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Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne and her husband, Bruce, own Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton. They are a full-service florist serving Brighton, Alton, Godfrey, Jerseyville, Bethalto, Medora, Shipman, Piasa and Bunker Hill. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Floral Association.
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Philadelphia Flower Show has a bouquet of guests coming - Delco News NetworkMonday, March 07, 2016
Landscapes Program, will discuss the early decades of park design and construction and the beauty of rustic design. Historical landscape architect Christopher Beagan will highlight the work of Ellen Shipman and her integration of color, texture and form in flower gardens she designed in the 1920s, the release states.In the Design Gallery and throughout the show, guests will take away innovative ideas for outdoor spaces inspired by diverse American regions, home decorating concepts borrowed from historic settings, and other creative tips they can bring to their own home and garden. The competitive categories will explore the creation of a welcoming front entrance, balcony spaces, windowsills and pocket gardens.Representatives of regional and national plant societies also will exhibit at the show and share their knowledge of trees, roses, ferns and wildflowers, cacti and succulents, rhododendron, rock gardens, ikebana, bonsai and many other topics, according to the release.It’s no secret that painstaking time and effort goes into making sure the submissions at the Philadelphia Flower Show are among the most beautiful and elaborate in the world. That’s why for people like Tim Farrell, judging each one takes a team of people with years of experience and an eye for perfection.“This is my second time being a judge,” Farrell said. “But I’ve been involved for about 15 years. I’m certified with the American Institution of Floral Designers.”Farrell will judge the floral component of this year’s show, likely with a team of three to seven people. While he said he hadn’t been given instructions yet, the 32-year owner of Farrell’s Flowers in Drexel Hill said he’ll likely focus on how the elements of design are applied to a piece, when determining who takes home the blue ribbon. Things like line, form, aesthetic, balance and color, along with the rhythm of an attraction are all taken into consideration.“Sometimes a panel walks around as a group to evaluate,” he said. “More often it’s an individual judging, then a third party tabulates the scores.”This year’s theme is national parks and Farrell said he can’t wait to see what’s in store to see.“I think it will be great. Floral is usually more creative. If you give them a challenge, they’ll come up with something great.”Farrell is just one of the many special guests involved in this year’s show. Outside of the judging arena, the Flower Show is a greenhouse of ideas for would-be gardeners. Guests will be able to meet and question a number of gardening professionals in the Designer’s Studio and Gardener’s Studio, vote for winners in exciting, real-time contests and enjoy presentations in a wide range of horticultural trends and topics. In the Design Gallery and throughout the show exhibits, visitors will take away innovative concepts for outdoor spaces and home décor. Among the guest speakers in the Gardener’s Studio will be Dayton Duncan, a writer, producer and collaborator with Ken Burns on the documentary and companion book, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” a press release states. Duncan, who will appear on March 5, will talk about the making of the film and the development of the park system. Other featured presentations will include:• “Creating a Wildlife Habitat” by David Mizejewski, of the National Wildlife Federation, which will partner with Bank of America for an exhibit on the show floor;• “Garden Magic” with QVC host Philip Watson;• “Zero Waste at Home” with TV gardening host Joe Lamp’l;• “Organic Seed Starting” with Paul Split;• “Build a Sustainable Ornamental Edible Garden” with Shawna Coronado;• “The Indestructible Houseplant” with Tovah Martin;• “The Cocktail Hour Garden” with C.L. Fornari;• And “The Right Size Veggie Garden” with Kate Copsey.In the Find Your Park Pavilion, the National Park Service will present guest speakers from around the United States. Susan Dolan, manager of the Park Cultural Landscapes Program, will discuss the early decades of park design and construction and the beauty of rustic design. Historical landscape architect Christopher Beagan will highlight the work of Ellen Shipman and her integration... http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/articles/2016/03/06/entertainment/doc56c63b5bd311d178550830.txt
Philadlephia Flower Show has bouquet of special guests coming - The TrentonianThursday, February 18, 2016
Landscapes Program, will discuss the early decades of park design and construction and the beauty of rustic design. Historical landscape architect Christopher Beagan will highlight the work of Ellen Shipman and her integration of color, texture and form in flower gardens she designed in the 1920s, the release states.In the Design Gallery and throughout the show, guests will take away innovative ideas for outdoor spaces inspired by diverse American regions, home decorating concepts borrowed from historic settings, and other creative tips they can bring to their own home and garden. The competitive categories will explore the creation of a welcoming front entrance, balcony spaces, windowsills and pocket gardens.Representatives of regional and national plant societies also will exhibit at the show and share their knowledge of trees, roses, ferns and wildflowers, cacti and succulents, rhododendron, rock gardens, ikebana, bonsai and many other topics, according to the release. http://www.trentonian.com/lifestyle/20160218/philadlephia-flower-show-has-bouquet-of-special-guests-coming
Dig In: Flower Arranging, Bonsai Show, Garden Tours, Archaeology ... And Bug Week! - Hartford CourantMonday, July 27, 2015
Guests welcome. Meetings are at the American Legion Hall, 64 Main St., Southington. Information: email@example.com or 860-628-6975.Historic House ToursTour the historic Welles-Shipman-Ward House, a Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755, every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout the summer, presented by the Historical Society of Glastonbury. The house is at 972 Main St., South Glastonbury. As a guest, you'll be greeted by a costumed docent and given a tour of what was considered a mansion in its day. The house, originally owned by John Welles, a Glastonbury shipyard owner, features the largest known period kitchen fireplace in Connecticut. Walk through the kitchen garden on your way to tour the backyard property which includes four barns and sheds, a privy, a smokehouse, and historic grape vines and maple trees. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over. HSG members and Glastonbury Garden Club members are free. Info: http://www.hsgct.org or 860-633-6890.Historic Walking ToursTours of Stonington Borough depart Fridays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., through October, from the Old Lighthouse Museum, 7 Water St., Stonington Borough. Experienced guides will explore the sites, events, and people of Stonington history for t... http://www.courant.com/features/home-garden/hc-home-garden-events-20150710-story.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/
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