Farmland Flower Shop News
Kittelberger Florist & Gifts celebrates 90 years with free parties in Webster - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleTuesday, January 08, 2019
Now in its fourth generation, the floral and gift shop has changed to keep up with the trends. Initially just a little floral store on farmland, Kittelberger now has over 24,000 square feet of retail space. Beyond florals, the shop is a full-fledged boutique with home decor, jewelry, fashion and gift items, employing 59 people with a dozen family members in the business. The namesake of the business goes back 90 years. The Kittelberger family of Webster sponsored Willie and Pauline Fuchs to emigrate from Germany to the United States. The Fuchses worked for the Kittelbergers until they had enough money to buy the business from them in 1941. The Fuchs' daughter, Hilda Horeth, and her husband, Martin, took over the operation in 1952. Much has changed since then. From the small floral shop amid vast farmland came a retail store in the 1960s selling flower arrangements for weddings and funerals with greenhouses for annual flowers and fields for vegetables and flowers. Bill Horeth credits his parents, Hilda and Martin, with growing the retail portion of the business. All five of Hilda and Martin's children went into the family business. Bill does everything around the store from floral arrangement to management; Cathy Mills is in charge of the buying; Jeanette Guenther oversees the office; Debbie Huehn is a wedding coordinator and Margaret Benedict is a designer. There are also seven grandchildren of Hilda and Martin involved in this business. Kittelberger expanded beyond florals and gifts three years ago with the opening of Pub 235 restaurant next to the floral gift shop, s... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/08/07/kittelberger-florist-gifts-celebrates-90-years-webster-ny-gift-shop-anniversary/925108002/
Red-tail Land Conservancy's Wildflower Celebration - Kokomo PerspectiveTuesday, May 01, 2018
Jack’s Camera Shop will enlarge and print the winning photograph. Gordy’s Fine Art and Framing will frame the winning photograph. Yuhas Woods is located at 5970 W 400 S, Farmland, IN 47340. Additional information can be found at http://www.fortheland.org/event/spring-wildflower-celebration/. Julie Borgmann is the executive director for Red-tail Land Conservancy. Her passion is connecting people to nature for conservation and well-being. http://kokomoperspective.com/politics/indiana/red-tail-land-conservancy-s-wildflower-celebration/article_aabc8fa1-a302-5a2f-a494-6aa2ecbbdce1.html
This Virginia Farm Will Have Thousands of Tulips in Bloom This Weekend - Washingtonian.comTuesday, May 01, 2018
It’s an idea that Dawley, a former florist who once owned Hedgerows in McLean, germinated—and she says it’s now one of the largest pick-your-own tulip farms in the world. But after the Haymarket farmland Dawley was using was sold by the owner to developers, Dawley and her son, Mike, had to find new land for their flowers. They found it in Nokesville, about an hour’s drive from DC.Moving a farm, as you can imagine, is no easy task. You don’t know the land intimately, nor the vagaries of the growing conditions. The one million bulbs went into the ground. By January, all looked rooted and well. Then, says Leslie, the spring rains came. And came. Half the field, it turned out, was too low-lying and the standing water wouldn’t drain. The bulbs in that section were lost—around 400,000 of them, she says. Almost half.Some 600,000 tulips in bloom—almost four acres—is still a lot. They’re due to peak this coming weekend, May 5 and 6. Visitors will find 200 varieties that will bloom in cycles (mid-, early, and late season), lasting about three-and-a-half weeks in all. (To keep tabs on the bloom, check the farm’s website or Facebook page.) While the flowers make for a pretty photo backdrop, this is not a look-don’t-touch experience: You can pull the stems out of the ground and take them home, $1 per stem (plus another $1 if you want the bulb).There’s an entry fee of $6 for off-peak bloom times, $8 for peak. On weekends, you must pre-purchase admission before you arrive; no tick...
