Wilmington Flower Shop News
Jeanne Cook Long, 86, owned and operated Winnabow Florist for many years - Port City DailyTuesday, July 23, 2019
Gideon’s Auxiliary. She was very active in the Winnabow community.She proudly served alongside her husband in the ownership of Buy-Rite Discount Store, formally located on Front Street, Wilmington. She owned and operated Winnabow Florist for many years and found real joy in serving others with the joy of sending and receiving beautiful flowers. She was a member of The Glad Tidings Quartet for 16 years sharing the love of Gospel music.Mrs. Long is survived by three children, Richard C. Long, and his wife, Donna, of Winnabow, Sharon L. Elwood, and her husband, Steve, of Boiling Spring Lakes and Melanie D. Long and Ricardo of Winnabow; seven grandchildren, Tricia Coleman, Traci Wood, Terri Grainger, Danny Sellers, Leslie Elwood, Brandon Scott Long and Brittney Long; and 10 great-grandchildren, Zach Coleman, Emma Coleman, Alec Wood, Eva Grainger, Dalton Sellers, Gracie Sellers, Cayden Sellers, Nadia Elwood, Eden Long and Elliana Long.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 8, at Town Creek Baptist Church. A homegoing celebration will be held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, at Town Creek Baptist Church, 832 Green Hill Road N.E., Leland, with her grandson, Pastor Brandon Scott Long, and the Rev. V.C. Potter officiating.Share online condolences with the family at White Funeral and Cremation Service.Always be informed. Click here to get the latest news and information delivered to your inbox... https://portcitydaily.com/obits/2019/07/08/jeanne-cook-long-86-owned-and-operated-winnabow-florist-for-many-years/
This florist started caring for ailing orchids on the side. He’s now babysitting 13,000. - The Washington PostTuesday, April 16, 2019
Some people have one, some have 500,” he says.Chadwick opened his business in 1989 with the help of his father, who is now in his late 80s and still raises 800 cattleyas in his Wilmington, Del., home. Art Sr. helped his son build his first greenhouse and provided thousands of his own plants to create an early inventory but has not been involved in the day-to-day running of the business.His son opened the Museum District shop 15 years ago, about the same time affordable orchids were flooding the market and on their way to edging out the poinsettia as America’s most popular houseplant. Was he perturbed? “I was a little worried until I saw how dreadful they looked in the stores,” he says. “The first few days they are there they’re okay, but soon afterward they start to go down.”Another reason for his viability is the sale of other, more specialty orchids. In addition to the cattleyas, customers find such beauties as vandas, similar in size and form to phalaenopsis but bluer and patterned, and oncidiums, with their profuse sprays of bright, delicate blooms.But to see Chadwick’s biggest bulwark against the cheap orchid tidal wave, you have to take a little trip. We climb into his plush if aging Lexus SUV and make our way west out of the city to Powhatan County. After 25 minutes we are in a place whose rural character is being eroded by the lapping waters of suburban development, but when we turn into a short driveway, we find a property that i... https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/this-florist-started-babysitting-ailing-orchids-on-the-side-hes-now-boarding-13000/2019/04/03/e5bc550e-3ba1-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html
Wilmington florist gears up for busy Valentines Day - WWAY NewsChannel 3Sunday, February 10, 2019
Pink roses (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Months of planning and weeks of preparation come to a head at many local businesses this week as preparations are under way for a Valentine’s Day with heavier than normal predicted activity.Warmer weather combined with a workweek Valentine’s Day, Thursday, this year has many in the industry planning long days.- Advertisement - Dana and Jeff Cook, owners of Wilmington’s Julia’s Florist say that this year looks rosy.“In years past we have battled blizzards and ice storms so this year’s weather forecast was a joy to follow” Jeff Cook said. “With a Thursday Valentine’s Day you have many customers eager to display their flowers on work desks and many others taking advantage of early delivery on Wednesday or taking advantage of our free delivery for Valentines orders with Monday and Tuesday delivery. At Julia’s we are fortunate to have the volume of business allowing us to receive flowers direct from... https://www.wwaytv3.com/2019/02/06/wilmington-florist-gears-up-for-busy-valentines-day/
Summer jobs: Flowers, photos and moreTuesday, July 03, 2018
Editor’s Note: We recently asked some Clinton Countians to tell us about their first summer job. This is the Part 2 of a 4-part News Journal series that began on Saturday.By Jonathan McKayWilmington Savings Bank,City CouncilmanMy first summer job was with Allen Studios helping Hal Allen with his photography business taking wedding and senior photos.What I loved liked about the job: I liked meeting the clients that had contracted with Hal and I enjoyed Hal himself. He is a great person and we would often talk about how the Reds, Bengals and Xavier Basketball would be doing. If the time of the year was right we would also, talk horse racing and the Triple Crown Series.There were no downsides to working with Hal.My favorite memory was a wedding and Hal climbed up into a church balcony and could not get the shot of the group we wanted so he climbed over the railing of the balcony and knelt down on a ledge. He got the shot but I thought for sure he was going to fall. This is the dedication Hal has to his clients. The group laughed when I said Hal don’t fall because I can’t operate the camera. It was our first wedding with the new digital camera he had bought.By K... https://www.wnewsj.com/news/76303/summer-jobs-flowers-photos-and-more
Floral designers use artwork to inspire botanical displays - StarNewsOnline.comTuesday, January 16, 2018
Museum of Art in Raleigh. Last year, the artwork for Art & The Bloom came from the Cameron Art Museum. This year, they’re using a few pieces from private collectors and are partnering with the Wilmington Art Association, which will also have a sales gallery at the event.Twenty-eight competitors were matched with artwork in October via a blind draw and given design criteria. In addition to placed winners, a people’s choice category will be awarded. At last year’s inaugural event, Brittany Wells of Verzaal’s Florist in Wilmington took home the Best in Show prize. She will be returning this year to defend her title.Two floral judges, accredited through National Garden Clubs, will be in town for the event. Virginia’s Frances Thrash and Pam Braun from Tennessee are also hosting courses in floral design and botanical arts. Kim Fisher, a local floral designer originally from Washington D.C., will be leading a workshop in creating a terrarium out of succulents.“And Preston Montague, who is a botanical illustrator, will show people how to draw what’s in their yards to create their own note cards,” Bittler said. “We tried to schedule events that would be fun, and accentuate the garden and art aspect.”The New Hanover Garden Club started about four years ago and the 30 members are already working on a variety of community projects, from restoring the gardens at the Sherwood Manor Rest Home to making miniature floral arrangements for Meals on Wheels recipients to sponsoring two junior garden clubs.“We wanted to start a fundraiser to help support this work we do,” Bittler said. The club will be raffling off several items during the event, too, including arrangements made by Thrash during her presentation, a copy of Weathington’s book "Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide," and the floral arrangements in teapots that will decorate the tables during the hat fashion shows and afternoon teas. http://www.starnewsonline.com/homes/20180105/floral-designers-use-artwork-to-inspire-botanical-displays
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/