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A Closer Look at 15 American Floral Endowment Scholarship Winners - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, September 10, 2019
Michigan Horticulture Education Foundation, horticulturist at MSU AgBioResearch, and researcher at MSU Floriculture.Harold Bettinger Scholarship Recipient: Rhiannon Newton, West Virginia UniversityNewton is entering her senior year completing her agricultural science degree with a major in horticulture and a minor in entrepreneurship. She hopes to be a greenhouse grower after graduation and would like to eventually own a business.BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship Recipient: Sage Drohan, Orange Coast CollegeDrohan is a junior majoring in Landscape Architecture at Orange Coast College, where she focuses on sustainable design and horticulture. Since 2016, Drohan has owned Sage Succulents and Cacti.James Bridenbaugh Memorial Scholarship and Mike and Flo Novovesky Scholarship Recipient: Alexis Ramstine, Colorado State UniversityRamstine is a junior majoring in horticulture business management, with a focus on ornamental plants, fresh cut flower production, and horticulture as an instrument of public health. For the last few years, Ramstine has been employed full-time at Longmont Florist in Longmont, CO.CalFlowers Scholarship Recipient: Helene Dondero, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoA senior majoring in agricultural science with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and a minor in agricultural business, Dondero grew up in the floral industry. In addition to working in her family’s business, Fiore Floral and Gifts, Dondero is active in numerous student and industry organizations with CalPoly and FFA.John Carew Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Mary Lewis, University of GeorgiaLewis expects to complete her master’s degree program in horticulture in December 2019. Her focus is on ornamental plant breeding, specifically eight native Asclepias species.Earl Dedman Memorial Scholarship and National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) Scholarship Recipient: Gergely Motolai, Kansas State UniversityGergely Motolai is a senior majoring in horticulture science and minoring in entomology. His focus is on in greenhouse production and entomology. Motolai is working at Bird’s Botanicals and at the Kansas State University Greenhouses.Long Island Flower Growers Association (LIFGA) Scholarship and Long Island Flower Growers Association Bob Gunther Scholarship Recipient: Cassandra Castano, Farmingdale State CollegeA senior in landscape development at Farmingdale State College majoring in horticulture technology management, Castano is planning further education to become a landscape architect, working on urban projects.Richard T. Meister Scholarship Recipient: Emily Teng, University of Hawaii at ManoaTeng is obtaining her Ph.D. in tropical plant and soil sciences, and plans on working in floriculture production and variety improvement research. In her dissertation research, she is analy... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/a-closer-look-at-15-american-floral-endowment-scholarship-winners/
Wise County grand jury indicts 58 - Kingsport Times NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
Elliott was also indicted on a related misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge which carries a maximum 12 month jail term and $2,500 fine.— Yusef Lateef Thornton, 35, Woodbridge, Virginia, faces three counts of malicious wounding in connection with a May 30 incident when he allegedly wounded two adults and a juvenile.— Wilson Harmon Branham, 52, 8177 Penobscot Road, Wise, was indicted on a malicious wounding charge stemming from an alleged May 24 attack on his ex-wife and a strangulation charge for an alleged attack on a man on the same date. The wounding charge could result in a 20-year prison term on conviction, while the strangulation charge carries a five year maximum prison term.— Jimmy D. Dorton Jr., 38, 440 Dry Branch Road, Jonancy, Kentucky, was indicted on one misdemeanor count of assault and battery on a family member in connection with an alleged April 12 attack on an ex-cohabitant. The charge carries a maximum 12 month jail term and a $2,500 fine.— James Burton Eldridge, 36, 317 Cedar St., Benham, Kentucky, was indicted on six felony and two misdemeanor charges of embezzlement in connection with a series of alleged incidents against Norton business Cassell Electric. Each felony charge carries a maximum 10 year prison term and the misdemeanor charges 12 month jail terms on conviction.— Victor Eugene Flowers, 46, Pikeville, Kentucky, was indicted on two grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing property valued at $500 or more from Lowe’s in Wise. Each count, upon conviction, carries a 20-year maximum prison term.— Clinton Alden Hale, 39, 1014 Carico Ridge Road, Coeburn, was indicted on six felony counts each of forgery and uttering, six misdemeanor charges each of obtain by false pretense and petit larceny and one misdemeanor charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person for a series of incidents in October 2018 involving allegations of forged checks. The felony charges each carry maximum 10 year prison terms and the misdemeanors 12 month maximum jail terms.The grand jury handed down indictments against 47 other people for various charges including shoplifting and 29 drug case-related indictments. http://www.timesnews.net/Law-Enforcement/2019/08/24/Wise-County-grand-jury-indicts-58
Aliene Seol, 92, former florist with Heidi's Flowers - Southside DailyTuesday, July 23, 2019
English.Aliene was a faithful member of Old Donation Episcopal Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling, dancing and shopping. For many years, she worked as a florist at Heidi’s Flowers in Virginia Beach. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed.Aliene was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Alfred W. Seol.Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sabrina L. Trujillo of Virginia Beach; son, Greg W. Seol of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Judy Gill of Oklahoma and Georgia Elliott of Arizona; three grandchildren, Natasha Neagle (Nick) of Richmond and Miranda Nicholson and Brandi Trujillo, both of Norfolk; and three great-grandchildren, Norah Neagle, Justin Ruiz and Kati Neagle.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 21, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 22, at Old Donation Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.Always be informed. Get the latest news and information delivered to your inbox... https://southsidedaily.com/obits/2019/07/20/aliene-seol-92-former-florist-with-heidis-flowers/
Community deaths - Washington PostTuesday, July 23, 2019
Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Dorothy Gerber, singer, teacherDorothy Gerber, 78, a singer with the Choral Arts Society of Washington and a teacher from 1978 to 2000 with the Montessori Country School in Herndon, Va., died May 16 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Amy Gerber-Stroh. Mrs. Gerber, a resident of Reston, Va., was born Dorothy Gould in Boston and grew up in Long Branch, N.J. With the Choral Arts Society, she sang in performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and at venues in Moscow, Paris and Spoleto, Italy.Helene Au, volunteer, property managerHelene Au, 105, who managed inherited property on Capitol Hill and volunteered at the Audubon Society bookstore in Georgetown, died May 18 at a care center in Fredericksburg, Va. The cause was thyroid cancer, said Johanna Humphrey, a goddaughter and family spokeswoman.Miss Au was born on Capitol Hill and lived in a townhouse there until 2018 when she was incapacitated in an acciden... https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/community-deaths/2019/07/15/68a915b4-a74b-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html
24 Hour Florist: How to buy flowers through the experts - augustafreepress.comTuesday, June 25, 2019
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Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l email@example.comSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.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/