Iowa Flower Shop News
Sue Klein: Mother, florist, business owner, entrepreneur - Wisconsin State FarmerTuesday, August 29, 2017
Rather the area was about cows, crops and the horses who did the farm work and hauled people to and from.In 1913 a young couple Frederick Klein (a German emigrant) and his wife Susan (an Iowa girl) moved to Madison and bought that 13 acre piece of land with a house, barn, chicken coop and a couple of greenhouses and began selling fresh produce. Lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries and perennials were raised on the portion of the property where the Hoffman House and Midway Motor Inn once stood and is now the site of a Walgreens.It grew and grewOver the decades the business grew: Other flowers were grown and flower arrangements were added to the business and in 1930, the Klein's started delivering floral products in a 1929 Model T truck — a pioneer effort in the city,The family also grew to five children: Gertrude, Elizabeth, Helen, Walter and Oscar, all worked in the family business in their younger years.Rows and rows of plants greet visitors. (Photo: John Oncken)Son Oscar, who served in the Marines during World War II and the Korean War, met and married Joyce Klopp, a Port Washington native (in 1954).In 1955, Oscar and Joyce bought the business from his parents with Oscar running the greenhouses and Joyce in charge of the retail floral business.In 1966, daughter Sue was born to Oscar and Joyce and literally grew up in the business, living in the house surrounded by greenhouses and making corsages at an early age. Sue graduated from Madison Ea... http://www.wisfarmer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2017/08/22/sue-klein-mother-florist-business-owner-entrepreneur/592365001/
Flourishing flowers - Lexington DispatchTuesday, August 01, 2017
I was interested in plants at a very early age too because my grandfather graduated from the University of Iowa at Ames with a degree in horticulture back then, and he had a florist shop in downtown Chicago that went under when the stock market crashed in 1928,” Mr. Bogard said. “He had a garden in the back yard and he encouraged all us kids and our cousins to take care of the garden. So he didn’t have to do anything because we did all the watering and the weeding and stuff like that, but it was fun. It was an old-timey garden with holly flax and all the old-timey flowers. It was beautiful.”Mr. Bogard joined the Wisconsin Orchid Society before moving to Winston-Salem and co-founding the Triad Orchid Society in addition to volunteering as the curator of orchids at Reynolda Gardens for 23 years. According to Mr. Bogard, the garden’s original orchids were plagued with insects and disease.“I built the collection from those terrible plants to over 500 orchids in many different species and I was breeding orchids back then,” Mr. Bogard said. “Orchids are strange beasts. You can breed them intergenerically, which you can’t do with any other living organisms, but for some reason they will cross intergenerically and I created a new genre. When you create a new genre, you get to name it and I named it after my family. So there’s a Bogard aura. It has four different genre mixed together in one plant.”As for Mrs. Bogard, she has taken to raising chickens in addition to taking care of the garden.“It just started out,” Mrs. Bogard said. “We had chickens a million years ago when the kids were little and I couldn’t get into that. I was too busy. That was his thing, but since there’s nobody around anymore and I was really bored and I heard a bantam crowing for a couple years and I thought, ‘You know what? We’ve got all this land. Why don’t I raise some chickens?’ That’s how it started and I love hatching eggs. I have silky chickens that originated from China.”Both recently retired from Forsyth Medical Center. The Bogards look forward to having more time to take care of and expand their garden. http://www.the-dispatch.com/news/20170707/flourishing-flowers
Florist Debuts “What I Wanted To Hold,” Their New Album's Tear-Jerking First Single - The FADERTuesday, August 01, 2017
A @ Constellation Room * 10/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (Atrium) * 10/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s * 10/12 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project * 10/14 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater * 10/16 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s * 10/17 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records * 10/18 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium * 10/19 – Minneapolis, MN@ 7th St Entry * 10/20 – Milwaukee, WI@ The Back Room at Colectivo *10/21 – Madison, WI @ The Rathskeller10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen10/24 – Washington, DC @ DC910/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle10/26 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)10/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-Op * w/ Pinegrove and Lomelda If Blue Could Be Happinesscomes out September 29 on Double Double Whammy. http://www.thefader.com/2017/07/19/florist-what-i-wanted-to-hold-premiere
Home Delivery! What Will They Think of Next? - New York TimesWednesday, July 05, 2017
It’s beginning to meld in my memory with scenes from “The Music Man” about the highly anticipated visits of the Wells Fargo wagon by folks in River City, Iowa.I love home delivery, and I’m a big fan of Amazon’s one-click shopping. I usually get at least one book a week, and we just received a replacement steam iron and a three-pack of undershorts. Life is good.But it’s hardly new or novel. As I recall, the postman always rang twice, but Pete from Parkway just let himself in through the kitchen door.
You'll Never Guess the 1 Place Budget-Conscious Brides Buy Wedding Flowers - POPSUGARTuesday, June 13, 2017
The best part? Costco wedding flowers cost a mere fraction of what a florist would charge. We're talking hundreds of dollars for all your flowers instead of thousands. In fact, one bride based in Iowa said her local florist quoted her $4 per rose (which didn't include fillers or the cost to arrange them) while Costco's roses broke down to 75 cents each! And if you're wondering about quality, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Most brides rave about how expensive their wedding flowers looked, but they do note that there's a much shorter lead time with Costco. The megastore will only process orders a couple months to weeks before the wedding. They also point out that it's better to order certain flowers, like hydrangea or roses, a day or two in advance to let them fill out and open before the big day. And if you want to DIY your wedding flowers, there are additional considerations to make. You can take a look at Costco's beautiful floral offerings online, and if you don't see exactly what you're looking for, talk to the floral department at your local store. There's a good chance they'll work with you to create your dream flowers. Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kat Borchart...