Local Flower Shop News
Floriade organisers deny there are fewer flowers this year - The Canberra TimesTuesday, October 11, 2016
ACT's annual celebration of spring across the October long weekend. Floriade 2016 from the air. The portable flower beds are arranged in the shape of a tulip. Photo: Jay CronanBut many were left disappointed by the flower show and the ticketed NightFest, citing fewer flowers and lights than previous years."On the whole the NightFest was a great disappointment. The lights were average with a few tulips changing colour in a water pond and some mushroom type lights set out and changed into a couple of colours. We have better lighting in our backyard," one woman wrote on Floriade's Facebook page."We came from Sydney, got a hotel, walked down to NightFest, and left 20 mins later! There was no light show, just two gardens with very average lights, and then some random lights in trees. What the?" another said."Attended on Tuesday and I must say I was disappointed. There is definitely a noticeable reduction of flower displays/beds. Every year I take photos from the Regatta Point end down towards the ferris wheel as it's always a great shot. This year sadly disappointed and didn't even take a photo," another added.But Events ACT's Jasmine De Martin hit back at criticism, saying Floriade had a different footprint each year."No, there's not less flowers. There's the same amount of bulbs and annuals that have been planted each year so there's over a million of those," Ms De Martin s... http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/floriade-organisers-deny-there-are-fewer-flowers-this-year-20161002-grtj3w.html
Singing florist gets shock of life with unexpected TV performance on Michael McIntyre show - Swindon AdvertiserMonday, May 23, 2016
Ella Fitzgerald’s Too Darn Hot with a troupe of dancers.And Laura traded flowers for fame when she took to the stage for the glittering performance and met singing royalty Katherine Jenkins and Ronan Keating backstage.“I can barely remember the performance, it’s a complete blur, but I’m really amazed that I was able to pull it off,” she said.“Everyone worked so hard to pull the stunt off, all my friends and family knew, and none of them said a word, even my son Jack managed to keep it a secret which is a first and I am so proud of him.“The whole experience was a dream come true for me because I love performing, it was simply magical.”Tune in to watch Laura on The Big Show on BBC1 showing May 21 at 7.50pm. http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14495366.Singing_florist_gets_shock_of_life_with_unexpected_TV_performance_on_Michael_McIntyre_show/
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. It operates through four segments: Provide Commerce, Consumer, Florist, and International. The company offers floral, specialty foods, gift, and related products and services to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies. It also markets and sells gift items, including gourmet-dipped berries and other sweets, personalized gifts, gift baskets, wine and champagne, jewelry, and spa products, as well as gourmet food products; and provides point-of-sale systems and related technology services to floral network members, including traditional retail florists, and other retail locations offering floral and related products. In addition, the company offers a suite of products and services to members of its floral network, such as services that enable its floral network members to send, receive, and deliver floral orders, as well as other companies; and fresh-cut flower arrangements, occasion-specific gifts and plants, bears, and chocolates. It offers its products under the FTD, Interflora, ProFlowers, Shari's Berries, Personal Creations, RedEnvelope, Flying Flowers, Roses.com, Gifts.com, ProPlants, Sincerely, Ink Cards, Postagram, BloomThat, and Mercury Man logo names, as well as through its Websites, related mobile sites and applications, and various telephone numbers. The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html
Royal florist reveals the drama behind creating Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding flowers - HELLO! MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall tied the knot on 9 April 2005 December 12, 2018 - 11:02 GMT Sharnaz Shahid Royal florist Simon Lycett has opened up about the challenge he faced ahead of Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding. He was the man behind the royal couple's flowers on the big day... He was the man behind the incredible floral masterpieces at Princess Eugenie's wedding and has often been picked by the Queen to decorate some of the historic royal palaces. And while royal florist Simon Lycett has created some of the most fabulous decorations, things haven't always been smooth-sailing - particularly when it came to providing the arrangements at Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in Windsor on 9 April 2005. The wedding date had been set for 8 April 2005 but had to be postponed by a day, so that the Charles could represent Her Majesty at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall married in 2005Speaking exclusively to HELLO!, Simon revealed: "The most dramatic incident we had was when we created the flowers for the Prince of Wales wedding to th... https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2018121265519/royal-florist-reveals-why-prince-charles-and-camilla-wedding-flowers-challenging/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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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Longue Vue hosts Banksy of flowers Lewis Miller, master of guerrilla floral design - The AdvocateTuesday, January 08, 2019
That’s what they’re meant to do.”“Doing very well” is a bit of an understatement. Miller has been the florist of choice for events as diverse as a “Babylonian Garden Party” staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a picnic in Central Park inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon.” Vogue, Flower, Forbes, Haute Living, Architectural Digest and The New Yorker (calling him the “Banksy of Flowers”) have all written about the “renegade” “guerrilla” floral designer in the last 12 months.Miller won’t be in New Orleans long enough to create a "flower flash," a feat usually accomplished in 45 minutes under cover of darkness. +6 img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAQAAAADCAQAAAAe/WZNAAAAEElEQVR42mM8U88ABowYDABAxQPltt5zqAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="Lewis Miller 3.jpg" class="img-responsive lazyload full" width="1241" height="1238" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=200%2C200 200w, https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=30... https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_d2abe736-d94a-11e8-8c4c-9ba946986727.html
Swonks Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close Saturday - Battle Creek EnquirerTuesday, January 08, 2019
After almost a century of business, Swonk's Flower Shop is closing its doors on Saturday. The downtown florist, which can be found a short distance from Horrocks Farm Market at 84 Goguac St., was opened in 1927 by Molly Simonds and her husband, Charlie Swonk. The current owners, Jeanette and Jim Schmid, took over the store in 2002 and are closing the store so they can retire. Jeanette Schmid had worked at Swonk's since the 1960s when she was in high school. She took a break in 1994 when they moved to Lansing but came back to Battle Creek in 2002 when they bought the store. She’s been running it ever since. “It’s not a business that’s real lucrative, so you can’t really think about that part,” Schmid said. “It’s the satisfaction of doing it. So I thought about being a secretary, but that fell by the wayside, and I stayed with this as a career. I continued working in a flower shop in Lansing. I never left the flower business.” Until now, when the Schmids decided it was time to retire. Jeanette Schmid will continue to work with flowers in her own garden at home. She has 12 flower beds that she’s looking forward to filling with phlox, lilies, hollyhocks and more once spring returns. “They’re miracles,” Schmid said. “To watch a flower grow, come to life, bloom, and there’s so many different kinds. They’re a magnificent creation of God. And they’re beautiful.&rd... https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2018/10/25/swonks-flower-shop-closing/1755166002/