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
Former White House Chief Florist takes the…Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Brussels sprouts (Photos courtesy of Laura Dowling) Swan Lake: Marshmallows, white feathers and silvered branchesThe gallery will resume insecondsFor Dowling, former Chief Florist for the White House, the challenge was to create a new twist on a circular form as old as, well, the Earth.Wait, “You were the florist for the White House?”Twenty years ago, Dowling had a career in public policy and communications strategy. In 2000, she went to Paris for the first time and fell in love with the flower shops.She began doing floral design on the side, and her little business blossomed. When the White House job opened in 2009, she applied along with hundreds of others. Eventually, the search narrowed to three finalists.The last step was a four-hour timed competition. “They put the three finalists in separate rooms,” she said, “and asked us to create arrangements for a state dinner, the blue room, and the Oval Office.” Next, Michelle Obama came to see the arrangements and interview the designers.Dowling’s fresh-from-the-garden, French flower style won the day. “It’s what Jackie Kennedy would have done,” said Dowling of the first lady who created the role of White House Chief Florist in 1961. And so began a dream job, which she held from 2009 to 2015. Since then, she’s written, “Floral Diplomacy”, “A White House Christmas”, about one of the nation’s biggest and most visible floral design jobs; and now “Wreaths.”Dowling’s 128-page book lays out everything you need to know to make 78 inventive, unexpected wreaths. Each recipe includes the tools you’ll need, materials, skill level, approximate duration and eye-candy photos.Dowling and I could have talked all day:Q: What do you wish more people knew about wreath making?A: Anyone can go out and buy a wreath. But so many are flat and typical. I would love for people to know they ca... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/
Swonk Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close SaturdayTuesday, October 30, 2018
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/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
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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Eugene flower shop "Petals it Forward"Tuesday, October 30, 2018
It's an annual event that calls attention to the positive impact of giving and receiving flowers. Strangers and florists, like Dandelions owner Krystal Vincent, handed out flowers just to brighten people's days. "Science has shown that flowers make everyone happy, so it feels really good to give people flowers and they actually get to experience that as well, something that we get to do here everyday," Vincent said. "They get the chance to get flowers as well as receive them." The event is sponsored by the Society of American Florists. ... https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Eugene-flower-shop-Petals-it-Forward-498486612.html
Bloomr Offers an Impressive Collection of over 2000 Faux Flower Stems to Create Your Own Artificial Floral ArrangementTuesday, October 30, 2018
Bloomr offers an extensive collection of faux flower stems to create your own DIY floral arrangement or decorate with a bunch of artificial roses in a vase. The faux flowers are designed by the real florists using the highest quality materials to replicate the real flowers like hydrangeas, roses, peonies, lilies, and anemones. Apart from home decoration, their mixed flower arrangements are an important part of the ambience on occasions, such weddings, birthdays, corporate parties, etc. Also a favorite of the DIYer, with over 2000 artificial flowers stems there is surely something for everyone! Bloomr is one of the most sought after names in the artificial floral industry for providing top-quality products at the market's best prices. The company has amassed a customer base all across the world due to its unrivaled commitment to their quality. Their florists make all their arrangements by hand and are happy to customize their floral arrangements. In addition to faux stems, the company also offers Faux Orchid Arrangements, Faux Floral Arrangements, Faux Succulents & Plants, Faux Trees and Pots & Vases Talking about their faux flower stems, one of the representatives of the company stated, "Anyone can be a florist with BLOOMR faux floral stems. We source the highest quality materials and all of our stems are made with lifelike, real-touch technology. What... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4003706