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Alanson sweeps Great Lakes Floral Expo again - Petoskey News-ReviewTuesday, April 25, 2017
ALANSON — The Alanson agri-science students attended the Great Lakes Floral Expo, hosted by the Michigan Floral Association, March 3-5 in Grand Rapids.Students competed against other schools in the MFA Design Contest where they were to make a formal linear design, using no more than 10 stems of flowers and two types of greenery. For the second year in a row, Alanson students swept the competition taking all three places.Students also participated in a student certification hands-on class Friday evening where they learned techniques for making floral jewelry, attended main stage design shows and were recognized for their achievements at the awards banquet on Saturday night. http://www.petoskeynews.com/alanson-sweeps-great-lakes-floral-expo-again/article_101a2a7a-fca8-5290-b2f7-26dac911e3ad.html
Alanson agriscience class sweeps floral competition - Petoskey News-ReviewMonday, March 28, 2016
Alanson High School agriscience class competed in the Student Division Design Contest of the Great Lakes Floral Expo, “Together We Bloom” sponsored by the Michigan Floral Association and held at the DeVos Center in Grand Rapids, Michi. The theme for this year’s student competition was “Together We Bloom at the Prom.”Alanson students earned a clean sweep of first, second, and third against their competitors Jackson Area Career Tech Center and Oakland Career Tech Center. Senior, Ashley Pitman placed first; senior, Ashley Pethers placed second; junior, Sonya Lightfoot placed third. For the competition, students were asked to create corsages and boutonnieres to complement a particular prom dress of their choice. Alanson Agriscience instructor, Donna Magill expressed her excitement over the outstanding results, “I’m so proud of all my students, you couldn’t ask for a better outcome.”Subscription RequiredAn online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online ser... http://www.petoskeynews.com/news/community/alanson-agriscience-class-sweeps-floral-competition/article_2799ed22-aac5-5c40-b436-efd95947fb48.html
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.Pliska, whose company is located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, could have substituted other flowers but wanted to deliver customers' first choices. So he and his employees tinted white roses by hand.Supply shortages can be the bane of a small company's existence. Severe weather and disasters can cause shortages, as can a manufacturer shutting down or stopping production of ingredients, components or raw materials. And shortages can force owners to be creative in finding substitutes or workarounds to mitigate damage to revenue and customer relationships.Shortages can hit companies of any size. Hundreds of KFC stores in Britain had to close in February when they were unable to get shipments of chicken and other supplies. The problem started when KFC switched to a different delivery company that couldn't handle the volume of food the company needs at its 900 British outlets.But small businesses can have an advantage over larger ones in a supply crisis, says Sunder Kekre, an operations management professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. They don't have the bureaucracy of large companies, and that gives them more flexibility in coming up with a solution, he says.Small companies are also better able to stay in touch and negotiate with customers."You might convince them, 'You do... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Florist invites selfies in window for ACLU donations - The Detroit NewsWednesday, April 11, 2018
A florist at Pot + Box has turned her storefront window in the Fisher Building into backdrops inviting passersby to take photos for any donation to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. Lisa Waud, owner of Pot + Box flower shop, is well known for her designs, activism and as the producer of Flower House in 2015. She said for her next project, she was inspired when she saw Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald's national portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. "In the flower shop, we work in this fishbowl-type area where people can see us working as they walk by...kind of like an open kitchen," said Waud, 40. "I used that window for this project where I challenged myself to reproduce their backdrops." Waud said the displays were just supposed to be used as art "but then someone walked in and asked to sit in the chair and out of nowhere I said 'only if you donate to the ACLU." This week only, Waud invites guests into her storefront window to take photos from outside or inside the display for a donation of any amount to the ACLU of Michigan. "In the political climate we're in, rather than complain about bad things, I wanted to interpret and incorporate the community to participate in something positive with meaning," Waud said. "The ACLU does a lot of great work. It feels both universal but not too broad of a nonprofit."The florist said she only planned on ...
Thorns and roses: Looking at the good, bad and ugly of the Philadelphia Flower Show - PW-Philadelphia WeeklyWednesday, March 14, 2018
Flower Show, and purchases a bouquet from Acme?"––Others notable exhibits ran with the “Wonders of Water” theme by focusing on the global water epidemic. Displays showcased Flint, Michigan to the Arctic, the desert to the sea. Unfortunately, the displays of countries and places were cut up by other pieces, creating a disjointed atmosphere that could have made a bigger impact on the water crisis and shared global commons.But to its credit, the Flower Show did host the first Philadelphia Water Summit where experts discussed water issues and realities here on Earth and the joy of finding it in Space – for $100 a ticket.As I gathered provided information on the designs behind each display, I realized some didn’t even have a word on the design and were rather about the companies, particularly landscaping companies, trying to market themselves. Even one of the gardens had the sponsor Subaru cars in it.“Come on!”But while much of the show was a fake as a plastic plant, through the thicket of over-commodified stands and pandering displays were the small designs by flower artists and enthusiasts as well as garden clubs with hopes of recognition and possibly a blue ribbon.TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR ... http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news/thorns-and-roses-looking-at-the-good-bad-and-ugly/article_6da6f636-27ad-11e8-8d89-37fd47ffa0a9.html
Over the Garden Fence | Flower show displays focus on world water issues - Bucyrus Telegraph ForumWednesday, March 14, 2018
The United States was presented with a structure of copper tubing and repeated green dendrobium orchids. Simple. We were reminded of the Flint, Michigan’s cost-cutting that led to tainted water and Toledo’s toxic algae bloom scare from Lake Erie, which restricted water usage. It was pointed out that about one-fifth of our citizens are exposed to unsafe water. The other interpretations were just as sobering.A presentation with thousands of orchids depicted the Great Barrier Reef using all white ones to depict the dying portions of this once healthy coral area. Below were the gorgeous, colorful orchids showing healthy portions; these blended with linear, and textural greens.Massive gardens with fountains, pathways with streams, a desert setting and a Zen garden all used water components. Rain chains, rain barrels, sprinkling cans, down-spouting and buckets had been fashioned into water-moving units with artistry with flowers. Salt and tidal marshes, vernal pools, ponds, rivers, oceans, falls, water pests, the concept "water color," hydroponics, boulders of melting snow, and rain curtains were all presented in some manner.The space here just skims the surface of the show. Exhibits were very interesting, so realistic, and well-labeled. Most pointed out water as an everyday essential, an element worthy enough to be protected.With so much more to share from the designing and horticulture class entries brought by non-professional individuals, I will close.The trip did succeed in bringing spring into our hearts.Mary Lee Minor is a member of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, is an accredited flower show judge for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and a former sixth-grade teacher.Read or Share this story: http://ohne.ws/2pc2m1j...