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Dinner series brings floriculture to the table - Greenhouse CanadaTuesday, March 19, 2019
Stulp sees the importance of giving people a dining experience.While he’s been part of the collaboration process to develop the concept of the event, one of his main tasks is creating the menus. Given the venue, there are many specific considerations that need to be made beforehand. “It needs to be classy enough to be memorable, but we have to execute the menu out of a loading dock,” he says. “So it takes some pre-thought, and lots of ingenuity and flexibility.” The challenge is also what makes it fun and unique, he adds.With the chef present, guests get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the culinary process. Stulp introduces each course, sharing some background behind the food on the menu and how each dish is made.The chef sees gourmet food as simply another way to bring floriculture to light. “The core of most meals is built around plant-based materials: vegetables, starches, salads and even wine,” he says. “Many foods, especially fruit, are the result of floral success.” According to Stulp, it’s also not uncommon for flowers to be part of a meal. This is evident in his past menus that have included items such as organic baby greens with floral petals as a starter or lavender and wild ginger syrup on baked apple and quince ‘tatin’ for dessert.Opening greenhouse doors to the publicThe event itself is a reflection of another growing trend in agricultural advocacy. According to Gough, it’s becoming more prevalent for farmers to pursue transparency and industry support by inviting the public to come and see their operations firsthand.The results? Other than increased awareness for the industry, Vermolen says some guests at the Rosa Flora dinner were able to see a production greenhouse for the first time. “When they saw the gerbera house, it was like a magical moment,” he says. “They were so happy they were speechless.”The event is also good bang for the buck. Kristan says he’s asked guests whether they think they’re getting a good return on their ticket. “A lot of them say, ‘If we were just to get a four-course meal in downtown Toronto, we would probably be paying more than we are here,’” he says. With ticket prices averaging out around $100, it’s a small price to pay for a full evening event that includes a four-course meal.The budding enthusiasm of growersIt’s not just the guests who have such a positive experience at these dinner events. Since growers are accustomed to seeing their greenhouses every day, Kristan says the event allows them to see 200 metres of blooming gerberas through the eyes of someone who’s never seen th... https://www.greenhousecanada.com/business/marketing/bringing-floriculture-to-the-table-32796
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast! - INFORUMTuesday, March 19, 2019
If an arborvitae is allowed to grow out of bounds, it's difficult to radically reduce its height back down to desired size. Your idea of maintaining it at 8 feet from the start is much better than someday trying to cut a tall arborvitae back down to that level. Keeping a shrub or tree at its present size through pruning is often called "mold and hold" pruning. Several times during the growing season, prune off the current season's new growth so the arborvitae remains at the desired height. Some pyramidal arborvitae varieties' natural heights are 30 feet, so diligence may be needed to maintain at 8 feet. To hold an arborvitae at its present size, it's probably necessary to trim once in June or July and again in August. A quick trim across the top a couple times each summer should do it. If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at ForumGrowingTogether@hotmail.com. All questions will be answered, and those with broad appeal may be published, so please include your name, city and state for appropriate advice. https://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast
Top 3 Florists To Visit Right Now In Minneapolis - WCCO | CBS MinnesotaTuesday, March 19, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS (Hoodline) — Looking to visit the best florists around? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top florists in Minneapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market for florists.1. Chez BloomPhoto: chez bloom/YelpTopping the list is Chez Bloom. Located at 4310 Bryant Ave. South in East Harriet, the florist is the highest rated florist in Minneapolis, boasting five stars out of 22 reviews on Yelp.2. Spruce Flowers And HomePhoto: spruce flowers and home/YelpNext up is Southeast Como’s Spruce Flowers and Home, situated at 1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Suite 225. With 4.5 stars out of 33 reviews on Yelp, the florist has proven to be a local favorite.3. Flowers By Miss BerthaPhoto: rima h./YelpThen there’s Whittier’s Flowers By Miss Bertha, located at 2100 Nicollet Ave., which is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the florist 4.5 stars out of 21 reviews.</body></html>... https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/13/top-3-florists-to-visit-right-now-in-minneapolis/
