University City Flower Shop News
Charlottesville riddled with barriers, security and flowers on 'Unite the Right' anniversaryTuesday, August 14, 2018
Walker, who normally closes her shop on Sunday, said she will remain open this weekend – in solidarity with the rest of this university city of 47,000 that still feels the presence of its favorite son, Thomas Jefferson. "I feel like everyone is in a pretty good place. This is our community," she said. The city, along with parts of Northern Virginia, is under a state of emergency. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the order was an "administrative tool" to prepare the Virginia National Guard and other security details for any riots that might arise. UVA President James Ryan spoke to a crowd gathered Saturday morning for a service of reflection on the anniversary of the march. He said that those who stood up against the racists showed remarkable “courage and bravery” and that the university must admit its mistakes. "I am sorry. We are sorry," Ryan said, addressing the students and community members who faced off against white nationalists last year and who critics say the university didn't do enough to protect. President Donald Trump also reflected on the clashes, tweeting Saturday morning that he condemns "all types of racism and acts of violence" and calling the riots that ensued last year "senseless death and division." The statement marked a significant difference from last August's reflection on the rally when he told a news conferences: "You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides." More: Trump condemns 'all types of racism' on Charlottesville anniversary; critics slam wording More: GOP lawmaker: Russian meddling stirred racial divisions at fatal Charlottesville rally More: One year after Charlottesville tragedy, Heather Heyer's mom talks about daughter's death More: What is the alt-right? And how is it using social media to spread its message? This year's "Unite The Right" rally is aimed at advocating for "white civil rights." It is set to take place Sunday in Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Square with a march from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/11/unite-right-2018-charlottesville-va-dc-rally/966312002/
Flamenco Flowers Is Now Open in the Loop - Riverfront Times (blog)Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Heit knew exactly what she needed to do: She decided to buy the shop.Earlier this month, Heit reopened the small storefront as Flamenco Flowers & Sweets(6346 Delmar Boulevard, University City). Her shop is more single-minded: Gone are the dog balloons and quirky candles that previously animated Fleur de Lou. In their place: a beautifully simple space that focuses on flowers and plants, with a few prepackaged kosher chocolates to boot. Heit is a one-woman show. She greets customers at the door and personally designs all the flowers, with striking designs that seem completely at home in the brick-walled space. She's responsible for the store's lushly romantic look — and even wired the pipe-based lamps that light it. It is her baby, through and through. "I've been thinking about all of this for a long, long time," she confides.Indeed, for Heit, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, the store is the promised answer to a long-ago dream. "I walked into a floral shop in Russia and said, 'This is exactly what I want,'" she recalls. "That was 27 years ago."click to enlarge
PHOTO BY SARAH FENSKE
Elisheva Heit at work in her preferred medium: flowers.
She kept plenty busy in the intervening years. Heit emigrated to St. Louis in 1992 and raised seven children as a single mother. Ten years ago, she started a floral business, handling weddings and other special events, but it wasn't until she got hired at Fleur de Lou that s...
Flower delivery service UrbanStems opens up shop in Philly - Technical.ly PhillyTuesday, November 01, 2016
I’ve spent some of my favorite years,” Kori said.Eighteen Philly neighborhoods, from Fishtown and South Philly to University City and Old City, are now in the company’s area of operation. Bouquets start at $35.Advertisement-30-... http://technical.ly/philly/2016/10/27/philadelphia-flower-delivery-urbanstems/
The perfect rose: 62 years in the making - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, July 23, 2019
Valentine’s Day. If you ask 100 people to name a flower, “99 would name roses,” says David Trinklein, an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Missouri and the author of “Rose: A Brief History.”Roses, he says, have “become synonymous with love and beauty and fragility.”The enthusiasts who jammed the Huntington rose garden in mid-April seemed to feel that way. The plants had started to open, and as the visitors stopped to smell the blossoms, many seemed to be swept up in the wonder of it all.But admiration doesn’t necessarily translate into sales. Americans just aren’t buying roses the way they did in the glory years of the 1960s and ’70s.When sales began declining in the 1980s, roses had already started to develop a reputation as prima donna plants that required regular pruning, spraying, feeding and dead-heading — the removal of spent blooms — to produce more flowers. Miles Davis, 5, of Hermosa Beach, takes a whiff of a rose known as Huntington's 100th. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Carl Mahanay of Imperial Beach, left, and Lillian Kinkade, 2nd from left, of Redondo Beach., shop with others for bare root roses known as the Huntington’s 100th. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) The Huntington's 100th go on sale for the first time at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Top, Miles Davis, 5, of Hermosa Bea... https://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-col1-perfect-rose-quest-20190625-htmlstory.html
Amaranthus Caudatus Is Weird, Otherworldly, and Our New Flower-Arranging Essential - Architectural DigestWednesday, April 03, 2019
Our top choice for such a plant is Amaranthus caudatus, which also goes by the name of “love-lies-bleeding,” quite fitting given its attention-grabbing appearance. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the plant “gets its unusual common name from its tiny, blood-red, petal-less flowers that bloom in narrow, drooping, tassel-like, terminal and axillary panicles throughout the growing season.” In other words, the stems are naturally floppy and covered in dense clusters of blooms. They’re not always red though—the Missouri Botanical Garden goes on to point out that Amaranthus caudatus can come in other colors, like lime-green.Amaranthus caudatus came to our attention when we spotted it on the feeds of a handful of floral designers we admire. “As a florist and observer of nature, I love to find unconventional tools for my compositions,” says Carolina Spencer, founder of Barcelona-based Matagalán. Amaranthus caudatus is one of them. “When everything goes up, they fall, and their beauty is just that.”As Carolina Spencer demonstrates, Amaranthus caudatus commands you to stop and stare.Photo: Courtesy of MatagalánA single stem will do.Photo: Courtesy of Matagalán“I personally believe they add a unique movement to my arrangements. They seem to come from another planet not only because of their movement and way of growing but also because of their texture, like sugar cotton or a weird a small cloud just picked up from the universe and converted into a... https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/amaranthus-caudatus-flower-arranging-essential
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
Photos Courtesy Of Alexandra Wallace
GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365
Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
Dec. 17, 2018, at the age of 92.Schwanke served as the executive director of the Nebraska Florist Society for more than 50 years and was also the Executive Director of NeMoKan — the Nebraska Missouri and Kansas Florist Association Convention, held annually for many years. He served on numerous committees, including the Retail Florists Council for SAF, and helped to create the American Floral Endowment for research and education in the flower industry.AdvertisementMel and Joey, his surviving wife of 70 years, were known throughout the floral industry for many years for their passion and dedication. They were also known as the famous matching couple, having dressed in coordinating outfits at industry events and everyday in Joey’s family business, Greens Greenhouses Inc.Schwanke served as a Marine in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He is survived by his wife Joey, and children Jo Heinz, Cindy McKown, and J Schwanke, along with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ludvigsens Funeral Home in Fremont, NE, is in charge of the services. Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 20.Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here. https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/