A Wedding Under a Canopy of Flowers at a Museum in the Hamptons - Vogue.comTuesday, February 27, 2018
Breanna. “I was eager to go for a walk, but he was stalling before sunset, so he asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride instead. I love biking around the Sagaponack farmlands, so it was an easy distraction from the beach walk. Once we got back to our house, he then suggested that we head down to the beach. At first, I was confused as to why he wanted to take on another activity after just having finished one, but I went along anyway. When he proposed, I was completely surprised! He opened up a beautiful box with an emerald-cut diamond. I had told him the cut I wanted a while back and let him do the rest, it was perfect!”The Hamptons has always been a special place for the couple, as they go to their house out there nearly every weekend, and as soon as they got engaged, they knew it was where they wanted to get married. After some searching, they decided on the Parrish Art Museum for their venue: “It’s a beautiful structure designed by Herzog & de Meuron,” Breanna explains. “And, it has this great indoor-outdoor space that looks out onto a field of yellow flowers during the summer.”From the start, Breanna worked with Cynthia Cook Smith of Cynthia Cook Brides to put together her entire wedding weekend wardrobe. “She really helped me find the perfect dresses,” explains the bride. “At the rehearsal dinner on Thursday, I wore a white silk Oscar de la Renta, and then for our welcome party, a custom blue dress by Martha Medeiros.” The wedding dress was a more difficult task. “I knew that I didn’t want a strapless wedding dress, and I think that choice immediately cut out half of the options,” explains Breanna. “It actually made my search more difficult. I wanted an A-line shape and a fabric that was light so that I could easily play with the dress in photos. I went to Lela Rose and walked out of the dressing room twirling in a high-strapped dress with big flowers embroidered onto it. Everyone in the room was immediately like, ‘Okay, th...
Slow flower movement blooming in Ontario - Toronto StarTuesday, May 23, 2017
With vibrant buttercups and snapdragons bunched together with mint, pampas grass and branches poking through, Jennifer Fowlow’s bouquets look like they were picked fresh off farmland.And they were. The “slow flower” movement — a surge in homegrown flowers over imported grocery store bouquets — is the new aesthetic blooming in the floral business. This local, natural trend is leading florists to use what’s in season in their bouquets — be that vines, bean stalks or roadside weeds.Scroll through Instagram and you’ll find thousands of messy, haggard and beautiful arrangements under the #slowflowers hashtag. You will also see the breadth of the movement’s creativity.At Wild North Flowers in downtown Toronto, Fowlow and team use all types of greenery with vibrant staples such as Peruvian lilies and Lisianthus flowers. She’ll trim branches, gather herbs, such as mint, and cut weeds from the alley behind her house or pulled from the side of a highway to give arrangements a natural look. “Each flower tells you where it wants to go. You pick up each stem, the lines the way it’s curved, and make the decision one by one where to go,” says Fowlow, who opened Wild Nort...
Please don't forget the reasons for Decoration Day and Memorial Day - Kingsport Times NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Popie eventually shared. These cemetery photo shoots were a great curiosity to my former co-worker Jo Ellen Werking Weedman. Especially since we continue to take them. Jo Ellen was from Indiana. Maybe they don’t do things our way up there.The cemetery visit (with photos) and perhaps going to church, are about the only part of “Decoration” that continue unchanged for some of us who are left. The meal has evolved over the years. After Popie passed, we moved the meal to the home of my aunt and uncle, Venus (Wallen) and Carson Lawson. But age made it more and more difficult for some to attend. For others, it was life and careers elsewhere. In recent years the picnic is on Saturday here in Kingsport, at Eastman Cabins. We’re planning that again this year. Last year a lot of us ventured out that evening to the Carter Fold. It was Mom’s first visit. It was also her first visit as the last survivor of her ten siblings. Aunt Mary (Wallen Roller) went to heaven just a couple of months prior. In honor of her first visit, the band dedicated a song to Mom. We all had a great time. Some of us plan to go back to the fold next Saturday night.