Carrollton Flower Shop News
What it's like decorating a Tournament of Roses Parade float - KIRO SeattleWednesday, January 03, 2018
A Marietta native who got his start as an entrepreneurial kid who would dig cattails from a ditch and sell them to an area flower shop, Whittle was working in Carrollton when he got the call to go west.“It really steamed up my career,” he said. He didn’t love getting up on scaffolding to attend to the top of the float, but otherwise enjoyed learning floral problem-solving skills on that big a stage. “We worked 29 hours straight. It just showed me yeah, it can be done.”The annual parade, older than the football contest, dates back to Jan. 1, 1890. That first year, horse-drawn buggies festooned with blooms were meant to echo a festival of roses in Nice, France. Two years later, winter weather threatened the supply of roses and nearly turned the event into the “Orange Tournament,” but the fledgling tradition held.Automobiles showed up in 1901 and were shoved to the back of the parade, so they wouldn’t spook the horses. The following year saw the first merger of flora and football, when the University of Michigan rolled over Stanford University, 49-0. One year, 1913, organizers thought a camel vs. elephant road race would be fun. The elephant won, and the species’ record remains unbroken as there have been no similar matchups since.Famed zookeeper Jack Hanna rode on the float Whittle worked on in 2002, accompanied by giant botanical tigers, monkeys and exotic birds. If your Rose Bowl party plans call for slightly less elaborate floral decor, Whittle likes roses (of course) as well as red ginger and anthurium.“Carnations are not bad, either. It’s a sturdy football kind of rose,” said Whittle, who has created displays incorporating football helmets.Proper hydration is key – he’ll give newly arrived blooms a couple of days to drink up before placing them in arrangements – and he uses a sharp knife, not scissors, to ensure a clean, angled cut.Then again, he mused, there’s one major flub people make when setting out to arrange flowers.“That is the mistake,” he said with a twinkle, “doing it yourself.”© 2018 Cox Media Group. http://www.kiro7.com/news/trending-now/what-its-like-decorating-a-tournament-of-roses-parade-float/664421661
Diary of a wedding - Times-GeorgianWednesday, January 03, 2018
Facebook status reads: “newly engaged.” The love of my life, Cooper Davis, proposed to me at one of my favorite spots on campus.We met in school in 2013. Neither of us were from Carrollton, so we had that in common - yet we seemed connected in other ways I cannot describe. He would walk with me after class; he said he wanted to make sure I got to my dorm safely, but I think he just wanted to talk to me and get to know me a little better.When that semester ended, and the holidays arrived, I missed our conversations and knew I wanted to see him again. When classes resumed, he asked me out to dinner and our relationship bloomed. I was going to graduate in December 2016; he was a year and half away from graduation. During my last semester, we would often meet in the garden next to Melson Hall before my classes.I then entered the “real world,” but early in January, he asked me to rejoin him on campus for a walk. We were walking towards psychology building and he was leading me towards the garden. I had a feeling that he might propose, but when he got down on one knee, I found I wasn’t prepared at all.Of course, I said yes, because for three years we had been able to learn everything about each other. We both share the same fear of separation. Because of that, we don’t fight like other couples. We don’t slam doors or call each other names; if one of us irritates the other, we talk it out. We compromise.When I finally looked down at the ring he had given me, I was shocked to see his great-grandmother’s engagement ring. When we had talked before about possibly getting married, I had told him a ring didn’t matter – I don’t like flashy rings, and I didn’t want him to spend too much. But when I saw this diamond, I knew... http://www.times-georgian.com/west_georgia_living/diary-of-a-wedding/article_d7c7f9fc-e338-11e7-bc40-8f23b2f32f7c.html
Flower arrangement tips and trends for summer brides - bestofneworleans.comTuesday, May 23, 2017
