Macomb Flower Shop News
Community Spotlight - The Macomb DailyWednesday, July 05, 2017
Show up, sign up and fly. For more information, email email@example.com or call 248-953-0374.Art Show• The Loft Fine Art, 81 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens is hosting the Creative Coalition Art Show through July 22. Opening reception will take place from 5-9 p.m. July 14. There will be a variety of artwork including jewelry, sculpture, painting, stained glass, drawing and multimedia. Acoustic music performance by Soren Soto. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 586-840-7979 or visit theloftfineart.com.Cars sought• Antique, classic and vintage cars sought for show taking place July 29 at Simpson Park Camp, 70199 Campground Road, Romeo. Registration is free. Custom trophy awarded for President’s Choice. Complimentary lunch for registered vehicle owners. Family fun, music, tractor pulled wagon rides, museum and homestead open for tours. To register which must be done by July 25, call 586-75-0947 or email ModelTcouple@yahoo.com. Farmers Markets• Shelby Township Farmers Market, located at 49965 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 21. Market features vendors and music along with the plants, produce and specialty foods for purchase. New this year will feature a different food truck each week. Tours of the Packard Proving Grounds and Packard Taxi rides are available. The market supports the Packard Motor Car Foundation with the restoration process. For m... http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20170629/NEWS/170629592
Burglar vandalizes Warren florist, steals cash - The Macomb DailyTuesday, December 06, 2016
Approximately 10 years ago, thieves hit their business twice during a wave of burglaries at florists in Macomb and Oakland counties. She said she was robbed at gunpoint 20 years ago.--Norb Franz, The Macomb Daily... http://www.macombdaily.com/general-news/20161205/burglar-vandalizes-warren-florist-steals-cash
Mourners march for slain police officer Collin Rose in Detroit vigil - MLive.comTuesday, November 29, 2016
Friday.On Saturday morning, dozens of police departments around Michigan escorted Rose's body from Gift of Life surgical center in Ann Arbor to a funeral home in Macomb County.Rose donated his organs, which could go to help as many as 75 people, according to the Gift of Life Michigan.In the Saturday night vigil, mourners marched about a mile through Woodbridge, led by resident Darla Welton singing Amazing Grace, and followed by more than a dozen emergency vehicles with lights activated."He had the right stuff," said Wayne State Police University Police Chief Holt, who said Rose would always stop to help a citizen with a flat tire."He would be nothing but overjoyed to see the outpouring of support from the community."The candlelight procession ended near where Rose was found shot.Marchers laid down flowers near a make shift memorial at a traffic sign surrounded by stuffed animals and cards."When this happened, we knew we had to come together to do something," said Woodbridge resident Tamara French, who helped organize the vigil.French said the community is looking to find ways to memorialize Rose by possibly naming or renaming a local park in his honor.A GoFundMe account for the family of the slain officer has gathered just over $51,000 as of Saturday night. Visitations are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Ford Field in Detroit, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Kaul Funeral home, 28433 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores, according to the funeral home.Family will greet friends beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake St. in St. Clair Shores, north of Detroit. A mass is set for 11 a.m. at the church.There will be a second mass at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church, 12648 E. D Ave., in Augusta, east of Kalamazoo in Rose's home town. http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/11/large_community_vigil_and_marc.html
Macomb County residents thank police officers with flowers, food, words of support - The Macomb DailyMonday, July 11, 2016
Boxes of pizzas and donuts. Phone calls offering encouraging words. Flowers. Teenagers offering a handshake and words of encouragement.Across Macomb County Friday, people took a few minutes to show local police officers that the community does care about them and the service they provide after a sniper attacked police in Dallas, killing five officers and wounding seven others during a protest over the deaths of black men killed by police.From big departments such as Warren to smaller ones like Fraser, residents felt a need to show police they are supported.“It’s been overwhelming,” said Clinton Township police Lt. Curt Randall after residents dropped off boxes of goodies for the police to enjoy.Advertisement“We had two women in the station who were crying about what happened last night. Our thing is, and we tell people -- ‘We got your back. We’re not going anywhere.’ But it’s been touching.”Law enforcers in other Macomb communities had similar sentiments after seeing an outpouring of support in light of the Dallas ambush.Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said several people dropped off cookies and donuts, while others phon... http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20160708/NEWS/160709733
Fresh floral business is blooming on Grosse Ile - Southgate News HeraldTuesday, June 07, 2016
More PhotosClick thumbnails to enlargeHawthorne and Vine is at 8410 Macomb St., Grosse Ile. Keith Salowich — For The News-HeraldBy Keith SalowichFor The News-HeraldClick to enlargeStore owner Samara Schmidt snips white roses as part of a custom order for a wedding. Keith Salowich — For The News-HeraldMuch like the flowers of its trade, the new Hawthorne and Vine floral shop is blossoming in Grosse Ile.Shop owner Samara Schmidt worked in the floral department of Kroger for nine years before deciding to open her own business with her sister, Shannon Seidelman.On May 13, the business celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, free food and a guest psychic offering readings.“Business has been pretty good; we’re in our second month now,” Schmidt said. “I’m not going to buy a new house on the island anytime soon, but I’m not living in my car either; so, it’s been good.”Schmidt lives in Taylor and makes daily trips to nearby Detroit Metropolitan Airport to pick up fresh flowers shipped from around the world. Still, she believes it was import... http://thenewsherald.com/articles/2016/06/07/news/doc5755a80562f9f153079839.txt
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/