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Calvin Finch: 19th annual Festival of Flowers is Saturday. - San Antonio Express-News (subscription)Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Janet Davis photoCalvin Finch: 19th annual Festival of Flowers is Saturday.Back to GalleryThe 19th annual Festival of Flowers, running Saturday at the Alzafar Shrine Center on Loop 1604 between Stone Oak Parkway and Blanco Road, is a “real” gardening event.Do not attend if you are interested in hot tubs, combination windows or burglar alarms; they won’t be there! There are some gardening accessories on sale, but mostly the agenda is plants and gardening practices through the ambitious program schedule and over 50 exhibits. Expect to leave the Festival of Flowers with information, new ideas and plants.The San Antonio Water System has been one of the co-sponsors of Festival of Flowers since the beginning. Part of its contribution to the event is to provide every attendee a xeriscape plant for his or her landscape.This year one of the giveaway plants will be Asclepias tuberosa, a native milkweed that provides an attractive bloom for the garden and nectar for the monarch butterfly. SAWS is generous in the number of plants it distributes, but the free plant giveaway only lasts as long as the supply of plants does.The program of speakers is always a highlight of Festival of Flowers.I will lead off the agenda at 9:30 a.m. to cover “Attracting and Producing Butterflies in your Landscape.” The presentation will include some discussion of the Monarch butterfly initiatives.At 10:30 a.m., Pam Penick, author of “The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water,” will discuss the topic of her book. Horticulturist Skip Richter will discuss the topic of his new book “Natural Pest Control Techniques” at 11:30 a.m.Daylilies are called the perfect perennial by some gardeners. Ray Elizondo, Master Gardener and daylily expert, will present “Growing Daylilies in San Antonio” at 12:30 p.m.In the afternoon, the popular Organic Roundtable led by nurseryman and radio host Bob Webster will be reconvened. Webster’s team will include John Dromgoole, owner of the Natural Gardener Nursery in Austin and one of my favorite radio gardeners.There is also the opportunity to participate in the Herb Kitchen. The demonstration will include area cooks preparing simple recipes all day that emphasize the herbs we can grow in the San Antonio area.If you want to learn about floral design, seek out the Floral Design Challenge and Demonstrations. For do-it-yourselfers, Master Gardener Lou Kellogg is conducting a “Build Your Own Rain... http://www.expressnews.com/lifestyle/home-garden/article/Calvin-Finch-19th-annual-Festival-of-Flowers-is-7947450.php
Experience nature together for Valentine's Day - Ventura County StarThursday, February 18, 2016
Some of these low-growing shrubs, like sage, have distinct aromas, and this habitat is home to some 100 threatened species. This habitat also can be enjoyed in Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks and Oak Park in Simi Valley.Other attractions of local parks, such as Camarillo Grove, include vampire plants that suck the nutrients out of other plants, wood rats that build mansions out of sticks, birds that spend part of the year here and part in the tropics of Central America, and the Giant Coreopsis. The Giant Coreopsis is a sunflower that grows only in the Santa Monica Mountains and on the Channel Islands. In the spring, the large brilliant yellow discs of these flowers bloom overlooking Highway 101 along the Conejo Grade.Monarch butterflies literally hang out at Camino Real Park in Ventura from October to February. You can see hundreds of butterflies clumping together and hanging from tree branches like icicles.You can explore the dense riparian forest along the Ventura River in Foster Park. This forest habitat is the home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and plants. The towering cottonwood, sycamore, and oak trees and the shrub and smaller tree species beneath them forms a complex forest architecture. Some riparian forest habitat also exists at Mission Oaks Park in Camarillo.Some parks include interpretive signs, and some even have a nature center. The nature center at Camarillo Grove Park, for example, has an interpretive loop where you can see a pollination garden designed for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Interpretive signs point out a woodpecker pantry and other natural wonders. A nature play area and water table offer interactive fun.The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District connects people with nature by offering a series of hikes and classes in its parks. You can learn about the birds, plants and ecology of our region on hikes guided by expert naturalists. Gardening classes will show how to create your own natural habitat with drought-tolerant native plants. Nature classes about animals, plants, pollinators and other wonders are offered for young people. You can learn more about these programs or sign up at www.pvrpd.org or by calling 482-1996.The city of Ventura and Conejo Recreation and Park District offer similar prog... http://www.vcstar.com/news/columnists/experience-nature-together-for-valentines-day-2b47f489-244f-65fc-e053-0100007f50af-368737011.html
James Harney, florist who provided tulips for Tiny Tim's on-air nuptials, dies - Chicago TribuneThursday, January 14, 2016
Wally Phillips.Harney, 77, died of dementia and multiple myeloma on Sunday, Dec. 27, in his Des Plaines home, his wife said. He had lived in Des Plaines since 1969.He was born in Oak Park and attended Schurz High School. He went to what was then the Navy Pier campus of the University of Illinois for two years, then transferred to North Park College to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration.At a party in 1959, a friend introduced him to Helen Ernst. After he completed a hitch in the National Guard, the two married in 1961.Harney began his business in 1958, using the know-how gained working for various florists and working out of borrowed space in other shops and later a space his wife described as a "long closet.""All through high school he worked at flower shops, at first just cleaning up, then designing flower arrangements," his wife said of the roots of his interest in flowers. "It just grew from there. He just saw a future in it."In the early 1960s, he scraped together enough money to open a tiny florist shop on Montrose Avenue. He named his business "Aberdeen's Wedding Flowers" so that it would be the first florist listed in the phone book.He made the commercial sign above the shop window by himself for $200 with foam board, glue and spray paint. His wife remembers being pleasantly surprised that the sign actually looked good and held up to the Chicago weather.In the late 1960s, he built his flagship store in the 3800 block of North Harlem Avenue with a broad storefront for sales, long rows of tables for his floral designers, huge coolers, a delivery bay, and an apartment on an upper floor for his parents to live in. Harney ran the business until 2010, when he sold it."At one time he had up to 30 designers in his shop," said James Papajohn, the co-owner of the Flower Firm in Chicago. Papajohn went to work for Harney when he was about 12 years old and worked part time for him for about 10 years."He was a great mentor," Papajohn said. "He taught me everything I know when it comes to running a large... http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-james-harney-obituary-20160113-story.html
Florist Harney Brought Joy To The Masses - Journal & Topics Newspapers OnlineThursday, January 14, 2016
James Donald Harney, arguably the most famous florist in the Chicago area, died in his Des Plaines home on Dec. 27 at the age of 77.Born in Oak Park on Nov. 9, 1938, Harney attended Schurz High School and North Park University in Chicago before opening Aberdeen’s Wedding Flowers at the age of 19.Subscription RequiredAn online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.LoginChoose an online service.Current print subscribersNeed an account? Create one now.You must login to view the full content on this page.Thank you for reading 8 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 8 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 847-299-5511. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.LoginChoose an online service.Current print subscribersNeed an account? Create one now. http://www.journal-topics.com/news/article_7328cc80-b944-11e5-8fbf-7fef1f6e860c.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