“Decoration” at Flower Gap Cemetery usually falls the same weekend as Memorial Day, the federal holiday for remembering veterans who died in service. But not always. The church’s annual memorial service (for members who have passed) is always the Sunday after the fourth Saturday in May. So it doesn’t always fall on Memorial Day weekend. If my calculations are correct, in 2021 Memorial Day — always the last Monday in May — will be May 31. But the fourth Saturday that year will be May 22, making Flower Gap’s memorial service Sunday May 23. Other churches and/or cemeteries have their own memorial services and decoration days. Many are in May and June. But others are in other seasons.It was these types of events which preceded Memorial Day, according to multiple sources. Memorial Day is a week from tomorrow. For many, this national holiday creates a three-day weekend that is the unofficial start of summer fun. But as I’ve covered Memorial Day ceremonies over the years, I’ve often heard U.S. military veterans remind crowds that Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance .... It’s not about cookouts and boating. It is to honor and remember those American soldiers who died while serving their country.According to multiple sources, Memorial Day grew out of Decoration Day in the 1860s shortly after the Civil War, as communities held ceremonies to honor the war dead and place flowers on their graves. By 1900, May 30 was recognized as Memorial Day by state legislatures across the nation. After World War, I the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1968, Congress declared the last Monday in May as Memorial Day.So next weekend have fun, but don’t forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. And when it’s “Decoration” where your people are buried, go visit and take a few stick flowers (and don’t forget your camera). In any case, Saturday night is always a good time to go to the Fold.J.H. Osborne covers Sullivan County government for the Times News. Email him at [email protected]... https://www.timesnews.net/Blog/2019/05/19/Please-don-t-forget-the-reasons-for-Decoration-Day-and-Memorial-Day.html?ci=stream&lp=8&p=1
Man Says Indianapolis Florist Denied Him Service Over Gay Marriage - NewsweekTuesday, May 21, 2019
A man is claiming a floral shop in Indiana refused to help him find flowers for his wedding after the store discovered he was marrying a man.David Elliott told WRTV that he went to Avon Florist in Avon, Indianapolis, on Thursday to order flowers for his upcoming nuptials. Elliott said he was having a normal conversation about the wedding with the owner until he mentioned that he needed two boutonnieres, one for him and one for his partner. "She said, 'What do you need?' I said, 'I need two boutonnieres.' She then said, 'What does the bride need?' I said, 'Well, there is no bride.' And then she said, 'Well then I'm going on vacation and I can't help you.' I then said, 'Okay,' and I walked out," Elliott told the news station. Avon Florist in Avon, Indianapolis. A man claims he was denied help for his wedding from the florist on Thursday because he is marrying a man. Google Maps/Screenshot Elliott told Newsweek that the manager's demeanor changed after he mentioned his partner, who he has known since he was 18... https://www.newsweek.com/man-denied-service-florist-gay-marriage-1040569
Three join Cancer Services board | Thestar | kpcnews.com - KPCnews.comTuesday, February 05, 2019
FORT WAYNE — Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana has announced that Laura Lefever, Marc Leveridge and Wesley Russell have joined its board of directors.Lefever is a community volunteer who previously served on Cancer Services’ board from 2011-2016.Leveridge retired after 19 years as the chief financial officer of Sweetwater Sound. He has been serving on the Cancer Services Finance Committee for the past year.Russell is a physician and radiation oncologist at Radiation Oncology Associates. He has been practicing in the community for five years.The three join current board members John Bloom, Brad Bertsch, Don Bender, Cory Swagger, Denise Anderson, Diane Calinski, Deb Durnell, Dave Fee, Daryl Flowers, Tom Horton, Julie Nill, Margaret Rodenbeck, William Schroeder, William Seidel, Sharon Simmons and Ed Souers.Continuing to serve as officers for 2019 are Bloom as chairperson, Bertsch as vice chairperson, Bender as treasurer and Swagger as secretary.Cancer Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of those aff... https://www.kpcnews.com/thestar/article_327749fd-202f-5a4f-8d58-f2a8884262ed.html
Same-sex couple claims Indiana florist denied them service - WNDU-TVTuesday, February 05, 2019
AVON, Ind. (WNDU) A same-sex couple claims an Indiana florist denied them service while they were preparing for their wedding day. David Elliot ran into some trouble last Thursday when he stopped into a flower shop in Avon, Indiana. That's just west of Indianapolis. Elliot says he told the shop's owner the date of the wedding and that she agreed to help, but she reportedly changed her tune when she learned that two men were getting married. "She said, 'What do you need?' I said, 'I need two boutonnieres.' She then said, 'What does the bride need?' I said, 'Well, there is no bride.' And then she said, 'Well then I'm going on vacation and I can't help you.' I then said, 'Okay,' and I walked out," Elliot explains. Some small businesses in Indiana have made national headlines over the last 3 years for their refusal to serve members of the LGBT community. ... https://www.wndu.com/content/news/Same-sex-couple-claims-Indiana-florist-denied-them-service--488894061.html