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A guide to our favorite spring garden tours in SoCal - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, March 14, 2017
The flower show is 1 to 6 p.m. April 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9. Maps and tickets are available at the Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Drive, Riverside. $10 in advance; $12 in person. (951) 777-0746; riversideflowershow.infoApril 9: The Assn. of Professional Landscape Designers hosts a garden tour focusing on watershed approach. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25. apldca.org/apld-eventsApril 22: Tour several private gardens in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar during the Sherman Library & Gardens' annual garden tour. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members, $50; nonmembers, $60; optional shuttle, $45. Lunch included. (949) 673-2261; slgardens.orgApril 22-23: The Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society will hold its 2017 Garden Tour and Uncommon Plant Sale, which will include tours of six private, owner-maintained gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15. Tickets are good for both days. redlandsgardenclub.comApril 23: The Westlake Village Garden Club's 44th Garden Tour highlights “California-style” gardens that celebrate outdoor living and al fresco entertaining. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25. westlakevillagegardenclub.comApril 23: The Pacific Palisades Spring Garden Tour highlights six gardens in Pacific Palisades and Brentwood. Noon to 4 p.m. $30. (424) 268-8780. westlakevillagegardenclub.orgApril 23: The Creative Arts Group's 23rd "Art of the Garden" tour will highlight five private gardens in Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $30 in advance; $35 day of tour at 108 N. Baldwin Ave. in Sierra Madre. (626) 355-8360: www.creativeartsgroup.orgApril 29-30: Tour homes and gardens in a variety of architectural styles at the Floral Park Home and Garden Tour north of Santa Ana. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets, $30; same day, $35. Classic cars and antiques vendors will be located on North Park Drive. (714) 648-0904. floralparkhometour.comApril 30: South Pasadena Beautiful hosts a self-guided tour of six sustainable gardens in South Pasadena. 1 to 4 p.m. A plant swap will be held at 565 Camino Verde. Free. No tickets or registration required. southpasbeautiful.orgApril 30: Explore six private gardens in Pasadena, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Maps and discounted tickets will be available at the La Casita del Arroyo Garden, 177 South Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; gardens are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per garden (children under 12 free), no reservations required, rain or shine. (888) 842-2442; gardenconservancy.org/open-daysMay 5: The Laguna Beach Garden Club hosts a self-guided walking tour of private gardens on and around Brooks Street in the city’s Village neighborhood. The tour includes free refreshments, exhibits, a keepsake brochure, shuttle bus service, a plant sale and a raffle of prizes donated by local artists and businesses. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45 to $50. lagunabeachgardenclub.orgMay... http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-spring-garden-tours-2017-story.html
Rockton woman lives out dream at Rose Parade - Rockford Register StarTuesday, January 17, 2017
Adam Poulisse Staff writer @adampoulisseROCKTON — Marta Polakowski had big, flowery dreams for herself.It's been about 50 years since she first went to Pasadena, California, to attend the Rose Parade, a New Year's tradition where slow-moving floats decked in fruits and flowers travel the city streets before the Rose Bowl football game."I was absolutely awed by the floats," said Polakowski, a retired physical education and health teacher at Stephen Mack Middle School. "Shortly after that I found out you can volunteer. I thought, 'I'm going to do that someday.'"But life got in the way, and it never happened — until this year.With no Christmas plans, Polakowski, 64, flew out to California from Rockton last week with three family members in tow to fulfill her dream of volunteering and turning floats into the vivid, colorful displays seen by millions across the world.The Rose Parade typically happens on New Year's Day. But due to an old rule from 1893 that states the parade can't happen on Sundays because it will spook horses sad... http://www.rrstar.com/news/20170102/rockton-woman-lives-out-dream-at-rose-parade
Brockton mayor bills taxpayers for flowers bought at city councilor's business - Enterprise NewsTuesday, December 06, 2016
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter signed off on a $2,300 purchase earlier this year using taxpayer money to buy flowers from City Councilor Shirley Asack. Carpenter admitted that buying the flowers with city money is in a "gray" legal area. But other members of Brockton City Council believe it is obviously against the law.Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_MarcBROCKTON – Nearly 30 flower baskets popped up last fiscal year at Brockton funerals and, in one case, at the desk of a City Hall employee, with cards noting that they were from Mayor Bill Carpenter.But those flowers weren’t bought by the mayor. They were paid for by the taxpayers of Brockton.Carpenter signed off on a $2,300 purchase using taxpayer money to buy flowers from a fellow elected official who serves on the Brockton City Council, according to public records. The city purchase order filed in June, and later amended to $2,225, shows that the money went to Posh Flowers and Gifts, which is owned by Brockton Ward 7... http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20161122/brockton-mayor-bills-taxpayers-for-flowers-bought-at-city-councilors-business
Brockton mayor uses tax dollars to buy flowers from city councilor ... - Enterprise NewsTuesday, November 29, 2016
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter signed off on a $2,300 purchase earlier this year using taxpayer money to buy flowers from City Councilor Shirley Asack. Carpenter admitted that buying the flowers with city money is in a "gray" legal area. But other members of Brockton City Council believe it is obviously against the law.Marc Larocque Enterprise Staff Writer @Enterprise_MarcBROCKTON – Nearly 30 flower baskets popped up last fiscal year at Brockton funerals and, in one case, at the desk of a City Hall employee, with cards noting that they were from Mayor Bill Carpenter.But those flowers weren’t bought by the mayor. They were paid for by the taxpayers of Brockton.Carpenter signed off on a $2,300 purchase using taxpayer money to buy flowers from a fellow elected official who serves on the Brockton City Council, according to public records. The city purchase order filed in June, and later amended to $2,225, shows that the money went to Posh Flowers and Gifts, which is owned by Brockton Ward 7... http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20161122/brockton-mayor-uses-tax-dollars-to-buy-flowers-from-city-councilor
GO GUIDE: Stop and smell the flowers - Enterprise NewsTuesday, June 07, 2016
For more information thebluemooncoffeehouse.com.[embedded content]SATURDAYThe South Shore Indie Music Festival will begin at noon at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. The music continues until 8 p.m. with performances by Aldous Collins Band, Chachi Carvalho, Will Dailey, Shea Rose, Wheat, The Quins, Hayley Thompson-King, Christina Alexander, Grace Morrison, Sadie Vada, The Parkington Sisters, Ada, Jenna Lotti, Christa Gniadek, Emily Grogan, Shane Tyler, The Wolff Sisters, Bruvs, Dark Matter, and Carlston Wood and the Wood Street Band. The festival will also feature food trucks, craft beer, the SolarCity Sustainability Film Series, craft activities for all ages, and more. The rain date is Sunday, June 12. Admission is $25, $15 students, and free for children 12 and younger with paying adult. For more information, visit fullercraft.org.TUESDAY, JUNE 14WCVB-TV reporter and commentator Ted Reinstein will talk about his book, “Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Sharon Public Library, 11 North Main St. For more information, contact Mikaela Wolfe at 781-784-1578, ext. 1422 or at email@example.com.SATURDAY. JUNE 18blockquote readability="... http://www.enterprisenews.com/entertainment/20160603/go-guide-stop-and-smell-flowers
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