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Rare Ohio plant found near Vermilion - Norwalk ReflectorTuesday, March 05, 2019
County border. It was in a Lorain Metro Parks wetland, Bissell said.The find was announced a few weeks ago in an article in the Ohio State Nature Preserves 2018 annual newsletter. The piece by Rick Gardner, chief botanist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, states that the rediscovery of Carey’s smartweed is part of Bissell’s “incredible long list of best finds over the 40 years of botanizing Ohio.”Gardner’s article says that Carey’s smartweed was last seen in Ohio in 1920. Asked about the differing accounts of how long the weed has been in hiding, Bissell says there may be another record for the plant he is unfamiliar with.Bissell explains that Carey’s smartweed is part of the smartweed group of plants. Smartweeds have flowers on top and like to grow in wetlands.Birds like to munch on smartweed fruits.“They are important to waterfowl and other birds,” Bissell said.The term “smartweed” is apparently a bit of a misnomer, as weeds do not differ in academic ability.“There’s no such thing as a dumb weed that I know of,” Bissell said.Carey’s smartweed is found in other states, but is considered rare. In Michigan, for example, it is a threatened and legally protected species that has only been spotted in six counties and was last seen in 1999, according to Michigan State University’s Michigan Natural Features Inventory.Bissell said he likes to go to Lake Erie wetlands. He said he found half a dozen rare or... http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Local/2019/02/15/Rare-Ohio-plant-found-near-Vermilion
Birthday celebrations for Richmond floristTuesday, October 30, 2018
Roots and Shoots, in Richmond, started life at a fruit and vegetable shop in Richmond Market Place run by Norman and Angela Bell, and the business was taken over this year by William and Elizabeth Gardner when the Bell's retired. Mrs Bell said: "We started in the Market Place and stayed there for 12 years, but after that moved to the trading estate to a bigger premises and we started doing flowers too. "We introduced flowers gradually but it really took off and we supplied them for funerals. "We retired in April but we were pleased when William bought the business – he had been an employee for many years and has now brought it up to date. "I visited the shop recently and think it looks fantastic, it is good to know it is in good hands and can continue for many years to come." Mr Gardner said: "It is going really well. We took over the business in April and aim to deliver the same great service." Roots and Shoots is at 27 Racecourse Road, Richmond. https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16981116.birthday-celebrations-for-richmond-florist/
The Last Minute: Flower Bomb At Everett Bus StopTuesday, August 28, 2018
WBZ-TV's Levan Reid.WBZ News Update For August 28, 2018Real Feel Temperatures Above 100; Woman Hit By Van; Delta Coming To Worcester AirportWBZ Midday Forecast For August 28Pamela Gardner has your latest weather forecast.Trump Takes On Google In Complaints About Social MediaWBZ TV's Kate Merrill reports.Woman Critically Wounded In Shooting Outside Chelsea HomeWBZ TV's Michelle Fisher reports.Woman Hit By Van In Belmont In Critical ConditionA woman is in critical condition after a van struck her as she was walking in Belmont. WBZ-TV's Breana Pitts reports. https://boston.cbslocal.com/video/3917919-the-last-minute-flower-bomb-at-everett-bus-stop/
Louisiana is the only state that requires occupational licenses for florists. It's absurd. - USA TODAYWednesday, April 11, 2018
However, many states have absurd licensing laws that need to be nixed.Unlicensed florist Monique Chauvin protests at the courthouse in New Orleans in 2010.(Photo: Sean Gardner for USA TODAY)“Sandy Meadows died alone and in poverty because the State of Louisiana wouldn’t allow her to work in a perfectly harmless occupation.”So said Clark Neily, who represented Meadows in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn Louisiana’s floristry licensing law back in 2003.In a nation rife with wacky occupational licensing laws — different states around the country license everything from fortunetellers to frog farmers — Louisiana has stood alone as the only state that mandates a license for putting together a bouquet. Now, nearly 14 years after Meadows’ death, Louisiana may finally be on the brink of overturning this absurd requirement.More: Mayors want to pass gun safety laws, but the NRA and our state legislatures won't let usMore: Supreme Court Janus case is bigger than unions. Upward mobility is at stake.After Meadows’ husband passed away in 2000, she had little money or education. But she had a talent with flowers. She found a way to support herself by managing the floral department of a local grocery store — until the Louisiana Horticulture Commission threatened to shut down the store’s floristry operations unless it hire...
Flowers are abloom for this week's celebrants - The Durango HeraldTuesday, March 28, 2017
Ellingson, David Tabar, Elena Breed, Emmett Stottlemyer, Joyce Erickson, Conor Nelson, Loreta Beam, Annemarie Nobman, Dan Hopper, Mary Richards, Kathie Bowers, Krystal Gunkelman, Janet Enge, Billie Gardner, Joseph Toledo, Glenn Rodey, Mary Brown and Buff Rogers. HHHThe daffodil blossoms are dancing in the spring breezes for the anniversaries of Paul and Jigger Staby, Tim and Dianne Williams, Blake and Pat Chatfield, Bill and Pam Brown, Vi and John Kessell and Gordon and Diane Calfas Cheesewright. HHHCheck back at durangoherald.com for more Neighbors stories and photos. Click on the word “Neighbors” to make sure you haven’t missed any stories. Neighbors runs in the Sunday print edition of The Durango Herald.Here’s how to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 375-4584; mail items to the Herald; or drop them off at the front desk. Please include contact names and phone numbers for all items. Follow me on Twitter @Ann_Neighbors.I need photos for all Neighbors items, but they must be high-quality, high-resolution photos (at least 1 MB of memory) and include no more than three to five people. I need to know who’s who, left to right, and who to credit with the photo. Candid photos are better than posed, and photos should be submitted as JPG or TIF attachments.
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 email@example.comSOURCE 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 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/