Hopkins Flower Shop News
These flowers never fade: Fleur de Lis Garden Club marks 50 years of seeds, service - Gainesville TimesWednesday, March 14, 2018
No matter how much time passes, when they all get together, they talk about life and gardening as if they had just seen each other.For Betsy Hopkins, joining the Fleur de Lis club was her way of doing exactly that. She had been a teacher, but after retiring, she knew she wouldn’t be able to meet people at the school. She joined the club as a way to get more involved in the area.“I had never gardened,” said Hopkins, who moved to Gainesville in 1999. “I still don’t like getting down on my knees, but I joined because I wanted to get to know people. And it has been an ongoing ‘good friends’ place. But we’ve learned things, too, and we’ve done some neat things.”During each meeting, the members learn from different people around the community who teach them about different aspects of gardening. Sometimes, it’s about growing herbs, or taking care of orchids. Other times, it’s a little more unique.At the 50th anniversary, the gardening club invited Charles Hay, co-owner of The Olive Basket, a gourmet olive oil and vinegar store in Gainesville, to talk about myths and misconceptions of olive oil and pass out some samples.Kathy Hawthorne said one of the club’s greatest accomplishments was in 1996 when the Olympics came to Gainesville. Lake Lanier was used for rowing, canoe and kayak events, and with the world watching, Fleur de Lis wanted to make sure the city looked presentable. “Down at the Holly Tree corner, Georgia Power had all their lines up there and we thought they were very ugly,” said Hawthorne, who was president of the club at the time. “We petitioned Georgia Power and they moved their lines underground.”Fleur de Lis is hoping to continue making a difference in the community, just as it did in 1996 and in years before and since. But the problem is it seems to attract mostly retired women. While the club is open to gardeners of all ages, meetings take place in the morning when younger women are often working or in school.“I think people just got tired, and young people don’t like to get as involved as we did,” said Ann Alexander, who was president of the club in 1973.Regardless of who joins or who notices, members of Fleur de Lis said they will continue to make the city look better through their gardening efforts for as long as they can.“If we didn’t do some of the things we do, people would notice,” Propes said. “But since we do, it’s just kind of accepted that this is Gainesville, this is the garden club and this is what we do.”...
Open Studios to spotlight 145 local artists at 93 locations around Greenville this weekend - Greenville NewsTuesday, November 28, 2017
ThompsonCarole Knudson Tinsley Katie WalkerKristin WencDan WilliamsLu WixonGerry Wubben Marcy Connors YerkesMatthew Zedler ClayDavid YoungPhotographyPolly GaillardPhilip GarciaDiane Hopkins-Hug... http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/entertainment/2017/11/08/greenville-open-studios-spotlights-145-artists-93-locations/843700001/
The Ann Arbor Art Fair Features Four Separate Festivals - The Jewish NewsTuesday, July 18, 2017
I studied art in college and taught high school before teaching teachers.”Raman, who lived in Maryland while her late husband worked as a shaliach, also studied at Johns Hopkins. She returns to America to participate in fairs and now travels to about seven a year.“I’ve found that artists are treated the best in Ann Arbor,” says Raman, who appears at the South University Area Art Fair and will be surrounded by demonstrations, food services and entertainment as four separate fairs join forces in one large event.Ayala Naphtali will be at the Street Art Fair, the Original, with necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Her brooches with contemporary Passover symbols are available through online orders.Giving distinction to her work is the use of covered coconut shells combined with silver enhancements. She has a minimalist approach with bold, elegant forms.“I’ve been using coconut shells since the late 1980s,” says Naphtali, who works out of a Brooklyn studio. “I like coloring my own materials, and I don’t have to use toxic materials with the shells. I also like the idea of renewables.”Naphtali, who grew up in New York and Tel Aviv, moved around as the result of her dad’s work in chemical engineering. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Michigan.“I try to keep my jewelry very lightweight so it’s comfortable,” says Naphtali, who tracked down where her dad lived in the 1950s and showed her son. “Pieces are in museum shops all across the country.”Naphtali, who comes from a long line of metalsmiths on her father’s side, is related to Israeli wholesale jewelers on her mother’s side.While living in New York, she took classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She went on to the Fashion Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at New Paltz.“I’ll have close to a couple hundred pieces in Ann Arbor,” she says. “I have a wide price range.”Lisa Burge, also in the Original art fair, shows abstract oil paintings and prints. Based in New Mexico, she is in her 15th year showcasing work in Ann Arbor.“I use muted colors, but my images have grown brighter over the years,” she says. “I am inspired by nature, architecture and what I...
