Local Flower Shop News
Old Bristol Garden Club to Host Spring Flowers Talk - The Lincoln County NewsTuesday, February 27, 2018
Estabrook’s is a full-service, family-owned and -operated garden center. Their flagship location is in Yarmouth but they also have a seasonal location in Kennebunk.Masse will be bringing an assortment of plants for sale and inspiration after his talk. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their gardening questions answered just in time for spring planting.Following the program, tea and cookies will be served by this month’s tea committee: Connie Bright, Betty Sparrell, Patsy Fales, and Sally Hough. All are welcome to attend and new members can join at any time.If AOS 93 is closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled as well.Related StoriesShare this:...
Organizers nip 2016 Portland Flower Show in the bud - Press HeraldFriday, January 22, 2016
We’re not sure of the details, just that it’s a business decision. Obviously the complex has changed hands and that has to be considered,” said Tom Estabrook of Estabrook’s nursery in Yarmouth and Kennebunk, and president of the Maine Landscape & Nursery Association. “As an organization, we’re always looking for opportunities to market ourselves, beyond the show.”Jeff O’Donal of O’Donal’s Nursery in Gorham believes the show will come back, in some form. Portland-area flower shows have been held for about 30 years, with other groups besides Portland Yacht Services running them from time to time. The show has had more than 100 vendors in a year, including landscape companies and nurseries, and more than a dozen garden exhibits, plus lectures and talks by experts in various areas of gardening.“Our participation in the show was never one where we expected a direct return,” O’Donal said. “We basically want people to say, ‘Oh, you have more unique plants than anyone else.’ It’s a nice thing, but we have other ways to advertise and get people to know us.”... http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/15/portland-flower-show-taking-a-one-year-hiatus/
Bloomr Offers an Impressive Collection of over 2000 Faux Flower Stems to Create Your Own Artificial Floral ArrangementTuesday, October 30, 2018
Bloomr offers an extensive collection of faux flower stems to create your own DIY floral arrangement or decorate with a bunch of artificial roses in a vase. The faux flowers are designed by the real florists using the highest quality materials to replicate the real flowers like hydrangeas, roses, peonies, lilies, and anemones. Apart from home decoration, their mixed flower arrangements are an important part of the ambience on occasions, such weddings, birthdays, corporate parties, etc. Also a favorite of the DIYer, with over 2000 artificial flowers stems there is surely something for everyone! Bloomr is one of the most sought after names in the artificial floral industry for providing top-quality products at the market's best prices. The company has amassed a customer base all across the world due to its unrivaled commitment to their quality. Their florists make all their arrangements by hand and are happy to customize their floral arrangements. In addition to faux stems, the company also offers Faux Orchid Arrangements, Faux Floral Arrangements, Faux Succulents & Plants, Faux Trees and Pots & Vases Talking about their faux flower stems, one of the representatives of the company stated, "Anyone can be a florist with BLOOMR faux floral stems. We source the highest quality materials and all of our stems are made with lifelike, real-touch technology. What... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4003706
Dewar Nurseries Launches Family Owned Floral Retail BrandTuesday, October 30, 2018
Combining their love of farm-to-table trends and natural beauty with their passion for the family business, the Dewar sisters are excited to launch their florist-quality assortment of potted plants in trendy containers designed to complement home settings.AdvertisementThe Life in Bloom collection includes potted house plants, holiday plants, and roses. It will also feature a new edible fruit collection including olives, bananas, tea, kiwis, figs, and berries, to name a few. The new brand is available in major retailers and supermarkets throughout the U.S.“Elizabeth & Alexandra offers florist-quality plants in aesthetically pleasing containers to create a product that can be purchased, presented, and immediately enjoyed,” says Alexandra Dewar.The new brand’s namesakes are the granddaughters of Dewar Nurseries’ founder, Alex Dewar. They represent the third generation of Dewar family growers, and have spent much of their lives participating in the ever-expanding family business.“With 55 years of successful growers in our family lineage, we are proud to continue this tradition while remaining true to our personal strengths and passions,” says Elizabeth Dewar. “Life in Bloom by Elizabeth & Alexandra brings a touch of elegance to everyday life. We’re proud to deliver potted beauty that perfectly coordinates with every living space.”The Elizabeth & Alexandra brand will debut at the PMA Fresh Summit trade event in Orlando on Oct. 19-20, 2018.Founded in 1963, Dewar Nurseries began as a single nursery with a tea... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/dewar-nurseries-launches-family-owned-floral-retail-brand/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html
Arizona Flower Market Encourages Random Acts of Kindness by Giving Away Free Flower BunchesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Wednesday October 24th. The free flowers are being given away in celebration of Petal it Forward, a floral industry event that spans all 50 states created by SAF (Society of American Florists). Florists all over the country are excited about sharing the feel-good proposition of giving away free flowers in their communities and encouraging the recipients to "pay it forward" by giving away flowers. Arizona Flower Market is giving away not one, but two FREE Daisy bunches to the first 300 customers who come in the flower market on Wednesday October 24th. No purchase necessary. Continue Reading Arizona Family Florist hosts their 4th annual Petal it Forward Free Flower Giveaway. Every customer receives 2 free daisy bunches, one to keep, one to "Petal it Forward" to someone else just to brighten their day!