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/
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...
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
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...
Pater named lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood - Sussex CountianTuesday, January 08, 2019
Panarello. “Shelby has extensive experience in the floral industry, and she’s up to date on all the trends.”A native of Southern Indiana, Pater began working in a floral shop while still in high school. She graduated from Indiana University with bachelor’s degree in visual communication and drama.She’s worked as a corporate trainer and lead designer for a retail store and for a Washington, D.C.,-area wedding planning company. Most recently, she’s been an independent florist and wedding planner.As lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood, Pater handles the floral arrangements for the restaurant and the event center. Her once-a-month floral workshop series is open to the public. The class, which includes a take-away arrangement, is $45.For more, visit sodelconcepts.com or baywoodclubhouse.com. http://www.sussexcountian.com/news/20180613/pater-named-lead-florist-at-clubhouse-at-baywood
Flower Power: How OG Florist Far East Flora Stayed A Blooming Business Even After 53 YearsMonday, October 01, 2018
Far East Flora Holdings, with sales, housekeeping, and delivery, among others.A florist at work at FarEastFlora.com Image Credit: FarEastFlora.comHe graduated from Indiana University with a BSc in Business Studies and then worked for Gateway 2000, an American computer hardware company, for about a year before returning to Singapore to help with the family business.“Back then, we had a General Manager whom I worked closely with. I officially took over in 2001 when the General Manager left and have been at it since then,” he told me.As Managing Director, he’s responsible for the flowers and gifts business, a flower wholesale business, and a garden centre business in Malaysia owned by Far East Flora Holdings, and has been managing FarEastFlora.com since it began operating in 2000.A Mother’s Day 2018 bouquet / Image Credit: FarEastFlora.comIt was Ryan’s uncle who had enabled the company to become the e-commerce pioneer that it is today.Described as a forward-thinking person, Ryan’s uncle, who’s the only founding member around now, did not resist when Ryan proposed starting an e-commerce arm then.“[In] fact, I had a lot of encouragement from him. That being said, the team and I still had to dig in and put in a whole lot of hard work and hours in order to get FarEastFlora.com where it is today,” Ryan shared.“We were definitely an early adopter of technology, and even now, we continue to adopt newer and better technology in our business. I tell people I meet that FarEastFlora.com is a dinosaur of e-commerce, but hopefully, one that will not go extinct.”Sowing The Seeds Of DigitisationA giant bouquet of roses / Image Credit: FarEastFlora.com FacebookHe continues to digitise the company to move it forward.“Since 2003, we have been investing in CRM and ERP technology. I would say that they have significantly helped us in our growth because it automated most of the business process flow,” he said.“We digitalised manual processes, which helped us achieve savings by as much as 80% in labour.”They are also able to respond to customers quickly.Ryan emphasised the importance of improved productivity because they’re “in the service line and customers’ expectations are high” when it comes to dealing with “an ’emotional’ product”.But not every digital strategy he tries turns to gold – like when they published a mobile app.“We were the first to launch a flower mobile app that includes payment in Asia back then,” he recounted.However, traction was low because of constraints in hardware and download speed.Even though they made sales from the app, it wasn’t... https://vulcanpost.com/647921/far-east-flora-singapore/
FlowerNite by Bloomex Providing Workshops at Ottawa Fall Home ShowMonday, October 01, 2018
U.S, 16 in Canada, and eight holiday shows. It produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading shows in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal—some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years. For more information, visit www.marketplaceevents.com. https://www.pr.com/press-release/765685
Schaefer Wholesale Florist Launches New & Improved Website For Better Customer ExperienceMonday, October 01, 2018
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. “SWF is continually seeking ways to fulfill our client’s needs with the highest-quality fresh-cut flowers, special event supplies, and more, and the new website does just that. With the new website, we not only expanded our customer reach with a clean, modern look, but deliver easy to access direct buying options that improve customer selection and offer expanding buying power with outstanding costs savings. In addition, we are excited about the new informational video tutorials on the new site.”- Sherry Schaefer, Buyer/Owner, Schaefer Wholesale Florist. The new website allows Schaefer Wholesale Florist to better serve their clients and continue the tradition of delivering the highest quality products with competitive prices. At Schaefer Wholesale Florist, the new site promises a fresh, up-to-date look that is easily navigated, to make selecting and purchasing the finest, freshest florals and accessories with value packed pricing, cost saving shipping solutions, and excellent service. Visit Schaefer Wholesale Florist (https://www.SWFlorist.com) today, experience the ease of the new client-centric website and find your favorite fresh florals and supplies! Bio: In 1958, Schaefer Wholesale Florist began providing stunning fresh cut flowers to florists, wedding and floral designers, retail and wholesale merchants, and special events planners. Their business has grown successfully due to guaranteed on-time delivery of premium fresh flowers and foliage to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Today their longstanding tradition of quality, service, and value continues with the South American Direct Program, the Holland Fresh Cut Direct Program, Quick Buy online ordering, and Dutch-Direct Online/Ecommerce Auction. As always, Schaefer Wholesale Florist continues to meet their longstanding goal of delivering the freshest fresh cut flowers anywhere along with foliage, plants, supplies, and accessories. Source: Schaefer Wholesale Florist ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0070771