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Flower Fix: Where to Find Flowers & Plants in Nashville - StyleBlueprintTuesday, May 21, 2019
If you’re just jumping into the gardening game, start with a cactus!You can easily spend an afternoon browsing the many offerings at Bates.Creekside Garden Center106 Harding Pl, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 356-2201Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.What you’ll find: Plants, custom potting, herbs, giftsCreekside Garden Center was recently struck with tragedy as its owners awoke to the news of a massive, uncontrollable fire. Thankfully, they’re back and better than ever! The garden center now has two locations – one across the street from the other – and offers flowers and plants for gardening as well as arrangements, gifts and home decor inside the new shop. Stop in and give them a little Nashville love.RELATED: Nashville’s Beloved Creekside Garden Center is BACK!The new Creekside Garden Center shop across the street has gifts, flowers and potted plants among other fun goodies.Flower Basket2501 12th Ave South, Nashville TN, 372043812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215Hours: Every day, 8 a.m. to darkWhat you’ll find: Plants, landscaping supplies, flowers to plant, herbsFor six weeks in April and May, visit Flower Basket for your gardening needs. The two locations are home to a wide variety of plants, flowers, herbs, succulents and more, alongside a helpful and friendly staff who can help you find what you need or guide you towards something new. The beautiful and bright-colored flowers are fun to browse on a sunny day, even if you aren’t planning to plant them yourself!Stop by the Flower Basket and explore their many plant and flower options!Flower Mart4503 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 490-3966Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.4004 Hillsboro Pike #165R, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 292-7272Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.What you’ll find: Plants, arrangements, delivery, home and garden decorFlower Mart has two locations in Nashville, both stocked with a variety of flowers, plants and garden... https://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/where-to-find-flowers-in-nashville/
Beautiful Blooms: A Few of Our Favorite Nashville Flower Shops - StyleBlueprintSunday, February 10, 2019
The Farmer’s FloristBeautiful flowers in a stunning setting. Image: The Farmer’s FloristThe Farmer’s Florist does weddings and events, as well. Image: Joshua NessFlower Mart4503 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205 • (615) 490-3966 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 165R, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 292-7272 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.a href="https://styleblueprint.com/nashville/guide/flower-mart/" target="_blank"... https://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/flower-shops-nashville/
Greenhouse Grower Honors 2018 Medal of Excellence Breeding Award Winners at Cultivate'18Tuesday, July 17, 2018
With a broad and consistent palette that includes shades of red, orange, purple, scarlet, cream, yellow, and white, it has excellent heat and drought tolerance and winter hardiness.Editor’s Choice: Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus Collection (J. Berry Nursery)With new, novel colors never experienced in hibiscus, the Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus Collection will mesmerize consumers looking for new and unique items for their gardens and patios. Add to that the darker foliage, exceptionally compact growth habit, and trial-tested and proven winter-hardiness, and this will be a winner for growers and garden centers nationwide.Readers’ Choice: Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus Collection (J. Berry Nursery)Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence Awards has been the floriculture industry’s premier awards and recognition program for more than 25 years. Three awards are presented for breeding, including the Editor’s Choice Award, chosen by Greenhouse Grower Editor Laura Drotleff; the Industry’s Choice Award, based on a selection of varieties chosen by an industry panel (listed below) during California Spring Trials; and the Readers’ Choice Award, in which breeding companies submit varieties for readers to vote on their favorite new introduction.Thank you to our esteemed panel of industry experts:• The Metrolina Team: Abe Van Wingerden, Sim McMurry, Mark Yelanich• The Welby Gardens Team: Al Gerace, Dan Gerace, John Gerace, Mandy Gerace• The Mast Young Plants Team: Jim Raterink, Brian Weesies• The Raker Team: Steve Reed, Jenny Kuhn, Kelly Staats, and Susie Raker-Zimmerman• The Armstrong Growers Team: James Russell, Heather Hydoski, Sue DiStaulo• The Fred C. Gloeckner Team: Andrew Lee, Sandy Raupp• Brad Julian, Lowe’s Home Improvement• Tim Runte, Calloway Gardens• Dr. Allan Armitage, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, University of Georgia• Laura Drotleff, Greenhouse GrowerBrian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here. http://www.greenhousegrower.com/events/greenhouse-grower-honors-2018-medal-of-excellence-breeding-award-winners-at-cultivate18/
