Lyons Flower Shop News
Steve's Valencia Florist closing after 45 years - Santa Clarita Valley SignalTuesday, April 16, 2019
When you enter Steve’s Valencia Florist, a small business off Lyons Avenue in Newhall, the door always chimes a cheery “Ding dong.” In recent years, it has chimed a little longer. On repeat, on repeat, on repeat — mostly because Penny the pit bull, the resident pet, likes to sit in an exact spot a foot from the door that will cause the sensor to keep pulsing.Penny will greet anyone on a quest to find the best flower with a droopy look in her eyes, and a slight, friendly pant of her tongue, enjoying the company each time a customer walks through to find the best pot, the best plant, the best bloom to suit their occasion.“She gets mad if she doesn’t get to come here,” her owner, Jan Hanauer, said with a chuckle.But Penny is the last to know that, on Saturday, she will lie there for the last time as Steve’s Valencia Florist closes its doors after 45 years of business.“Penny doesn’t know we’re closing,” Hanauer said on Wednesday, three days before the last day of operations and three days before she’ll sell the last of the roses, last of the gerberas... https://signalscv.com/2019/01/steves-valencia-florist-closing-after-45-years/
Teleflora Names Shirley Lyons Of Dandelions Flowers & Gifts As The 2018 Tom Butler "Floral Retailer Of The Year"Monday, October 01, 2018
We are extremely proud of Shirley Lyons for demonstrating Tom Butler's legacy through her hard work at Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene. Her business acumen and community involvement are remarkable," said Jack Howard, Executive Vice President of National Accounts at Teleflora. "In addition to her commitment to the community, Lyons' numerous accolades and leadership roles within the floral industry – including SAF President and Chairman of the SAF board – exemplify why we are thrilled to honor her with this year's Teleflora Floral Retailer of the Year Award." Dandelions Flowers & Gifts has been serving the Eugene, OR area for more than 45 years and was started initially by Lyons and her husband while working in the banking industry. She realized her passion for the artistry of flowers and opened her 250 sq. foot floral and gift shop, steadily growing her business and thriving on a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee with an aggressive marketing strategy. The floral shop's community involvement is evident through their yearly "Bras for a Cause" event, which encourages local businesses to decorate bras with the goal of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer every October, obtaining about $130,000 to date. Last year, the Oregon Cancer Foundation awarded her the inaugural Sparrow of Hope Aw... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/teleflora-names-shirley-lyons-of-dandelions-flowers--gifts-as-the-2018-tom-butler-floral-retailer-of-the-year-300713824.html
Booksellers Show Off Creativity in Holiday Window Displays - BTWTuesday, December 19, 2017
The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, Vermont: “Our window theme is Winter Cardinals,” Jenny Lyons, sales and marketing manager, said. “An amazing local paper artist does a new window for us every month. Her name is Sarah Pope, and she creates original art for each window, including these amazing woodcut block prints of cardinals.”Burke’s Book Store, Memphis, Tennessee: Businesses in the city’s Cooper Young Historic District light up their windows for the annual “Unwrapped” contest hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association that includes an evening of carols and Santa strolling.Astoria Bookshop, Astoria, Queens: Sharing on Instagram with the hashtags #booktree, #bookart, and #booksculpture, the store showed off its own contribution to the category. Lexi Beach, co-owner of the bookstore, said she found a way to make use of damaged stock by creating a book tree. Once Upon A Storybook, Tustin, California: Store founder Susie Alexander said the window combines both Christmas and Hanukkah, noting: “My manager, Tina, does all of our windows and displays — she is amazing!”The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, New York: The bookstore won first place in the Woodstock Open House Window Display Contest of 2017. Co-owners Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad tapped their friend Lucia Reale-Vogt to create their displays. Reale-Vogt, an artist, crafter, and baker, created the “Let it Snow” tableau with old books, sheet music, and metallic paper. Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Oregon: “Our stockings are hung in our window with care! Our holiday displays are bursting with great books for everyone on your list,” the store wrote on Instagram.Black Bird Bookstore, San Francisco, California: “Wintry snow flowers float around a holiday wreath in the front window at Black Bird Bookstore,” said owner Kathryn Grantham. Card Carrying Books & Gifts, Corning, New York: Co-owner Sarah Blagg said she wanted to harken to Card Carrying’s identity as a feminist bookstore while making a play on words. “We thought it wo... http://bookweb.org/news/booksellers-show-creativity-holiday-window-displays-102395
