Fulton Flower Shop News
A hard year for farmers - Southwest JournalTuesday, August 13, 2019
A cold, wet spring meant many farmers had trouble getting into the ground. “It’s just hard work,” said Dawn 2 Dusk farmer Moses Momanyi, who sells at the Kingfield and Fulton farmers markets and watched two hoop houses collapse in February due to heavy snow. Organic farming depends heavily on weeding, he said, and he’s watched weeds flourish after heavy rain and kill crops.Dawn 2 Dusk Farm has endured a rainy growing season to bring produce to market.Every delay matters when there are limited weekends to sell, said Jan Reuland of Jan’s Artisan Garden, who grows thousands of flowers on a small St. Louis Park plot to sell at the Kingfield market.“This is the worst year ever,” said Kingfield vendor Pheng Yang, walking through his field in Montgomery, Minn. “Usually I get to play hide-and-seek in the tomatoes. … We just have to keep trying, and hope for better next year. It’s nature. What can you do?”Southern Minnesota’s 2019 growing season has experienced almost twice as much rain as a normal year, according to Natalie Hoidal, who monitors weather maps as a University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Fruit and Vegetable Production Systems. Farmers report a range of problems related to wet w... https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/2019/08/a-hard-year-for-farmers/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jk_inco.
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