Washburn Flower Shop News
Naples garden workshop series starts Jan. 10 with talks on orchids, sustainable gardening - Naples Daily NewsTuesday, January 22, 2019
Jan. 31 — Basics of plant propagation — Brian Galligan and Chad Washburn with Naples Botanical Garden Learn how to use propagation techniques using seeds and cuttings to help increase your tropical garden's palette while saving money » Feb. 7 — Demystifying the ancient Japanese art of bonsai — Chris Gilbert, Collier County master gardener A step-by-step look at age-old techniques used to grow bonsai » Feb. 14 — Plant nutrition — The need for feed — Bob Cook, certified horticulture professional Learn what lawns, trees and flowers require to grow and when it's a good idea to use fertilizer » Feb. 21 — From lawn to landscape — Isabel Way, owner of Colusa Farms in Naples A workshop on ground covers that enhance curb appeal, reduce fertilizer and pesticide use, and help conserve water » Feb. 28 — Arsenic and old lace: Poisonous plants — Gil Long, Collier County master gardener Learn which plants are dangerous to humans and pets and what safer alternatives are available » March 7 — Bromeliads in the landscape — Jon Hanson with Bromeliad Paradise Learn how to select, plant and care for bromeliads » March 14 — ... https://www.naplesnews.com/story/life/home-garden/2019/01/04/upcoming-naples-garden-series-features-talks-bonsai-trees-orchids/2463797002/
Arlene Earl, Flower Lady of the Great Lakes, dies at 78 - Detroit Free PressTuesday, March 28, 2017
I’ve ever met in my life," she said. "She was so well-loved by everyone … just made people laugh. Very spunky. Never a dull moment in mom’s life."Earl's sister, Linda Engel Washburn, said she was grateful Earl is now at peace.“She was just amazing and remarkable and had perseverance for being a dynamic business women, a giver, a heart of gold,” Washburn said. "Just a golden girl."?Related: Freighters sound a salute, Flower Lady sends her thanksEarl's great-grandfather founded Chris Engel's Greenhouse in 1883 in southwest Detroit. The shop was handed down through the generations, and Earl grew up in the business. She ran the shop until recent years, traveling the 90-minute route daily from Harsens to Woodmere Street.In the '80s, Earl wrote letters to captains asking them to sound a salute as the ships passed her house. She did so for a very special reason.When the ships began honoring her request, she showed her thanks by sending bouquets from her flower shop."I was brought up in a world that if somebody gave you something, you thanked them," she said in 2014. "How many people are out there today who will give you anything?"This giving quickly grew beyond a one-time deal. Before long, Earl was sending flowers through the J.W. Westcott mail boat about five times a year, around the major holidays. Folks at the Westcott, a business in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge that has been around even longer than the flower shop, were happy to accommodate."We would probably put flowers on as many as 50 or 60 vessels, when she brought in the batches, like at spring fit out and Father's Day and Thanksgiving," said Paul Jagenow, a longtime Westcott employee.The mail boat would motor out to the center of the river, sidle alongside the massive freighters and hand up the bouquets just like the mail — by putting them into a bucket that would then be hoisted high above to the towering ships.The flowers "always put a smile on their face," Jagenow said in 2014. The sailors flooded Earl with letters and thank you notes.In recent years, the flower deliveries slowed as Earl struggled with her health. Her sister believes the last time Earl was able to send bouquets was around Father's Day 2015.Earl overcame breast cancer, but then contracted brain cancer. She lived alone on Harsens Island after her husband, Dick, died in 2010. The couple was known for legendary parties with family and friends. Besides Kapanowski, they had two sons, Chris and Richard Jr.The Interlake Steamship Co., which owns nine freighters that haul iron ore and coal on the Great Lakes, poste... http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/12/21/arlene-earl-flower-lady-great-lakes/95700266/
2016 Best of Topeka: University Flowers - Topeka Capital JournalTuesday, September 27, 2016
Cliff Wright and Steve Gleason.For 25 years, Wright and Gleason have operated the floral business, near the northeast corner of Washburn University. The shop originally was on the north side of S.W. 17th Street and moved to 1700 S.W. Washburn Ave. in 2000.The shop sells single-stem flowers — 200 to one customer in a day is the record — as well as floral arrangements and plants. They supplement their supply with irises, peonies and other blooms grown at their home.“Steve and I handle every flower,” Wright said.Their best-seller? Stargazer lilies.Gleason is known for his creative, personalized designs — a recent casket spray incorporated cowboy boots and blue carnations. The shop also sells home décor items and antique furniture and glassware.Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day find Wright and Gleason working overtime to fill orders. And for years, the florists have set the stage for local high school and university commencements and other special community events.Their most high-profile — and nerve-wracking — undertaking? A Kansas Expocentre stage from where first lady Michelle Obama delivered a televised address to local high school graduates in May 2014.“We got great reviews from the Washington people,” Wright said.— Jan Bilesfloristtopekaks.com1st runner-up: Porte... http://cjonline.com/life/2016-09-23/2016-best-topeka-university-flowers
Former Topeka woman in obit requests votes against Hillary Clinton instead of flowers - Topeka Capital JournalFriday, February 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton,” the obituary says.The obituary ran in Friday’s print edition of The Topeka Capital-Journal.Smith was born in Topeka in 1957. She attended the University of Kansas and graduated from Washburn University. Her passions, according to her obituary, included cross stitching, Kansas Jayhawks basketball, her dogs, politics, home decor and her close relationships with all her family and friends. The obituary doesn’t mention her political party.A memorial service is planned for Sunday at Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel in North Canton. Additional services will be held at a later date in Decatur, Ill., and Topeka.View the full obituary here: http://cjon.co/1QbLvji. http://m.cjonline.com/news/2016-02-12/former-topeka-woman-obit-requests-votes-against-hillary-clinton-instead-flowers
Former Washburn grad's obit asks votes against Hillary in lieu of flowers - KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)Thursday, February 18, 2016
A single line in a 58-year-old former Topeka resident’s obituary is making news headlines during a hotly contested race to the White House.Kim Christine Smith grew up in Topeka and graduated from Washburn University. She passed away in Canton, OH Tuesday morning following an 8-year-battle with breast cancer. Her printed obituary is fairly standard; until you get to the final lines, one of which reads: “In lieu of flowers, Kim would ask that you not vote for Hillary Clinton.” The stand-a-lone line is simply followed by the family’s desire that donations may be made in her name to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Pet Finder Foundation which benefits rescue animals, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the Aultman Foundation which is dedicated to improving healthcare in the Canton, OH community where she lived. A brief mention is made of her love of politics. However, no other reference to Mrs. Smith’s political views are made, including an endorsement of any presidential candidate: Democrat or Republican. One clue to the reason her anti-Hillary request was included may be found in this subtle line of her obit: “Kim will be remembered for…her sharp wit and sense of humor.”Her obituary recounts that she began her caree... http://ksnt.com/2016/02/12/former-washburn-grads-obit-asks-votes-against-hillary-in-lieu-of-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 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
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
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/