Brighton Flower Shop News
Growing roses not the thorn once thought - The ColumbianTuesday, May 21, 2019
Michael Marriott, technical manager and senior rosarian for David Austin Limited of Albrighton, England, about the many emerging shrub rose varieties.Shrub roses, also labeled landscaping or groundcover roses, blend a diverse mix of old-rose varieties with modern roses to capture the best qualities of each, including fragrance, flowering styles, colors and growth habits.They’re bred for garden performance rather than plant perfection, converting many rose contrarians into vocal rosarians, Marriott said.“There are certainly plenty of hesitant gardeners who mistakenly think all roses will be finicky and hard to grow — but I’d say they’re decreasing in number,” Marriott said.Early landscape designers frequently recommended that roses be concentrated only in rose gardens, in the process creating a monoculture conducive to pests and diseases. Now they’re integrating roses into mixed borders where companion plants surround roses to the benefit of all, Marriott said.Despite longstanding perceptions, rose growing isn’t a specialty particular to older or more affluent gardeners, said Chris VanCleave, a banker and rose advocate from Helena, Ala., who has a wide following on the garden lecture circuit and his “Redneck Rosarian” website.Regardless of where you are or who you are, there’s a rose just for you, he said.“Baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennial generations ... https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/may/21/growing-roses-not-the-thorn-once-thought/
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or ... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
David Austin, whose new varieties returned fragrance and romance to the rose, dies - Texarkana GazetteTuesday, January 22, 2019
David Austin, a plant breeder who defiantly reinvented the rose flower to the delight of gardeners, florists and brides around the world, died Dec. 18 at his home in Albrighton, in Shropshire, England. He was 92.His family announced his death but did not disclose the cause.In his 30s, Austin began a life's work breeding new rose varieties that captured the romance, character and, most of all, the fragrance of old garden roses immortalized in art and literature through the ages and across the globe. Few shared his vision.At the time, breeders, plant nurseries and consumers were drawn to stiff, tightly furled and resolutely unscented hybrid tea and floribunda roses that embodied the prevailing ideal of a rosebud on a stick."He had gone around to other rose nurseries [in England] and tried to get them to grow them for him," said Michael Marriott, his longtime colleague and company rosarian. "They all rejected him out of hand."Today, Austin's creations, which he called English Roses, are the gold standard in the vast contemporary rose market. Chalice-shaped, multi-petaled, richly hued and perfumed, they are widely celebrated for having restored the charm... http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2018/dec/24/david-austin-whose-new-varieties-returned-fragrance-and-romance-rose-dies/758030/
Petal to the metal: Man steals Kittelberger Florist van while employee delivers flowers - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleTuesday, January 22, 2019
BRIGHTON Criminal mischief: On Jan. 16, a 65-year-old Brighton man was arrested after putting a large scratch on the trunk of a vehicle on South Clinton Avenue. Grand larceny: In a delayed report, a Browncroft Boulevard resident wired money to a suspect after the suspect listed a vacation rental on Craigslist. After completing the transfer, the victim was unable to reach the suspect. Suspicious incident: On Jan. 15, a Buffard Drive resident saw a dark-colored vehicle in front of his house. He said the two occupants of the car appeared to be looking into houses. When the resident went outside, the men drove away. BROCKPORT Trespassing: On Jan. 6, a 17-year-old Brockport girl was arrested for trespassing. Officers didn't reveal where the alleged incident occurred. CHILI Petit larceny: Between Jan. 10 and 11, three vehicles parked on West Ham Circle were rummaged through. All of the vehicles were unlocked. Prescription medicines, an HP gold laptop, Bose headphones and loose change were taken. Grand larcen... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/01/19/monroe-county-ny-crime-rochester-suburbs-brighton-chili-greece-ogden-irondequoit-victor/2599141002/
Cake and flowers: Rockcastle in Greece adds a bakery - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleMonday, December 17, 2018
