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Broomfield couple starts eco-friendly floral business - Broomfield EnterpriseWednesday, March 14, 2018
S. Taylor Ave., Suite D-2 in Louisville.Leah, who runs the shop and who used to be an anatomy and physiology professor, said she is learning from Kim Green, the company's florist."Kim is the flower boss," Leah said. "She's taught me a lot."Green, who has been in floral design for 20 years, said she selects flowers based on how they feel and whether the colors are found in nature. Since the flowers are made from materials, including latex covered fabric and polyether polyurethane foam, they can stand up to extreme heat or cold. She also enjoys making flower crowns and flower collars for pets, including Mijo, the two-year-old shop dog.Compass Rose Floral got its name from Leah's father, a man who loved to travel and who died of cancer before their wedding. She and her husband held a smaller ceremony at a friend's Mediterranean restaurant before the big ceremony so he could participate.AdvertisementJaysin Anderson, a project manager, said he and Leah got into the business after they learned now expensive their own wedding flowers could be.The company uses high-end faux flowers that they arrange, rent out for events and then strip down to be used again."Everything we clip off — the stems and leaves — we use it again," Leah said. That wish to be kinder to the environment translates to their home where they compost and recycle. Solar panels designed by Elon Musk and a Tesla are on their list for future purchases.Faux flowers line a display case at Compass Rose Floral. (Jennifer Rios / Enterprise Staff)Jaysin Anderson said the company charges about half of what a typ... http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/news/ci_31717907/broomfield-couple-starts-eco-friendly-floral-business
Cook Florist celebrates 75 years - The CountyWednesday, March 14, 2018
When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. Sidney Cook already owned a gas station, which included a bike rental shop, that had many soldiers from the Air Force base as customers.The Cooks had always enjoyed growing and cutting flowers and after a while people began asking them to make floral arrangements for special occasions. The couple realized that they could create a great business out of that community need and so one year Edna Cook attended the Gorney School of Floral Art in Boston. She and her husband opened Cook Florist not long afterward.Today the Cooks’ granddaughter Karen Duncan is the third-gener...
Local florist beats breast cancer, opens own floral shop after being fired - Fox 4Wednesday, March 14, 2018
FORT MYERS, Fla. - For local florist Renee Mason, Valentine's day is one of the busiest days of the year. At her store, The Petal Patch Flower Shop, she was finishing orders until two in the morning and returned to open her shop for Valentine's day just a few hours later.She's been busy, but she says it's a good kind of busy compared to last year around the same time."We had to stop taking deliveries today because I had so many", she told Four In Your Corner. When Fox 4 stopped by Renee's shop, she was putting together bouquets for last minute Valentine's Day orders. But this time last year, she was in a completely different space. Mason had just been let go from her job at another flower shop. She says she was told her treatment schedule was hurting their bottom line. At the time, she had a grueling chemotherapy schedule and was in the middle of battling breast cancer. "My first thought was, 'oh my God! What am I gonna do? How am I gonna pay my bill? I'm going into treatment!'".Thankfully, Mason ha...
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...
Arranging for Easter - ColumbiametroWednesday, March 14, 2018
This is a commercial-grade vase or wine cooler that was very inexpensive,” says Julianne. “If you’re using a clear glass container, either hold the branches in place with a heavy glass frog or use florist’s tape to create a grid. Since the branches won’t hide the tape, cover it with moss or some kind of greenery.”To build the arrangement, Julianne started with the bare branches, which she clipped from a gum tree at her farm, and inserted them into the OASIS at an angle. “The heaviest, tallest branch goes in first to create the line, and then you fill with lighter, more delicate pieces,” she explains. “The angle actually keeps the finished piece from looking too stiff.” To make the most of the flower-studded boughs, Julianne clustered them on each side of the arrangement. “When the color isn’t evenly distributed, it looks more like it just happened.”For the striking green base, Julianne turned to ‘Green Ball’ dianthus, which resembles moss but retains its vivid color even after it has dried out. “Any discoloration can be fixed with a quick spritz of green floral paint,” says Julianne. She added ornaments — silver napkin rings, rattles, baby cups, and bells — to tie the arrangement to the silver serving pieces that typically decorate a holiday table.Like the flowering apricot branches, the camellia leaves that fill the silver basket and decorate the cheesecake were also unplanned additions to the tablescape. (Flowers used are lisianthus.) “I happened to be driving along the road just after a neighbor had finished cutting back some camellias,” Julianne says with a laugh. “They were gorgeous, so I gathered up the trimmings and here they are. You never know what you’ll find.”Julianne also adds interest by varying the height of the elements. Not only is the cheesecake displayed on a pedestal cake plate (enlivened with a few camellia leaves, lisianthus, and apricot flowers), but the silver basket of macaroons has been set on an acrylic cube as well. “You don’t notice the differences, only that it’s interesting,” she notes.Julianne does not limit “hunting and gathering” for arrangement elements to the great outdoors. The flowering pots of Lenten rose, mini daffodils, and large daffodils — which she used to create an arrangement perfect for a front hall — each came from the grocery store. All Julianne did was remove the plastic wrap, which originally covered each pot, and replaced it with burlap. The blooming quince came from her friend’s garden, the blue eggs from the grocery store.“I had so many pretty things to work with in this case that I just loaded it up. Then, I stepped back to edit,” says Julianne. “This arrangement started out with more quince and another pot of daffodils, but I realized they were competing with the bunnies, which are the focal point, instead of enhancing them. Editing is definitely par... http://columbiametro.com/Columbia-Metro/March-2018/Arranging-for-Easter/