Danna's and The Florist Moving Locations - KSST (press release) (registration) (blog)Wednesday, July 05, 2017
With her 27 years of experience in Canton and a love and knowledge of vintage items, Danna embarked on her long time dream of creating the Bi-annual Flea Market Swap Meet to be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center in November and April. With this newest endeavor, Danna expects vendors and friends that she has made to be visiting Sulphur Springs from locations throughout Texas and the United States. It’s like a mini Canton. Local vendors can lease or buy a spot to showcase their specialties and interests. Local vendors are encouraged to get creative with their booths by displaying anything from: specialty-knitting, homemade crafts, woodwork, metal work, or even garage sale items. Check with Danna’s about renting a booth if you are interested. Danna suggest having a theme for your booth. Her booth will be the Buffalo Girls. Allison stated: “Buffalo stands for strength, lasting over the years, fierceness, fearlessness, and hard work.” The Buffalo Girls will have matching t-shirts and the creed on the back that Danna’s store lives by. “Buffalo Girls, Stand your ground, have a tough hide, keep moving on, wide open spaces, have a strong spirit, roam wild and free, let the chips fall where they may.” The metal buffalo in front of Danna’s new store location will also serve as the Flea Market mascot. “After much prayer and preparation Danna’s is moving back home to 438 Gilmer Street.” “[It’s] a main artery to the downtown district and “the heartbeat of the city” Danna wants her friends and customers to know that they can still expect that down home atmosphere and now they can find everything they need in one place.” Allison said.”We’ll be keeping our best lines and bringing in new items of vintage quilts and eclectic “junque” because that’s where Danna’s heart is. We hope that our friends, family, customers, and visitors will find this new location much more acceptable and convenient.” Danna’s new location will combine the gift shop , florist, and rental center. The Event Center can no longer be rented for events because it now houses everything you might need to rent for special occasions. “Whether it be for a huge wedding or gathering or small intimate dinner, We’ll have everything there for you to shop from. We can help you select exactly what you will need to make your day one to remember.”In looking back over the past 20 year...
Wedded: Rose Marie Samaniego's and Vincent Lamont La Form's chance meeting led to love - Baltimore SunTuesday, April 04, 2017
Date: Dec. 3Her story:Rose Marie Samaniego, 65, was born and raised in New York. She works as a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Odenton.His story:Vincent Lamont La Form, 62, was born in Selma, Ala., but raised in England. He is a project manager in the nuclear sector. His mother, Patricia Wilkinson, lives in Skegness, England.Their story: The two met on July 25, 2015, at a crab feast organized by a social group."We were both late and there were two remaining seats side by side," Rose Marie recalled. "Call it destiny, serendipity or divine intervention, but I believe a miracle occurred that day."Rose Marie was immediately struck by Vince's polished appearance."He was very debonair and classy," she said. "Everyone was drinking beer and he was sipping a glass of cabernet."Vince wasted no time showing his generous nature."He asked me if I would share a dessert with him. I was still hungry so I gladly accepted. I was quite impressed by his chivalry," she said.The two solidified their feelings for each other and fell in love after visiting Longwood Gardens Nightscape in Aug. 2015.They... http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/weddings/bs-lt-wedded-0402-20170331-story.html
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
Tim, then a manager trainee.She and Tim married in May 1987. That October, Tim's job with the department store took them to Iowa and then Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Minnesota. In Nebraska, Welsh — who continued to work as a florist out west — directed community theater, served on the Miss Nebraska Pageant board of directors and directed the pageant for three years. In Wyoming, she was involved with the Cheyenne Frontier Days, billed as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.In 2004, the couple and their young son, Tanner, moved back to Catlin to be near family. A couple of years later, Welsh opened Floral-n-Flair, a flower shop and event-planning business, in the same downtown building she started out in. She and business partner Kay Smoot also own and operate a gift boutique called Pauline's Attic.Welsh was working one evening when Stutsman popped in."Who got it, and how are we going to decorate?" she asked, thinking he'd stopped by to discuss the Citizen of the Year banquet at the Methodist Church, which she decorates.She was floored by his answer."It still hasn't sunk in," she said, the day before the banquet.While honored, Welsh was quick to acknowledge her "crew," including local high school students and residents who help her set up for community events, weddings and parties — and family. Tanner, who turns 21 this month, has autism, and Tim is his full-time caregiver and still finds time to help out at work."I wouldn't be able to do any of this without him," she said."It's always been a team effort," she continued, adding she learned that from her dad who helped out in many ways at the shop and home before he passed away a couple of years ago.Welsh recalled sitting at the family table years ago after her brother became a 1,000-yard rusher on his high school football team."My dad pointed to his picture on the front of the sports page and said, 'He wouldn't have done that without his line that blocked for him.' I've always remembered that. You can't do it alone. You have to surround yourself with good people and work as a team."... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
