Local Flower Shop News
Where to buy chemical-free flowers in the Twin CitiesTuesday, July 03, 2018
PosyPoppy LanePosy Flower MarketPristine FloralRooted by DesignSadie’s FloralSaffron and GraySister Honey Floral CoStudio FleuretteStudio CThistle and BloomsTulips and TrufflesYour Enchanted Florist... http://www.startribune.com/where-to-buy-chemical-free-flowers-in-the-twin-cities/485842501/
Summer jobs: Flowers, photos and moreTuesday, July 03, 2018
By Kelsey SwindlerClinton Memorial Hospital,City CouncilwomanAs many would guess, my first summer job was working at my family’s florist and greenhouse, Swindler and Sons Florists.I loved working with people and the constant activity — my favorite weekend of the year was prom weekend/Mother’s Day weekend, which opened up the summer garden center season. I remember being 13 and the intoxicating last-minute rush of it all — we would stay late to box hundreds of prom corsages, and I loved imagining the dresses the corsages would be paired with, and the feeling of being a real “adult” as I pitched in with my family and all of our employees.My favorite and least favorite part of the job was working with family! When you’re 14, 15, 16, going to work with your dad while your friends are on vacation can feel like absolute torture – especially when he wouldn’t stop “bossing” you around!As I got older, I really grew to love it, and all the days spent with my family meant the world. It wasn’t until I went away to college that I realized how special that experience was, and how few people had the opportunity to grow up in a true, small family business. I was so grateful I had an example of hard work, and that I had been expected to contribute – that experience was invaluable as I grew up and began to work for other people/companies.I remember working in the garden center with my dad when it started to get really uncomfortable – toward the end of May/beginning of June, when we were still busy in the greenhouses, but the temperature was beginning to climb – and how anxious I was to sneak breaks. If my dad caught me sitting, I could expect an hour or two of cleaning petunias (a sticky, hot, thankless job) or cutting back geraniums (we grew thousands of geraniums – the task was endless). He never (ever) let me try to close up a few minutes before five, when I would start to get anxious about customers coming in at the last minute – and multiple times would whip us right back into the parking lot if he saw a car pull in after we had closed the gates.I never understood that as a kid (We were closed! Couldn’t we just go home?!), and now... https://www.wnewsj.com/news/76303/summer-jobs-flowers-photos-and-more
John Nucci, former Boston city councilor, to receive lifesaving kidney from floristTuesday, July 03, 2018
City Councilor John Nucci is going into lifesaving transplant surgery Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital.Donor Kerri Abrams, a 37-year-old florist from Arlington, says she didn’t hesitate for a moment when she learned that Nucci, an old family friend, desperately needed a kidney. She was waiting to board an airplane, scrolling through the Boston Herald on her cellphone, when she saw an article on his plight. The article you requested has been archived ... http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/06/john_nucci_former_boston_city_councilor_to_receive_lifesaving_kidney
Growing with the Times: How Local Plant and Garden Companies Adapt to ChangeTuesday, July 03, 2018
Lexington nursery business that has found new ways to serve a changing marketplace of regional consumers.
Tucked away on Maxwell Street near downtown Lexington, Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Design has been a peaceful one-acre respite for gardening enthusiasts for more than a century. The property was purchased in 1903 by the great grandfather of John Michler, and the surrounding neighborhood grew up around it. In recent years, John’s son, Robin, has taken on more of the management responsibilities, along with his sister, Jessamine, who oversees the floral business.
Although its location hasn’t changed, Michler’s has had to adapt and reinvent itself multiple times over its 115-year history. Today, the greenhouse specializes in a year-round selection of native and flowering plants, with a wide selection of perennials in addition to annuals, herbs and specialty shrubs.
As both grower and retailer for much of its perennial stock, Michler’s carries a wider selection year-round than garden centers at typical big-box stores, which generally stock a seasonal rotation. Doing so gives the family business a better knowledge and control over how the plants are grown, Robin Michler said. Michler’s also handles garden design and installation for customers who want the added services.
“We’ve tried to help people think in terms of plant collections,” Robin Michler said. “We like to hear what their project is and offer a grouping of plants to fit the concept.”
More of today’s gardening consumers are looking to do something different with their lawns and gardens, Robin Michler said, and to create functional outdoor spaces that they can enjoy. That spirit has been brought to life at Michler’s in the Kentucky Native Café, which was created four years ago from an underutilized greenhouse and a former composting site at the back of the property.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times.” —Robin Michler
Patrons can linger at picnic seating and cafe tables set among lush plantings beneath a tall canopy of shade trees anytime the greenhouse is open, and enjoy beer and wine along with nonalcoholic spritzers, cheese plates and salads when the café opens evenings and weekends from April to October.
“It gives people a way to enjoy a garden space right here, using the same concepts we employ in other people’s gardens,” Robin Michler said.
While boosting the company’s already solid greenhouse business wasn’t the café’s primary intent, both businesses have helped the other grow, Robin Michler said. He has noticed that customers tend to wander between the café and the greenhouse, especially on weekends, and the café has also brought more floral business clients, who typically place orders by phone or online, onto Michler’s premises.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times,” Robin Michler said. “It’s not just one reinvention.”
Greenleaf Wholesale Florist seeks $82294 paymentTuesday, July 03, 2018
NEW ORLEANS – Greenleaf Wholesale Florist Inc. claims it is owed more than $80,000. Greenleaf Wholesale filed a lawsuit June 22 against Meade Wenzel, doing business as Meade Wensel Florists, in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. According to the complaint, Meade Wenzel owes $82,293.90 plus interest and has failed to pay off the balance due. The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney's fees and all appropriate relief. It is represented by Joseph Fick of Newman, Mathis, Brady & Spedale in Metairie. The case has been assigned to Division C Judge Sidney Cates. Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 18-6184... https://louisianarecord.com/stories/511470871-greenleaf-wholesale-florist-seeks-82-294-payment