Hinsdale Flower Shop News
Flowers finishes high school career with blazing race at state - RiverBender.comTuesday, November 15, 2016
Grayslake Central's Jack Aho won the race in a time of 14:25 on the three-mile course; Hinsdale North's Charlie Nodus took second in 14:30.Jersey cross-country coach Harold Landon said he was pleased with Flowers’ effort.“The thing about it, he ran his race,” Landon said. “We thought it was really important to come in at about 4:45 for the first 1,600 and he came in at 4:44. He was still only six seconds behind the leader. We thought if was any less faster, he would have problems later in the race."He was still right on it, running 9:45 for the two-mile mark. He ran a pretty good 4:57 last mile. He did struggle some the last 50 yards.”Flowers will compete in one more race to close his high school cross country career in Terre Haute, Ind., running with top runners from other Midwestern states. The meet, sponsored by Nike, will take place on Sunday and is invitational only.If you have a EdGlenToday or Riverbender.com news, human interest or sports idea, e-mail Danbrannan@riverbender.com or call or text 618-623-5930. Follow Dan Brannan on Facebook and Danbrannannews on Twitter.Purchase photos from this article Print Version Submit a Sports Tip...
USA Bouquet Co. Announces Addition Of Designer Michael J. Skaff - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Michael Skaff recently opened his special events and home decorating floral company, Skaff Floral Creations, in Hinsdale, Illinois after over 30 years working in every facet of the floral industry. Most recently employed as Vice President of Design for FTD, Michael has worked on product development initiatives with top brands and as Todd Oldham, Vera Wang, Better Homes and Gardens and The Smithsonian Institute. In addition, Michael is a long time member of the esteemed Color Marketing Group, which forecasts color and style trends in the design and fashion industries. He is also a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers AIFD, Society of American Florist SAF, AAF, and Professional Floral Commentating International PFCI and continues to be called to the White House providing his design talents to high profile events.“We are very excited to have Michael as a part of our team. He will bring design and color expertise, as well as, assist us in developing marketing programs that will drive sales and customer satisfaction with our retail partners,” states Scott Hill, VP of Sales and Marketing“I’ve known and worked with The USA Bouquet company for years and am excited to work with them once again on new and trending initiatives that will bring a fresh look to the market,” Skaff states. “I have no doubt that when we combine USA Bouquet’s global sourcing model and talented manufacturing facilities with my fresh ideas that we will something new and exciting to our partners."These new collections will focus not only on forward styling, but will also educate the consumer on trending colors, inspiration for the lines, and style trends to look for in the home décor and fashion worlds.USA Bouquet Company: 1500 NW 95th Ave. Doral, Florida 33172 (786) 437-6500 www.usabq.comSource: USA Bouquet Company... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0048999
Clarkson: Hinsdale floral design lessons fascinating even for non-creative types - Chicago TribuneFriday, November 27, 2015
During a dark and threatening November night, I plodded over to the Hinsdale Public Library expecting to hear anecdotes and cute fun facts about floral design for the White House as well as few decorating tips for the holiday table. Instead, the rather large audience and I were treated to a demonstration of the breadth and beauty of floral design, courtesy of Michael Skaff, who earlier this year has opened his by-appointment-only floral design business in Hinsdale.Skaff is a floral designer of national and international renown, who has designed for three different presidents, numerous big-name corporate clients such as Tiffany & Co. and Vera Wang, and events such as presidential inaugurations and the Academy Awards. He has been in the business for more than 30 years and also serves as a member of the International Color Group, the group which decides which colors are going to be "in" and are going to dominate for a season or a year.That in itself is interesting enough, but Skaff's real expertise is floral arrangement and he discussed different desi... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/hinsdale/lifestyles/ct-dhd-clarkson-floral-design-tl-1203-20151125-column.html
White House floral designer brings roots to suburban store - Chicago Daily HeraldTuesday, August 18, 2015
George W. Bush's presidential inaugurations in 2001 and 2005. He still does special events at the White House under President Barack Obama.Now, Skaff has opened Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale that is more than a florist. He designs for weddings, anniversaries, other parties and corporate events in the suburbs and nationwide."I feel that flowers make a difference in everyone's lives," said Skaff, 54. "It has an emotional effect on many people."Skaff was born in Paxton, Mass., near Boston. His late father, Joseph, was a visual merchandiser who designed the windows at high-end men's clothing stores. His mother, Julia, was a homemaker.He always loved to work at greenhouses and conservatories and earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A floral design class in college had him hooked, he said.He opened a floral store in Massachusets and also subcontracted his work as a designer for about 20 years, including for FTD. He came to the Chicago area when he was hired full-time on staff at FTD's headquarters in Downers Grove. He worked his way up the ranks to vice president of design at FTD.After about nine years, he decided to return to his entrepreneurial roots -- designing for events. So he started Skaff Floral Creations to cater to that part of the industry, he said."There's nothing more fulfilling than when you're adding beauty to a special occasion," he said.He loved doing the p... http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150816/business/150819449/
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
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
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/