St Charles Flower Shop News
Ex-Flower Shop Accountant Pleads Not Guilty To Embezzlement - Caledonian RecordWednesday, July 06, 2016
The accountant for a Newport flower shop has pleaded not guilty to five counts of felony embezzlement.Tammy Marro, 57, West Charleston, was arraigned in Orleans Superior Court Tuesday and was released on conditions that she stay 100 feet away from Spate’s Florist company at 20 Elm St. and to not contact of harass owner Robert Gosselin, 50.Orleans Superior CourtAccording to an affidavit filed by Ofc. Nicholas Rivers of the Newport Police Department, Marro, who was the company accountant, stole $44,189.76 from her employer between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31 of 2016.Gosselin told police that in March he discovered thousands of dollars in unauthorized checks written out to and cashed by Marro during an audit of his business checking account.Police said that when they confronted Marro she admitted to taking the money when she had trouble paying her bills.“Marro advised she only took money when bills came in such as fuel, food and medical that she could not cover,” wrote Rivers in his report. “Marro advised that she knew this was wrong and intended to pay it back but it got out of control and she was not making... http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/ex-flower-shop-accountant-pleads-not-guilty-to-embezzlement/article_8f4ef0ca-d8ea-5225-9ee3-104dd2c3ece0.html
$2.2M Condo for Sale at Former Scheinuk Florists Site - Curbed NOLA (blog)Friday, February 26, 2016
If you've got $2.2M dollars and a need to tap into some fond Easter memories, then has Coldwell Banker TEC Realtors got a place for you. Those of you who knew 2600 St Charles Ave before its early- to mid-aught demolition and overhaul remember Scheinuk Florists, the namesake shop of prominent florist Arthur Scheinuk. Scheinuk first opened his own floral shop in 1909 on the corner of Broadway and Panola. Within a decade he had moved shop and Broadway Florist soon became Scheinuk Florists.Grid ViewWhat set Scheinuk apart, aside from his meticulous horticulture methods, was an Easter display chock full of bunnies. Year in and year out, tens of white, fluffy bunnies graced the Scheinuk storefront to welcome the spring holiday. Though the original building was torn down to make room for condos, the current owners of 2600 St Charles took extra care in crafting their development, earning them a New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission Merit Award in 2009.Now, one such condo is on the market. 2600 St Charles Ave #4A features regal crown molding and plenty of wooden accents to thrill, along with hardwood floors. Two balconies overlook St Charles... http://nola.curbed.com/2014/9/10/10049044/condo-for-sale-at-former-scheinuk-florists-site
"Philodendron" Flowers at the Wolfsonian - Miami New TimesWednesday, October 28, 2015
The exhibition's oldest object, a book plate from French botanist Charles Plumier, who was commissioned by King Louis XIV to discover medicinal plants in the Americas, is displayed alongside specimens taken mainly from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which became an epicenter of research and mass production of these plants for use in the home.The exhibit shows how native peoples viewed the plant amid a discussion of its initial medicinal uses. The philodendron was used to cure everything from back pain to obesity and was later incorporated as a critical aspect of ritual dress and religious practice. To natives, the philodendron was a sacred icon to be revered and enjoyed.Incas wallpaper panel (1818)Courtesy of Carolle Thibaut-PomerantzAmazonian headdresses and figurines display the early uses of philodendrons, while painting and photography usher the plant into the 19th and 20th centuries. A mural study created in 1943, on loan from the Ministry of Finance in Rio de Janeiro, depicts indigenous plants and people in the five ecosystems of their native Brazil, where the plant today is seen as a symbol of natural wealth that allowed the nation to prosper.But for early European explorers and colonizers, plant life in South America and the Caribbean represented a primitive, romantic symbol that fueled Latin American stereotypes that in many ways persist today. To them, it was a lush region filled with sensual passion, nearly naked savages, and wild tropical vegetation. Drawings of natives making twine ropes, women adorned with fruit baskets, and plants growing wild in jungle landscapes infiltrated the European consciousness."Incorporating nature into buildings was a way for Europeans to say, 'Look at our mastery over nature. We can reproduce all of Panama and its nature inside of this building,'?" Larsen says. The Royal Waiting Room at the Imperial Station in Vienna, a photograph taken by Wolfgang Thaler in 1894, captures Austrian architect Otto Wagner's depiction of a philodendron garden as an homage to the Austrian king's love of nature. Notably, he shunned Austrian flora in favor of the more exotic.In the 1920s, a cultural exchange with Latin America began to blossom among the European and American elite. A Jaguar Hunt in a Mexican Jungle, a mural study commissioned for the estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, suggests the infiltration of such an aesthetic in a wealthy American home. The United States was presented with a taste for tropical landscapes, bold color, and exotic fantasies through editorial layouts in magazines such as House & Garden and Holiday."The images of Latin America that begin to circulate in the 1930s through the 1960s create a popular trend for integrating plants into the home," Larsen notes. "Nature is a way for Western Americans to convey a tropical identity, but there is no distinction between Mexican culture or Brazilian."Despite a lack of specific identity, the tropics trend inevitably stuck, and "Philodendron" presents plenty of evidence. There's Dorothy Draper's furnishing line Brazilliance, film clips displaying scenes of Carmen Miranda and her hip-shaking samba, and photos of modern living rooms stuffed with philodendrons, usually placed in corners as a way to bring nature inside. The exhibition also showcases architects such as Richard Neutra and Herzog & de Meuron, who since the 1970s have created modern structures that directly respond to the environment in which they're built. Fashion and industrial designers use the plant as an inspirati... http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/philodendron-flowers-at-the-wolfsonian-8005610
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
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