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A fresh bouquet in midwinter? It's possible if you look closely in garden - Yakima Herald-RepublicTuesday, January 30, 2018
Just grab your clipper and get out there.• Carol Barany and her husband, John, found paradise on 1 1/3 acres just west of Franklin Park, where they raised three children and became Master Gardeners. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.yakimaherald.com/lifestyle/home_and_garden/a-fresh-bouquet-in-midwinter-it-s-possible-if-you/article_633de1f2-019f-11e8-8a59-23b99eb59933.html
Learn about Pine Barrens plants this summer in Southampton - South Jersey Local NewsTuesday, November 22, 2016
New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA).Geared toward amateur botanists, it will include both classroom workshops and field trips to the 11,000-acre Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth, Burlington County.The “Special Pinelands Plants Course - Fundamentals” will be taught by Russell Juelg, senior land steward and Pine Barrens educator for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Juelg has taught the course for about 10 years.“We’ll focus on the natural relationships and modern classification of plants, using the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as our outdoor classroom,” said Juelg. “By investigating, especially, plant families, and the characteristics that systematists use in trying to delineate them, we’ll reinforce our understanding of plant morphology, which will greatly enhance our field botany skills.”Juelg said the course will be geared for beginners, although seasoned field botanists may also enjoy the tour of plant families and study of the intriguing variety of flower morphology.Students will study live and pressed specimens during the 10 evening workshops, and will make nine weekend field trips to the Franklin Parker Preserve, paying close attention to plants and plant communities that are of conservation priority.The classroom portion of the course will be held every Thursday from7 to 9 p.m., from June 2 through Aug. 4, at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters at 17 Pemberton Road in Southampton.To register online, go to https://donate.njconservation.org/2016-plant-course-fundamentals. For more information, contact Bill Lynch email@example.com or call 908-997-0725.Registration is $150 per person. High school and college stu... http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/entertainment/learn-about-pine-barrens-plants-this-summer-in-southampton/article_e7023920-9cdb-510a-ab44-608a0c391ba7.html
It's Alive -- But Smells Like The Dead! Rare Corpse Flower In Bloom At Franklin Park Zoo - WBURTuesday, October 11, 2016
October 02, 2016Updated 10/02/2016 2:37 PMSunday is the best day to get a whiff of the rarely-smelled corpse flower, with one now in bloom and on display for the first time at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, a zoo spokeswoman said.Pugsley, the corpse flower now in bloom at the Franklin Park Zoo. (Courtesy Franklin Park Zoo)The Amorphophallus titanium, located in the zoo's tropical forest exhibit, is better-known as the titan arum, or corpse flower. The latter nickname has been given to describe the flower's pungent odor, which is frequently compared to the scent of decaying flesh and is only emitted during the plant's extremely limited bloom period.In the five years the zoo has housed Pugsley, this is the first time the plant has flowered.Is there a better way to get into the Halloween spirit than inhaling deeply near a towering rare plant that smells like the dead — especially one that the zoo has dubbed Pugsley (after the fictional Addams family character)?But again, you'll likely have to act today if you want to be part of the small number who observe its magenta hues and catch its strong scents. The corpse flower only blooms for a period of 24 to 48 hours — and zoo o... http://www.wbur.org/artery/2016/10/02/corpse-flower-franklin-park-zoo
Corpse flower set to bloom at Dartmouth College - The Boston GlobeTuesday, September 20, 2016
DeLong said.For those who can’t stomach the smell — or get to the college in time — a livestream has been set up so they can “watch Morphy rise again from the ashes.”Franklin Park Zoo had its own corpse flower, named “Morticia,” on display in 2012. The strange plant attracted thousands of visitors who were eager to take in the nose-piercing scents it had to offer.“It’s so difficult to describe the smell. You have to experience it for yourself,” said DeLong. “I think people think that it’s just going to smell a little bit bad — but it’s going to smell really bad.”Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.the g...
Fun begins well before opening day of Philadelphia Flower Show - Montgomery NewspapersFriday, January 22, 2016
The course is reportedly fast and flat,and on closed city streets, beginning at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Register at www.active.com/philadelphia-pa/running/races/run-into-spring-5k-2016.Center City District presents a “Sip and Skate” 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24, beginning at the Rothman Cabin and Rothman Ice Rink in Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia. The event invites you to try new bars across the city.The “Explore America” theme of the Flower Show celebrates the beauty, history and culture of our national parks. A special screening of a “National Parks Adventure” IMAX movie, narrated by Robert Redford, will be held 9:15 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.The “Ultimate Pop Up Picnic” welcomes everyone to get outside 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 to throw a Frisbee, bring a picnic basket, etc., at Reading Terminal Market, across from the Convention Center at Filbert and 12th streets.The Flower Show runs March 5 to 13 at the Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. For more information, visit www.theflowershow.com or www.facebook.com/theflowershow, and on Twitter and Instagram @PhilaFlowerShow. Continued...Check the social media accounts during the week of Feb. 29 for contests to win flowers delivered to your workplace.PHILADELPHIA >> The Philadelphia Flower Show’s colorful history goes way back, but did you know the Black Tie Preview Party marks its 50th anniversary this year?Set for March 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the fundraiser for the community greening initiatives of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society offers a VIP opportunity to experience the designs and displays of the “Explore America” Flower Show, right on the show floor, the night before it opens to the public.RELATED STORY: Experience America's national parks at the 2016 Flower Show“You can walk around with your friends and take advantage of this beautiful setting before the crowds arrive,” said PHS Director of Communications Alan Jaffe.This year’s celebration will feature the presentation of Best in Show awards to floral and garden designers, food (heavy hors d’oeuvres and small plates) and cocktail stations, live music by area newgrass band Sparkle Pony and a chance to meet new PHS President Matt Rader.The first celebration in 1966 was at the former Philadelphia Civic Center, which the Flower Show called home for many years. Over the years, special guests have included Prince Albert of Monaco, fashion icons Tory Burch and C.Z. Guest and a host of diplomats, senators, Pennsylvania governors and other business and community leaders. This year’s honorary Black Tie Preview Party co-chairs are Dorrance Hamilton and Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf; both are expected to attend.Benefactors ($650 tickets) will be admitted at 6 p.m.; patron admission ($500 tickets) is at 7 p.m., and the party hours have been extended this year to 11 p.m. Under-40 subscriber tickets are $... http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2016/01/22/entertainment/flower_show/doc56a13bd9ca31c091671552.txt
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
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/