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Victor-Farmington Rotarians learn about floral design - MPNnow.comTuesday, April 16, 2019
Rotary founder Paul Harris urged all Rotarians to commit themselves to serving others. He also reminded them that nothing prevented them from having fun while doing it.As Victor-Farmington Rotary Club members prepared for the Taste of the Finger Lakes, a major fundraising event, Kim Yourch followed the guidance of Harris. She organized a social evening for Rotarians that involved learning the ins and outs of floral design while creating a floral piece that could be used to facilitate the club’s fundraising efforts. Nine club members participated in the event, and created nine floral baskets with professional guidance and using quality flowers and materials. The workshop was hosted by local florist Flowers by Stella. The baskets were donated to the Taste of the Finger Lakes as door prizes.Six Rotarians from Victor-Farmington attended the annual Rotary district training assembly at Wayne Central High School in Ontario. Approximately 350 Rotarians representing 70 clubs listened to presentations by district officers and had the opportunity to attend various workshops. Topics included the duties and responsibilities of club officers, the Rotary Youth Exchange program, the opioid crisis, public relations, hosting international visitors, effective club service programs and the Rotary Foundation. Victor-Farmington Rotary traditionally pays tribute to the ... https://www.mpnnow.com/news/20190415/victor-farmington-rotarians-learn-about-floral-design/1
Herbert Gustav Ludwig - Cadillac NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Road Scholar programs, going on over 40 trips. A life member of the Caberfae Ski Club, he also held memberships in the Elks and American Legion. He served as a Scout Master in the Farmington Hills, Michigan.Herb is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beverly; his three children: daughter, Shelly Maifarth of Littleton, Colorado; son, Gunnar (JoAnne) Ludwig of Tucson, Arizona; son, Steven (Donna) Ludwig of Petoskey, Michigan; and six grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, suggested donations — The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 or the Boy Scouts of America (www.scouting.org). http://www.cadillacnews.com/obituaries/herbert-gustav-ludwig/article_22fe452e-48d5-53f6-a930-d3e54e5ebb12.html
Florist and clothier moving into Delamar West Hartford - West Hartford NewsTuesday, August 29, 2017
Custom Clothing Company, formerly known as Dressed to the Nines and owned by Bob DeGemmis, is a renowned custom clothier and tailor. Connecticut Custom Clothing Company will relocate from its Farmington Avenue home of five years to the newly built space at Delamar West Hartford this summer. Connecticut Custom Clothing was started by Bob’s grandfather Alfredo in 1916, and after three generations the company is still committed to providing their customers with exceptional tailoring and wardrobe services.“Lane & Lenge and Connecticut Custom Clothing Company make excellent additions to Delamar West Hartford,” stated Daniel Coggins, Regional Director of Operations, Greenwich Hospitality Group. “We are excited to have both these long standing West Hartford retail stores located in our hotel and we believe our guests will enjoy the conveniences.”For more information about Delamar West Hartford please visit: http://delamar.com/west-hartford/Delamar West Hartford is the area’s newest boutique hotel. It will bring unparalleled luxury and distinctive charm to West Hartford and the Capitol Region in 2017. Delamar West Hartford will offer 114 elegantly appointed rooms and suites all built to LEED Gold Standard. Onsite amenities include fine dining, a full-service luxury spa, and 5,000 square feet of private event space to host 10-400 guests. http://www.westhartfordnews.com/news/florist-and-clothier-moving-into-delamar-west-hartford/article_da2f4fa0-eab8-5262-91ae-93ab263f0ef5.html
Local Florist and Clothing Store Coming To West Hartford Hotel - Patch.comWednesday, July 05, 2017
Ledge is a multi-generational flower shop that will offer floral arrangements for customers and hotel events, according to the Hartford Courant. Connecticut Custom Clothing will move from its current Farmington Avenue location to the new Delamar space. (To sign up for West Hartford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)The hotel already contains 114 rooms and suites, a restaurant and a full-service spa, the Hartford Courant reported. It is set to open later this summer.Read the full story at the Hartford Courant.Image via ShutterstockThanks for your feedback! Now share it with your friends!Thanks for your feedback.-- -- ? Subscribe to the free daily newsletter from Patch-- -- -- -- -- Originally published June 29, 2017.
Local Florist, Clothier To Move Into Delamar West Hartford - Hartford CourantTuesday, June 27, 2017
Formerly known as Dressed to the Nines, Connecticut Custom Clothing Company opened in 1916 as a custom clothier and tailor. The company will relocate from its Farmington Avenue home to the new space at Delamar.Delamar West Hartford includes 114 rooms and suites, fine dining, a full-service spa and a 5,000 square foot event space to host 10-400 guests. For more information, go to http://delamar.com/west-hartford/... http://www.courant.com/community/west-hartford/hc-west-hartford-delamar-announces-florist-clothier-0628-20170627-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 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