Pittsfield Flower Shop News
Letter: City flower volunteers shouldn't be ticketedTuesday, July 17, 2018
To the editor:Over the past couple of weeks, a wonderland of flowers has magically appeared throughout downtown Pittsfield and the outlying areas. The containers, filled with flowers, are North, East and West streets, Tyler Avenue, Elm Street and in the gardens at Redding Park, Park Square, and City Hall, and around the parking garage on McKay Street. In total, there are 12 gardens and 84 containers.All of these flowers were the result of a small army of volunteers working under the direction of Pittsfield Beautiful, a nonprofit organization run completely by volunteers, of which I am proud to say that I have been a member for many years. Let me say that I do not speak for Pittsfield Beautiful, only for myself.Pittsfield Beautiful plans all the plantings and raises all the funds necessary to purchase the plants. It weeds and maintains the plantings throughout the growing season. In the fall, the group removes the plantings, prepares the beds, and begins planning for the next season.For as long as I have been a member, volunteers, while working in the gardens, have been able to attach a placard o... https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/letter-city-flower-volunteersshouldnt-be-ticketed,544808
Boston Flower Show is a sure sign of spring - Wicked LocalFriday, March 18, 2016
I try to keep it a Zen garden, peaceful and blending together,” said Joe Gray of Graystone Masonry and Sculpture in Pittsfield, New Hampshire.Similarly, Boston Outdoor Living of Sudbury and North Brookfield created a meditation garden where water drips from above through bells, and Heimlich’s Nurseries of Woburn built an oasis for a formal tea. Open on two sides, the large garden shed topped with a heron weathervane has views to a lush and colorful garden of tulips, hyacinth, heather and candytuft, as well as dogwood and weeping cherry trees, white fir and umbrella pine surrounding a flowing stream. Showing how play in nature also nurtures, The Mass Horticultural Society built a garden centered around a rustic gazebo and filled it with bird sounds, hanging bird feeders and follies, as well as herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. Elsewhere, designers have made playful homes for gnomes from plant materials.In the floral design competitions, the creativity of individual amateurs is displayed. There are masks and butterflies made entirely of plant materials and floral arrangements inspired by music, art and architecture. Sometimes overlooked, the photo competitions feature compelling images, including a second place photo by Heidi Condon of Hingham of exotic pink protea.Plant Something Massachusetts – a collaboration between the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association & The Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association – created a garden appealing to bees, whose crucial role as pollinators has been undermined by environmental factors. This colorful garden has bright pink medinilla spilling onto a stone base, sweet smelling white lilies and Japanese Andromeda. In the workshop space next to the garden, visitors can plant seed to take home.Visitors also can get advice on issues from soil to insects by talking with master gardeners, drop-in on short demonstrations each afternoon and take workshops in flower arranging and garden photography. The marketplace features over one hundred vendors of plants, garden tools and furnishings, botanical décor and gifts, and landscape services.If you goWHAT: The Boston Flower & Garden ShowWHEN: Through Sunday, March 20WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center, Seaport Boulevard, Boston.COST: Adults, $20; Seniors (65+), $17, Children (6-17), $10; Children under 6 – Free;PARKING: Available in area garages and for $6 at 373 Northern Ave., where a free shuttle will run to the center.INFO: www.masshort.org. http://framingham.wickedlocal.com/article/20160316/ENTERTAINMENT/160316998
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/