Jacksonville Flower Shop News
Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Is Named National President of American Institute of Floral Designers - PerishableNewsTuesday, August 13, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) has announced the appointment of Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, to the position of 2019/2020 AIFD National President. Mr. Lacey, who possesses more than 30 years of experience in the retail floral market and floral education fields, is Director of Education and Industry Relations for BloomNet®, an international wire service and world-class business solutions provider.At BloomNet, Mr. Lacey is responsible for initiating and implementing strategies to strengthen and expand the extensive educational opportunities BloomNet offers to flower shop owners and floral designers. He assisted in the launch of Floriology® Institute located in Jacksonville, Florida and he serves as an instructor at the Institute. Floriology® Institute is recognized as one of the country’s foremost centers for innovative floral design and florist-related education. Mr. Lacey also engages florists and shares his knowledge throughout the floral ... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/jackie-lacey-aaf-aifd-cfd-pfci-is-named-national-president-of-american-institute-of-floral-designers/
Armstrong, Charlie Hugh - The ChattanooganTuesday, August 13, 2019
Charlie Hugh Armstrong, 87, of Chattanooga, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida. Charlie dedicated more than 50 years to the pharmacy profession, as an owner/pharmacist of Lakeside Pharmacy in Chattanooga; as a pioneer in the treatment of decubitus ulcers; and as a leader in Tennessee hospice development in the mid-80s. He was a longtime PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America) member, former PCCA pharmacy consultant, and most recently, PCCA treasurer, serving on the board of directors. Charlie went home to be with his Lord on Monday, August 5, 2019. He joined PCCA as a member in May 1984, began helping out with pharmacy consulting calls in the early 1990s, became a major PCCA shareholder and treasurer in November 1998, and then officially joined the PCCA team in September 1999. He retired from PCCA in January 2004, but continued to serve as a consultant and on the board of directors until March 2019. His son, Charles H. Armstrong, Jr., known by all as “Chick,” continued his father’s legacy by... https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/8/8/394276/Armstrong-Charlie-Hugh.aspx
Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Is Named National President of American Institute of Floral Designers - Yahoo FinanceTuesday, July 23, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BloomNet® Director of Education and Industry Relations has served the floral industry for more than 30 years" data-reactid="12" BloomNet® Director of Education and Industry Relations has served the floral industry for more than 30 yearsThe American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) has announced the appointment of Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, to the position of 2019/2020 AIFD National President. Mr. Lacey, who possesses more than 30 years of experience in the retail floral market and floral education fields, is Director of Education and Industry Relations for BloomNet®, an international wire service and world-class business solutions provider.At BloomNet, Mr. Lacey is responsible for initiating and implementing strategies to strengthen and expand the extensive educational opportunities BloomNet offers to flower shop owners and floral designers. He assisted in the launch of Floriology® Institute located in Jacksonville, Florida and he serve... https://finance.yahoo.com/news/jackie-lacey-aaf-aifd-cfd-141900919.html
Doris Irene LedbetterTuesday, July 31, 2018
Red Bank, grandchildren, Joseph (Hannah) Ledbetter, Sacramento, Ca., Rachel (Warren) McCrickard, Hixson, Rebecca (Kendal) Shipley, Ringgold, Samantha (Ben) Harris, Atlanta, Angel (Tabitha) Serrano, Jacksonville, Fl., Bryan (Krisia) Jaynes, Bedford, NH., Andi and Adrienne Jaynes, both of Atlanta, nine great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Mary Nell Sullivan, Chattanooga, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.A Celebration of Doris’ Life will be held in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mike Lofton officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Doris will be laid to rest with her husband in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions to be made to Hearth Hospice in Doris’ memory for the excellent care they afforded her. Also the family wishes to give thanks to the Lantern at Shallowford for the excellent care they gave Doris.Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, Tn. 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com... http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/7/30/373605/Doris-Irene-Ledbetter.aspx
Business is blooming at House of FlowersTuesday, July 03, 2018
I had no intention of doing this, none at all,” Sorrell said. “I was actually in college figuring out what I was going to do. I was on the hallway phone talking to dad one day in 1983, at Jacksonville State, and he just mentioned that Valley Florist was for sale. I came home and bought it that next weekend. That’s how I got into the business.”When his parents opened the shop in 1970, being florists wasn’t their first idea either. Theron Sorrell was in the United States Air Force, working a desk job at Fort Patrick Air Force Base near Cape Canaveral, Fla. According to Steven, the job was a particularly stressful one, so his father worked at a flower shop in his free time to learn how the business worked. After around three years of doing that, Theron and Rachel moved back to their home in the Greater Valley Area and opened up House of Flowers where it still stands today. Steven had operated Valley Florist for five years in conjunction with his parents’ shop until moving to Atlanta briefly before coming back to Valley in 1992 and taking over. Since then he has kept business going strong, something he attributes to a redesign in 2011. “If you came in here eight years ago it was all tan,” he said. “Tan walls, tan carpet, tan ceiling, antique furniture. I sort of had an epiphany.” This redesign included bringing the House of Flowers brand into the modern age. Sorrell had a professional website built and a custom logo made — something he had previously never thought important. He gleaned this redesign knowledge from online messa... https://www.valleytimes-news.com/2018/06/business-is-blooming-at-house-of-flowers/
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
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/