Salem Flower Shop News
Damascus Garden Club hears from international flower judgeTuesday, August 14, 2018
The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., recently toured the beautiful grounds of Kathy and Dave Gano in Salem. Pictured are the 19 members and guests who enjoyed the day, from left, Dave Peterson, Marilyn Wingett, Christine Brown, Rhonda Mitchell, Cindy Battershell, Sandy Kilmer, Ginny Huffman, Bonnie McDermott, Marcia Spack, Janie Morckel, June Wallace, Lori Brodzinski, Val Knoedler, Judy Wheeler, Irene Morckel, Marcia Clark, Lynn Coblentz, Kathy Martin and Lynn Cameron. (Submitted photo) SHOW ARTICLE -- DAMASCUS — The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met on July 12 at the home of Ginny Huffman. Serving as co-host was Second Vice President Dave Peterson. President Marilyn Wingett welcomed the eight members present and introduced Diana Mullins, an international flower shower. She spoke about her experiences as an international flower judge and the responsibilities she has managing the floral displays at the Canfield Fair.The minutes for the June meeting were read and approved with no corrections. The treasurer reported the... http://www.salemnews.net/news/neighborhood-news/2018/08/damascus-garden-club-hears-from-international-flower-judge/
Hayfields Harnesses Its Flower PowerTuesday, July 31, 2018
Bloomer Road, now without Cilmi’s presence as its resident florist ready to create behind the flower bar.The North Salem resident took up floral design as a second career, bringing her back to her roots as a graduate student pursuing an arts degree, but she deviated from the arts when upon graduation she was scooped up first by the corporate world.Sign Up for E-News“I somehow got a job with Citibank in marketing,” Cilmi said. “I worked in financial services and I did that for many, many years. I had three children and after the third was four months old I decided to stop working … and then I started doing volunteering with the Gardening Club of America.”She took a leadership position with the Rusticus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, where she served as its president for many years.Then, five years ago, with her kids becoming teens, she mentioned to her husband John that it might be time to go back to work.“We were on a vacation and I said, maybe I need to go back to work in financial services and he said, ‘Really, I understand what you’re saying, but why don’t you try to find something you love to do,’ which was really great because it shifted my focus,” Cilmi said. “Do you go back to what you’re used to or do something that you lo... https://www.tapinto.net/towns/north-salem/articles/hayfields-harnesses-its-flower-power
Hawthorn florists' backgrounds includes painting, singing Fado, and acting - SouthCoastToday.comTuesday, March 27, 2018
Their customer deliveries have traveled throughout Massachusetts and as far as Maine. They've included singing deliveries performed by Jose, too.One floral delivery, Jose said, was to a wedding in Salem that resulted in a marriage that did not last. But their service left a good impression ... the bride returned to them for her second wedding in Halifax."Our motto is we are not the biggest," he said, "but we are one of the best.""I like that customers give me the freedom to do whatever I like for them," she said, "whether it's a traditional or non-traditional event."Through it all, Ana's other artistic expression, as a sought-after Fado singer, has remained strong and ever-popular. In between New England-wide and country-wide tours, she and Jose recorded their first CD in 1994 and their second while on tour with Bulgarian and Italian musicians in 2002.Other highlights have included a Seattle folk festival appearance that included a performance on National Public Television and, most notably, their participation in the motion picture that was made in New Bedford, "Passionada," in 2002. Jose appeared on the big screen as a background musician for the movie's Fado singer, portrayed by actress Sofia Milos, and as a security guard. Ana coached Sofia in the art of performing Fado.One moment during filming as Milos' coach will always touch her heart, Ana said. "When I watched from a monitor Sofia perform Fado on camera for the first time, I cried because it reminded me of when I was a younger singer."Ever humble about all her accomplishments, Ana said, "I will always have a special memory of being a part of that film."... http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20171224/hawthorn-florists-backgrounds-includes-painting-singing-fado-and-acting
82-year-old gardener beautifies churches with prayer gardens ... - Winston-Salem JournalWednesday, March 14, 2018
I’m going to keep on making the world around me a bit more beautiful.”Jones’ green thumb and passion for gardening led him to create prayer gardens at two Methodist churches in Winston-Salem.He began building the prayer garden at Trinity United Methodist Church on Country Club Road in 2007, shortly before his hip injury, planting thousands of bulbs.Ten years later, oak trees tower over the ever-growing “outdoor cathedral,” as Jones calls it, which now includes 11 gardens, a gravel footpath, benches and a rainbow of flowers.“It’s beautiful and very inviting. There’s all kinds of shrubs, azaleas, irises — something blooming all the time,” said Phyllis Brown, an administrator assistant at Trinity. “It’s great for our folks, but also a real blessing for the people in the community to come and sit and pray.”The church’s Easter sunrise service is held in the prayer garden each year.The plot behind the church used to be overgrown with weeds, brush and poison ivy, Jones said, but he had the vision to transform it into a quiet prayer garden for the congregation and community.During the clearing stage, an old goat shed foundation with a 1900s feeding trough was discovered and restored.“We keep adding to it, planting and growing new stuff every time something dies or someone has a new idea,” said Jones, who served in the Marines. “We have annuals and perennials. It’s always evolving.”The spark for the Trinity prayer garden came after Jones went to Italy with his wife, Brenda, and became inspired by the country’s wealth of art and beauty.He toured Rome, Florence, Assisi and several other cities, collecting stones in each place he visited. He had to pay an extra fee at baggage claim to accommodate the extra weight of the 100 stones he brought home.The stones are now incorporated... http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/year-old-gardener-beautifies-churches-with-prayer-gardens/article_64b2f6a8-c738-5b6e-88d9-04c432b607d1.html
Disabled Anglos open gift basket store in Jerusalem - The Jerusalem PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Yachad gift shop in Jerusalem.(photo credit: COURTESY NETANEL ARIEL)A shop that exclusively hires people with disabilities opened on Jerusalem’s Anglo-friendly, Emek Refaim Street last week.Brooklyn-based Yachad Gifts celebrated the official opening last Sunday of a store it hopes will help integrate Israel’s disabled English-speaking immigrants into the larger community.Yoel Sterman, CEO of Yachad Israel, told The Jerusalem Post that the store was not opened just to make work for disabled Anglos, but to live up to the company’s name, “yachad,” which means “together.” “Everything we do is centered on inclusion,” Sterman said. “We are not looking at their disabilities, we are looking at their abilities, what they can do. So it is important to open this store because it includes all of us.”Yachad Gifts has been integrating people with disabilities into the workforce with their gift-basket production and sales facilities in New York City since 1983.The Emek Refaim location is being used as a vocational tra... http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Disabled-Anglos-open-gift-basket-store-in-Jerusalem-542332
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