Local Flower Shop News
Dolphinton blossoms in annual Flower ShowTuesday, August 28, 2018
Ann Ross, 3rd John Graham; three beetroot - 1st Nancy Porteous, 2nd David Millar; dish of soft fruit - 1st David Millar, 2nd Anne Hutchison, 3rd Nancy Porteous; one vegetable (any other variety) - 1st John Graham, 2nd David Millar, 3rd Rob Dickson; one box of vegetables (three varieties) - 1st Rob Dickson, 2nd David Millar, 3rd John Graham. Floral Art Section: Arrangement of three blooms and foliage - 1st Janet Noble, 2nd Isabella Erskine, 3rd Anne Hutchison; foliage arrangement (no flowers) - 1st Janet Noble, 2nd Pam Taylor; arrangement in a tea pot - 1st Janet Noble, 2nd Sarah Baker, 3rd Pam Taylor; an arrangement using only supermarket flowers costing under £5 - 1st Janet Noble, 2nd Anne Hutchison, 3rd Pam Taylor; miniature arrangement not exceeding 9" - 1st Janet Noble, 2nd Jean Campbell, 3rd Pam Taylor. Industrial Section: Glass jar raspberry jam - 1st Isabella Erskine, 2nd David Millar, Lin Smellie; glass jar chutney - 1st Anne Hutchison, 2nd David Millar, Lin Smellie; glass jar fruit jelly - 1st Margaret Adamson, 2nd Jo Lister, 3rd Rob Dickson; glass jar strawberry jam - 1st Jean Campbell, 2nd David Miller, 3rd Lin Smellie; a tea loaf - 1st Anne Hutchison, Norma Campbell, 3rd Jo Lister; a bottle fruit cordial - 1st Jean Campbell, 2nd Pam Taylor, 3rd Anne Hutchison; three cheese oven scones - 1st Margaret Adamson, 2nd Anne Hutchison; three pancakes (dropped scones) - 1st Jean Campbell; three oatie biscuits - 1st Rob Dickson, 2nd Nancy Porteous, 3rd Margaret Adamson; three decorated cup cakes - 1st Jo Lister, 2nd Liz Glasgow, 3rd Anne Hutchison; wedge of apple tart - 1st Anne Hutchison, 2nd Margaret Adamson, 3rd Jean Campbell; three pieces of traybake (uncooked) - 1st Norma Campbell, 2nd Jo Lister, 3rd Anne Hutchison; individual chocolate dessert - 1st Jo Lister, 2nd Pam Taylor, 3rd Anne Hutchison; a savory snack - 1st Jean Campbell; gluten free cake - 1st Pam Taylor, 2nd Anne Hutchison, 3rd Jean Campbell; it's a disaster darling! - 1st Pam Taylor, Eilidh Lister. Handcraft Section: Garment in double knitting - 1st Ann Ross, 2nd Ros Stuart-Monteith, 3rd Linn Smellie; premature baby jacket - 1st Ros Stuart-Monteith, 2nd Anne Hutchison, 3rd Ann Ross; article in feltwork - 1st Linn Smellie, 2nd Nicola Levy, 3rd Ros Stuart-Monteith; article in crochet - 1st Ann Ross, 2nd Ros Stuart-Monteith, 3rd Linn Smellie; item in papercraft - 1st Margaret Adamson, 2nd Nancy Porteous, 3rd Lynn Smellie; a recycled item - 1st Ros Stuart-Monteith, 2nd Margaret Adamson; article in any other craft - 1st Rob Dickson, 2nd Margaret Adamson, Norma Campbell; a portrait (any medium) - 1st Anne Menzies, 2nd Pam Taylor, 3rd Rob Dickson. Photographs: This Green and Pleasant Land - 1st Jimmy Glasgow, 2nd Lindy Middleton, 3rd Liz Glasgow; Red - Jimmy Glasgow, 2nd Norma Campbell, Liz Glasgow; Doggy Delights - 1st Sam Cottier, 2nd Lorna Cottier, 3rd Nicola Cockrane; Family Matters - 1st Jimmy Glasgow, 2nd Liz Glasgow, 3rd Norma Campbell. Family Co-operative: A scarecrow - The Glasgow Clan Children Under Nine: A decorated wooden spoon - 1st Millie Campbell, 2nd Lois Campbell; wild flowers in a jam jar - 1st Daniela Inman, 2nd Harry Baker; a drawing of a dog - 1st Kaitlin Gilbey, 2nd Daniela Inman, 3rd Alice Carey; a vegetable animal - 1st Logan Gilbey, 2nd Kaitlin Gilbey; an edible necklace - 1st Kaitlin Gilbey, 2nd Logan Gilbey, 3rd Daniela Inman; a handwritten verse - 1st Caitlin Cairns, 2nd Daniela Inman, Erin Naysmith; decorated paper plate - 1st Millie Campbell, 2nd Kaitlin Gilbey, 3rd Lois Campbell; potato - 1st Anna Milne, 2nd Erin Milne, 3rd Alistair Nixon. Children Nine-15: A decorated cup cake - 1st Niamh Cairns, 2nd Eilidh Lister; a flower arrangement in a drinks can - 1st Eilidh Lister, 2nd Xanthe Abernethy, 3rd Niamh Cairns; a drawing of a dog - 1st Jill Cottier, 2nd Fearn Mackintosh, Eilidh Lister; a piece of handwork - 1st Eilidh Lister, 2nd Niamh Cairns, 3rd Fearn Mackintosh; a selfie - 1st Campbell Mackintosh, 2nd Jill Cottier, Eilidh Lister; a farmyard in a shoebox - Xanthe Abernethy, 2nd Harris ... http://www.peeblesshirenews.com/news/16600039.dolphinton-blossoms-in-annual-flower-show/
