Olney Flower Shop News
New Urban Farm Brings Cheer to Deserving CommunityTuesday, August 14, 2018
What Cheer Flower Farm was incorporated last October and it acquired the former site of the Colonial Knife Co., forgotten industrial land in the heart of the city’s Olneyville neighborhood, not far from Route 6, this spring.After the sale became final, the first two essential items the women had delivered were a port-a-potty and a truckload of compost.This new urban farm, at 46 Atwood St., only began its growing season two months ago. The seeds were planted late in the season because there was plenty of other work to do first. For one, the property was covered in pavement.Some 4,000 square feet of parking lot was torn up and transformed into an organic raised-bed "field" of flowers, both perennial and annual. Purviance, the farm’s horticultural director, has years of garden cultivation and management experience.“I worked in the fine-gardening business for a long time, and I worked for very high-end clients. A lot of them really didn't even appreciate what it was to have a garden and how much a flower really means,” said Purviance, 57, a 30-year resident of Providence. “I get so much more satisfaction out of working on this project than I did working for people who take that for granted.”The nonprofit flower farm with two full-time farmers — Purviance and Doggett, who as the program director also handles the administrative side of things; Holland is the communications manger — and with support from volunteers, grows organic flowers on a brownfield site.They give their product away to “people who deserve flowers but don’t have access,” Purviance said.To supply those people who deserve flowers, What Cheer Flower Farm has partnered with Amos House, the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, and Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island. The women deliver bouquets and buckets of cut flowers to these institutions and other partners.About 90 percent of the flowers currently being grown at the farm were started from seed by Purviance in her kitchen and in a friend’s basement. The rest of the plants were donated by Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth.The farm doesn’t plan on growing vegetables, because it doesn’t want to compete with Southside Community Land Trust and other urban farmers.Besides brightening people’s lives with free flowers — 1,000 have so far been donated — the nonprofit’s mission also includes reversing urban blight, creating a job training center for Rhode Island residents to help them enter the state’s $2.5 billion “green” economy, and making Providence famous for urban flowe... https://www.ecori.org/smart-growth/2018/8/3/new-urban-farm-gives-back-to-community-literally
Johnson's Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown to close, cites raised rent - Washington TimesSunday, February 11, 2018
Humanitas Global.Mr. Williams said that Johnson’s plan is to vacate the Wisconsin Avenue space by Jan. 30. Its locations in Kensington and Olney, Maryland, will remain open.
Tenleytown florist in AU building to close due to rising rent - The EagleTuesday, January 30, 2018
Johnson’s said in a statement on Facebook that months of negotiation did not end in a “mutual understanding” with AU. The company has two other locations in Olney and Kensington, Maryland. It is offering D.C. customers 20 percent off in-store purchases from Jan. 15 through the rest of the year at those locations, according to its Facebook page. “We respect the Johnson family and their business as well as the service they have provided to the community over the years,” the University said in a statement Sunday.firstname.lastname@example.org... http://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2018/01/tenleytown-florist-in-au-building-to-close-due-to-rising-rent
DC residents call for American University to save local florist - W*USA 9Tuesday, January 16, 2018
According to their website, their Kensington location will be delivering goods to DC-store serviced zip codes. They’ll also be offering a 20% off discount at their Kensington and Olney locations.© 2018 WUSA-TV... http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/dc/dc-residents-call-for-american-university-to-save-local-florist/506011439
The 7 Best Places In DC To Buy Plants - DCist.comMonday, May 02, 2016
Nicole DubowitzJohnson's Florist and Garden Center is located at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.; 10313 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, Md.; and 5011 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney, Md.WHOLE FOODS: Sometimes, you know exactly what kind of plant you want—whether it be an herb, a flower, or some produce. That's when Whole Foods comes in handy. They've got a bevy of all of the run-of-the-mill plants you could require. And because the flora is well-treated before you purchase it, a modicum of tender love and care will result in some long-living plants. One basil plant I got there lasted more than a year, and it literally took effort on my part to kill it. And at cheap prices, you might find that it's less expensive to buy a living basil plant than some pesto in the aisles.—Rachel KurziusYou know where Whole Foods is.FONA: Friends of the National Arboretum's annual garden fair only happens once a year—and tomorrow is your chance. In addition to perennials, annuals, and heirloom vegetables, fancy gardeners can also pick up rare plants from nurseries around the country. Don't know what to do with them? Get advice from the ultimate experts: curators and horticulturists from the National Arboretum. — Rachel SadonThe sale takes place on April 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the National Arboretum (in the New York Avenue parking lot)GINKGO GARDENS: This lush nursery is a plant-lovers dream. It has a full-five star rating on Yelp and was the winner of WCP's best garden store for the past three years in a row for a reason. Or several, really: expert staffers, always healthy plants, and a full range of gardening supplies. Their products are slightly pricier than what you'd find at Home Depot, but then they are also of much higher quality. — Rachel SadonGinkgo Gardens is located at 911 11th St SEACE HARDWARE: The local outposts of this national cooperative always offer a good selection of gardening supplies and plants once the weather starts to turn. I'm particularly partial to Annie's in Petworth, where the employees are always cheerful and judgement-free, no matter how many times you return in one day to get more soil. — Rachel SadonFor a full list of local Ace Hardware locations, see here.FRAGER'S: This Capitol Hill institution has a garden center you’d love to dig in to. From planting necessities like mulch and topsoil to gifting bouquets of tropical and indoor plants, the center is known for its plethora of options. And they are particularly great at stocking shelves based on the season. For instance, in the springtime, you can rack up on products that keep the critters away and come December, you can pick up of Christmas tree for your home or office. What’s more, Frager’s has some of the most knowledgeable staff in the business so even if you come in as a novice, you’ll leave feeling like a pro. — Christina SturdivantAfter its landmark location was consumed by a fire three years ago, the shop had to split its services throughout Southeast. The garden center can be found at 1230 Pennsylvania Ave SE. http://dcist.com/2016/04/the_districts_best_gardening_stores.php
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l email@example.comSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/