Local Flower Shop News
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/
Desire to grow food, not flowers, pulls millennials into garden - Press HeraldFriday, July 31, 2015
Tom Estabrook of Estabrook’s Farm and Garden Center in Yarmouth and Kennebunk said in his experience people don’t garden much until they reach their mid-30s. “It’s because of the economy,” he theorized. “Most of them have not acquired a decent job. They have a lot of bills from college, and they’re still renting.”Once they settle down and start to have children, he thinks they’ll take up gardening.Maybe. Others, Shawn Brannigan of Allen Sterling & Lothrop in Falmouth among them, wonder if they’ll find the time. Parents are so busy – with their jobs, with driving their children to a slew of activities like soccer, basketball, horseback riding – that they lack the time to garden, he says.Here’s my idea for enticing them into the garden: so many young adults are concerned about the environment, try teaching them about native plants that can help pollinators. If you can sweeten the deal with a pre-planted pot of flowers to put on their deck, your case may be even stronger.Vegetable gardening, however, is a different (and more hopeful) story. A study released last year last year by the National Gardening Association said that since 2008 more millennials have been growing their own food. The study showed that 35 percent of all households i... http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/26/maine-gardener-desire-to-grow-food-not-flowers-pulls-millennials-into-garden/
5 things: Where have all the flowers gone in Cape Coral? - The News-PressSunday, February 11, 2018
The harvest was precisely timed to get the stalks through the sorting, packing and shipping processes and into the hands of the florists before they bloomed. Gulf Coast Farms shipped gladiolus nationwide and overseas.Workers sorting the flowers for bundling or tying into bunches from Gulf Coast Farms in Cape Coral in 1947. (Photo: Special to News-Press)3. In those days, winter frosts in Southwest Florida were not uncommon. Growers were alert to dropping temperatures. The threat of a freeze sent owners, growers and workers into the fields to work through the night to protect the young flowers.4. They kept them warm any way they could: fishermen and ranchers living in the area would smell burning tires, or the oily smoke curling from the kerosene smudge pots glowing in the fields. In later years, they would hear the crop dusters circling low over the flowers to keep the warm air low and in motion over the delicate life upon which so many human lives depended.The layout of Gulf Coast Farms in Cape Coral. (Photo: Courtesy the Norman Cox family.)5. Gulf Coast Farms was sold in 1975, and over time, the land was sold off in parcels. You might still hear today, however, on a cold night, helicopters hovering, their massive blades thrumming over the tropical plant and tree farms on Pine Island.Cynthia Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) Read or Share this story: http://newspr.es/2E2Yd9w...
Everyday People: Teacher shares her passion for flowers - The Bozeman Daily ChronicleSunday, February 11, 2018
Leisa Cook inherited a love of flowers from her grandmother in Ohio.In high school, Cook swept floors and cleaned buckets at a florist’s shop to break into the business.For years she worked in every part of the retail floral industry — managing, owning, designing arrangements. She loved it. Still, she thought, “There’s got to be more to this.”AdvertisementCook found the missing piece when she began teaching floral design classes to adults. Her favorite thing is teaching workshops for the elderly and people with disabilities.“It’s been amazing,” she said. “I’m giving something back, helping people.”She has brought her workshop to the state hospital at Warm Springs. Men and women with mental disabilities walk in looking sullen, but when they see buckets of flowers, their faces brighten. When she tells them they can make small bouquets to take back to their rooms, they get excited and forget their troubles.“Most had someone they were going to give the flowers to,” Cook said.Teaching the elderly, she likes to ask about their favorite flowers and what their mothers raised. People exchange stories and friendships st...
Mystery flower can be grown outdoors - INFORUMSunday, February 11, 2018
A: The flowers in the photo are a large-flowered florist strain of Canterbury bells. You're right; they do look like huge lily-of-the-valley blossoms. Canterbury bells can also be grown in our region's flowerbeds. They're considered a biennial, forming a green plant the first year from seed, then flowering the second year. They easily seed themselves once they begin blooming, so a patch of Canterbury bells usually blooms every year with the presence of both first-year seedlings and second year flowering plants.Q: I brought a Dracaena marginata houseplant with me from Michigan in 2004, when it was about five feet tall and a single stalk. Now one shoot is over 14 feet tall. How tall will this plant get and what's the best way to propagate and prune this plant? I'm concerned about it hitting the ceiling. - Greg Morgan, Ponsford, Minn.A: Dracaena marginata has several common names including dragon tree, or simply dracaena, or red-margined dracaena. In its tropical native habitat, it grows as a small tree, or shrubby tree, so indoors it e... http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4396668-mystery-flower-can-be-grown-outdoors
Famed Floral Designer Now on Broadway - Saratoga TODAY NewspaperSunday, February 11, 2018
Sidney Martin’s artistic talent, keen esthetic eye and contagious enthusiasm have earned him a place as resident florist for Saratoga's Salt and Char Restaurant, the Adelphi Hotel and 15 Church Restaurant, as well as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s New York City Ballet Gala, Opera Saratoga Gala and Saratoga Hospital Gala. Martin has produced floral décor on the sets of major motion pictures and Emmy-nominated television shows, in addition to the pages of bridal magazines and the red carpets of the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Film Festival. Martin moved from Los Angeles and established residency in Saratoga Springs. He has catered to private clientele for home, special event, wedding and corporate occasions.
Heart 'n' Soul quartet to deliver singing Valentines - Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
The Heart ‘n’ Soul quartet will deliver singing Valentines and roses, courtesy of Augusta Florist, on Valentine’s Day as part of the chorus’ annual fundraiser.The quartet, members of the Maine-ly Harmony chorus, are Anne Danforth, Jan Flowers, Sue Staples and Cathy Anderson. They have shared their love of barbershop harmony throughout Maine and are the recipients of the Image of Harmony award for their community outreach.The singing Valentines cost is $35, and the deadline is Feb. 12.To order this service for a loved one at home or work, call 293-4779 or email [email protected].