Local Flower Shop News
More top designers to return to 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as children theme emergesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Greenfingers children's hospice garden charity.In the pavilion, Thompson & Morgan hope to exhibit new plants on Sparsholt College’s exhibit.Dutch growers such as Florist Holland hope to exhibit on a Birmingham Council exhibit, which has not been confirmed.Millais, APHA, Hillier and Medwyn Williams are also set to exhibit in the pavilion alongside dozens of the regular nurseries. ... https://www.hortweek.com/top-designers-return-2019-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-children-theme-emerges/landscape/article/1497566
Eugene flower shop "Petals it Forward"Tuesday, October 30, 2018
It's an annual event that calls attention to the positive impact of giving and receiving flowers. Strangers and florists, like Dandelions owner Krystal Vincent, handed out flowers just to brighten people's days. "Science has shown that flowers make everyone happy, so it feels really good to give people flowers and they actually get to experience that as well, something that we get to do here everyday," Vincent said. "They get the chance to get flowers as well as receive them." The event is sponsored by the Society of American Florists. ... https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Eugene-flower-shop-Petals-it-Forward-498486612.html
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html
Fashion Industry Favorite FLOOM Brings Its Same Day Online Artisanal Flower Delivery Experience StatesideTuesday, October 30, 2018
Floom is the product of my life-long love of flowers and the frustration that the floral industry didn’t have a beautifully curated, easy to use service that brought together all the amazing florists operating under the radar of most people,’ says Elie. Floom is a VC-backed start-up on a mission to become the most-trusted place to send extraordinary flowers from the best independent florists around the globe. Our website’s seamless curatorial-like shopping experience, blends creative and inspiring content and exceptional customer service to create a marketplace like no other, offering a truly unique floral delivery experience. Floom has been voted one of the top UK 100 startups two years in a row, created long-lasting relationships with florists across all of the UK and New York, and sent flowers to over 120 different countries.Created out of the conundrum of trying to find beautifully crafted bouquets online or at the local grocery store, Floom believes that last minute bouquets should be just as beautiful as the ones you spent a little bit more time arranging. Striving to be a platform where shoppers can find a stylish selection of speedily available bouquets – a sort of Farfetch for independent florists if you like – Floom gives florists the tools connect to our discerning online community. Florists receive a backend management tool, and customers receive more options, in more areas, from carefully vetted florists, with the ultimate convenience of a seamless check-out and fresh, uniquely designed bouquets delivered stat whether it’s Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or Hump Day. Continuing on their mission to spread floral joy, Floom is now working with the most sought-after, independent, green fingered artisans in Los Angeles including Eric Buterbaugh, Fiore Designs and Juicy ... http://nbherard.com/pr/fashion-industry-favorite-floom-brings-its-same-day-online-artisanal-flower-delivery-experience-stateside/232992