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Costa Mesa gardener has fruitful O.C. Fair competition season as he again rakes in the most ribbons - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, September 24, 2019
School in Torrance.At age 48, his career swerved and he moved to St. Louis for a few years to attend a seminary. He returned to Southern California as a pastor at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Forest and then Christ Lutheran Church in Costa Mesa.Since childhood, his love for plants has entwined with his love for God.“It’s such a miracle,” he said. “God takes those itty bitty seeds … you look at those plants and you just see him.” Joseph Strubbe holds a tomatillo he grew in his home garden. (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer) Advertisement Though he retired about 11 years ago, Strubbe remains active at Christ Lutheran, directing the choir, serving as a pastor to those who can’t make it to services, leading small groups and growing a family that supports his passion for plants.“He’s got 10 green thumbs,” said the Rev. Glenn Shelton, an associate pastor at Christ Lutheran.Shelton said he and dozens of others from the church attend the fair every year — not to eat fried Oreos but to see Pastor Joe and his entries.“He kind of crushes his competition every year,” Shelton said. “Of course, he does it in love.”Bella Brown, receptionist for Christ Lutheran School, said she stumbled onto Strubbe’s exhibits this year for the first time. In addition to his other arrangements, Strubbe enters item collections — this year, carved eagles and miniature cottages.When she saw the many entry cards at the fair printed with his name, Brown thought, “Wow! That is a lot.”Strubbe usually attends the fair at least twice a week during its run: on Tuesday mornings to drop off two carloads of entries for the week’s competitions and on Wednesdays to see how he fared with the judges. Occasionally, he said, he overhears passersby discussing his work.“People will say, ‘Who’s this Joseph Strubbe? He needs to get a life!’ ” Strubbe said with a laugh.He sometimes worries that people will get the wrong impression and be too intimidated to try gardening themselves. He said he hopes his plethora of entries will inspire others — if he can grow something, someone else can too.Even after nine years and hundreds of awards, Strubbe said he still gets excited by each new ribbon.“I’ve been [winning awards] for a long time,” he said with a shrug. “I still love it.”Support our coverage by becoming a digital subscriber.Let's block ads! a href="https://blockads.fivefilters.org/acceptab... https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2019-09-11/costa-mesa-gardener-has-fruitful-o-c-fair-competition-season-as-he-again-secures-most-awards-of-any
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
The 2018 Century Award honorees are: City Line Florist in Trumbull, Connecticut; Gould's Flowers in Lockport, New York; Janousek Florist & Greenhouse, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska; and Lake Forest Flowers in Lake Forest, Illinois. "Each year when we gather at the SAF convention, we interact with business owners who have determination, vision and grit," said SAF Awards Committee Chairman Marvin Miller, Ph.D., AAF, of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois. "But to sustain that for 100 years or more is truly an impressive feat." City Line Florist Trumbull, Connecticut City Line Florist has been owned and operated by the Roehrich/Palazzo family since 1918. When Charles Roehrich returned home from World War I, he already had a family history in the floral industry; his grandfather had grown plants in greenhouses in Stratford, Connecticut, in the late 1800s. Charles borrowed a horse and wagon and sold flowering plants and cut flowers at the entrance of St. Michaels cemetery in Stratford, eventually opening up a storefront in Bridgeport, which sat on the city line of Stratford, leading to the name, City Line Florist. In 1975, Charles' son Bob and his grandchildren, Susan and Carl, decided to move to a new location in Trumbull, where they turned an old horse barn into a charming new florist shop. Bob received the Connecticut Florist of the Year Award in 2005. City Line, located in a quaint New England town of 30,000 people, has been voted "Best Florist in Fairfield County" for several consecutive years and won the 2018 Small Business Success Award in Trumbu... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
11 Orange County Companies That Have Appeared On “Shark Tank”Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Company: PolarPro creates attachable filters to ensure high-quality pictures and videos on devices such as the GoPro. polarprofilters.comShark WheelCity: Lake ForestEpisode: Season 6 Episode 29The Deal: Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, and Nick Woodman invested $225,000 for a 7.5% stake, plus 10% royalty until $500,000 is returnedThe Company: The Shark Wheel is a skateboard wheel that is said to have less rolling resistance while offering a faster ride, as well as more traction on various terrain. sharkwheel.comGuardian BikeCity: IrvineEpisode: Season 8 Episode 21The Deal: Mark Cuban invested $500,000 for a 15% stakeThe Company: Guardian Bike sells itself as one of the world’s safest bikes for children. Using a braking system known as SureStop, the bikes are said to stop faster and safer than the average two-wheeler. guardianbikes.comThompson TeeCity: AnaheimEpisode: Season 8 Episode 23The Deal: Robert Herjavec invested $700,000 for a 25% stakeThe Company: Thompson Tee is an avant-garde T-shirt company offering sweat-proof undershirts for men and women. thompsontee.comHoppy PawsCity: Newport BeachEpisode: Season 6 Episode 12The Deal: Barbara Corcoran invested $200,000 for a 49% stakeThe Company: Hoppy Paws makes stamping kits that people can use to create realistic, life-size footprints of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and other seasonal characters. hoppypaws.comHamboardsCity: Huntington BeachEpisode: Season 5 Episode 4The Deal: Robert Herjavec invested $300,000 for a 30% stakeThe Company: Hamboards are a mix between surfboards and skateboards—longboards that you can ride down the street and feel like you’re riding a wave. hamboards.comNote: The deals indicated are those struck on air, which are non-binding and subject to due diligence after the show taping. http://www.orangecoast.com/stuff-we-love/11-orange-county-companies-that-have-appeared-on-shark-tank/
Holiday traditions continue with The Nutcracker at Bridges - Claremont CourierTuesday, November 28, 2017
Michigan, will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, among other roles, and Jessica Gadzinski will perform the role of the Arabian Princess and Dew Drop.IPB’s two new soloists are Kelsey Dorr from Lake Forest in Orange County, who among other roles will dance a Rose in Waltz of the Flowers, and Lawrence Chen—a young artist from Chino Hills who is also pursuing a mathematics degree at Pomona College—will be dancing The Nutcracker Prince, the Spanish Soloist, Russian and the Soldier Doll. “We are always excited to share our beautiful production of the Nutcracker with loyal fans and new audiences,” Artistic Director Victoria Koenigs said. “This year we are thrilled to introduce five outstanding new dancers who have just joined the company. You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles.”The Nutcracker was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A. Hoffman. The ballet was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty.”At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.IPB’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season for students from local area schools. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the professional ballet performance, followed by a question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free study guide to continue the conversation back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater and learning about ballet.Children’s tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41, with premium seats at $59. Group discounts are available.Performances take place from December 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. and December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, in Claremont.Additional regional performances are offered on December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Ar...
Can you keep that Easter bunny and other creatures at home? Cities, HOAs, have rules - OCRegisterTuesday, April 18, 2017
According to recorded information on their phone line, the county animal services currently supports the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, Midway City, Orange, Placentia, Rossmoor, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda and all unincorporated areas in the county.Be careful, though. If you live within the boundaries of other cities, differing city rules will prevail.But wait, it gets more complicated. If your home has a homeowners’ association (HOA,) they may have their own rules regarding the number and type of pets you can keep at home. You must check the covenants, conditions, and restrictions for your HOA to determine pet rules. HOA rules prevail.A representative from Mission Viejo Animal Services, which serves Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Rancho Santa Margarita, said there is no limit to other “domestic” animals such as rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, tarantulas, or bearded dragons.However, if your collection of uncontrolled critters becomes a public nuisance (via excessive noise or foul odors), a law enforcement officer may pay you a visit to check out your situation. They judge on a case by case basis and are looking at the specifics of the public nuisance, as well as signs of humane (or inhumane) treatment of the animals, to determine the indicated course of action.As with any pet you keep at home, if a bunny recently joined your family, be sure to have a plan for proper care, be aware of whose rules you need to follow, and be courteous to your neighbors.Please note, ferrets are illegal in the state of California. http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/15/easter-bunnies-welcome-dogs-and-cats-not-so-much/
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/