Garden Day in the Park goes glam with music, art, flowers and fashionTuesday, August 14, 2018
University of Alberta music students, the ensemble has developed into a versatile group equally at ease playing classical, jazz and Latin music.The current members are cellist John Fedor, violist Darrell Soetaert and violinists Amanda Alstad and Scott Zubot.Their sets will include an eclectic mix of Mozart and Beethoven sprinkled with lighter fare such as George Andrix’s arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon, a La Vie En Rose arrangement of At Last as well as Carlos Gardel’s Argentinean tango, Por Una Cabeza.Unlike some of Edmonton’s high-art string quartets, Soetaert explains that Wild Rose sits in the middle range. Instead of planning a season, the ensemble is more business focused and is always on the lookout for new gigs.“We like having fun together. We really like each other’s company. We get along well and that comes out in our music.”The evening closes at 4:30 p.m. with an inaugural fashion show, an experimental event to develop more tourism, said Ashton Huber, the botanic park’s marketing associate.Four models will strut the runway under a shaded tent wearing Cerulean Boutique’s summer wear that transitions to fall. The collection includes flirty dresses, light pants, jewel-coloured tops and blouses as well as summer sandals.Jill Bulmer, co-owner of Cerulean said, “The gardens are stunning right now. And this year, every designer has florals. It’s perfect for a garden fashion show.” ... https://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/picnic-in-the-park-goes-glam-with-music-art-flowers-and-fashion-20180724
Tips for cutting costs on your wedding without sacrificing quality - Globalnews.caTuesday, January 08, 2019
READ MORE: What to do as soon as you get engagedWhere to saveDecorPick flowers that are in season The flower selection may vary across the country so ask your local florist what your best options would be for the month you’re getting married.And if you’re really dying to have a certain flower (but don’t want to pay to import them if they’re not in season), you may want to consider picking your wedding date accordingly.If your floral budget is smaller, know that you’ll likely end up with more green in the arrangements, which is golden if you choose that as one of your colours.Mix up the centerpiecesBefore you go all Pinterest-crazy with centerpiece ideas, know that what you see on there can be quite costly.Wise recommends putting elaborate and tall floral centerpieces on every other table, and simple low centerpieces (that can be a smattering of different-sized candles) on the rest.“Alternate centerpieces can give room definition,” she said. “It makes it more intriguing to look at.”Candles are also pretty cheap. Just make sure to check the burn time so they don’t go out during your reception.Find twinkly lightsThe little white lights are quite inexpensive, as well.But they can make a room look magical.“This whole twinkle light thing is super trendy and romantic,” Wise said.She suggests buying them online and getting your groomsmen to hang them up.READ MORE: Wedding décor trends: Tips to turn your reception into an ‘experience’ 2016 trends in wedding decor Don’t print everythingThis tip will help save you cash — and the environment.For those doing a sit-down dinner, you don’t need to print menus for everyone. Place a couple on the table instead.The programs can be cut out too, Wise said, unless you have a really unique DIY idea for them. People will figure out what’s going on.If you’re really worried they won’t, you could write out a breakdown at the entrance.Or just include the details on your wedding website.Another thing to s... https://globalnews.ca/news/2709285/tips-for-cutting-costs-on-your-wedding-without-sacrificing-quality/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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How to design your own holiday centerpiece - Purdue Agricultural CommunicationsTuesday, January 08, 2019
