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Famed florist to present during Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show - Atlanta Journal ConstitutionTuesday, January 08, 2019
Take a look at his handiwork here ). He also likes to use leaves in unusual ways to add visual interest, and turning greenery from filler to fabulous will be among the techniques he’ll cover during today’s lecture. “It’s going to be fun,” he said. “People can go home and try it themselves.” Whether you receive or create an arrangement, hydration is key to enjoying it longer, so be sure to keep the water changed and the stems snipped, he advised. Oh, and if you’re planning an Oscar watching party and aren’t sure what to festoon the buffet table with: “I would do a gold container with all red roses,” Duarte advised. “Very classic.” Joining him Saturday will be author and garden, floral and interior designer James Farmer, an editor-at-large for Southern Living. Presentations are today from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Driving Club, 1215 Piedmont Avenue NE. Tickets are $50 and are available online here. The 2018 Flower Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, will feature thousands of plants and a juried competition in the divisions of Floral Design, Horticulture and Photography. The Landscape Design division will showcase small garden displays by Boxwoods, Ed Castro Landscape, Hamilton Land Services and Unique Environmental. During the show, visitors can explore the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s seasonal landscape and annual Orchid Daze exhibition inside the Fuqua Orchid Center. The show is chaired by Mary Wayne Dixon and Mary Katherine Greene and honors Pat Hartrampf. Margaret Chambers and Greer Pope chaired the preview party. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program. For tickets and more information click here. https://www.ajc.com/blog/buzz/famed-florist-present-during-atlanta-botanical-garden-flower-show/cyqPwgRtfpKEOGZaOZwkRM/
Former White House Chief Florist takes the wreath to new heights - The Mercury NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
Q: How do you feel about real vs. faux materials?A: I used to be a purist, but I understand the practical consideration. Today the quality of faux greenery and florals are so much higher than before. I often use faux as a base for bulk and volume, but I trick the eye to see the real and natural.Q: Some folks can’t spend all day on a wreath. Can you suggest any shortcuts?A: Buy a full evergreen faux wreath and reuse the base. Make your freshest and most perishable layer your last layer, which is what the eye reads first.Q: Do you have a favorite?A: I like best the ones where I use more unusual items, like the purple cabbage and turnips wreath. I also like those that include humble materials, like potatoes.Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of four home and lifestyle books, including “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go”. You may reach her at www.marnijameson.com. ... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/
Silver Lake says goodbye to Tokio Florist and a Japanese-American legacy - The Eastsider LATuesday, January 08, 2019
Wedged between Jersey Mike’s and the Trader Joe’s parking lot, the two-story home is mostly hidden from view by shrubs, trees and other greenery. Out front, a faded and rusted Tokio Florist sign rises above the sidewalk.On Friday afternoon, Susie Kozawa watched as strangers wandered through the house she grew up in with her parents and grandmother. The visitors sorted through boxes and displays of everything from kitchenware and old Playboy magazines to pieces of Bauer pottery and florist ribbons, vases and other supplies.“It’s a privilege to be in the house,” one woman told Kozawa. “I’ve seen this house not knowing [what was inside] when I went to Trader Joe’s. All this, oh my god, it’s so fabulous, so wonderful.”Tokio Florist was originally located in Los Feliz on Los Feliz Boulevard, where it was surrounded by an acre of sweet peas, ranunculus and other flowering plants that were cut and sold, said Kozawa, whose grandmother, Yuki Sakai, founded the business in 1929.About a dozen years later Sakai and her family were rounded up with thousands of other people of Japanese ancestry and forced into internment camps during World War II. Many lost their property and livelihoods. But a family friend took care of Tokio Florist while Sakai and her family were at the Manzanar camp, Kozawa said. They resumed running the business after the war ended.Kozawa’s parents —... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/11/silver-lake-says-goodbye-to-tokio-florist-and-a-japanese-american-legacy/
How to design your own holiday centerpiece - Purdue Agricultural CommunicationsTuesday, January 08, 2019
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 sensitive to visitors that might have allergies.Finally, for the adventurous holiday decorator, Cotterman said arrangements can be topped off with a bit of spray glitter, which can be purchased at most florists and craft stores. The glitter isn’t for everyone, he advised, but it can lend the centerpiece that extra holiday sparkle. https://ag.purdue.edu/stories/how-to-design-your-own-holiday-centerpiece/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Wednesday. "You're not only doing something positive for the individual receiving it ... but there's something magical about putting color in your hands, putting flowers and greenery together."
The following morning, Bantz's floral creations landed at the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, where clients in the memory-care program could admire them and choose one to take home.
Krause, Bantz and the other volunteers came together earlier this year to form the group when the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley called it quits after its monthly rent doubled to $8,000. During its three years of operation, the nonproft — which was part of the national Random Acts of Flowers organization that is still in operation elsewhere — delivered nearly 32,000 bouquets and recycled more than 39,000 vases, according to its website.
The Silicon Valley group also developed a cadre of exceptionally enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom were working as many as four days a week and participating in every step, from picking up leftover flowers, rearranging them and personally delivering them to the bedside.
"When it closed its doors, people were broken hearted," said Klause, who had been four-day-a-week volunteer. "It was awful, just awful. There were several people who said, 'We've got to keep this up. Even if we make only five bouquets and deliver them to the VA once a week, that's what we'll do.'"
Klause was among the volunteers who came knocking on the door of nonprofit senior services agency Avenidas in a bid to find a new home for the activity.
"We heard about (the closure of Random Acts of Flowers) and decided to reach out and let the volunteers know we planned to do the same mission here," said Jyllian Halliburton, volunteer program manager at Avenidas in Palo Alto.
"We started to get contacted by the volunteers and we got about 30-plus volunteers reaching... https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/10/07/volunteers-band-together-to-revive-recycled-bouquet-program
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
She also worked at J.C. Penney in Danville, where she met her husband, Tim, then a manager trainee.She and Tim married in May 1987. That October, Tim's job with the department store took them to Iowa and then Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Minnesota. In Nebraska, Welsh — who continued to work as a florist out west — directed community theater, served on the Miss Nebraska Pageant board of directors and directed the pageant for three years. In Wyoming, she was involved with the Cheyenne Frontier Days, billed as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.In 2004, the couple and their young son, Tanner, moved back to Catlin to be near family. A couple of years later, Welsh opened Floral-n-Flair, a flower shop and event-planning business, in the same downtown building she started out in. She and business partner Kay Smoot also own and operate a gift boutique called Pauline's Attic.Welsh was working one evening when Stutsman popped in."Who got it, and how are we going to decorate?" she asked, thinking he'd stopped by to discuss the Citizen of the Year banquet at the Methodist Church, which she decorates.She was floored by his answer."It still hasn't sunk in," she said, the day before the banquet.While honored, Welsh was quick to acknowledge her "crew," including local high school students and residents who help her set up for community events, weddings and parties — and family. Tanner, who turns 21 this month, has autism, and Tim is his full-time caregiver and still finds time to help out at work."I wouldn't be able to do any of this without him," she said."It's always been a team effort," she continued, adding she learned that from her dad who helped out in many ways at the shop and home before he passed away a couple of years ago.Welsh recalled sitting at the family table years ago after her brother became a 1,000-yard rusher on his high school football team."My dad pointed to his picture on the front of the sports page and said, 'He wouldn't have done that without his line that blocked for him.' I've always remembered that. You can't do it alone. You have to surround yourself with good people and work as a team."... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
The Art of Flowers: Carolyne Roehm will speak about her career in fashion, design and gardeningTuesday, October 30, 2018
I love them all,” she said. “When you decorate them and build some of them and do all that, it gets difficult to leave.”As a girl, she had family in Iowa, and remembers celebrating a few Christmases in Cedar Rapids — but hasn’t been back since the 1950s.Even as she’s lived in New York and Paris, she’s always carried a Midwestern sensibility with her, she said.“I really like Midwesterners. There’s just something cozy about them and something positive about people from the Midwest. I think that’s been a plus for me,” she said. “It’s served me in life, being open and friendly.”If you go• What: Cedar Rapids Garden Club luncheon, lecture and book signing with Carolyne Roehm• Where: Cedar Rapids Country Club, 500 27th St. Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids• When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7• Cost: $85 to $100• What: Patron party: Cocktails and conversation with Carolyne Roehm• Where: 2345 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids• When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6• Cost: $85• Tickets for both events: cedarrapidsgardenclub.com/events.htmll Comments: (319) 398-8339; email@example.com ... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/the-art-of-flowers-carolyne-roehm-will-speak-about-her-career-in-fashion-design-and-gardening-20181027
Flower festival time: Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: - News-Herald.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Tulip Time Festival May 5-13. The city planted 100,000 tulips back in 1929, and the annual celebration of the tulip now includes entertainment, costumes, parades and activities.Pella, Iowa, has also been hosting a Tulip Time celebration for decades. Pella’s event is May 3-5, and includes parades, Dutch costumes and performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows in addition to the tulip gardens.AdvertisementThe Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, based in Mount Vernon in the state of Washington, is scheduled for April 1-30 though the festival’s website notes that the tulips are expected to bloom the last week of March.CHERRY BLOSSOMSIn Washington, D.C., the projected peak date for cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin will be March 17-20, with the National Cherry Blossom Festival running March 20-April 15. The festival marks the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from a Tokyo mayor to the U.S. capital city.The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also celebrates the blooming of cherry trees that were a gift from the Japanese government. A two-day festival called Sakura Matsuri is planned this year for April 28-29 with some 60 events, including performances by taiko drummers. The garden features a Japanese pond and garden as well as an esplanade lined with some of its 200 cherry trees.Macon, Georgia, claims to be home to 350,000 cherry trees, a phenomenon that began with one tree in the backyard of a local businessman in 1949. The trees will be celebrated March 16-25 in what local residents bill as the “pinkest party” on Earth.In Japan, the cherry trees ar... http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180312/ENTERTAINMENT/180319838
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html