson Tastemakers Meal Kits, and products made exclusively for AmazonFresh like the Single Cow Burger, a new high-end beef patties. The program also will offer selections from several North Texas retailers through the Local Market program, including Local Yocal, V+V Apothicaire, and Scardello Cheese. All Local Market items are delivered as part of customers' AmazonFresh orders. The AmazonFresh program marks the second food delivery program Amazon announced this year for North Texas. In June the company announced a partnership in which consumers can order items from a Sprouts Farmers Market store in Dallas through the Prime Now program. Grocery deliverers popped up like daisies in the tech boom of the '90s and withered almost as quickly. This time around both tech companies and traditional retailers are looking at solutions that involve bricks and clicks. "The grocery retail landscape continues to evolve," said Kroger spokeswoman April Martin Nickels. "Kroger is focused on the introduction of our new ClickList service -- order online, pick up curbside -- in cities across the U.S., including Dallas-Fort Worth."The market is still trying to find the sweet spot that marries program profitability with consumer acceptance. Services such as Instacart deliver groceries from established retailers including Target and Whole Foods Market. Livingston said some services use Uber drivers. Looking ahead, "maybe a driverless Google car will bring your groceries" one day, Livingston joked.That means all players will have to be nimble. "I think Amazon is going to try this and see if it works out," he said. Related articles: In the bag: Amazon partners with Sprouts for grocery delivery in North Texas Amazon opens pop-up stores in Texas, other states... http://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2016/10/12/amazonfresh-makes-shopping-delivery-serviceavailable-north-texas
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
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/