Tour of Homes offer holiday decorating ideas, glimpse of history - Daytona Beach News-JournalTuesday, November 28, 2017
Halifax Plantation. Festive treats and entertainment will be provided by neighbors who donate their time and talents to the event.Homes on the tour include the Lyons, Clausens, Pollettas, Lavignes and Vanacore Golf Villas. There also will be drawings, jewelry and refreshments at the Halifax Plantation Clubhouse.The tour, which draws about 600 attendees, is the largest fundraiser hosted by the Ormond Beach Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Ormond Beach.This is a self-guided tour. With your ticket you will receive a map to all tour locations and information about individual properties.Advance tickets are $25 for non-members, $22 for members. Day of the tour, tickets are $30. For information or to purchase tickets, visit ormondhistory.org, or at the MacDonald House Museum and Welcome Center, 38 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.Christmas Home Tour, Lake HelenThe Lake Helen League for Better Living will present its Christmas Home Tour from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, throughout the quaint village.Attendees will tour homes, churches and historical buildings all decorated for the holidays. The tour also will feature a marketplace that will include local talents, entertainment and refreshments. The marketplace will be open both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Places to eat both Saturday and Sunday during tour hours include Decker’s LH Grill, 493 S. Lakeview Drive; 3 Sisters Ice Cream Palace, 101 E. Ohio Ave.; and First Congregational Church Parish House, 107 S. Euclid Ave. On Saturday only, Papa’s Pizza, 336 s. Lakeview Drive, will be open.Advance tickets are $15 and are available at the Lake Helen Library, 3 Sisters Ice Cream Palace, Deckers’ LH Grill; and in DeLand at Mix Salon Spa and Pretty Little Things. Tickets also are available online until 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at lakehelenchristmashometour.com. At the door, tickets are $20.For information, call Jim Carey at 386-479-3022 or Arlene Raffa at 561-699-0020. http://www.news-journalonline.com/entertainmentlife/20171128/tour-of-homes-offer-holiday-decorating-ideas-glimpse-of-history
Florists will give away flowers today to Petal It Forward (photos) - OregonLive.comTuesday, November 07, 2017
Meskers, more than 30 years ago and has grown to become Oregon's largest cut flower nursery. "Our goal is to promote positivity, happiness and joy with flowers grown from our family farm."Shirley A. Lyons and her team at Dandelions Flowers & Gifts in Eugene are making bouquets to give away with roses and lilies from Oregon Flowers."It is truly an all-industry event," says Lyons. "Growers, wholesalers and retailers like ourselves across America are working on our flower bouquets for Petal It Forward. The joy in the receivers' faces reminds us all that flowers really do make people happy."Portland-based Frank Adams Wholesale Florist collected the donated flowers from growers, as it done since the 2015 debut of Petal It Forward.The national event's title was inspired by the 2000 movie, "Pay it Forward," and the movement to respond to a kindness by doing a favor for someone else, who then does something nice for another person, and the acts of kindness spread.Since each florist chooses how to pass out the bundles, "be on the lookout for floral goodwill ambassadors roaming the streets spreading cheer," says Robyn Peterka, the cut flower manager and buyer of Frank Adams Wholesale Florist.Michelle O'Brien of Goose Hollow Flowers in Portland will give away bouquets near her shop and beyond. The florist's delivery driver will also hand out blooms along the way."My favorite part of the day is to recruit my kids after school to go forth and hand out flowers," says O'Brien, who is the mother of children, age 10, 14 and 17. "Getting flowers from a sweet little kid makes many ladies tear up. I'm always surprised at how many people tell us no one has ever given them flowers before. In this day and age, we definitely can use more kindness along the way."Annie Chen of Floral Sunshine delivered 120 donated flowers to Miss Knockout beauty bar in Northwest Portland to be given out during appointments. Chen will also be handing out bouquets to strangers in the Pearl District.Natalie Rieger of Sunflower Flats and her team in Tillamook gave 100 bouquets to unsuspecting people at last year's event. They spread the love to residents in assisted living facilities, passersby and people in coffee shops, stores and even those stuck in traffic.Shopkeepers in Manzanita, who endured a tornado days earlier, received flowers from Rieger, too.Since each person is given two bouquets -- one to keep and one to give away -- Rieger says she was able to reinforce the idea that "it's not only aw... http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/10/free_flowers_petal_forward_pdx.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 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/