Beautify with baby's breathNo longer the much-maligned floral filler of the 1970s, baby's breath is trending in a new way. The idea, according to Barbie L'Hoste of Carrollton Flower Market, is to use it as a "star attraction," not a supporting act. "When it's done tastefully and used in quantity," she says, "it can have a presence — and it's economical."Have your flowers and wear them, tooL'Hoste says some brides choose a wrist corsage, a flower ring or flowers in their hair rather than carrying a bouquet, leaving their hands free to dance the night away.Get personalSonnier and other florists can help brides think of ways to add a unique, personal touch to a ceremony. Sonnier has attached a photo charm to a bouquet and created a special memorial table with a flower arrangement and a candle for a deceased loved one.Procrastinate notDIY florals can save money, but they need not look like you scrimped on them. Order ahead (most florists have cash-and-carry flowers) so you have the variety you want and the quantity you need. Make sure you have time to compose your arrangements without a last-minute scramble. Note for the novice: Carrollton Flower Market offers a Wine and Arranging Night to teach useful tricks, such as how to keep flowers in place and how to create a pleasing composition.Give it a goIf different and unique are your goals, experiment. There is one caveat: Do it with plenty of lead time. Rather than duplicating what you see in magazines or on the internet, L'Hoste suggests using those images as a springboard for thinking outside the box.Ask the expertsThe internet and overnight shipping from all over the world have made it possible to achieve almost any look. Villere says florists can send pictures of what you're looking for to suppliers, which in turn can send photos of things they are growing. However, he recommends using common sense: Don't have exotic tropicals shipped in the dead of winter or order anything sight unseen. Ask your florist for advice if you are unsure.Do "you"With individuality trending in all aspects of weddings, there's plenty of room to be creative, so look for inspiration in unlikely places. "If it's been on Pinterest, it's been done before," says Sonnier,who recommends alternative sources of ideas, like old books. L'Hoste says florists can tell customers what's making news in the trade. The rule of thumb: "Do what you like," says Sonnier. "Do what makes you happy."...
Grocery delivery service AmazonFresh arrives in North Texas - Dallas NewsTuesday, October 18, 2016
Amazon Fresh will be available in Dallas and surrounding areas including Mesquite, University Park, Garland, Duncanville, Lancaster, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Richardson, Plano, The Colony, Frisco, parts of Allen (but not McKinney), Lewisville, Flower Mound, Southlake, Irving, Fort Worth and Burleson. Consumers can place an order in the morning and have it delivered as early as that same evening, or order before going to bed and have the items on the doorstep in time for breakfast the next day. Available items include fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, baked goods, and dairy products, along with pet supplies, baby items, beauty products and prepared foods such as Tyson Tastemakers Meal Kits, and products made exclusively for AmazonFresh like the Single Cow Burger, a new high-end beef patties. The program also will offer selections from several North Texas retailers through the Local Market program, including Local Yocal, V+V Apothicaire, and Scardello Cheese. All Local Market items are delivered as part of customers' AmazonFresh orders. The AmazonFresh program marks the second food delivery program Amazon announced this year for North Texas. In June the company announced a partnership in which consumers can order items from a Sprouts Farmers Market store in Dallas through the Prime Now program. Grocery deliverers popped up like daisies in the tech boom of the '90s and withered almost as quickly. This time around both tech companies and traditional retailers are looking at solutions that involve bricks and clicks. "The grocery retail landscape continues to evolve," said Kroger spokeswoman April Martin Nickels. "Kroger is focused on the introduction of our new ClickList service -- order online, pick up curbside -- in cities across the U.S., including Dallas-Fort Worth."The market is still trying to find the sweet spot that marries program profitability with consumer acceptance. Services such as Instacart deliver groceries from established retailers including Target and Whole Foods Market. Livingston said some services use Uber drivers. Looking ahead, "maybe a driverless Google car will bring your groceries" one day, Livingston joked.That means all players will have to be nimble. "I think Amazon is going to try this and see if it works out," he said. Related articles: In the bag: Amazon partners with Sprouts for grocery delivery in North Texas Amazon opens pop-up stores in Texas, other states... http://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2016/10/12/amazonfresh-makes-shopping-delivery-serviceavailable-north-texas
Amazon's online grocery delivery service hits Dallas - TechCrunchTuesday, October 18, 2016
Dallas proper, AmazonFresh’s new expansion includes the surrounding areas of: Mesquite, University Park, Garland, Duncanville, Lancaster, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Richardson, Piano, The Colony, Frisco, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Southlake, Irving, Fort Worth, Watauga, Burleson, and elsewhere.The service is live now in these regions.Featured Image: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images...
From flowers to festivals Judges picked to evaluate 2019 Rose Parade floats have unique backgroundsMonday, October 01, 2018
The trio that will decide which floats are best in this year’s Rose Parade consists of a celebrity wedding planner, the Kentucky Derby Festival CEO and a florist who used to design floats herself.The Tournament of Roses each year selects several people to judge the 45-or-so floats based on criteria including design, floral craftsmanship, animation, thematic interpretation and color presentation. This year’s theme is “The Melody of Life.”This year’s judges are wedding planner Preston Bailey, Kentucky Derby Festival CEO Michael E. Berry and floral designer Kimberly Oldis.Bailey’s lavish celebrations heavily feature floral design. His clients have included Oprah Winfrey, Ivanka Trump and Liza Minnelli. He says he tries to create drama with natural beauty in his wedding and event designs — seemingly a prime fit for the Rose Parade’s celebration of all things floral.“My favorite way to wow the guest is to create something they’ve never seen before,” he said in an interview with The Knot. “Any wedding or any event is about transporting the... http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/from-flowers-to-festivals-judges-picked-to-evaluate-2019-rose-parade-floats-have-unique-backgrounds
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
Growing with the Times: How Local Plant and Garden Companies Adapt to ChangeTuesday, July 03, 2018
A lingering winter chill squeezed the busy spring season for Central Kentucky’s plant and garden businesses into a few short yet robust weeks this year. But Lexington’s local garden centers, greenhouse nurseries and landscaping companies, many of which are multigenerational family businesses, are well-versed at adapting to changing conditions, whether they be market or nature-driven. A few have been doing so for more than a century.
“It was like we went straight from winter to summer,” said Janna Pemberton Schmidt, who runs Pemberton Greenhouses with her siblings, Ashley Pemberton Herndon and Colin Pemberton, and her husband, Jeff Schmidt. “It’s been a strong but fast year, because of the late freeze.”
The plastic-covered greenhouses at Pemberton, located off Georgetown Road, are loaded with cascading hanging baskets and long rows of bright geraniums, begonias and other popular blooming stock this time of year, along with packed tables of tropical palms, orchids and ferns. In July, the nursery will begin tendi... http://smileypete.com/business/growing-with-the-times/
WKU to close down the WKU Floral Shop next week - College Heights HeraldTuesday, May 01, 2018
WKU, said the charge to close the Floral Shop was led by Warren County Judge-Executive Michael Buchanon. Buchanon, according to business registration information filed with the Kentucky secretary of state's office, is the president of Deemer Floral Co., a local floral shop on Lehman Avenue in Bowling Green. Buchanon publicly commented on McKinney's status and said all the privately owned florists in the region have opposed WKU and "their publicly funded Flower Shop competing against privately funded taxpaying businesses." He said this feud has been ongoing and dates back to former President Gary Ransdell who, he said, often dismissed the objections of local flower shop owners. "WKU’s Flower Shop has had the use of publicly owned building facilities, floral products, equipment and supplies paid for with mine and your tax dollars, and delivered in University owned delivery vans with Official State license tags. - all paid for with taxes you paid.," Buchanon said in his comment. The Floral Shop is a revenue dependent program and these programs generate funds independently from the university. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the shop was budgeted to generate and spend $275,000, according to the university budget.Buchanon also pushed back on the assertion made by McKinney that the shop's closure came as a result of Buchanon asking a favor of Governor Matt Bevin to pressure the university to close the shop. Buchanon said Bevin had nothing to do with the situation. The Herald has filed an open records request for email correspondence between Buchanon and the governor, as well as those in the governor's office, and reached out to his office for comment. "If you wa... http://wkuherald.com/news/wku-to-close-down-the-wku-floral-shop-next-week/article_bdd2cfe2-4cb3-11e8-aff6-9f549d85f2c2.html