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Lake County Lines: Poinsettias add holiday cheer to Lake County courthouse - Chicago TribuneTuesday, December 05, 2017
Jennie Vana said.The idea pre-dates both Vana and the facilities manager, neither of whom knew who thought it up or where the idea came from.The tree is made up of 170 plants purchased from a Waukegan florist for about $2,500, she said.A few days before Christmas, the county will take down the tree and offer the plants to employees and visitors in exchange for a monetary donation of their choosing, Vana said.The plants will be available for purchase Dec. 21 and 22, she said.On average, the county collects between $750 and $1,000, which is then donated to the United Way of Lake County, she said.A move to potentially refinance nearly $48 million in debt could save the College of Lake County $1.6 million, college officials said.The college's Board of Trustees gave their go-ahead earlier this month and the refinancing would occur only if it would result in savings of at least 3 percent, according to a news release.Ken Gotsch, the college's vice president for administrative affairs, pointed to the college's high credit rating and low interest rates for tax-exempt institutions for making the savings possible.He also said the college requested the move now because the tax bills currently being considered by Congress could eliminate a tax exemption for entities like CLC seeking to refinance in the future.The primary debt being considered for refinancing are two bonds that were issued in 2013 to pay for the ong... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-lake-county-lines-poinsettias-st-1204-20171203-story.html
Area Florists Partner with Distributor to Surprise Random People with Flowers - PR Web (press release)Tuesday, November 08, 2016
PRWEB) October 17, 2016Atlanta, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Chicago & Waukegan (IL) are among many U.S. cities where area florists will be brightening the days of random passersby on October 19. It’s all part of the nationwide ‘Petal it Forward’ program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF) of which floral wholesaler Kennicott Brothers Company is a member. ‘Petal It Forward’ is in response to data culled by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers.“This is happening Wednesday in over 200 cities nationwide,” said Joe Barnes of Kennicott Brothers, who helps coordinate some of the marketing efforts in their contributing service areas. “Our florist customers are really stepping it up and preparing to hand out thousands of stems to unsuspecting commuters and pedestrians. It will make for a really positive day across social media, and face-to-face with real people who can’t help but to smile at being handed flowers.”Each Petal It Forward team (see below for participating area florists) is not only spreading happiness to lucky people who receive the flowers, but arming these recipients with the tools they need to Petal it Forward and spread ... http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/10/prweb13760637.htm
Area Florists Partner With Distributor To Surprise Random People With Flowers - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Kennicott BrothersPosted: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 3:48PM EDT Atlanta, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Chicago & Waukegan (IL) are among many U.S. cities where area florists will be brightening the days of random passersby on October 19. It’s all part of the nationwide ‘Petal it Forward’ program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF) of which floral wholesaler Kennicott Brothers Company is a member. ‘Petal It Forward’ is in response to data culled by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers.“This is happening Wednesday in over 200 cities nationwide,” said Joe Barnes of Kennicott Brothers, who helps coordinate some of the marketing efforts in their contributing service areas. “Our florist customers are really stepping it up and preparing to hand out thousands of stems to unsuspecting commuters and pedestrians. It will make for a really positive day across social media, and face-to-face with real people who can’t help but to smile at being handed flowers.”Each Petal It Forward team (see below for participating area florists) is not only spreading happiness to luck... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0056110
Aretha Franklin says it with flowers - Chicago Sun-TimesThursday, March 10, 2016
Invitational, taking place Monday at the course where the Murray boys grew up playing golf. … For Sunday’s upcoming opening of Giordano’s new Glenview location at the Shops of Heatherfield on North Waukegan Road, the star attraction will be former Bulls and NBA great Scottie Pippen. http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/aretha-franklin-says-it-with-flowers/
Roses for vets: Freedom Farm brings Valentine's Day to VA hospital - Chicago TribuneThursday, February 04, 2016
Sundays to veterans at the center.Cornett said she and her brother grew up in a family of rose gardeners."We had the same kind of rose in our garden when I was a little girl growing up in Waukegan that my mother donated to Freedom Farm when my dad died," she said."It's a strong hardy rose," Cornett said the "Peace" rose, which is yellow with pink edges.Highwood resident Kelcey Liverpool co-founded Kids Rank four years ago for military children."We look for volunteer opportunities and found Freedom Farm," she said.The children — kindergartners through eighth-graders — help plant and harvest vegetables at the farm in summer and deliver roses to the veterans once a month, she said."The patients are very pleased and very happy to see the kids," Liverpool said. "Even something as small as a single rose will unexpectedly brighten your day. To have a child bring it to you means that much more. Then they learn these kids are part of the military family, that they have a commonality."Ress said Freedom Farm is seeking donations of bud vases to use to present the roses to the veterans, as well as other financial and volunteer help. For more information, visit http://freedomfarmforvets.org.Sheryl DeVore is a freelance reporter for the News-Sun. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-roses-for-veterans-st-0202-20160201-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 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/