Metropolis Flower Shop News
Florist business blossoms in Steveston - Richmond NewsTuesday, April 18, 2017
McKay, who worked as the Canucks’ retail director has her staff taking part in the Fleurs de Villes, which is billed as Canada’s premiere Floral Mannequin Series. Running until April 9 at Metropolis at Metrotown, the event has participating floral shops from across the Lower Mainland “dress” a mannequin in flowers. “We participated last year when it was held at Oakridge mall and now we will be making a return with a creation that is inspired by the environment here in Steveston, with all the waterfront’s elements and the sea,” said McKay. “So, the mannequin we’re designing will be natural and organic. “It will be a complete departure from the one we created last year which was a little more Oakridge-focused with a lot of golds and reds.” A team of three florists was expected to take roughly 15 hours to cover their mannequin with an array of blooms. “One thing you’ve got to know when you come up with a vision and a design for something like this, is it doesn’t always work out exactly as planned, because it’s a creative process,” McKay said. “And during that process, things can change.” One of the biggest challenges is keeping the flowers fresh for the duration of the show. “You choose long-lasting flowers. And for others, there’s water tubes you incorporate. Then you spritz it often.” While there’s only bragging rights on the line at Fleurs de Villes, the event represents the opportunity for her new location to show what it can accomplish. Plus, it can put the business on the map for prospective customers since, Pretty Things only opened its doors in Steveston last fall. McKay origi... http://www.richmond-news.com/business/florist-business-blossoms-in-steveston-1.14401310
Oklahoma City florist celebrates colorful 80-year history of family-owned business - NewsOK.comTuesday, January 10, 2017
S Western, there was “nothin' but mud from there to Norman!” his grandmother liked to say. Today, the 5,000-square-foot shop is rooted in a sprawling metropolis and has a sister shop five miles south.Every holiday season, as they have for the past 80 years now, the family counts on all of its members to help.His mother‘s apt motto is “Many hands together and soon the work is done.”Whitnah, who employs 18 full-time and part-time workers, took a break from the Christmas rush to sit down with The Oklahoman and reflect on his professional and personal life. This is an edited transcript:Q: Tell us about your roots. Did you know your grandparents well?A: Sure. They lived just right behind this store, and when I started working here, making deliveries and processing flowers after school at age 16, my grandmother — with her signature red hair — still pitched in, making bows. She didn't know a stranger. My grandfather would sit in a chair near the front door, smoking and watching what was going on. We celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1978, a few years before my grandfather died.My father, Jack, is their only child. He met my mother, Burny — whose family owned Higdon's Florist and Greenhouses — at a florist convention in 1952; they married the next year. I'm the youngest of their four children. My brother is five years older, and sisters, eight years and 12 years older.Q: Did you always know you'd carry on the family business?A: Not really. After graduating with a business degree from OU, I'd advanced to a customer services supervisor with Cox Communicatio... http://newsok.com/article/3739923
Babylon celebrates blossoming friendship between dance and floral art - Vancouver SunThursday, August 04, 2016
But the Vancouver Babylon is a riff on more than a secret garden of classical antiquity: it references a very cosmopolitan and multi-lingual metropolis. “We are playing,” says Villeneuve, “with the lushness of the gardens, but also the congruence of so many different cultures. Babylon is a contemporary take on flora, with a homage nod to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and also to the super progressive multiculturalism of (the city of) Babylon.”For Molnar — who was recently appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her contribution to Ballet B.C. and Canadian dance — Babylon is also an occasion to re-purpose the company’s performance venue, the cavernous 2,929-seat Queen Elizabeth Theatre. img class="size-medium wp-image-397119" src="http://wpmedia.vancouversun.com/2016/07/ballet-bc-dancer-christoph-von-riedemann-seen-here-in-rite.jpeg?w=207&quality=55&s... http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/babylon-celebrates-blossoming-friendship-between-dance-and-art
What The Giant, Polyester Lotus Flower At The MFA Says About Life In Asia's Megacities - WBURMonday, April 11, 2016
Megacities Asia” explores how 11 artists process and express their feelings about living in rapidly expanding, densely populated metropolises. It features large-scale sculptures and installations by emerging and established practitioners, including famed Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei.A sculpture by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei entitled “Forever” in the central hall of the MFA. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)Most fill the MFA’s temporary exhibition gallery, but visitors have to seek out a few of them. The pieces Choi Jeong Hwa created can be found inside and outside of the museum.On a recent gray day, Miner told me this Korean artist is something of an international rock star.“He is one of the most, if not the most, visible and well-known living artists in Korea,” the curator said. “And he’s done a tremendous number of projects around Asia and in Europe. But American audiences, we’re a little bit behind the curve on an artist who’s wildly popular elsewhere.”Miner and the museum want to change that with the four works Choi brought to Boston. His giant, motorized sculpture called “Breathing Flower” is out on the museum’s front lawn, slowly opening and closing its petals. It’s an inflatable red lotus blossom, which is a traditional symbol of nature and beauty (and Buddhism) in Asia. But Miner says the artist wants people who see his mammoth, polyester flower to ponder his philosophy that in a modern megacity natural and artificial exist as equals.“To Choi Jeong Hwa, a space like where we stand now on the lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts — which feels natural — is really man-made. This was manicured and landscaped by people, it didn’t just happen in the wild,” he said, continuing, “and fl... http://artery.wbur.org/2016/04/11/megacities-mfa
Should Vietnam export fresh flowers? - VietNamNet BridgeFriday, March 18, 2016
Hanoi, Hai Phong, Sa Pa and Mekong River Delta are all the areas which grow flowers with high yield and high quality, competitive with flowers from other ‘flower metropolises’ in the world. “This depends on the state’s policies,” Duong said. “Does the state consider flowers as a major export item? You need to know the answer to the question first, and then discuss what flowers to be grown for export and what to do to export flowers.”“It seems that local authorities ‘forget’ about flowers. They focus on encouraging the cultivation of vegetables and fruits,” Duong added.Duc Trong and Don Duong districts in Lam Dong are the areas with ideal conditions for flower cultivation. However, only Japanese investors want to grow flowers there. “As such, Vietnamese now work for Japanese investors on their home ground,” Duong commented.In Da Lat, which is called the ‘flower metropolis’ of Vietnam, flowers are grown on an area of 7,800 hectares with the output of 2.5 billion branches a year. However, only 10 percent of the output can be exported.The Lam Dong provincial People’s Committee has vowed to take action to help farmers grow and export flowers. A workshop was organized within the framework of the Da Lat Flower Festival which took place from December 29, 2015 to January 2, 2016 to discuss solutions to boost exports.In December 2015, the Da Lat Flower Association and Goyang International Flower Association signed an MOU on cooperation. Prior to that, the Lam Dong provincial authorities and JICA agreed on the building of a wholesale flower market in Da Lat in accordance with the OTA Market in Japan.related newsDa Lat promotes its flower powerSix famous Tet flower markets in HanoiOrnamental plants - indispensable part of TetDNSG... http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/152217/should-vietnam-export-fresh-flowers-.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
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/
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