Flowers Done Green - local flower shop keeps it unexpected - Volume OneMonday, December 17, 2018
Central American farms, she brings out the best of the seasonal options, accentuating them with plants from a Minnesota greenhouse.“We don’t have to always go looking to the exotic to find something exceptionally beautiful,” Sarah said. “We’re celebrating what’s beautiful about Wisconsin.”Sarah is also celebrating sustainability through her choices in product. She recalls a conversation with a fellow florist from ten years ago, when her coworker expressed concern the effect of floral industry chemicals on fertility. Before then, she hadn’t realized the proliferation of carcinogenic chemicals in pesticides and plastics associated with flower arranging. Sarah aims to carry as many organic, recycled, and locally grown products as possible to avoid negative environmental impact.Many of Sarah’s arrangements are presented in thrifted tins, glassware, and pots. On a recent Friday, she placed a bridal bouquet in a mason jar of water to preserve it until pick-up. She wraps bouquets in paper and keeps corsages in recycled plastic take-out containers, opting for recycled boxes over new when she can to prevent waste.“We have alternatives (to waste and pesticides), so I feel like it’s my calling to use them,” Sarah said.Sarah’s arrangements are eclectic and adventurous, sometimes sporting dinosaur figurines and locally foraged mushrooms among dill and other unexpected plants. “My woods have given me an endless source of inspiration,” she said – she often includes found items such as bird feathers in her work. Among the arrangements in the shop are products by other local artists and makers, including soaps by EB Ranch, felted animals by Mary Marin, even stones and crystals collected by a local 13-year-old.Sarah has more than 25 years of experience in the floral industry, getting her start in the Twin Cities where it’s often viewed as a true art. She’s proud to bring her interpretation of that art, with all of its eccentricities and focus on promoting local products. &l... https://volumeone.org/articles/2018/11/28/27005_flowers_done_green
Lakeside Floral & Gift Emerges as the Leading Online Florist in North St. PaulTuesday, October 16, 2018
Lakeside Floral Willernie MNAs a leading online florist in North St. Paul, Lakeside Floral & Gift offer high-quality flowers for every occasion including birthdays, wedding, and more.Willernie, Minnesota - October 15, 2018 - Backed by a prompt and friendly service, Lakeside Floral & Gift, a top rated online florist in North St. Paul is dedicated to supplying high-quality flowers for birthday parties, wedding parties, and more.When asked about their service, “As a family owned and operated business, we are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect,” replied the spokesperson of Lakeside Floral & Gift.They have floral arrangements and gifts to liven up any party. Sending flowers to your loved one is a perfect way of saying that you love them and make them believe that they are essential in your life.He also continued, “Flowers are the ideal way to celebrate any occasion and one of the easiest and the most co... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3980091
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast!Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Lenore Grande, Moorhead.A: Your unsuccessful experience with Endless Summer is similar to the majority of those who have tried it in North Dakota and large parts of Minnesota. The basic problem is that the Endless Summer group of hydrangeas, including Bloomstruck, are members of the Hydrangea macrophylla species, which is the species of the non-adapted florist hydrangeas.The two hydrangea species that are best-adapted for our outdoor landscapes are Hydrangea paniculata and Hydrangea arborescens and their cultivars. Checking the fine print on hydrangea labels for the species saves much heartache.Because Bloomstruck is a Hydrangea macrophylla variety, it has a disadvantage in our region from the onset because of its genetics. Bloomstruck is fairly new, so time will tell, but it would be surprising if it performs better than its genetics allow.Q: Is it okay to prune the top of our arborvitae so that it doesn't grow too tall? Its width is fine, but the top is at about 8 feet and we'd like it to stay at that height. — Nancy Suttle, West Fargo.A: Yes, the tops of pyramidal arborvitae can be trimmed so they don't become too tall. 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 que... http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast