Fulton Flower Shop News
Artisan Flowers relocates after 14 years in Ada Little Red Schoolhouse - MLive.comTuesday, November 07, 2017
Red SchoolhouseArtisan Flowers, a boutique flower shop specializing in floral design and events, has moved their shop to 452 Ada Drive, Suite 115, in the new Ada Drive Plaza building just south of Fulton on Ada Drive.Owner Daisy Rzesa originally got her start as a florist in Manhattan and relocated to Ada in 2001 with her husband Scott. Rzesa opened Artisan Flowers in 2003 and operated out of the Little Red Schoolhouse for 14 years.Rzesa is a graduate of the New York Botanical School of Floral Design."This is exciting to be a part of the new vision for Ada. We've raised our family and built a successful business here that has allowed us to build incredible relationships," Rzesa said. "We look forward to our next new chapter!" ... http://www.mlive.com/ada-cascade/index.ssf/2017/08/little_red_schoolhouse_renovat.html
Huge Hibiscus Flowers are a Garden Standout - Peoria Journal Star (blog)Tuesday, August 01, 2017
University of Illinois Extension’s website “Gardening with Perennials” at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/perennials.Author: Rhonda Ferree Rhonda Ferree is Extension Educator in Horticulture for the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension Unit. She has been with University of Illinois Extension for over 20 years where she has held several positions and received many awards. Ferree has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois. View all posts by Rhonda Ferree ... http://blogs.pjstar.com/gardening/2017/07/31/huge-hibiscus-flowers-are-a-garden-standout/
Call for Beautiful Gardens, Prospect Park walking tour, flowers and more - Minneapolis Star TribuneTuesday, May 30, 2017
Metro Transit Green Line. The free all-night event starts with a launch party, 7 to 9 p.m. June 10, at Thresher Square in downtown Minneapolis, featuring food by eight restaurants, beer from Fulton Brewing, a specialty cocktail crafted by Crooked Water Spirits and music by Zuluzuluu. The opening ceremony at 8:30 p.m. will be followed by a carnival of climate games in the Commons, downtown Minneapolis’ new green space.Other areas offering art, food and interactive experiences related to climate change include the West Bank and East Bank on the University of Minnesota campus, and Little Africa, Rondo, Little Mekong and Lowertown in St. Paul.Northern Spark will continue until sunrise June 11. For more information, visit 2017.northernspark.org.KIM PALMER Fields of peoniesIt’s peony season. If you love the big, showy spring blossoms, consider a trip to Swenson Gardens’ Peony Field Days, where more than 100 varieties in a rainbow of colors will be in bloom. All Swenson peonies are grown without chemicals.Staffers will be on hand to answer peony-related questions and offer growing tips from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2-3 and June 9-10. You can also order bare-root peonies for pickup or delivery in the fall.Swenson Gardens is at 10958 70th St. SW. in Howard Lake, Minn., just west of the Twin Cities. For changes due to weather, go to swensongardens.com or call 763-350-2051.Prospect Park walking tourMany of the homes in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood were designed by instructor-architects from the nearby University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture. Take the Preserve Minneapolis “Off the Grid: Prospect Park Walking Tour” to learn about the neighborhood’s varied architectural styles, including Victorian, Foursquare, Prairie Derivative, Colonial Revival and Early Modern, representing the span of the city’s architectural history.Tour participants will walk about half a mile, on winding narrow streets through hilly and wooded terrain, 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 10. Meet at Pratt School, 66 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls. Cost $10. Register at preserve minneapolis.org and click on “Events” and “Summer Walking Tours.”Iris loversAre you proud of the lovely irises in your garden? Cut and submit some of your named varieties to be judged at the Iris Society of Minnesota’s Iris Show June 3.Submit entries from 8 to 10 a.m. and members of the Iris Society will help you display the plants for judging from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to view the Iris Show at Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. For details, go to irismn.net.Perennial plantsCelebrate perennials with free workshops, live music, refreshments and discounts on select plant varieties at a Perennial Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3-4. Workshop topics include color in shady spots, ground cover, ornamental grasses and showstopping hostas, at Gertens, 5500 Blaine Av., Inver Grove Heights. Go to gertens.com.Art fair kickoffLooking for one-of-a-kind artwork for your home or cabin? The Edina Art Fair offers photography, woodwork, glass pieces, mixed media, fine art, sculptures, jewelry and wearables by more than 300 artists, June 2-4 along France Avenue S. at 50th Street. There’s also a Kid Zone, live entertainment and two craft beer gardens.Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 2-3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4. A free shuttle runs daily from Southdale shopping center. Go to edinaartfair.com.LYNN UNDERWOOD... http://www.startribune.com/call-for-beautiful-gardens-prospect-park-walking-tour-flowers-and-more/424631943/
Harvard's glass flowers return - The Boston GlobeTuesday, September 20, 2016
The Blaschkas did, in fact, make models of them. “I wish I knew more about the motivations behind that.”As for the rest of the 4,000, the collection now has its first dedicated conservator, Scott Fulton, previously of Harvard’s Peabody Museum, and a new conservation lab to keep the sculptures looking alive.The cavern is no more, with gentler new lighting and the original maple flooring, which had been hidden under the carpeting, warming the room considerably. At its center, appropriately enough, is the Blaschkas’ bench, topped with the same simple iron tools the pair used to craft the jungle surrounding it. Seeing the bench in contrast with the models makes for more than a little dissonance.“I always thought that we just made this up,” Pfister said, half joking. Anyone seeing the glass flowers for the first time, especially now, could be forgiven for agreeing with him.Dina Rudick/Globe StaffA glass model of a bush poppy at the Ware Collection for Blaschka Glass Models of Plants.Joe Incollingo can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jk_inco.
Lancaster doctor quilts a vintage flower garden - LancasterOnlineWednesday, August 10, 2016
Jacob Trexler was a doctor and surgeon in Lancaster who also worked with X-rays.He had an office on North Prince Street, near the Fulton Theater.“The office was on the ground floor,” Zercher said. “The second floor was where he lived. The third floor was where he quilted.”The quilt has a large T at the center for Trexler. Several patches are decorated with embroidered letters, probably of family members because they end with “T.”The detail to make the small patches took a lot of patience.“That would drive me batty,” Zercher said. “But I'll tell you, if I had someone operating on me and doing suturing, I'd say he would do pretty good."... http://lancasteronline.com/features/together/lancaster-doctor-quilts-a-vintage-flower-garden/article_685a26a0-535e-11e6-b956-8b19a36c7847.html
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l firstname.lastname@example.orgSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.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/