Evanston Flower Shop News
Cincinnati top 5 florists to visit now - HoodlineSunday, February 10, 2019
Ave. in Oakley, the grocery store, drugstore and florist is the highest rated florist in Cincinnati, boasting four stars out of 49 reviews on Yelp.2. Robin Wood FlowersPHOTO: MARGOT W./YELPNext up is Evanston's Robin Wood Flowers, situated at 1902 Dana Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 20 reviews on Yelp, the florist has proven to be a local favorite.3. Adrian Durban FloristPHOTO: ADRIAN DURBAN FLORIST/YELPClifton's Adrian Durban Florist, located at 3401 Clifton Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the florist and floral designer spot four stars out of 30 reviews.4. Gia and the BloomsPhoto: JULIA B./YelpGia and the Blooms, a florist that offers cards and stationery and more in Over-The-Rhine, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 17 Yelp reviews. Head over to 114 E. 13th St. to see for yourself.5. Eden Floral BoutiquePHOTO: KELLY D./YELPOver in Over-The-Rhine, check out Eden Floral Boutique, which has earned four stars out of 16 reviews on Yelp. You can find the florist at 1129 Walnut St. https://hoodline.com/2019/02/cincinnati-s-top-5-florists-to-visit-now
Liz Cooper & The Stampede Debut Album 'Window Flowers' Receiving Rave ReviewsTuesday, August 14, 2018
Lights10. Hey Man11. Walls of WhiteLIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE TOUR DATESAugust 18—Columbia, MO—Fortune FestAugust 24—Fishers, IN—Nickel Plate Amphitheater*August 26—Evanston, IL—Out of SPACE: Big Evanston Block PartyAugust 28—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre†August 29—Savannah, GA—B&D Beer Garden†August 30—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel†August 31—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre†September 1—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall†September 9—St. Louis, MO—LouFestSeptember 20—Nashville, TN—Musician’s CornerNovember 8—New Orleans, LA—One Eyed Jacks‡November 9—Austin, TX—Emo’s‡... https://guitargirlmag.com/news/music-news/liz-cooper-the-stampede-debut-album-window-flowers-receiving-rave-reviews/
Graves: Don't dump your wedding flowers, ReBloom them - Cincinnati.comTuesday, October 04, 2016
First, Robin Wood, the owner of Evanston-based Robin Wood Flowers, told her she wasn’t crazy. Second, she told her it was a great idea. And finally, she said she would help promote it.With that, ReBloom was born, turning something old into something new again.Instead of dumping literally tens of thousands of dollars of exquisite floral arrangements in a dumpster after a wedding reception – which is generally what happens – some area brides opt to use ReBloom and have Johnson Aardema or her volunteers pick up their flowers and repurpose them.Buy PhotoA cart full of flowers wait by the loading dock of the Cincinnati Art Museum Saturday, September 24, 2016. The flowers were used at a wedding the previous evening and will be repurposed as part of ReBloom, a volunteer organization in partnership with Robin Wood Flowers that repurposes donated flowers after weddings and delivers them to hospital patients and other nonprofit organizations in Greater Cincinnati. (Photo: The Enquirer/Meg Vogel)The brides can write off a portion of their floral expense – which can run between $5,000 to $20,000 and as high as $50,000 or $60,000 – as a tax-deductible contribution.Wood, the former WEBN-FM (102.7) morning radio host and Channel 12 reporter turned floral-artist-businesswoman, is the connector: She mentions ReBloom to brides when they hire her to design and decorate for their wedding and reception. Wood then leaves it to the brides and Johnson Aardema to do the rest.“All that money, all that beauty. It’s really great when she is able to do this,” Wood said.Johnson Aardema, 57, and her tiny team of volunteers – her adult daughter, her dad and a few friends – arrange a pickup time for the flowers. From there, she heads home with plastic bins overflowing with luscious greens, roses bursting open, and dahlias, hydrangea and multiple varieties of exotic flowers at their peak.She or her volunteer, Cathleen Fagan, then pull apart the centerpieces and huge displays, snip the stems and pull off any browning vegetation and reassemble them into their own works of living art. And while they save dozen of flowers, some still end up in the dumpster because stems are too short to re-vase and some, if a venue hasn’t put them in a cooler overnight, have already started to wilt. But most recycled arrangements look great for at least three to five more days, she said.Her little business makes only enough money to pay for her gasoline, supplies and the thrift-store vases that she refuses to pay more than 69 cents for by the way. She operates out of a corner of her garage. And that’s how she likes it./... http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/09/27/graves-flower-lady-spreads-sunshine/91078342/
Local Growers Bring Flowers From Field To Vase - WYSOTuesday, September 13, 2016
I meet up with Kathy, who volunteers as the assistant gardener on this 122 acre urban farm. Public cutting garden at Gorman Heritage Farm in EvanstonCredit Renee Wilde / WYSOEdit Remove"We start in April. We have phlox and we have columbine, we have Columbine that blooms early, and people can come and cut that. Snapdragons are early, last year we had them in November yet and they were just beautiful, but this year its been too hot. I’m trying to get them to re-bloom."We tour the rows of lush blooming plants and Kathy points out the different varieties."This tall plant with the pink flowers hanging down, that’s called Kiss-me-by-the-garden-gate. That’s a very old fashioned plant."Flowers can be cut and purchased either on a stem by stem basis, or through a variety of seasonal subscriptions, much like a food CSA."I see people out here almost every day cutting," says Kathy. "And we’ve got a wedding coming up on Saturday. That’s part of the deal. I think we allow them 125 stems. And so we have two weddings in September, so that’s why I’ve got three beds of Zinna."The Field to Vase movement is gaining momentum. Check out one of the 2016 “Field to Vase Dinner Tours” across the country through this fall, where four course meals are prepared by professional chef’s and set in the middle of a local grower’s field or greenhouse. ... http://wyso.org/post/local-growers-bring-flowers-field-vase
John Cleese delivers for Random Acts of Flowers - Chicago TribuneMonday, July 11, 2016
British actor, author and comedy legend John Cleese surprised patrons at Chicago's Center on Halsted on June 16 with a colorful bouquet from Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit organization based in Evanston that repurposes flowers and sends them to people in healthcare facilities across Chicago and the suburbs.In light of the tragic massacre in Orlando, Cleese's friendly visit brought comfort and support to this key agency of Chicago's LGBT community. After delivering the flowers he stayed for photos, autographs and signed the card that was sent to family and friends of Orlando victims."I think [RAF] is an absolutely wonderful idea because it leads to those tiny little moments of kindness that make everybody feel that life's worthwhile," Cleese said. "I heard today that a member of Parliament [Jo Cox] in England was shot and killed in the streets. It's never happened before in my lifetime so, in this time of crisis, when there's so much mindless violence, aggression and hatred, these little acts of kindness begin to reverse the momentum."Modesto Tico Valle is the CEO of the Center on Halsted welcomed Cleese and his flowers, along with Joanie Bayhack of Wilmette, executive director... http://www.chicagotribune.com/ct-lfr-trend-webcleese-tl-0721-20160711-story.html
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