Agassiz florist asking community for help - Agassiz-Harrison ObserverTuesday, March 19, 2019
Lance fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own flower shop when she opened Holly Tree Florists and Gifts in Agassiz nearly twenty years ago. The shop – which moved from Cheam Avenue to Pioneer in 2002 – is well-known by locals, as is the aging yellow pickup truck Lance uses to deliver flower orders.But after nineteen years of bringing floral arrangements and bouquets to her community, the 72-year-old is asking locals for their support.Right before Mother’s Day, Lance underwent a bilateral femoral endarterectomy surgery – the removal of plaque from the femoral artery. Her recovery time was going to cut into profits during one of the busiest times of the year, so a fellow florist based in Mission, Tami Klassen, started a GoFundMe page to help her.“The floral industry is something people do because they love it and they’re passionate about it,” said Klassen. “Cash flow isn’t always that great in the [industry.] When good seasons come they will often cover you through to the next event.”“If you miss out on one event it can really hurt your cash flow... https://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/agassiz-florist-asking-community-for-help/
The Biggest Day - Santa Rosa florists prepare for the busiest day of the year - The Santa Rosa Press DemocratTuesday, March 19, 2019
Stormi Gillam, Henry’s business partner. “There’s a lot of prepping.”The payoff may be worth it for the Fifth Street flower shop and other Santa Rosa-area florists. Americans this year will spend an estimated $1.9 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers, slightly less than last year, a National Retail Federation survey found.Flowers were the third most popular gift among the 7,300 adults surveyed by the trade association earlier this year, with 35 percent of respondents saying they planned to buy flowers for their significant other. Just over half said they would purchase candy to mark the holiday, while 44 percent expected to buy greeting cards, according to the federation.Overall, Valentine’s Day spending this year is expected to climb to $20.7 billion, a $1.1 billion increase from 2018. A person will spend on average $162 for the holiday, the federation said. For Sharzad Mo, owner of Mirage Florist in downtown Santa Rosa, Valentine’s Day is unequivocally the busiest time of year, she said. The increase in business means frequent trips to San Francisco flower markets in the days leading up to the holiday. There, she has purchased about 400 individual roses in preparation for Thursday, Mo said. She also has hired additional drivers to help make deliveries, something the City 205 Flowers owners said they also do to accommodate their Valentine’s Day clientele. “Valentine’s Day is the biggest day and the hardest week,” Mo said, standing behind the counter of her small flower shop. Mo and the co-owners of City 205 Flowers agreed that while some customers stray... https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9276072-181/the-biggest-day-santa-rosa
Black Rabbit Shop Opens In Pilsen, Bringing Flowers, Plants And Gifts To 18th Street - Block Club ChicagoTuesday, March 19, 2019
Black Rabbit owner Rose Hoffeld, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years.Hoffeld spent years working at other flower shops across the city — including City Enchanted Gardens Florist in Tri-Taylor — before opening one of her own. She said the process of creating arrangements allows her to combine her artistic creativity with the natural beauty of plants and flowers.“I love design. I love using the beauty of plants and flowers and seeing how they are part of people’s stories and special occasions,” Hoffeld said. Long-stemmed carnations sit at the front of the shop in Pilsen.Mauricio Peña/ Block Club ChicagoBlack Rabbit sells single-stemmed roses and flowers for $2-$6, as well as floral arrangements starting at $25.The shop also has cacti and succulents starting at $3, and larger plants like peperomias ($8) and red aglaonemas ($22).Gifts and stationary at the shop — including postcards, notebooks, pens and handmade herbariums — dried plants suspended in mineral oils — range from $3 to $15. Black Rabbit offers a 15 percent discount on station items to students, too. A stationary and gift wall at Black Rabbit Shop. Mauricio Peña/Block Club ChicagoAfter noticing the vacant retail space in her neighborhood last fall, Hoffeld jumped at the chance to open the small flower shop. With the help of partner Jesse Pomeroy, the pair spent three months working on the storefront. They DIYed much of the shop — from painting the walls and building shelving and a terrarium to display plants, to sewing curtains and ... https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/02/12/black-rabbit-shop-opens-in-pilsen-bringing-flowers-plants-and-gifts-to-18th-street/
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging