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Gift search includes grand opening, open house, girls day out - Belleville News-DemocratTuesday, November 22, 2016
Cato, is $25. You might still be able to get required reservations for that at snows.org/girlsdayout or call 618-397-6700.Ahner Florist & Greenhouses in New Baden will hold its annual Christmas Open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Take 20 to 25 percent off Christmas items.Another year, another calendar. The Belleville Historical Society wants you to get ready for the new year with its 2017 calendar. The photo theme is another dozen Belleville saloons from bygone days. (The 2016 calendar started the theme, and was very popular.) The cost is $10, and you can pick one up at Eckert’s Florist, Happy Hop Home Brew, Circa, Local Lucy's and Peace by Piece, all in downtown Belleville, as well as Dill's Floral Haven, Eckert's Country Store, Miscellaneous House and Artiste de Fleur in Belleville. Or, buy online at bellevillehistoricalsociety.org.Walking through Ben’s in downtown Belleville after lunch on Wednesday, I spied a real deal for any time of the year: a boxed set of three flameless pillar candles (in three sizes) on sale for $12.47, regularly $24.99.The Basket Case in Belleville and downtown Lebanon is asking you to shop their locations through Saturday to help Allison’s HOPE, which was created to honor metro-east resident Allison Cassens’ final wish to raise money for cancer research. The Basket Case is giving 10 percent of its gross sales to the organization.Vibrant Vida boutique in Lebanon wants you to stop by for White Out Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on, well, you guessed it, Wednesday. If you get there at 10, you’ll be welcomed with mimosas and muffins. There will be a free gift for the first 25 purchases, monogrammed door b... http://www.bnd.com/living/magazine/article115344948.html
Dawn Ahner of Ahner Florist in Lebanon offers tips for decorating Christmas trees - Belleville News-DemocratFriday, November 27, 2015
News-DemocratOne of the holiday jobs Dawn Ahner, owner of Ahner Florist in downtown Lebanon and New Baden, undertakes is decorating Christmas trees. News-DemocratFor her workshop, Dawn started with a 7 1/2-foot slim Christmas tree. Her first thing to do: String the lights, pushing them gently into the tree and always starting at the base. News-DemocratNext to the tree were baskets of ornaments and decorations she would use to show customers how to decorate a tree. News-DemocratDawn used two kinds of ribbon, starting with a 4-inch-wide green band that she wound around the tree, fluffing and bend to create soft lines among the branches. She followed with a sheer 2.5-inch-wide ribbon of the same color that she layered on top of the first ribbon. News-DemocratGlittery silver ribbon was next added to the tree, again weaving in and out of the branches. News-DemocratBecause the tree would eventually be set up in the pantry area of her shop in downtown Lebanon, Dawn added a giant fork and spoon to the top of the tree. News-Democrat“Snow”-covered berry sprays were added to “give some dimension” and width to the narrow tree. News-DemocratKeeping with the silver theme, Dawn scattered star ornaments with pearls at their center. One of her goals was to balance the number of ornaments on the tre... http://www.bnd.com/living/magazine/article45459030.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/