Naperville Flower Shop News
Forget-Me-Not Flowers Popping up in Naperville - Naperville Community TelevisionTuesday, June 20, 2017
In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown has placed these planters filled with forget-me-not flowers around town.The flowers, which are paired with a note reminding people to thank caregivers, are meant to raise awareness of the 5.5 million people who suffer from the non-curable disease, which affects their mental status and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.It’s a worthwhile cause for those at the Naperville Senior Center.“What we want to do is we want to remember those folks who have Alzheimer’s Disease, we want to do something special for them as well as raise funds to help eradicate this horrible disease,” said Mike Cooper Business Director and Co-Owner of the Naperville Senior Center and Adult Day Services.The campaign was launched by Stephanie Penick in honor of her mother who passed away from the disease.The planters were designed by The Growing Place.Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports. http://www.nctv17.com/forget-me-not-flowers-popping-up-in-naperville/
Forget-me-not flowers serve to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia - Positively NapervilleTuesday, June 20, 2017
Total SharesAbove / Members of the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown are placing planters with tiny blue forget-me-not flowers at independent businesses around town to promote Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June. Stay tuned for other awareness planned from sunrise to sunset on The Longest Day of the Year, June 21.Above / After hosting a planting session one afternoon, Pat and Polly Benton are joined by their grandchildren the next day to help promote Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. The small planters are filled with Forget-Me-Not flowers.The Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown again has launched a campaign to help grow awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and progressive dementia during the month of June.Mindful that June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, fellow Rotarians generously supported the project to help begin the discussion and to raise awareness with appreciation to the loving caregivers and compassionate hospice volunteers who assist individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s near the end of thei... http://www.positivelynaperville.com/2017/06/03/forget-not-flowers-serve-raise-awareness-alzheimers-dementia/74452
Weekend Planner: New arrangement - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, April 18, 2017
Purchase a Print More)">Photo by: Rick Danzl/The News-GazetteFloral designer Pete Samek of Naperville works on an arrangement Friday at Krannert Art Museum in Champaign ahead of this weekend's final Petals & Paintings event.A few years ago, floral designer Rick Orr met with Krannert Art Museum Director Kathleen Harleman and then-employee Diane Schumacher to talk about Petals & Paintings, the annual benefit he has curated there for years."They said, 'Do you think we can do 25 years?'" he related. "'Yes, I think I can gather everyone together and do 25.' That's a long haul, 25 years, and we want to go out with a bang."The long haul ends this weekend with the final Petals & Paintings. Here's more, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:1. Orr, who once had a shop in downtown Champaign but now works freelance from his home studio in Champaign, enlists 24 other florists — many of them award-winners — to create mind-boggling, creative floral designs to complement works of art in the museum at 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. This year, the designers hail from Illinois, Michigan,... http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-04-08/weekend-planner-new-arrangement.html
This Week in Naperville: John Oates, Amy Dickinson hold book signings, TEDx presentations at NCC, wildflower walk ... - Chicago TribuneTuesday, March 28, 2017
Thursday, March 30, at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Registration is required, and the program is limited to 20 teenagers.For more information, go to www.naperville-lib.org.FridayTEDx talks: North Central College will present its 3rd annual TEDx event, featuring 12 presentations, live music and interactive exhibits focused on the theme "Come to Your Senses" from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the theater at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St.This year's alumni presenters include entrepreneurs, doctors, a writer, an economist and a businessperson, who will talk about topics including trauma, the soul, sound and food. Current students will talk about the media, prisons, perception, fear and more.Tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for the North Central College community. For more information, call 630-637-7469 or go to www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.Family bingo and pizza: Naperville Park District is hosting a family bingo and pizza night at 6 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave.The event includes 12 games of bingo, a snack, pizza and a drink and prizes. Registration for the event closes Thursday, March 30.For more information, go to www.napervilleparks.org.Girls Nigh... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-this-week-naperville-st-0326-20170328-story.html
Naperville blogger brings flower pressing into modern era - Chicago TribuneTuesday, March 28, 2017
Learning how to preserve good luck charms at an early age is bringing Allison Zeeb good fortune as an adult.The 22-year-old Naperville gardener and author of the blog, "NoFarmNeeded," was at the Chicago Flower and Garden show this week, sharing her expertise on the art and beauty of flower pressing – a hobby she traces back to spending time with grandma."It started in elementary school. We would press the four-leaf clovers we would find around," Zeeb said. "That's what really got me started."Calling herself a "millennial who is redefining gardening," Zeeb offered advice and explained various techniques for preserving flowers Monday on the "Gardening Live" stage at Navy Pier in Chicago."I wanted to present because I think pressing flowers is (something) people don't really understand," she said. "It needs to be brought into the 21st century. You can use it in so many products out there. You don't have to just have floral arrangements anymore. People want something different, and I think that pressing flowers is the next big push for something new."Zeeb uses pressed flowers to make a variety of items, includi... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-flower-pressing-garden-show-st-0319-20170321-story.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/