Local Flower Shop News
Slow Flowers - Sacramento MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Why one florist got behind a movement to purchase local flowers.First came the slow food movement, which promotes regional food systems and traditional cooking as an antidote to the ubiquity of fast-food chain restaurants. Now there’s the slow flowers movement, which aims to reconnect florists and consumers to regional flowers and the farmers who grow them.Sacramento florist Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, an adherent to the slow flowers movement, says that for years she has made a point of buying as many local blooms as possible. She says local flowers not only hold up better in bouquets because they haven’t had to travel long distances, but also that “you want your flowers to look like the season” in which they were used. “It seems simple, but it’s kind of a revolutionary idea.”In fact, Cosgrove-Rivas feels so strongly about seasonality that she planned her wedding date so that she could carry Sarah Bernhardt peonies down the aisle. “I think it’s important that our flowers have a sense o... http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2018/Slow-Flowers/
Arranging for Easter - ColumbiametroWednesday, March 14, 2018
This is a commercial-grade vase or wine cooler that was very inexpensive,” says Julianne. “If you’re using a clear glass container, either hold the branches in place with a heavy glass frog or use florist’s tape to create a grid. Since the branches won’t hide the tape, cover it with moss or some kind of greenery.”To build the arrangement, Julianne started with the bare branches, which she clipped from a gum tree at her farm, and inserted them into the OASIS at an angle. “The heaviest, tallest branch goes in first to create the line, and then you fill with lighter, more delicate pieces,” she explains. “The angle actually keeps the finished piece from looking too stiff.” To make the most of the flower-studded boughs, Julianne clustered them on each side of the arrangement. “When the color isn’t evenly distributed, it looks more like it just happened.”For the striking green base, Julianne turned to ‘Green Ball’ dianthus, which resembles moss but retains its vivid color even after it has dried out. “Any discoloration can be fixed with a quick spritz of green floral paint,” says Julianne. She added ornaments — silver napkin rings, rattles, baby cups, and bells — to tie the arrangement to the silver serving pieces that typically decorate a holiday table.Like the flowering apricot branches, the camellia leaves that fill the silver basket and decorate the cheesecake were also unplanned additions to the tablescape. (Flowers used are lisianthus.) “I happened to be driving along the road just after a neighbor had finished cutting back some camellias,” Julianne says with a laugh. “They were gorgeous, so I gathered up the trimmings and here they are. You never know what you’ll find.”Julianne also adds interest by varying the height of the elements. Not only is the cheesecake displayed on a pedestal cake plate (enlivened with a few camellia leaves, lisianthus, and apricot flowers), but the silver basket of macaroons has been set on an acrylic cube as well. “You don’t notice the differences, only that it’s interesting,” she notes.Julianne does not limit “hunting and gathering” for arrangement elements to the great outdoors. The flowering pots of Lenten rose, mini daffodils, and large daffodils — which she used to create an arrangement perfect for a front hall — each came from the grocery store. All Julianne did was remove the plastic wrap, which originally covered each pot, and replaced it with burlap. The blooming quince came from her friend’s garden, the blue eggs from the grocery store.“I had so many pretty things to work with in this case that I just loaded it up. Then, I stepped back to edit,” says Julianne. “This arrangement started out with more quince and another pot of daffodils, but I realized they were competing with the bunnies, which are the focal point, instead of enhancing them. Editing is definitely par... http://columbiametro.com/Columbia-Metro/March-2018/Arranging-for-Easter/
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
And one that quite literally can save the day.As an event coordinator who offers clients “packages” by finding vendors for special events, Christin realized finding a florist for her brides was becoming a frustrating task. So she allowed them to choose their own florists.One day, however, Christin was hit with an unexpected challenge. On her way home after setting up a wedding, she received a phone call from her assistant.“She said, ‘The flowers are supposed to be here,’” Christin recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t even know who their florist is!’”Feeling helpless, Christin decided to do the flowers herself.It ultimately became a game-changer in her event planning.“I kind of put together a price list for myself, and I thought well, would somebody ask me to do their flowers for them?”Christin, who owns Fox Creek Events, has been the event planner for Fox Creek Ranch for the past three years.Now, she has ventured out by opening her own flower shop, The Flower Girl, in San Juan Bautista on Feb 1.With the help of consultant, Michelle Roberson, Christin has learned the “tricks of the trade,” she says.But she hasn’t needed much help with the business aspect of her store.Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a sh...
11 places where you can get a dozen roses for under $20 - The TennesseanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Day roses range from $12.99 to more than $100 this year. (Photo: Submitted)If you want to spend more on Valentine's flowersImport Flowers: $30Fresh Market: $49.99Garden Delights: $90Emma's Florist: $99.95Rebel Hill Florist: $99.95...
How a Mining Boom Led a Mormon Florist to Invent the Pisco Sour - Atlas ObscuraWednesday, March 14, 2018
Once a florist in Utah, Victor V. Morris lived half his life in Peru and opened a famous bar. Femke de JongOn the first Saturday of February, Peruvians raise a glass to their country’s most well-known cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Since 2003, this simple twist on the classic Whiskey Sour has had its own national holiday. But while the drink evokes a sense of pride in Peru, the Pisco Sour is largely considered the invention of an unlikely figure: a Mormon man from Salt Lake City named Victor V. Morris.The curious path that led Morris from Utah to the Peruvian Andes began not in spirits but in flowers. Born into a large and well-respected Welsh Mormon family, Morris co-ran a floral shop with two of his brothers. But tragedy struck in 1900, when Morris’s older brother, Burton, got into a fight while on a date and was killed by two bullets through his heart. Worse, the assailant was acquitted in a high-profile case after pleading self-defense. An outraged Morris told a reporter that the legislature “...