Peoria Flower Shop News
Dozens put flowers on graves of veterans for Memorial Day - HOI ABCTuesday, June 25, 2019
Laying flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers is a Memorial Day tradition to honor their service and sacrifice.On Sunday, dozens came out to do just that at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.Their memorial day program is based on its original declaration, or when it became a holiday, in 1868organizers say they want to remind everyone the real reason we have tomorrow off.“It’s not a day for mattress sales, it’s not a day for barbecues, though there is some time for that. It’s a day to pay tribute to the people who sacrificed their lives for the United States of America,” Master of Ceremonies Bruce Brown said.The ceremony was held on Solider’s Hill, where hundreds of veterans of buried. ... https://hoiabc.com/news/peoria-news/2019/05/26/dozens-put-flowers-on-graves-of-veterans-for-memorial-day/
Geier Florist closed on January 4th, but some West Peoria residents are fighting to keep it open - CIproud.comTuesday, February 05, 2019
West Peoria, Ill - A local florist closed their doors on January 4th, but now some residents of West Peoria are fighting to keep it open.Geier Florist has been in business for 109 years, and they have provided beautiful flowers for the West Peoria community and service that customers are deeply missing. But some are taking action, and Sunday afternoon a fundraiser was held at West Town Tap to keep the shop open.If you'd like to donate to help keep this shop open, the GoFundMe link can be found below.https://www.gofundme.com/6nyok60?member=1429654&fbclid=IwAR3S2SxdVfKBFVGZMj3OExYdW58H-5DKsJrCDxk5f8L4wKcQCJQ3fv3CP-w... https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/geier-florist-closed-on-january-4th-but-some-west-peoria-residents-are-fighting-to-keep-it-open/1713063379
Local farmer brings beauty from the field to your home - CIproud.comTuesday, August 29, 2017
Kira Santiago has always had a love for flowers. A descendant of organic food farmers, she says that a flower farmer was needed in the family.From her small one acre farm in East Peoria, she's been pursuing her dream of raising her own home grown blooms. With nearly 60 different kinds of flowers, Santiago creates boquets for markets, weddings and local customers.Santiago says the choice to grow organic on her farm was an easy one."About 70% of the flowers you get in the grocery store are from South America, where there are little or no regulations on pesticide use," Santiago says. "What is the first thing you do when you get a bouquet of flowers, you put your face into it and smell it. And you don't want all those chemicals right on your face. And it's better for me working in the field."As a one woman operation, Santiago has plenty to do but says she wouldn't have it any other way. She calls herself a farmer florist, adding that the job allows her to pursue not only her passion for agriculture - but her passion for art as well."Flowers are very powerful things," She says. "They strike people emotionally a lot. They're kind of like a natural piece of art. Art work that comes from nature. It makes people happy when ... http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/local-farmer-brings-beauty-from-the-field-to-your-home/800663873
Huge Hibiscus Flowers are a Garden Standout - Peoria Journal Star (blog)Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Illinois Extension’s website “Gardening with Perennials” at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/perennials.Author: Rhonda Ferree Rhonda Ferree is Extension Educator in Horticulture for the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension Unit. She has been with University of Illinois Extension for over 20 years where she has held several positions and received many awards. Ferree has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois. View all posts by Rhonda Ferree ... http://blogs.pjstar.com/gardening/2017/07/31/huge-hibiscus-flowers-are-a-garden-standout/
Luciano: Peoria crime gets weird as police seek flower murderers - Peoria Journal StarTuesday, June 27, 2017
Phil Luciano Journal Star columnist @lucianophil
It was murder most foul — and floral.Under the cloak of darkness, a dozen helpless victims recently were senselessly massacred, leaving Peoria bereft of their innocent beauty. Yet somehow the crime has gone largely unnoticed, perhaps because we’ve become hardened by the onslaught of modern crime.Or, maybe because they’re flowers.In a rare outlash of horticultural homicide, Luthy Botanical Garden has lost a dozen eremurus flowers. Though a few young eremuri survive, all 12 mature plants were trampled and ripped to death.“These flowers bloom just once a year,” stated a chilling report by the Peoria Park District.“Now that all of the Eremurus flowers have been damaged, no visitor to the Luthy Botanical Garden will be able to see them this year.“There are no suspects at this time.”Zounds! What victim might be next? Your backyard tomato plants? Aunt Mildred’s nosegay?And what monster could have done this deadly deed? A jealous gardener? A green thumb turned blood red?Nah. Probably just bored, boneheaded youths.“From the information so far, we think it’s kids,” says Emily Cahill, executive director of the Peoria Park Distric... http://www.pjstar.com/news/20170601/luciano-peoria-crime-gets-weird-as-police-seek-flower-murderers
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/
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