COLUMN: Grow ... Butterfly magnet selected as 2018 Plant of the Year - Edmond SunWednesday, March 14, 2018
It grows best in well-drained soils and is relatively drought resistant. We all know how dry some Oklahoma summers can be. This plant’s hardiness is United States Department of Agriculture Zones 3 or 4 to 9. Oklahoma’s zones include 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b and 8a, which makes our state a perfect place to grow it.Not only is Allium Millenium a butterfly magnet, its sleek structure can complement many other growth habits. For those gardeners who enjoy cut flowers, these blooms will retain a blush of their summer color indoors. In addition, reseeding is much less of a problem than other Alliums and it has no serious insect or disease problems. Leaf spot can occur in overcrowded growing conditions.Allium Millenium has a fibrous root structure forming an ornamental herbaceous clump easily propagated by division. Once in the garden, it easily can be lifted and divided in either spring or fall. You can cut back the foliage in late fall.The genus Allium contains more than 900 species in the northern hemisphere, but it probably is best known for a dozen or so species of culinary vegetables and herbs, including onion, garlic, leeks, shallots, scallions and chives.As you plan your spring and summer garden, give consideration to Allium Millenium. This plant will be a great addition to your landscape.Hillock is a consumer horticulturist with Oklahoma State University cooperative extension. http://www.edmondsun.com/oklahoma/news/column-grow-butterfly-magnet-selected-as-plant-of-the-year/article_ccec2af6-fee8-53c0-96c4-0c396184083d.html
Business Spotlight: Family-owned Peter's Flower Shop brings smiles, has a little fun - Fayetteville ObserverTuesday, September 12, 2017
Right now, flower prices are up. The star gazer lilies are currently $25 per bunch. Last year they were $13.75. We buy wholesale and we get fresh flowers in every other day from Hardins Wholesale Florist Supply, in Liberty, and Lihmil Wholesale Flowers in Fayetteville. We try to keep our prices low and we offer free delivery. I hate raising my prices.”What is your busiest time? “We stay busy all day, every day. During the summer months from June through August, we have handled over 300 orders per month. We are open six days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. We cover all occasions. Valentine’s Day is always busy, and holidays are busy.”What are your most popular products? “Themed floral arrangements are popular during the holidays. We also sell Christmas trees. The 'Holiday Hug in a Mug' arrangement is popular at Christmas. It comes with red and white mini-carnations, ilex berries and fir arranged in a reusable ceramic holiday mug. Gail makes wreaths and she is creating new arrangements all of the time. We also create floral dog, cat and honeybee arrangements that are special order items. Our signature flower is a sunflower with a smiley face.”What is the best part of owning and running this business? “Interacting with customers is the best part. I enjoy people and I like to have fun.”What is the toughest part of owning and running this business? “The 1-800 order payments are most challenging to work with. There is a 30-day delay in us getting paid for those orders. They are easy for customers to work with, but I want customers to know that they can also contact us directly to order, and we will be paid for our services immediately without the involvement of a middle man.”What else would you like people to know? “If there is a problem with an order, we will fix it. We want our customers to be happy. We also offer the unique service of photographing a flower arrangement before delivery, so that we can verify that it is what a customer wants. We deliver within a 30-mile radius for free. We want to do everything we can to deliver fresh flower arrangements to our customers. We ask for a phone number to help with delivery arrangements, and someone needs to be home to accept the delivery. We won’t leave flowers unattended if no one is home. You can find us online at fortbraggflowershop.com.”Alison Minard... http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170906/business-spotlight-family-owned-peters-flower-shop-brings-smiles-has-little-fun
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/
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