MacGregor's open in Brighton MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room is now open at Tops Plaza in Brighton. It's the restaurant's sixth bar and grill in the Rochester region, with other locations in Gates, Penfield, Greece, Henrietta and Buffalo. MacGregor's takes the place of the former Zebb's at 1890 S. Clinton Ave. in an out parcel in front of the plaza. It is known for its beer flights, beer specials as well as its signature sandwiches such as roast beef and hot pastrami. Bargain of the Week A trip to Greece meant an opportunity to explore businesses there. Across the street from Rockcastle Florist and Special T Cakes is Dell's Market and Deli... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/11/21/rockcastle-greece-joins-special-t-cakes-bakery-gates-macgregors-brighton/2068786002/
The Florists - Martha's Vineyard TimesTuesday, September 10, 2019
Morning Glory elevating what they are doing with flower production. We use a few off-Island growers who put flowers on the Seastreak for us — sustainable-practice farms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We’ve found the right farmers who grow such an incredible product — flowers that will last a week to two weeks. We are lucky that we have access to them.Talk about timing and shelf life.Working with such a perishable product is tricky. It’s hard to feel like you can get ahead when you’re constantly ordering fresh flowers every week, as I have to put orders in for the week before. Mentally, it’s very challenging. Like a restaurant, a chef would do the same. We have four giant coolers here that help with shelf life, and so does the way we process them. After the week is over, we move any remaining flowers to another cooler, and figure out other things to do with them. Sometimes I make arrangements for Hospice — we give the older flowers away to people the best we can. Recently, Felix Neck needed flowers for a kids’ program, and we were able to give them some. It’s hard throwing them into the compost, but we can’t sell them either. How much of your business is weddings?We do a ton of weddings, but really only about 25 percent of the business (we did 60 weddings last year). The single purchase of everyday flowers keeps us so busy and really keeps the business going. We have a driver delivering flowers all over the Island all day, every day. The elements make it very tricky, whether it’s a 90-plus day, or pouring rain.Do you feel you are on a 24-hour alert?Definitely. We opened up on Sundays this summer, too. Sometimes I work seven days in a row — it may be 14 days before I get a day off. I feel like I’m so obsessed and so immersed in what I’m doing. Whether I’m here or not here, I’m still always here. There’s never a moment when I’m not thinking about the shop.What’s your biggest challenge?Trying to be a mind reader for what people want. It’s very difficult to get that information out of people, and they can be very particular, but they don’t know how to tell us what they want in flowers. And everyone has a different idea of what’s beautiful. We do a lot of picture sharing. We hired a photographer to help us organize and update our website, and it’s making a huge difference. People are calling us now because they like our aesthetic — that’s working out in our favor. What sets you apart from other florists?I grew up on the Island, Rebecca [Swartwood, floral designer] grew up here, and other staff understand the Vineyard so well. We tap into this vibe that can be very elegant, but also very laid-back. We have a Vineyard vibe that makes flowers not feel fussy or too much, but approachable while being really beautiful. Our flowers can be put on any elegant table or a kitchen counter in your summer cottage. They speak the Vineyard. We don’t manipulate the flowers to do anything they don’t want to do. So our arrangements feel very free and natural and very elegant at the same time. Which is very Vineyard in a nutshell. Marc Cooper, floristMiddletown Gift & Floral Shop680 State Rd., West Tisbury508-696-7600middletownnursery.comWhere do your flowers come from at Middletown?We get cut flowers from Holland, we get local flowers, we get a lot of flowers from Boston. Basically the style of flowers that I like determines where we buy from. I like classical, vintage-looking roses, hydrangeas, mostly big white lilies. I still like to get some tulips in — the parrots and the doubles. Right now we are getting a lot of local items; the sunflowers are big. But many of the flowers that I have you can’t grow here; the quality is not the same. How did you learn the florist trade?For 10 years I had a gift shop in Worcester where we brought in flowers, and I had to learn quickly. My business partner at the time liked doing flowers, then she had a child so could not be in the shop that often. I ended up working with flowers. I learned to do what I wanted to do with them, and c... https://www.mvtimes.com/2019/08/28/the-florists/
A Guide to Florist's Emily Alone - TalkhouseTuesday, August 13, 2019
I feel desire grow away from comfort and crawl toward cavesThere where I find more interesting things.In Southern California I sing a Rain Song I still Dream about Western Massachusetts deep down I still dream About the left hand side of your face with a scar but it has no scarAnymore It looked like a river And Still my head turns toward sea If it claimed me I Would not be upset I know there Are deeper things But I do Just love the sound of One or two guitars And the Feeling of water as it Trickles down my spineSo comes now the Shadow Bloom after a long dredge in which shaded I accept the offerings of a mortal life. I can’t find the answers in the search but the search is why I’m alive and why... https://www.talkhouse.com/a-guide-to-florists-emily-alone/
Instagram Heaven: These are our favorite pick-your-own flower farms in Massachusetts - MassLive.comTuesday, July 23, 2019
Flickr Creative Commons/jeiline By Aviva Luttrell email@example.comMassachusetts offers tons of places to pick your own blueberries, strawberries and apples, but did you know there are a number of spots where you can cut your own flowers?Here, we give you the rundown on nine of our favorite pick-your-own flower farms throughout the state, from the North Shore to Western Mass. The colorful fields offer a myriad of options for creating your own unique bouquets and arrangements.Many provide buckets, mason jars and shears. One even offers a BYOB “Flower Happy Hour.”Talk about Instagram heaven.Here are a few of our top picks: Parlee Farms Located in Tyngsboro, Parlee Farms offers cut-your-own flowers and fresh picked flowers from late July through late September.The one-acre plot grows 10 shades of Benary Giant zinnias, five varieties of sunflowers and various shades of dahlias and gladiolus. Parlee Farms provides the bucket and shears. After you’ve created the perfect arrangement, staff will wrap them up for you to take home. The farm also creates bunches of fresh-picked flowers every morning that are available at its farm stand.Wh... https://www.masslive.com/expo/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/07/ae0a41490c1098/instagram-heaven-these-are-our-favorite-pickyourown-flower-farms-in-massachusetts.html
Flower Barrels from Fini's Plant Farm brighten up sidewalks - Reminder PublicationsTuesday, July 09, 2019
Pasquerella explained that the West Springfield Garden Club works to beautify West Side year-round. “We do a lot to beautify West Springfield. I believe we are the only garden club in Massachusetts that has a greenhouse. We have over 70 members. It’s a very active garden club and we like to get our hands dirty,” Pasquerella said.According to Pasquerella, the barrel project existed in the past, but it was a fellow West Springfield Garden Club member who recently worked to start it back up. “Many years ago, we had a program like this. The DPW went around and watered them. Just recently, Pat said, ‘I would really like to see a return to doing flower barrels in town,’” Pasquerella said.The West Springfield Garden Club was inspired by similar barrels found in the town of Agawam. “They have these beautiful flower barrels all around Agawam. We contacted Al Fini to see how it works. We now have gotten him to do the program and he grows [the flowers] and provides the outer barrel and places them all around. He said he would be more than willing to do what he does for Agawam for West Springfield,” Pasquerella shared.Pasquerella said she feels that the flower barrels will improve the town of West Springfield. “I think it’s a quality of life thing. There’s something about flowers. There’s a reason why Home Depot or even your local grocery store sells flowers, because it does something for you. It lifts up your heart. It provides a moment of beauty when you drive by or you’re in a store. Psychologically, it improves your mood,” Pasquerella said.Pasquerella shared that the West Springfield Garden Club is already looking to the future of the flower barrel project. “Next year, we’d really like to do 100,” Pasquerella said.The West Springfield Garden Club is currently accepting sponsorships on each of the barrels. Each sponsorship costs $120 and includes the barrel, soil, watering from June 10 to Sept.15, and a 4 by 10-inch all-weather sign inserted in the barrel to display the name of the sponsor. Sponsorships can be purchased by a donor, company, group or in honor of a loved one.Signs will be collected in mid-Septembe... https://www.thereminder.com/localnews/west-springfield/flower-barrels-from-finis-plant-farm-brighten-up-s/