He added that differently textured foliage should be used to give the piece a dynamic look.Many winter greens can be found in backyards and neighborhoods, eliminating the need to purchase from a florist. “White pine, for example, can be found in many neighborhoods,” Cotterman said. “When it comes to blooms for the centerpiece you might need to visit a flower shop, but greenery can be found everywhere.”After disguising the dish and base with greenery, Cotterman suggested choosing several different blooms to intersperse throughout the arrangement. A variation of colors, textures and sizes will enhance the arrangement and produce an inviting fragrance. When it comes to adding the blooms, don’t go overboard, Cotterman advised, and stick to an odd number of flowers.Perhaps most importantly, sink the stems of blooms and greenery into the base by at least half an inch. If a bloom needs to be moved, the stem must be re-trimmed and inserted into a different location.“This is so we don’t clog the stems. We want the stems to be able to soak up as much water as possible,” Cotterman said.While decorating is an important part of the holidays for many families, decorations should never come at the expense of guests, he continued. Floral arrangements can be aromatic, so be sensitiv... https://ag.purdue.edu/stories/how-to-design-your-own-holiday-centerpiece/
Swonks Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close Saturday - Battle Creek EnquirerTuesday, January 08, 2019
After almost a century of business, Swonk's Flower Shop is closing its doors on Saturday. The downtown florist, which can be found a short distance from Horrocks Farm Market at 84 Goguac St., was opened in 1927 by Molly Simonds and her husband, Charlie Swonk. The current owners, Jeanette and Jim Schmid, took over the store in 2002 and are closing the store so they can retire. Jeanette Schmid had worked at Swonk's since the 1960s when she was in high school. She took a break in 1994 when they moved to Lansing but came back to Battle Creek in 2002 when they bought the store. She’s been running it ever since. “It’s not a business that’s real lucrative, so you can’t really think about that part,” Schmid said. “It’s the satisfaction of doing it. So I thought about being a secretary, but that fell by the wayside, and I stayed with this as a career. I continued working in a flower shop in Lansing. I never left the flower business.” Until now, when the Schmids decided it was time to retire. Jeanette Schmid will continue to work with flowers in her own garden at home. She has 12 flower beds that she’s looking forward to filling with phlox, lilies, hollyhocks and more once spring returns. “They’re miracles,” Schmid said. “To watch a flower grow, come to life, bloom, and there’s so many different kinds. They’re a magnificent creation of God. And they’re beautiful.&rd... https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2018/10/25/swonks-flower-shop-closing/1755166002/
Effort to eliminate florist licenses in Louisiana becomes a thorny issue - Fox NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
BATON ROUGE, La. – In Louisiana, florists must know the proper storage temperature for plants, wiring methods for various flowers and how to construct a cascade bouquet. They pay $100 a year.The Pelican state is the only state in the country that requires a license to sell flowers, a distinction that has become a point of contention among florists who say it legitimizes their trade and state lawmakers who feel Louisiana is too overwhelmed with a dizzying number of professional license requirements.State lawmakers wanted to cut back on the number of licenses by eliminating the floral one. That has drawn the ire of florists who take pride in regulating their profession – by weeding out people who know little about floral arrangements. Orchids sit on display at Red Onion in Baton Rouge. Several florists throughout the state say they want to keep a licensing and testing requirement in place. Louisiana is the only state in the country that requires florists to be licensed. (Fox News)Part of the licensing p... https://www.foxnews.com/politics/effort-to-eliminate-florist-licenses-in-louisiana-becomes-a-thorny-issue