Nashville Flower Shop News
Dining by Design event set Aug. 18 to benefit Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center - The AdvocateTuesday, August 13, 2019
This year's gold-level chefs are Hartmut Handke, of Handke's Cuisine in Dublin, Ohio; Charles Carroll, of River Oaks Country Club in Houston; Seth Shipley, of Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee; Chris Sherrill, of Chris Sherrill Events in Gulf Shores, Alabama; Brandon Boudet, of Little Dom's in Los Angeles; and John J. O’Leary, of Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Connecticut.Local chefs at silver-level tables are Jared Tees, of L’Auberge; Dondi McNulty, of The Little Village; Barrett Meeks, of Mansurs on the Boulevard; and Frederick Terluin, of Ruffino’s. The reception hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by chef Peter Sclafani, of Phil’s Oyster Bar.Each guest will be served either an appetizer or soup course that will include shrimp or crawfish as an ingredient. “The creativity of each chef is remarkable,” said Folse, president of The Sister Dulce Foundation, located at Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, and managing partner of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans. “We basically give the chefs two ‘must use’ ingredients: shrimp or crawfish and certified Angus beef. Their creativity explodes from there.”The team of florists and designers for gold-level tables are: Designs by Milissa, Milissa Duhe; Dennis Hargroder; Billy Heroman’s Flowers & Gifts, Buzzy and Susie Heroman; Jake’s on the Avenue, Jake Sibley; Interior Design Associates, Phyllis Brister and Earl Savoie; and Spaces by Erin Tew, Erin DeBossier Tew.Silver-level table designers are Trey Marino’s Central Florist & Gifts, Trey Marino III; The Plantation Florist, Kali Marionneaux; Bee’s Wedding and Event Floral Designs, Eric and Carolyn Fredricks; and A Cottage Path, Lea Richardson.Bronze-level table designers are The Flower Girls, Kathy Broha and Staci Duhé; Mandy Mey Kinchen Designs, Mandy Mey Kinchen; Alexander’s Highland Market, Angel King, Kelly and Lathan Alexander; and Original Heroman’s Florist, Zachary, David Heroman.The Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, located on 56 acres in Baton Rouge, is open to all regardless of religious affiliation. https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/article_c6cf244c-ac93-11e9-827d-e317163c1e69.html
These 12 Wedding Bouquets Are So Pretty, You'll Wanna Get Married ASAP - Elite DailyTuesday, July 23, 2019
This compact, posy bouquet still manages to have some greenery that branches out. It's a good mix of refined with a bit of natural edge. This shot comes from Cody and Allison Harris, a Nashville, Tennessee-based couple who run Cody and Allison Photo.9. A tropical touch10. A blush-inspired bouquet paletteSince 2009, Alicia and Adam Rico (aka Bows and Arrows Flowers) have done floral design for weddings, photoshoots, and other occasions. While based in Texas, Bows and Arrows has created floral arrangements for events in Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Canada, and France.This dreamy bouquet is serving all shades of orange, purple, and pink — in its apricot-colored leaves, pale pink roses, and deep magenta ranunculuses and carnations. 11. A rugged bouquet for a rugged wedding12. An airy, whimsical bouquetIf you're looking to celebrate a match made in heaven, this angelic bouquet from Ryan Norville of New York City- and Los Angeles-based Oat Cinnamon does just that. The flowers are all variations of a light pink color palette and would work well... https://www.elitedaily.com/p/12-photos-of-wedding-bouquets-that-are-so-pretty-youll-wanna-walk-down-the-aisle-asap-18166461
Daisy Jane's is a Florist on Wheels - Cincinnati CityBeatTuesday, July 23, 2019
She wanted to do something else, she just didn’t know what. Around the same time as she was debating her next move, a friend posted about a mobile flower truck in Nashville on Instagram. Moore immediately fell in love with the idea. She thought the concept of the truck was adorable and the flexibility of owning a pop-up business would offer her the schedule she wanted. She decided that if she could find a truck, and no one was offering the same business in Cincinnati, she would launch her own here.Daisy Jane's Flower Truck isn't easy to miss with its bright red exterior.Billy KeeneyShe scoured countless truck listings on every auto website she could find before locating a 1965 Spring Special Ford E100 on Craigslist. Filled with nerves and excitement, she reached out to the owner and set a date to go visit the vehicle. “I sat over here like, ‘Oh my goodness. If this truck is in good shape and good to go, then this is happening — this has to happen,’ ” Moore says. She bought the truck in October 2018 and gave it a name: Daisy Jane. As Moore explains, daisies symbolize new beginnings and the name Jane means “God is gracious,” from ancient Greek and Hebrew.A month after buying the truck, she left her job at Local 12 to pursue a long-term goal of owning a small business. “I always knew, at some point in my life, I wanted to start a business,” Moore says. “I even bought a door — a mint green door.” Bought from a Habitat for Humanity Restore in Traverse City, Michigan — where she previously worked as a reporter for WPBN-TV in 2012 and ‘13 — the door has traveled with Moore to every city she has called home and served as a physical reminder to Moore of her ultimate entrepreneurial goal. Currently, the door resides in her basement, but she would love to use it in a physical storefront one day. For her, it serves as a symbol of the independence, hard work and the reward found as a small business owner. “I think what I love so much about small businesses is just the impact they have on the community,” she says. “When you buy from small businesses, you’re supporting your neighbor.”Moore says she loves being a part of a community of entrepreneurs who have carved out their own path. “Anybody who steps out and does that is taking a huge risk, but I think that so many can be inspired by someone knowing that this may not work, but it’s OK,” she says. “And if it inspires someone else to chase a dream that they have, then that’s all worth it."For more information on Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck and to find upcoming locations, visit daisyjanesflowertruck.com. https://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/culture/article/21078504/daisy-janes-is-a-florist-on-wheels
“Young Entrepreneur” of the month: Emma Browning - wpta21.comTuesday, July 09, 2019
I really couldn’t do it without them, seriously. So, I’m really thankful for my family,” Emma proclaimed.The family got the idea when they saw a flower truck in Nashville. They decided to bring the idea back to Fort Wayne.Emma said that it’s meant to help her pay for her nursing courses at the University of Saint Francis, but it has another purpose.“A lot of people say ‘this just makes me so happy,’ and that’s just really what we want. We want people to come to the cart and just feel happy,” Emma said. “I know it sounds cliche to say, but yeah, experience the creativeness of putting together a bouquet and making it their own.”She hopes that one day they can expand the business into something bigger.The cart travels all over, but you’ll be able to see it at the Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneurs MarketPlace at Freimann Square on July 20th.The marketplace is a new initiative JA set up for students in the area under 21. Any student who has their own business can sign up to have a booth at the marketplace where they can sell their items to the public.It’s an official event at the Three Rivers Festival.Emma plans to use it as an opportunity to inspire the younger entrepreneurs who take part.“Just to see, kind of, what you can do with your dreams, and if you dream big, it’s so cliche to say that, but if you dream big then you can have whatever you want,” Emma said. ... https://wpta21.com/news/2019/06/15/young-entrepreneur-of-the-month-emma-browning/
Flower Fix: Where to Find Flowers & Plants in Nashville - StyleBlueprintTuesday, May 21, 2019
From prepared bouquets from a truck to individual wholesale stems to flowers grown just steps away, here are just a few of the many places where you’ll find fresh flowers, plants and more in Nashville.We love our sponsors!Amelia’s Flower TruckTrucks rotate daily. See here.Shop: 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.What you’ll find: Single-stem flowers, delivery, subscriptionsA Nashville favorite, Amelia’s Flower Truck started out as just one truckful of flowers, and the business now includes three trucks, one storefront and one more on the way! Buy your flowers by the stem if you love to arrange yourself, or have one of the experts do it for you. Plus they also offer a delivery service. Or, if you prefer fresh flowers in your home regularly, sign up for a regular subscription, available weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your brown paper-wrapped bouquet!Now there are three Amelia’s Flower Truck trucks around town for you to get your fix. Image: Mary CravenThe blooms are perfectly packaged for gifting. Image: Mary CravenBates Nursery and Garden Center3810 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 876-1014Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.What you’ll find: Plants, landscape supplies, annuals, treesBates Nursery and Garden Center has rows and rows and rows of all of the plants and flowers and shrubs you could imagine. This beloved Nashville nursery caters to both novice gardeners and seasoned experts. The helpful staff and numerous options make it difficult to leave emp... https://styleblueprint.com/nashville/everyday/where-to-find-flowers-in-nashville/
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/