Chicago Flower Shop News
Florist 'Emily Alone' Review: A Lovely, Devastating Self-Excavation - StereogumTuesday, July 23, 2019
Waxbuilt Castles.• E-40’s Bay Area rap masterclass Practice Makes Paper.• Ex-Speedy Ortiz guitarist Maneka’s solo debut Devin.• Strange Ranger’s dreamy indie rocker Remembering The Rockets.• BJ The Chicago Kid’s earthy R&B LP 1123.• Lisel’s shimmery and complex pop debut Angels On The Slope.• Violent Femmes’ seasoned folk-punker Hotel Last Resort.• Resavoir’s self-titled sliced-up-jazz debut.• Japanese band De Lorians’ psychedelic self-titled debut.• Chris Gantry’s idiosyncratic outlaw country album Nashlantis.• Lloyd Cole’s home-recorded return Guesswork.• DJ Snake’s collab-happy EDM party Carte Blanche.• Surya’s atmospheric doom album Solastagia.• Thy Art Is Murder’s deathcore wallow Human Target.• Queens Of The Stone Age affiliates Mini Mansions’ Guy Walks Into A Bar…• A Sugar Ray album that is seriously called Little Yachty. https://www.stereogum.com/2051685/florist-emily-alone-review/franchises/album-of-the-week/
Daily Dose: Florist, "Celebration" :: Music :: Features :: Florist :: Paste - Paste MagazineTuesday, July 23, 2019
Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Baby’s All Right05 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Great Scott06 – Burlington, Vt. @ Arts Riot08 – Troy, N.Y. @ The Church10 – Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ B-Side (One Lucky Guitar)11 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schuba’s12 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups13 – Allentown, Pa. @ Soft Machine Gallery14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ PhilaMOCA15 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd16 – Richmond, Va. @ Gallery 517 – Durham, N.C. @ The Pinhook19 – Atlanta, Ga. @ 529... https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/07/daily-dose-florist-celebration.html
Something Borrowed, Something Green - The New York TimesTuesday, July 23, 2019
Kira Meskin and her fiancé, Yaniv Schiff, both of Chicago, are so committed to gardening, composting, cycling and recycling they are incorporating these sustainable elements into their Sept. 15 wedding.“We try to live a more conscious lifestyle in our daily lives,” said Ms. Meskin, 35, an occupational therapist. “In terms of our wedding, we’re looking to create a celebration that also reflects our interests and values.”As part of their 215-person wedding, Ms. Meskin and Mr. Schiff, 36, a director of digital forensics at QDiscovery, a provider of electronic data, have decided to give guests Hoya kerrii plants as party favors. But that’s not all. Alongside 25 friends, they plan to bike from home to their reception at Salvage One, a Chicago events space that also sells pre-owned architectural elements and vintage furniture. ImageKira Meskin and Yaniv Schiff have decided to give out Hoya kerrii plants as party favors to guests.CreditJacob Moreland, Two Birds PhotographySince their Oct. 30 engagement, the couple selected like-minded busine... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/26/style/something-borrowed-something-green.html
Stinnett: Henderson floral shop marks 90 years - The GleanerTuesday, July 23, 2019
Zschau. Three Zschau brothers who had learned the trade immigrated to America in the early 20th century, finding work as gardeners for wealthy Chicago families and eventually each owning his own greenhouse. One of the brothers’ sons, Walter R. Zschau (who changed his last name to Shaw as he became an American citizen and enlisted in the Marines during World War I), worked in and owned greenhouses before moving to Henderson in 1928 to lease the Fernwood Greenhouse, launching the Shaw family’s florist heritage in Henderson. Shaw in 1930 bought out the Henderson Floral Co., which grew its own plants and flowers in greenhouses at Second and Clark streets. In 1941 he established a new business, Shaw’s Flowers, at 222 Second St. Soon, America was immersed in World War II, and Henderson changed dramatically, in part because of the thousands of soldiers stationed just down the road at Camp Breckinridge. Shaw’s benefitted from the line of G.I.s who would line up around the block to send flowers home for Mother’s Day — the orders would be rushed across the street to the Western Union office in the Kingdon Hotel to be fulfilled via FTD — and, later, from German prisoners of war at Camp Breckinridge— as passionate about flowers as the Zschau family had been — who would pool their money to buy memorial flowers when a fellow prisoner died. It usually fell to the family’s patriarch’s teenage son, Walter R. Shaw, to haul the flowers down to Morganfield in the family’s little delivery truck. After the war, the younger Walter Shaw went to college, became an electrical engineer, married Jean Poole and found work with electronics manufacturers Western Electric and Potter & Brumfield. But, Jean Shaw said in 2003. “He never got the flower business out of his system. Any vacation, any weekend, this is where we were,” helping his father at the flower shop. Finally, Walter R. and Jean came back to Henderson to operate Shaw’s Gardens, a landscaping and wholesale/retail greenhouse business that his father had opened on 10 acres on U.S. 41–North in 1950. There, the Shaws grew enormous mums and carnations for cut flower arrangements, raised gladiolas in the summer, grew evergreens from cuttings and more. That’s where the next generation of Shaws got their initiation in the flower business as Walter and Jean’s daughters, Cindy and Debbie, began working at Shaw’s Gardens as kids, carrying flats of petunias out to customers’ cars by the time they were five or six. “She told me she... https://www.thegleaner.com/story/news/2018/11/15/stinnett-henderson-floral-shop-marks-90-years/1996720002/
Hear Florist’s cyclical new single “Celebration” - The FADERTuesday, July 23, 2019
Abbey Arts Center08/3 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right08/5 Cambridge, MA @ The Great Scott08/6 Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot08/8 Troy, NY @ The Church08/10 Ft. Wayne, IN @ B-Side (One Lucky Guitar)08/11 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s08/12 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups08/13 Allentown, PA @ Soft Machine Gallery08/14 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA08/15 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd08/16 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 508/17 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook08/19 Atlanta, GA @ 529... https://www.thefader.com/2019/07/16/florist-celebration-premiere-emily-alone-double-double-whammy
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
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/
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