Maryville Flower Shop News
Hill, Charles W. - The ChattanooganTuesday, July 23, 2019
Rockwood, TN community. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Mazie (Scooter) Hill; two sons, Chuck and Jeff of Chattanooga; brothers, Joe (Lisa) Hill of Maryville, TN; David (Martha) Hill of Pickens, SC; sisters, Jane Hamby and Louise (Jerry) James of Hillsboro, TN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Spencer and Thelma Hill; brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Juanita Hill and their son, Scott; and brothers-in-law, Randal Hamby and A. C. York. Charles served six years in the United States Army, Artillery Division, and was stationed in Korea for two years. He attended Tennessee Tech, and graduated from UTC with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He was employed at Combustion Engineering for over 34 years where he worked in the Boiler Division. He was an active member of Ridgedale Baptist Church and the Covenant Sunday School Class. He served in many capacities, but his favorite role was being a greeter. Charles’ friendly smile and happy personality touched many lives. Charles had many interests which included woodworking, fishing, camping, and traveling, but most of all, he loved being surrounded by his family and friends. Charles was also an avid Tennessee Vol... https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/7/14/393218/Hill-Charles-W..aspx
She gets a bouquet of birthday flowers every year from her dad — who died four years ago - Washington PostTuesday, November 28, 2017
Michael Sellers on Aug. 25, 2013, three months before his daughter’s 17th birthday.But Michael Sellers had planned ahead, preordering different arrangements from a local flower shop in Maryville, Tenn., for his youngest daughter’s birthday until she turned 21. He wrote different notes for each arrangement. [A survivalist filled his massive basement with food — then decided Puerto Ricans needed it more] “He wanted to make sure that she knew that she was loved, and that he would be there through every milestone,” his widow, Kristi Sellers, told The Washington Post. “He wanted to make sure that she understood that he was there.”Bailey Sellers celebrated her 21st birthday Sunday. With the bouquet was a card decorated with colorful butterflies, a bittersweet and final goodbye from a father to “his most precious jewel.”“This is my last love letter to you until we meet again. I do not want you to shed another tear for me my Baby girl for I am in a better place .?.?. I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be,” he wrote to her one last time.My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy. pic.twitter.com/vSafKyB2uO— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 24, 2017As she’s done in the past, Bailey Sellers shared a picture of the bouquet on social media. She also posted the note and a photo of her in a bathing suit, sitting on her father’s shoulder.“This year, I expected 10 likes just like I did every year,” she told The Post.To her surprise, her story resonated with hundreds of thousands on social media.“I woke up one morning with my phone completely frozen,” she said. “It’s crazy .?.?. I have no idea, I ha...
Rockford farmer seeks to create greater interest in sunflowers - Maryville Daily TimesTuesday, August 01, 2017
Not only have sunflowers proven to be an extremely economical crop, they also help with the preservation of the area’s bee population.“The bee population has been decreasing in Maryville and Blount County,” he explained. “It’s starting to come back, but we need something to help it.”This year, Rule has raised three acres of miniature dwarf sunflowers on a parcel of land off Roddy Branch Road that’s owned by Dr. Michael Holt, a beekeeper and orthopedic surgeon at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.“He wanted to put in a patch of sunflowers for his honey bees,” said Rule, adding that Holt plans to eventually start Holt Honey Farm on the Rockford property. “He wants to continue this, plus six more acres next year.”Although the dwarf flowers only grow to be about three-feet tall, Rule, who had been raising larger varieties of sunflowers up until last year, said he’s been “really impressed” with the black oil seed that he was provided through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.“I’m sold on the smaller ones,” he said. “There’s many more blooms and much more pollen.”Rule said doves and other animals also seem to prefer the smaller seeds.“They’re more acceptable to wildlife” he said. “I don’t know why, but doves love to eat the smaller seeds rather than the large ones.”‘Nothing to it’Traditionally planted in April or May, putting sunflower seeds out is easy, said Rule.“There’s nothing to putting them out,” he said. “You can plant them with a conventional drill or plant them by hand. You just have to get through the ground about half an inch and they’re fine.”Rule, who plants his own sunflowers using a corn planter, said that while very little fertilization is needed, it is important to treat the ground first to kill out any vegetation.“That way you don’t have to contend with weeds taking everything over,” he said.After they’ve bloomed, Rule said the flowers’ heads all turn to face the east.“In the morning when you come down the road, all their heads are up,” he mused. “It’s beautiful to see them around 7:30 or 8 a.m.”They die like that, he said. “Then there’s a shower of doves that come in.”... http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/rockford-farmer-seeks-to-create-greater-interest-in-sunflowers/article_1a0dfea0-57e6-51c3-8d80-67037b80dc33.html
Green thumb: Maryville shade gardener Lisa Phipps fancies foliage over flowers - Knoxville News SentinelMonday, May 23, 2016
May 19, 2016 0 Lisa Phipps says one of the design principles she was taught in the Blount County master gardener program said to design garden "rooms" that make one pause to take them in.Her Maryville yard is full of pauses.She and husband Mark, a pilot for Fed X, have lived in their 1952-era brick home for 15 years, and for 15 years she has worked to transform the property. She started with overgrown shrubs blocking the front windows and over-story oaks, hemlocks and poplars in the front yard. She has added dozens of shrubs and understory trees — half a dozen varieties of redbud, kousa dogwoods, loropetalum, Japanese maples, to name just a few — and created cool and shady spots in which to nurture her most favorite of plants: hostas, heuchera, hellebores, hydrangeas and ferns.The four H's and the F flourish in their many forms. In front of the house, beside a tall blue urn, grows a blue-and-white variegated hosta. In pots outside her greenhouse are dozens more varieties, from dwarfs with leaves no larger than a fingernail to giant, curly cousins.The greens in her garden aren't just green: they're blue-green and yellow-green and purple-green. "I don't do a lot of flowers; I love all the shades of green," she said.If s... http://www.knoxnews.com/entertainment/outdoors/green-thumb-maryville-shade-gardener-lisa-phipps-fancies-foliage-over-flowers-322e6552-624b-727f-e05-380181301.html
A Day in the life: Florist makes business blossom - Maryville Daily ForumMonday, May 23, 2016
For Keitha Clapp, who acquired Maryville Florists, 214 N. Main St., from previous owners Rego and Winifred Jones back in 2003, the risk and the hard work have proved worth it.“I like that it’s different every day,” she said, sitting among the ribbons, wreaths, wire, tools, and half-finished arrangements scattered over the walls and tabletops of the design area in the back of her shop.“I like to work with people, and I like to feel like we’re helping them. I like it pretty much every day, but some days are pretty crazy.”Clapp attended high school at Northeast Nodaway and went to work as a designer at Maryville Florists after graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in 1996 with a degree in horticulture.When the Joneses decided to sell the store in order to concentrate on The Plant House, a greenhouse operation they own north of town, Clapp — who has spent her life nurturing all things green, growing, and blooming — decided it was time to take the plunge and buy them out.With a staff consisting of a single full-time designer, Clapp is still very much involved in the shop’s core activity, hand-assembling arrangements, sprays, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres.It’s what she loves to do, and anyone who has watched a vase filled wi... http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/business/article_dc601ab0-1c30-11e6-a17d-f710b9547547.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/