Des Plaines Flower Shop News
Florist Harney Brought Joy To The Masses - Journal & Topics Newspapers OnlineThursday, January 14, 2016
James Donald Harney, arguably the most famous florist in the Chicago area, died in his Des Plaines home on Dec. 27 at the age of 77.Born in Oak Park on Nov. 9, 1938, Harney attended Schurz High School and North Park University in Chicago before opening Aberdeen’s Wedding Flowers at the age of 19.Subscription RequiredAn online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.LoginChoose an online service.Current print subscribersNeed an account? Create one now.You must login to view the full content on this page.Thank you for reading 8 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 8 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 847-299-5511. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.LoginChoose an online service.Current print subscribersNeed an account? Create one now. http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_7328cc80-b944-11e5-8fbf-7fef1f6e860c.html
Des Plaines florist remembered for his charitable works for children - Chicago Daily HeraldThursday, January 14, 2016
Tiny Tim and Miss Vicky's wedding in 1969.He also used his craft in more traditional settings, including an 8-foot-tall cross displayed every Easter in front of a Des Plaines church.Harney, 77, of Des Plaines, ran Aberdeen's Wedding Flowers in Chicago and elsewhere for nearly 50 years.At its peak in the1990s, the business provided flowers for nearly 300 weddings per week."I can't think of a more caring person," his son-in-law, Frank Davis of Prospect Heights, said of Harney, who died Dec. 27 at his home.While Harney made his living with flowers, he also helped make happy memories for children.Since 2003, he and Davis ran a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing gifts for sick children during the holidays and throughout the year.Their passion for helping children in need grew out of an episode in 2003, when thieves broke into Aberdeen's and stole $2,000 and 70 toys staff members had donated for a children's Christmas party."He took that so personally," Davis said. "He vowed that if he had to replace every single toy personally, he'd do it."Instead, Harney contacted the media, and subsequent news coverage mobilized residents from around the Chicago area.Before Harney and ... http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160106/news/160109507/
James Harney, florist who provided tulips for Tiny Tim's on-air nuptials, dies - Chicago TribuneThursday, January 14, 2016
Richard J. Daley, a daughter of Malcolm X, a daughter of President Richard Nixon and radio personality Wally Phillips.Harney, 77, died of dementia and multiple myeloma on Sunday, Dec. 27, in his Des Plaines home, his wife said. He had lived in Des Plaines since 1969.He was born in Oak Park and attended Schurz High School. He went to what was then the Navy Pier campus of the University of Illinois for two years, then transferred to North Park College to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration.At a party in 1959, a friend introduced him to Helen Ernst. After he completed a hitch in the National Guard, the two married in 1961.Harney began his business in 1958, using the know-how gained working for various florists and working out of borrowed space in other shops and later a space his wife described as a "long closet.""All through high school he worked at flower shops, at first just cleaning up, then designing flower arrangements," his wife said of the roots of his interest in flowers. "It just grew from there. He just saw a future in it."In the early 1960s, he scraped together enough money to open a tiny florist shop on Montrose Avenue. He named his business "Aberdeen's Wedding Flowers" so that it would be the first florist listed in the phone book.He made the commercial sign above the shop window by himself for $200 with foam board, glue and spray paint. His wife remembers being pleasantly surprised that the sign actually looked good and held up to the Chicago weather.In the late 1960s, he built his flagship store in the 3800 block of North Harlem Avenue with a broad storefront for sales, long rows of tables for his floral designers, huge coolers, a delivery bay, and an apartment on an upper floor for his parents to live in. Harney ran the business until 2010, when he sold it."At one time he had up to 30 designers in his shop," said James Papajohn, the co-owner of the Flower Firm in Chicago. Papajohn went to work for Harney when he w... http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-james-harney-obituary-20160113-story.html
Pioneering Florist Yoshimi Shibata Dies at 99 - The Rafu ShimpoMonday, November 16, 2015
Marysville before being sent to the Tule Lake concentration camp. Shibata was granted indefinite leave after being declared “loyal” by the U.S. government and moved to Des Plaines, Ill.After the war, he returned to California and married Grace Eto of San Luis Obispo. They had a daughter, Naomi, and sons Robert and Michael. His legacy continues through Mt. Eden Floral Company, which is now in its fourth generation of operation with his grandson Alex working for the company.“He was a modern-day samurai,” said eldest son Robert Shibata. “He was a man of integrity. He tried to do what was morally right for himself and those around him. He was fearless. He was loyal. He had great intellect but was also street smart. He was generous. He was humble.”He went on to list his father as also a brother, a husband, a grandfather and great-grandfather; an athlete; an organizer; a civil rights and political activist; a patriot and an author, among many other things.Yoshimi Shibata is the author of “Across Two Worlds: Memoirs of a Nisei Flower Grower.” His wife is the author of “Bend with the Wind: The Life, Family and Writings of Grace Eto Shibata.”A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Buddhist Temple of Alameda, 2325 Pacific Ave. in Alameda. Condolence cards and letters may be sent to the Shibata family at Mt. Eden Floral Company, 2124 Bering Dr., San Jose, CA 95131. http://www.rafu.com/2015/11/pioneering-florist-yoshimi-shibata-dies-at-99/
Pioneering Japanese American florist Yoshimi Shibata passes - Nichi Bei WeeklySaturday, November 07, 2015
Marysville before being sent to the Tule Lake concentration camp. He was granted indefinite leave after being declared “loyal” by the U.S. government and moved to Des Plaines, Ill. After the war, he returned to California and married Grace Eto of San Luis Obispo, Calif. They had a daughter, Naomi, and sons Robert and Michael. His legacy continues through Mt. Eden Floral Company, which is now in its fourth generation of operation with his grandson Alex working for the company.“He was a modern day samurai,” said Robert Shibata, his eldest son. “He was a man of integrity. He tried to do what was morally right for himself and those around him. He was fearless. He was loyal. He had great intellect but was also street smart. He was generous. He was humble.” He went on to list his father as also a brother, a husband, a grandfather and great-grandfather; an athlete; an organizer; a civil rights and political activist; a patriot and an author, among many other things.A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple of Alameda at 2325 Pacific Ave. in Alameda, Calif. Condolence cards and letters may be sent to the Shibata family at Mt. Eden Floral Company, 2124 Bering Dr., San Jose, CA 95131. http://www.nichibei.org/2015/11/pioneering-japanese-american-florist-yoshimi-shibata-passes/
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