Elmhurst Flower Shop News
Man has a field of flowers for sale in Fort WayneTuesday, June 05, 2018
However, he'd already been visited by about 10 people."They seem to know where I am," said Goss, who taught art and theater for 57 years at the former Elmhurst High School.Some customers have come to the Iris Man's house at 6311 Smith Road for decades, with up to 10 people showing up a day to get a typed list of his 17 rows of irises, with names like Boogie Woogie, Fortunate Son and Loop the Loop.Goss won't say how old he is, only that he's lived in the house since he was 2.The irises are the symposium list of the top 100 irises as selected by the American Iris Society's members. Prices range from 50 cents for the oldest registered irises such as 1927's blue purple Baldwin to $50 for the newest varieties, including Vanilla Frappe that's white and pale lavender with orange beards, the fuzzy-looking parts coming from the middle. Many of the irises cost around $4.Each iris' name is stamped into a metal sign, with Goss explaining the flowers follow where the sign is planted. Bloom season is April 27-June 15, with peak bloom time being around May 30, plus or minus a week."We had a cold, wet and snowy springtime," Goss said. That will slow down the iris from emerging.On Saturday some blooms still hadn't opened. Meanwhile, Brandie Batchelder, a sign language ... https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Man-has-a-field-of-flowers-for-sale-in-Fort-Wayne-12956419.php
'Iris Man' Don Goss has a field of flowers for sale in Fort WayneTuesday, June 05, 2018
However, he’d already been visited by about 10 people.“They seem to know where I am,” said Goss, who taught art and theater for 57 years at the former Elmhurst High School.Some customers have come to the Iris Man’s house at 6311 Smith Road for decades, with up to 10 people showing up a day to get a typed list of his 17 rows of irises, with names like Boogie Woogie, Fortunate Son and Loop the Loop. Goss won’t say how old he is, only that he’s lived in the house since he was 2.The irises are the symposium list of the top 100 irises as selected by the American Iris Society’s members. Prices range from 50 cents for the oldest registered irises such as 1927’s blue purple Baldwin to $50 for the newest varieties, including Vanilla Frappe that’s white and pale lavender with orange beards, the fuzzy-looking parts coming from the middle. Many of the irises cost around $4.Each iris’ name is stamped into a metal sign, with Goss explaining the flowers follow where the sign is planted. Bloom season is April 27-June 15, with peak bloom time being around May 30, plus or minus a week.“We had a cold, wet and snowy springtime,” Goss said. That will slow down the iris from emerging.On Saturday some blooms ... http://www.news-sentinel.com/news/local-news/2018/05/30/iris-man-don-goss-has-a-field-of-flowers-for-sale-in-fort-wayne/
Dromm, Residents Honor Memory Jackson Heights Florist - Western Queens GazetteMonday, March 06, 2017
Heights residents to present Ho Flowers and Plants Owner John Ho (center r.) with a citation honoring the memory of his late mother Susan Lee. NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst) and Jackson Heights residents gathered in front of Ho Flowers, as Dromm presented store owner John Ho with a citation honoring the memory of his late mother, Susan Lee.Lee established the shop with her husband in 1973, and managed it until May 30, 2016, when she passed away due to ill health.Born in South Korea, Lee emigrated to the United States in 1972 with her two children, including John Ho and his brother. Her husband opened up a wicker basket store in Jackson Heights in 1973. Susan Lee slowly introduced flowers and plants to the shop. By the early 1980s, the store was exclusively a florist shop. For many years, Lee supported her two children as a single mom, working long hours to pay for their college tuition. Ms. Lee took pride in her family, her work, and in helping beautify Jackson Heights. Ho Flowers and Plants became a household name, due to Lee’s strong work ethic and friendly demeanor.Ho Flowers and Plants is scheduled to close permanently at the end of this month. http://www.qgazette.com/news/2017-03-01/Features/Dromm_Residents_Honor_Memory_Jackson_Heights_Flori.html
Ben Flowers eclipses Jersey school record with seventh-place finish at Peoria - RiverBender.comTuesday, October 04, 2016
Peoria. The race conditions were perfect, it was cool and temps in the 60s. There were some spot showers to take the pollen and dust out of the air. The competition was awesome.”Charlie Kern of Elmhurst York won the race in 14:21.Landon praised his entire team’s efforts in the meet, and said of the 13 distance runners they took, 10 cracked personal records.“Ben’s first mile may have been too fast (4:42),” Landon said. “We would have liked it to be closer to 4:50. His goals are to be in the 14:30s in four weeks at the state meet.” The Panthers finished 30th of 37 teams in the field with 809 points; Granite City was 26th at 729 and Alton was 31st at 815 points. Will and Andrew O'Keefe finished 43rd and 45th respectively for the Warriors, Will O'Keefe turning in a time of 15:30.20 and Andrew O'Keefe a 15:32.20. Arie Macias was the leading Redbird runner, finishing 112th in 16:15.50.LaGrange Lyons took the team title with 65 points, with the individual championship going to York's Charlie Kern in 14:21.50.Brent Feeney also contributed to this storyIf you have a EdGlenToday or Riverbender.com news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail Danbrannan@riverbender.com or call or text 618-623-5930. Follow Dan Brannan on Facebook and Danbrannannews on Twitter.Purchase photos from this article Print Version...
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/