Genoa Flower Shop News
Green scene - The MidWeekTuesday, July 18, 2017
Garden Walk. Other locations to purchase tickets include Blumen Gardens and The Garden Market in Sycamore, Glidden Florist in DeKalb and Lloyd’s Landscaping and Everything Floral in Genoa.Chowdhury-Woodstrup spoke to MidWeek’s Katrina Milton about the Garden Walk and this year’s featured gardens.Milton: What is the University of Illinois Extension DeKalb County Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk?JCW: The Garden Walk showcases different styles throughout DeKalb County. It is a day-long event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some people turn it into an annual outing, coming every year. Event attendees can see new plant varieties and see how other gardeners place their plants and design their garden. The Garden Walk can also become a networking event. You can meet people with similar ideas and mindsets. Gardening, by its very nature, can be an isolationist hobby. What the Garden Walk affords is an exchange of ideas and conversation to anyone interested in gardens and gardening.Milton: Can you tell me more about the featured gardens?JCW: We continually strive to highlight different types and styles of gardens, and this year is no different. This year, we have seven gardens on the Garden Walk, including a garden in Kirkland that is a certified habitat by The National Wildlife Federation, a garden in DeKalb that has 150 different varieties of daylilies and a garden in Sycamore that has a 7,000-gallon pond with two waterfalls and a stone bridge.Milton: Will there be a lot of flowers on display?JCW: There will be flowers, but gardens are not always about flowers. Some gardens focus more on greenery, leaves and plants like hostas. Others have more vegetables and herbs. Each gardener has a vision for their garden. Some gardeners want blooming flowers, others are more concerned with placement and design.Milton: What is the Garden Walk’s educational spotlight?JCW: Walnut Grove Vocational Farm in Kirkland is this year’s educational spotlight. The farm provides agricultural and horticultural-based training for people with disabilities. Their U-Pick field will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, and visitors can view the farm’s native prairie that is under construction, their chicken coo... http://www.midweeknews.com/articles/2017/07/10/cbc45c2d62614ccda7e4976aca06ee18/index.xml
Susan Schwartz: Forever isn't for flowers, or for us - Montreal GazetteMonday, July 11, 2016
Robert Polito, president of the Poetry Foundation from 2013 to 2015, and his wife, a history professor, spent a month-long writing residency in the spring of 2014 in a Ligurian village outside Genoa called Bogliasco; it’s the home of the Bogliasco Foundation, a study centre for artists and scholars. His poem, titled Bogliasco, is set along a coastal walkway, “but also along the daily habits and surprises of a life together,” he explained.“I’m always running ahead of my life, ?/ The way when we walk you are always / Three, fifteen, forty steps behind? / Taking a picture, or inspecting / A bottlebrush tree, a cornice, the sea? / As it breaks white on the striated rock, / As though I can’t dare look, and? / I’m always running away from myself / The way when we walk you are always? / Asking me to slow down, and what will happen / When one of us dies, and, if it’s me first,? / There’s no one’s back in our photos anymore.”I’m married to someone who does that, too — walks ahead of me a lot. I often think it’s a metaphor for how he chooses to live his life: thinking and planning, to tomorrow and next month and next year, to commitments and travels and meetings and family visits that (we hope) lie before us. He’s organized and deliberate in ways I will never be. Sometimes I wonder whether this means he’s not here enough, in the moment; other times I think how much more he manages to accomplish than I do, with all my dawdling.Anyway, it’s not a contest. I don’t mind that he walks ahead of me as long as he walks beside me sometimes, too — and he does. He also takes the time to smell the peonies in the garden, just now getting ready to open again, and to appreciate that they are gorgeous — and firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/susanschwartzRecommended article from FiveFilters.org: Most Labour MPs in the UK Are Revolting. http://montrealgazette.com/life/susan-schwartz-forever-isnt-for-flowers-or-for-us
PRAIRIE FLOWERS - DeKalb Daily ChronicleFriday, September 18, 2015
Inn; Los Rancheros Restaurant; Lowes; Made Just for You; M.O.I.; Karen and Dave Mason; Lucy and Gordon Melms; Barry Melton; National Bank & Trust; NIU Ticket Office; Northern Rehab; Oak Club of Genoa; Terry and Madeline O’Brien; Ollie’s; Pizza Villa; Prairie Pines Golf Course; Ralph’s Carwash; Bruce Rebhorn; Red Roof Inn of DeKalb; River Heights Golf Course; Don Schoo; Pat and Steve Sihler; Cherie and Beryl Smith; Jerry Smith; John Smith; Soft Water City; Splash of Color; Stage Coach Players, State Farm Insurance (Brian Scholle); State Farm Insurance (Darryl Foss); Bennetta and Robert Stearnes; Studio One Salon & Spa; Dr. Joe Sullivan; Sweet Dream Desserts; Sycamore Antiques; Village Commons Bookstore; Voluntary Action Committee; Walmart; Robert Walters and Lindy Arnett; and Julie and Tom Weber.Dave Mason, Gordon Melms, Beryl Smith, Robert Walters and Tom WeberDeKalb FUMC Golf & Dinner CommitteeThank you from the Waterman Lions ClubTo the Editor:The success of the July 18 Waterman Lions Summerfest and Antique Tractor & Truck Show was derived primarily from the support of our sponsor/donors and volunteers. It would not be possible hold an event of this nature without their help. So, with that in mind, our club gives a big thank you to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who contributed to our 15th annual show at Waterman Lions Park:Diamond Sponsors: WSPY, WLBK & WSORPlatinum Sponsors: Pub West; KishHealth System; Honey Hill Orchard; Helena FertilizerGold Sponsors: Allen Outboard Marine & Lawn Equipment; Gaston Heating & Air Conditioning; The DeLong Co.; 1st Farm Credit Services; Casey’s General Stores Inc.; Superior Diesel Inc.; Holland & Sons Inc.; Don and Dave Erickson – Stine Seeds; ASAP Welding; Baie & Baie Trucking; Boehne Farms; DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC; The National Bank & Trust Co.; A&P Grain Systems; Ken Spears Construction; Thrivent Financial; Super Car Wash of Hinckley; Overby Trucking; Monsanto; Willrett Farms PioneerSilver Sponsors: First State Bank; DeKalb Implement Co.; Larson-Davis Electric; Elburn Co-op; Christine Johnson – DeKalb County Treasurer; AHW John Deere; Wackerlin Farms Trucking; Foster Financial Management; Jacobson Funeral Home; DeKalb Lawn &... http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2015/08/27/prairie-flowers/au1r030/
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