Rock Island Flower Shop News
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half block of property, making it the “largest and best equipped establishment of its kind in Iowa,” according to a 1890s newspaper clipping. The same article catalogued the shop’s Christmas orders: “More than 6,000 Christmas trees, 18,000 yards of wreathing, 200 dozen Christmas bells, 200 barrels of holly and other items of holiday decorative trade … .”After Joseph Bancroft died, his son George ran the business until his death in 1953. George’s daughter, Marion, had been involved in the business for 10 years and took over the shop. When she died in 1988, the business went to Irving Sweet, a man who had worked for Bancroft’s for nearly 50 years. When he died in 1994, the business was sold to an owner who changed the name to Second Nature.Several years later, Batchelder noticed a “for-sale” listing for the shop in the Courier. At the time, he had owned a floral greenhouse business for 19 years in New Hampton. “I remember thinking Bancroft’s was a really old business and knew right away that I wanted to take it over and build it back up,” he says.He reclaimed the shop’s original name along with its history. In 2006, Batchelder did some remodeling and rebuilt the main greenhouse still attached to the building. He left a portion of the greenhouse’s original limestone foundation as a historical marker.The florist business has changed dramatically over the years. “It’s a global market. The best carnations and other flowers used to be grown in California, some in Colorado and other states. Little by little, we’ve lost growers in the U.S. until there are hardly any left,” he says.Flowers are now shipped in from South America, bulbs from Holland, greenery from Israel and Italy, and other global suppliers. Consumers’ taste is different nowadays, too, as traditions and sentiments have changed or been forgotten.Thanksgiving is no longer the big holiday it once was for table arrangements. Fewer churches are ordering large displays of Easter lilies because the fragrance can be overwhelming for congregations. Christmas remains a ... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html
The Blossom Boys Closing Flower Shop at 99th And Walden Parkway - DNAinfoTuesday, December 06, 2016
That said, they hope a vibrant business will take their place in the quaint shopping area near the 99th Street stop along Metra's Rock Island District line where their shop has become a staple.The Blossom Boys opened their Beverly flower shop on April 24, 2008. Steve English (left) and Ryan Steinbach have decided to close their retail location as of Dec. 24. [DNAinfo/Howard A. Ludwig]Katie Schickel is the co-owner of Tranquility Hair Salon across the street from The Blossom Boys. She wished her long-time neighbors well, adding that she's actually seen a boost in business in the wake of the recession."I definitely feel like its a loss to the block," Schickel said. "It's always been evident how much they enjoy what they do."She remained positive about the tucked-away Beverly shopping district that also features Sweet Freaks Chocolate Shop, Beverly Barre, Figlia Boutique and others.Josh and Bridget Barron own the 900-square-foot storefront that is home to The Blossom Boys. The landlords said the building has been operated as a flower shop for more than 30 years."We'd love to see a retail tenant in that space," said Josh Barron, adding that the rent for the storefront is about $1,000 per month.As for Steinbach, he'll likely pursue a part-time job in the wake of the store's closing. English said he plans to expand his work with animals as well as help area residents as a Reiki master, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.English also said he'll continue to be involved in community events, including his advocacy for A New Direction, Beverly's domestic violence support center. English also coordinates Words By Friends, an event for local authors. And he was instrumental in twice bringing the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to the Beverly Arts Center."I still want to do those kind of events," English said.For more neighborhood news, listen to DNAinfo Radio here.
Richmond Hill Players staging 'Flowers for Algernon' - Galva NewsTuesday, October 11, 2016
Grafft, Jackie Patterson, Sandy?Glass-Bailey, Aidan Grafft, Stacy Herrick, Mara Lowe, Maggie Mroz and Dana Skiles, all of Geneseo; Justin?Raver, of Kewanee; Tom Morrow and Chris Sanders-Ring, of Rock Island; Lindsay Achenbach, Don Faust and Jim?Strauss, of Davenport, Iowa; Spiro Bruskas, of Aledo; Vicki Deusinger, of Galesburg; Lona Friedman, of East Moline; Terri Nelson, of Lynn Center; and Nicholas Waldbusser, of Hampton.The staff includes stage manager and set builder Mike Skiles, of Geneseo; lighting designer Terry Wilkerson, of Davenport, Iowa; and crew members Taylor McKean, of?Geneseo; and Dee Raver, of Kewanee.Thursdays, Fridays and?Saturdays doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.Sundays are 3 p.m. matinees with doors opening at 2 p.m. An audio description performance will be Friday, Oct. 7.Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting the Richmond Hill box office at 944-2244 or by visiting www.rhplayers.com. http://www.galvanews.com/news/20160929/richmond-hill-players-staging-flowers-for-algernon
QC company rolls out new holiday gift baskets - WQAD.comFriday, November 27, 2015
PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Jersey's Flowers runs to first at sectional meet - Alton TelegraphSunday, November 01, 2015
Normal Sectional Meet. Minooka was the team champ with 20 points, followed by Lincoln-Way Central 113, O’Falon 116, Lincoln-Way East 116 and Edwardsville. Following Lincoln-Way North were Normal, Rock Island, Joliet West, Moline, Joliet Central and Belleville East.Edwardsville runners included Maddie Miller, who was 11th overall in a time of 18:45, Rachel Schoenecker 18:55, Colleen Corkery 19:22, Kirara Delgado 19:28, Julianna Determan 19:36, Melissa Spencer 19:37 and Victoria Vegher 19:45.Reach Pete Hayes at 463-2500 or Twitter @HayeserPete... http://thetelegraph.com/sports/73228/prep-cross-country-jerseys-flowers-runs-to-first-at-sectional-meet
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/