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
A hard year for farmers - Southwest JournalTuesday, August 13, 2019
Montgomery, Minn. “Usually I get to play hide-and-seek in the tomatoes. … We just have to keep trying, and hope for better next year. It’s nature. What can you do?”Southern Minnesota’s 2019 growing season has experienced almost twice as much rain as a normal year, according to Natalie Hoidal, who monitors weather maps as a University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Fruit and Vegetable Production Systems. Farmers report a range of problems related to wet weather, Hoidal said. A plant sitting in a flooded field can essentially drown, because it struggles to take up oxygen and nutrients. A tractor can’t enter a wet field, and even walking on the field can compact wet soil. By getting into fields late, there is more competition with weeds already coming up. Most diseases do well in humid conditions, and recent years haven’t seen the typical July drying-out period. At the Linden Hills Farmers Market, wet and cold weather cost Racing Heart Farm about a month’s delay, although overall they said the season is going well. “We had just seeded carrots and then there was a huge two-and-a-half inch downpour,” said farmer Les Macare. “The goats are the worst,” said Mary Falk, proprietor of LoveTree Farmstead Cheese. Her grass-fed goats don’t want to graze when it’s hot, and they don’t want to graze when it’s rainy, she said. She hopes there will be enough hay for the winter, as it’s taken longer to get equipment out into fields to harvest. Farming since 1986, she’s noticed stronger storms in recent years.“Everything is more intense when it happens,” she said.Buttermilk Falls farmers at the Linden Hills Farmers Market.Ed Usset, grain market economist at the University of Minnesota, said that on his “60-mile-an-hour crop tour” of the state, the crop is highly variable and late as it’s ever been. He can find the “best-looking corn you’ve ever seen” near washed-out, unplanted fields 15 miles away. Wet weather is a local... https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/2019/08/a-hard-year-for-farmers/
St. Paul honors boxing club, German-style brewery, fourth-generation florist and bread deliverers - St. Paul Pioneer PressThursday, May 02, 2019
After a historic building restoration that took five years, Tom Schroeder opened the brewery and restaurant in a former German lager saloon that dates back to 1857 — six months before Minnesota became a state.Schroeder thanked city staff and former City Council Member Dave Thune, who helped him navigate 14 public hearings and rewrite city code to allow a commercial use within a historic building on a residential street. “Dave, without your support, we would not have opened,” Schroeder said.Brake Bread at 1174 West Seventh St. won the “Good Neighbor” award, which honors a business that shows a dedication to improving the community. The bakery and cafe, which opened in 2014, uses local ingredients and delivers baked bread to subscribers by bicycle. Owners Nate Houge and Micah Taylor frequently participate in charitable fundraisers and offer a “Share the Loaf” program where subscribers can buy bread for others.Information on how to nominate a business for recognition is online at stpaul.gov/bizawards. https://www.twincities.com/2019/04/14/st-paul-honors-boxing-club-german-style-brewery-fourth-generation-florist-and-bread-deliverers/
St. Paul paper artist crafts incredibly realistic flowers that last - Minneapolis Star TribuneTuesday, April 16, 2019
Gaseitsiwe, who formerly investigated money laundering, developed and honed her floral-crafting technique after taking time off from that career to spend more time with her children and moving to Minnesota. Now she creates custom arrangements for permanent home decor and special events — even wedding bouquets. Paper flowers serve as an everlasting memento of the occasion, she notes. “You can dry real flowers but they don’t look the same. These look real, and you can keep them looking fresh.” Her toughest challenge so far? Creating a lady slipper, Minnesota’s state flower, for her mother for Mother’s Day. “The shape made it hard — it’s such a smooth seamless cup shape,” she says. She charges not by the flower but by the hour — however many it takes to create whatever a client wishes. “You’re buying my time,” she says. That typically ranges from about $150 for a bouquet of simple poppies to $200 for a bouquet of more complex flowers. And if you want to learn how to make your own paper flowers, she also hosts periodic workshops. http://www.startribune.com/st-paul-paper-artist-crafts-incredibly-realistic-flowers-that-last/495207271/
Love fresh-cut blooms? Keep 'em coming with a flower CSA - Minneapolis Star TribuneWednesday, April 03, 2019
CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, a business model in which consumers invest in local farms in exchange for a share of what they grow. Minnesotans have been consuming CSA veggies for years. Now a handful of local growers are offering shares of their blooms and ornamental plants. “People sign up in winter and early spring,” says Molly Gaeckle, owner of Northerly Flora, who grows flowers on two lots in the Longfellow and Seward neighborhoods of Minneapolis. “It helps me buy seeds, compost and irrigation.” In return for their $190-plus tax investment, her customers receive 10 weekly bouquets of the 75 different flowers, foliage and grasses she grows throughout summer and fall. “Some are bright and fun colors, some are more autumnal,” she says. Some growers focus on particular flowers. “We specialize in different vari... http://www.startribune.com/love-fresh-cut-blooms-keep-em-coming-with-a-flower-csa/507837752/