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Florists in Waterville, Fairfield, Oakland experience busy May - Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelTuesday, June 13, 2017
May remains a busy month for them, as Mother’s Day and the onset of spring keep customers coming through the doors. Others in the area still see Memorial Day as a major factor in their sales. Harlan Benner, a representative of Sunset Flowerland and Greenhouses in Fairfield, said Memorial Day remains the business’s second-biggest holiday after Mother’s Day. He said that’s generally because May is a busy month for them, beginning May 1 and into the first week of June, as people buy flowers and plants. “It’s a 30-day thing,” he said. A salesperson at Sunset who declined to give her name said that while the company remains busy for Memorial Day, it’s not always cemetery arrangements people are buying. She said many people are buying plants for their gardens, and sales of arrangements for cemeteries have gone down.“I think it’s just been a lost tradition,” she said. Benner said it’s hard to gauge when a customer might be buying an arrangement for a cemetery or for a personal garden, but he thinks many of the arrangements sold around this time do go to cemeteries.Jeff Karter, owner of Waterville Florist and Formal Wear on Main Street, said Memorial Day sales have dwindled over the years. He believes that the likely reason is that fewer people honor the sentiment of Memorial Day, which pays tribute to those who died while in military service. Years ago, he said, people would spend half a day at the cemetery, planting flowers at family grave sites. Now, he said, more people are more interested in spending the long weekend at a lake house.“Now it’s not... http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/05/26/florists-in-waterville-fairfield-and-oakland-experience-busy-may/
Get ready to cover your plants — Omaha's first frost of the season is forecast for this week - Omaha World-HeraldTuesday, October 11, 2016
Falls City, .55; Lincoln, .08; Nebraska City, .27; Offutt Air Force Base, .22; Eppley Airfield, .24; Florence, .21; Millard, .18; Plattsmouth, .08; Valley, .08; Council Bluffs, .09; Clarinda, .72; Harlan, .01; Red Oak, .07; Shenandoah, .22.If you’re a gardener and would like to preserve your plants and flowers a bit longer this season, carve out some time Wednesday evening for a little TLC.The first frost of the season is forecast for early Thursday in the Omaha area, with the overnight low expected to dip into the low to mid-30s, the National Weather Service office in Valley said. Such temperatures could mean the season’s first frost, which could damage or kill tender plants and flowers.“It’s about time, isn’t it?” asked forecaster Cathy Zapotocny.A good way to hang on to your geraniums for a little longer is to round up a few old blankets or sheets and cover your plants and flowers Wednesday night, Zapotocny said. It may be just as easy to pull your potted plants under a tree or an overhang.The plants are worth saving, she said, because conditions are forecast to warm up later Thursday through the weekend.“Sometimes you can extend them a week or two,” she said.Tuesday in the Omaha area look for cloudy skies and a high temperature in the mid-70s. Tuesday night’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. with a low in the upper 40s, the weather service said.The cool down begins Wednesday as a cold front pushes into the region. A 40 percent chance of rain is expected for the Omaha area, mainly before 1 p.m., with a high in the low to mid-50s. North winds could gust as high as 25 mph Wednesday.Forecasters expect a six-hour window for possible patchy frost on Thursday morning, from about 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. The remainder of the day should be sunny, with a high in the upper 50s.Zapotocny said at least one computer model indicates clouds could develop and winds might pick up Wednesday night into early Thursday. That could keep temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s in the Omaha area.Elsewhere, she said, some parts of northeast Nebraska, such as the Wayne and Norfolk areas, could see overnight lows in the mid-20s to low 30s.Lows Thursday night through Sunday night in the Omaha area will be in the low 40s to upper 50s, forecasters said. Highs Friday through Monday are likely to be in the upper 60s to upper 70s.According to the weather service, the average first frost (36 degrees) for the season in the Omaha area is Oct. 4, the average first freeze (32 degrees) is Oct. 12 and the average first hard freeze (28 degrees) is Oct. 26. http://www.omaha.com/weather/get-ready-to-cover-your-plants-omaha-s-first-frost/article_c803c23a-8ecf-11e6-b40f-cf57a840eaa5.html
Annual Phipps Conservatory winter flower show a feast for the senses - Tribune-ReviewTuesday, December 05, 2017
Family Feast,” the theme of the Sunken Garden. The tables feature place settings of gold formal dinnerware and are bordered by “Eckespoint Classic Red” poinsettia and “White” florist kalanchoe. Also in the Sunken Garden is a selection of historic Pittsburgh photos from Phipps' archives, including a portrait of philanthropist Henry Phipps, who presented Phipps Conservatory to the city of Pittsburgh as a gift in 1893. The picture frames feature a variety of live succulents, which also were used to create some fancy cupcakes for dessert. Some other highlights in the winter show include: • In the Victoria Room, a massive, locally sourced, 21-foot Fraser fir tree is decorated with oversized ornaments, swags, bows, candles and lights, surrounded by window box plantings of “Ice Punch,” “Infinity Red” and “Autumn Leaves” poinsettias, “Wedding Dance” white amaryllis, “Red” Kalanchoe and English ivy. • In the Broderie Room, the “Peaceful Night” theme is depicted in soft white tree lights and stars suspended from the ceiling. Two new poinsettia varieties — “Christmas Joy” and “Christmas Party” — are among the plantings. • In the Winter Light Garden outside, lighted orbs, trees, fountains and a tunnel of lights sparkle along with a new addition of illuminated gift-wrapped boxes. • During Candlelight Evenings, with extended hours until 11 p.m., live music and glowing candles lighting the walkways add a special ambiance to the displays. • Santa visits in the Gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, in addition to Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 to 22. A family photo with Santa is free with Phipps admission. • Special Family Fun Days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 to 30 will feature a variety of free educational activities with the price of admission. Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. http://triblive.com/lifestyles/homegarden/12979845-74/annual-phipps-conservatory-winter-flower-show-a-feast-for-senses
South Boston floral fixture celebrates 50 years - YourGV.comTuesday, December 05, 2017
It’s been a family affair for Gregory’s Florist ever since Connie Gregory opened shop 50 years ago out of her home, and she hopes to see it stay that way for the next 50 years of business.When customers walk into the South Boston shop today, her daughter-in-law, Sonja Gregory, is typically helping out a customer or handling some of the decorating, while Connie’s granddaughter, Lauren, is running in and out making deliveries, and Connie, she’s doing what she does best, hand work.Sonja says her mother-in-law’s specialty is corsages, and usually she does the bows. Anything that she can do with her hands, she’s willing to do it.But, she didn’t learn these techniques over night. It took many years of practice, and she’s self-taught.Her business all began in 1967 when her husband, Richard, who was the county Extension agent at the time, went back to school to earn his master’s degree.“I was left at home raising the children, and I felt like I needed to do something,” said Connie.Her husband had built a greenhouse, and with four mu... http://www.yourgv.com/business/local_business/south-boston-floral-fixture-celebrates-years/article_38b0a18e-cfb5-11e7-8620-a31244fe71b1.html
See Christmas at the White House, right here in Dallas - Dallas NewsTuesday, December 05, 2017
She said walking through the exhibit reminds her of the late White House chief florist Nancy Clarke, with whom she designed all of the arrangements.“She was for many years the florist at the White House,” Laura Bush said. “And she was the one who did the flowers for Jenna’s wedding.”Also featured in the temporary exhibit are two holiday dresses the former first lady wore that year, along with several gifts she and her husband received, including a book made by children they visited after Hurricane Katrina and little handmade pipe cleaner figurines of their Scottish terriers.The exhibit is included with regular admission, and tickets can be purchased at the Bush Center. Be sure to time your visit around the many holiday activities the center has planned:Christmas stories from the White HouseEvery Saturday in December, docents will share White House Christmas stories and traditions. The storytelling sessions will take place at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.Live musicChristmas choirs will perform in the Bush Center’s Freedom Hall on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. Other...
An 'It' Flower for a Feminist Moment - New York TimesTuesday, December 05, 2017
Adwoa Aboah holds a glossy anthurium that matches the cherry red of her Le Marc liquid lip crayon and contrasts the makeup’s matte finish.Vases of anthuriums, arranged by the florist Brittany Asch of Brrch, decorate the Glossier Showroom on Lafayette Street and Totokaelo’s store at 190 Bowery. Ms. Asch collaborated with the artists Petra Collins and Madelyne Beckles for their Museum of Modern Art performance piece, “In Search of Us,” creating anthurium-focused arrangements for the mantel at the center of the set. Ms. Asch’s bouquets also helped set the mood at two New York Fashion Week events in September: Sandy Liang’s presentation at the Standard East Village and Mansur Gavriel’s all-pink pop-up shop.Mansur Gavriel, a leather accessories brand, was Ms. Asch’s first big client.“I met with them, and there was just a lot of synchronicity,” the florist said, between “the work I wanted to produce and wasn’t able to produce because I didn’t have an outlet and what they wanted.”Her chosen flower turned out to be a perfect fit for the company’s aesthetic.“A lot of their work was very sculptural and art driven, and it’s such a graphic flower that it made so much sense,” she said.As her profile rose, Ms. Asch began fielding requests for weddings and other events. Emily Weiss, the C.E.O. and founder of Glossier, asked her to create the bouquet for her wedding, which consisted of reflexed roses, poppies and ranunculus. Pleased with the result, Ms. Weiss then asked Ms. Asch to design the flowers for the introduction of Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser product.“I was going through my Rolodex of flowers,” Ms. Asch said. “What’s kind of glossy and waxy? I wanted people to have this floral translation of the Milky Jelly. What flowers can I use that elicit that kind of sense memory?” She went with anthuriums, and filled out the arrangements with flowers like the ones Ms. Weiss had loved so much on her wedding day. Since then, she has been the company’s florist of choice.Anthuriums are native to South America, where they grew for centuries...
Learn how to to be your own florist at FlowerSchool Los Angeles - OCRegisterTuesday, December 05, 2017
Color, form, line, shape, space and texture aren’t reserved only for those who work with oils, clay or metal.Floristry artists find those same elements in the wonders of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Ariella Chezar sculpts, molds and creates botanical beauties. Her talents were showcased recently in the City of Angels at the launch opening of FlowerSchool Los Angeles, where she will be teaching.“People have emotional and deeply felt experiences working with this beautiful medium,’’ said Chezar, known in the industry for her garden-inspired design style. “Flowers are a medium that has a life force to it. I think people have a genuine craving to touch and be connected to beauty. It’s undeniable.”Chezar, author or “Flowers for the Table,’’ is one of many master florists bringing their talents to the school and Southern California. She introduced her style to the region by demonstrating one of her signature designs — using a compote as the vessel to elevate the flowers allowing their natural fullness and scale to take center stage.FlowerSchool wants to recognize floristry, and floral design suc... http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/01/learn-how-to-to-be-your-own-florist-at-flowerschool-los-angeles/