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Three join Cancer Services board | Thestar | kpcnews.com - KPCnews.comTuesday, February 05, 2019
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana helps people who live in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. https://www.kpcnews.com/thestar/article_327749fd-202f-5a4f-8d58-f2a8884262ed.html
Medlock Park neighbors tired of potholes fill them with flowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A group of neighbors in Medlock Park said they're sick of the potholes not being filled in their area, so they took matters into their own hands. Several potholes in Decatur are now filled, but with plants instead of asphalt.Ten-year-old Harper Walton-Mouw and her family added some Lego toys to one of the potholes. she refers to it as the "pothole party."Fellow neighbor Ingrid Anderson has a large pothole right outside her home that she filled with mulch and plants."I couldn't paint it because it's a pothole, so I wondered what I could do with it," Anderson said. "We started joking about all the grass growing in it, and so I went and got some annuals to have some fun with it."That's when the rest of the block joined in. A small gnome and other decorations now sit in the pothole.Neighbors told FOX 5 there was a large water main break months ago, and several parts of the street have not been fixed since. They say they'... http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/medlock-park-neighbors-tired-of-potholes-fill-them-with-flowers
Green scene - The MidWeekTuesday, July 18, 2017
The Fett garden in Kirkland is one of the seven DeKalb County gardens featured in the U of I Extension Master Gardeners' Garden Walk, held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Photo provided.Looking for something to do this weekend? University of Illinois Extension’s Program Coordinator J. Chowdhury-Woodstrup has unusual advice about an upcoming local event: “Come spend your day in other people’s backyards.”The U of I Extension Master Gardeners are hosting their annual Garden Walk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15.This year’s event highlights seven gardens with locations throughout DeKalb County. Featured gardens include the Christensen-Cowley and Barnes gardens in DeKalb, the Singer garden in Sycamore, the Anderson, Hood and Fett gardens in Kirkland. 2017’s Educational Spotlight Garden is the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm in Kirkland.Garden walk tickets are $10 apiece and are available during business hours at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore, or the day of the Garden Walk. Other locat... http://www.midweeknews.com/articles/2017/07/10/cbc45c2d62614ccda7e4976aca06ee18/index.xml
Video: Thieves hijack flower delivery truck in 38 seconds - FOX 5 AtlantaTuesday, May 02, 2017
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The businesses victimized by a crew of car thieves tell FOX 5, they are baffled by their latest target: a flower delivery truck.An independent contractor delivering flowers for Midtown Atlanta-based company Peachtree Petals got a frightening surprise, when she walked away from her truck parked for a quick drop-off in a client's driveway; the video shows, 38 seconds later, DeKalb County police said thieves jumped in and drove off.WATCH: Surveillance video shows a sneaky thief make off with a delivery van from in front of homeThe ordeal happened Saturday afternoon off Autumn Lake Lane by Wesley Chapel Road in South DeKalb County.A neighbor shared the surveillance with FOX 5 News. It shows a Dodge Charger and possibly another vehicle trailing the flower delivery truck, then circling back around as the driver gets out of the car. The vehicles pause as a male gets out of the Dodge Charger, then jumps into the flower truck and drives off.While the driver was nearing the... http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/240663406-story
DeKalb Florist and Greenhouse closing after 112 years in DeKalb - DeKalb Daily ChronicleTuesday, December 20, 2016
DeKALB – Jim Kaelin said what he will miss most after 51 years of owning and operating the DeKalb Florist and Greenhouse is not the plants, but the people.“I enjoyed the people,” he said. “I won’t see all my friends and neighbors for the bedding plant season coming up shortly. That’s the biggest thing with me is the people, the camaraderie.”Jim Kaelin, 81, and his wife, Doris Kaelin, 80, are preparing to retire and officially close shop on Friday. The greenhouse will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in January for liquidation sales, as a new developer plans to open a Casey’s General Store and gas station on the property.The business at 2131 E. Lincoln Highway, which has been a greenhouse for 112 years, has been in the Kaelins’ family since 1965, when Jim Kaelin bought it with his brother-in-law.The business reopened after a fire in 1970 to include the flower shop in addition to the greenhouse, and Kaelin bought his partner’s share in 1974.Sally Kaelin-Mullins, the couple’s daug... http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2016/12/19/dekalb-florist-and-greenhouse-closing-after-112-years-in-dekalb/a9h80vw/
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
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