Winnetka Flower Shop News
Top Flower Shops Near Woodland Hills - Woodland Hills MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
San Fernando Valley for 20 years, providing floral arrangements for everything from weddings and birthdays to graduations, funerals and more. The shop is located at 19755 Vanowen Street Suite A-22 in Winnetka.Abbey’s Flower Garden was established in 1990 and has been family-owned and operated since, with staff wholly committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Abbey’s specializes in high-end wedding arrangements at a reasonable price, and its staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant and memorable one. The shop is located at 22037 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.Woodland Warner Flowers proudly serves Woodland Hills and surrounding areas, remaining committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts backed by friendly and prompt service. Branding itself a “local family florist,” Woodland Warner Flowers goes out of its way to make every experience a pleasant one with hand-arranged flowers that are fresh and expertly handled by professional florists to give each gift that special, personal touch. Amongst the top flower shops near Woodland Hills, Woodland Warner Flowers boasts an assortment of lovely plants and dazzling gift baskets for any occasion. The store is located at 21212 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.Any of the shops mentioned above will definitely redefine “flower power” when you’re looking for that perfect bouquet this year, no matter the occasion. http://woodlandhillsmagazine.com/top-flower-shops-near-woodland-hills/
Follow your nose to experience the corpse flower at The Huntington in San MarinoTuesday, August 28, 2018
I once received a report from Kathy Kravitz, a gardener in Winnetka, who described a voodoo lily plant that had re-emerged annually for 15 years, although it had flowered only once. Carrion flowers and voodoo lilies have a reputation for irregular flowering, taking as long as 10 years between blooming events, which last for only a couple of days.Yet at least one arum — the peace lily or Spathiphyllum — is highly dependable when it comes to flowering.I am always flabbergasted this time of year by the sudden appearance of glorious white spathes from peace lilies. The plant asks for nothing during the warm season other than a good soaking once a week and then suddenly it starts to give you these uncanny spathes which you don’t feel you deserve because, for months and months, you barely noticed the plant associated with them.You can grow Spathiphyllums outdoors in protected locations. They may burn somewhat in the winter but overhead tree branches or patio awnings will provide an extra measure of heat that will save them from freezing on most, if not all, Los Angeles winter nights.Another arum that appears this time of year in protected outdoor locations is Anthurium, easily recognized by its vinyl textured, heart-shaped spathes usually in red or pink but occasionally in white, too.Also generally regarded as an indoor plant, I have seen it develop unscathed in alcove planters. As an indoor plant, Anthurium is the only species I know that flowers non-stop as long as you fertilize each time you water but weakly. That is, apply a liquid fertilizer at 20 percent of the recommended dose whenever you water.Before leaving the arums, two robust members deserve mention. One is Philodendron ‘Xanadu,’ a stalwart foliage plant for the shade where you want nothing more than decorous green foliage with deeply, yet softly, lobed leaf margins. And then there is the cally lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), a durable addition to any dappled shade or partial sun garden.White calla lily spreads by rhizomes so that, even though it disappears in hot weather, it will come back stronger than ever next time around. However, those colorful calla lilies, although they look great in pots at the nursery, are not suitable for garden growing.For more information about area plants and gardens, go to Joshua Siskin’s website, thesmartergar... https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2018/08/25/follow-your-nose-to-experience-the-corpse-flower-at-the-huntington-in-san-marino/
Plant, nurture, eat: Wilmette Community Nursery School plans edible garden learning experience - Chicago TribuneTuesday, October 25, 2016
Cue said."We believe that when children experience things directly, when they work with their hands, they become invested in the process," she said. "That's what we believe can happen here."Nolan, a Winnetka native and current Northfield resident, founded The Organic Gardener Ltd. in 2005, shortly after she designed a 5,000-square-foot educational garden at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Through her Highland Park-based company, Nolan has designed and created more than 1,000 other organic food gardens for homes, schools, restaurants, businesses and nonprofits, according to her website.She is also the author of "From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love and the Movement That's Changing the Nation."Earlier this year, McCue contacted Nolan, who has previously donated to WCNS fundraisers, and asked if she was interested in helping the school create its own garden. Nolan was.During the summer of 2016, she and school staff worked to plan the WCNS garden beds, how they would dovetail into students' learning experience, and how to ensure staff, students, and their families would remain invested in the gardening effort."A lot of schools in Wilmette have organic gardens; the community is very progressive that way," Nolan said. "Many of the children who are here (at WCNS) will go on to many of these schools, and they will already be familiar with many of the concepts of organic gardening, thanks to what they learn here.""We believe in the edible garden connecting with our community," McCue said. "We are dedicated to hands-on learning, and whatever (students') interests are, we want to encourage and nurture that."Children are already curious about the gardens, McCue said, and are imagining what they might be able to grow. Some, like 4-year-old Max Cabonargi, said that they want to plant flowers, and possibly pumpkins. Others, like Max's 5-year-old classmate Bryson Leahy, mentioned carrots and strawberries – and not just any carrots or strawberries, he whispered to McCue; "rainbow" carrots and strawberries.Between now and next spring, students will talk further about what they want to grow in the garden beds. Their suggestions – p... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wilmette/news/ct-wml-community-nursery-edible-garden-tl-1027-20161025-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 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/
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