Local Flower Shop News
Flowers are a passion for Hannah Warfield at Brown's Floral Design - ThetribunepapersSunday, February 11, 2018
By Dasha Morgan – Hannah bought Brown’s Floral Design almost a year ago and is continuing to provide the community with a full-service, creative, artistic florist in downtown Weaverville. Brown’s Floral Design is well established and has been in the area since 1926 and at its current location on Main Street since 1976.Having grown up farming and gardening, Hannah Warfield finds that Western North Carolina is an ideal place to grow the flowers she loves. She gained her love of gardening from her mother and grandmother and remembers tending old fashioned cutting gardens as a small child. She is drawn to heirloom flowers like zinnias, anemone, love-in-a-mist, peonies, sunflowers, antique roses and native wildflowers. Hannah now grows many of these in her home garden in Reems Creek Valley, which she bought in 2012 because of the fertile, creekside soil. She now brings home-grown greenery and blossoms to 25 North Main Street in Weaverville to use in her floral bouquets. She calls herself a “Farmer/Florist,” a term used to describe this background in both growing and design.After graduating from Appalachian State in 2002, Hannah managed the grounds and wedding/ev... http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2018/02/01/flowers-are-a-passion-for-hannah-warfield-at-browns-floral-design/
Local holiday gifts at Asheville, Buncombe tailgate markets - Asheville Citizen-TimesFriday, December 04, 2015
North Asheville Tailgate Market.•Preserved products: Coffee is a great gift for the caffeine-loving crowd. Biltmore Coffee Traders at Asheville City Market and Notorious Coffee Roasting Co. at Weaverville Tailgate Market have delicious fair trade beans for sale.•Body care products: Faerie Made has a whole range of body care products, including lip balms and nail polish. Find Faerie Made at Asheville City Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market.•Holiday decorations: Local wreaths can be stunning additions to your home holiday decor. Farmers get creative with their wreaths, incorporating dried produce such as okra, chili peppers, flowers and more.•Wild card item: Pet treats make the list because Fluffy shouldn’t be the only family member that doesn’t get a gift this season. Bone-A-Fide Bakery at Weaverville Tailgate Market has you covered with dog and cat treats.•Vegetables: Among the many cold weather vegetables, greens don’t disappear in the winter. You can find them throughout the year at tailgate markets. Almost all vegetable producers will have them, but you might have to show up early, before they sell out.•Other food staples: Butter is great for making rich winter dishes. Pick up Mills River Creamery butter from Joe Brittain, of Brittain Farms, at the West Asheville Tailgate Market.•Gift certificates: Ask your market manager if they have gift certificates available. Or, purchase tokens as a stocking stuffer.For a complete list of Appalachian Grown certified tailgate markets browse ASAP’s online Local Food Guide or online farmers market calendar.ASHEVILLE-AREA TAILGATE MARKETSFor markets outside Buncombe County, see the Home & Garden calendar in this section or visit www.CITIZEN-TIMES.com or www.buyappalachian.org/search/tailgate_markets.•Asheville City Market: 9 a.m.-noon, Asheville Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St. www.asapconnections.org. Last day of season: Dec. 19.•North Asheville Tailgate Market: noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, UNC Asheville Campus Commuter Lot C. Take Weaver Boulevard to campus entrance at traffic circle; first parking lot on right. Last day ... http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2015/12/04/local-holiday-gifts-asheville-buncombe-tailgate-markets/76774138/
Poultry Plant Controversy Signaled Tonganoxie's Demographic TransformationTuesday, July 03, 2018
We’re rebranding your community,'” she said. Our makeshift circle of couches and chairs included a part-time farmer, a construction project manager, a nurse, an academic coach and a florist. The notion of Tonganoxie’s “brand” came up a lot; that question of what Tonganoxie is, and what it wants to be. Brian Morley, a florist who works in Kansas City, said he loves coming home to Tonganoxie. "I always felt it was like 'It’s A Wonderful Life,'" he said. “Like in the holidays, you see people walking with smiles on their faces." But opponents of Tyson talked about much more than Tonganoxie’s brand. They worried about the air. More than a million chickens grown, fed, and slaughtered in one area can stink. The water. In fact, Tyson paid millions of dollars in settlements for clean water violations in Missouri. Tyson promised 1,600 jobs, most in the $13 to $15 per hour range. Many worried these jobs wouldn’t match the changing work force here: increasingly white-collar professionals, business owners or managers. Some felt folks here wouldn’t want jobs in a poultry plant, and that Tyson would fill them with inmates or immigrants. Loralee Stevens said Tyson brass tried to win her over when she saw them in town. She, in turn, tried to explain Tonganoxie to them. “This is an A-plus town “ she told them. “(We’re) not a match. We’re right in the middle of the beautiful Kaw Valley.” What also fueled resentment was that residents felt the wool had been pulled over their eyes as plans were being made. Officials had signed a non-disclosure agreement, not uncommon in negotiations of this size, but many felt talks were happening secretly. Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram exploded with a protest movement. Free-roaming barnyard chickens appeared on T-shirts. "No Tyson In Tongie" signs were scrawled in huge letters on homes, trucks and barns. Becky Pruitt said the majority of people in Tonganoxie were against the proposal. “And they were angry,” she said. “Nobody knew this was happening. In my opinion it felt like ‘Who do our elected officials work for? Do they work for the community or do they work for Tyson?’” Company officials declined to be interviewed, but via email referred me to their press release. A spokesman went on to write that “environmental stewardship is a core value of Tyson Foods' business philosophy and commitm... http://kcur.org/post/poultry-plant-controversy-signaled-tonganoxies-demographic-transformation
Car crashes into florist shop in downtown PortlandTuesday, July 03, 2018
Traffic along Congress Street in downtown Portland was restricted to one lane late Monday afternoon after a Subaru Impreza crashed into the front window of Harmon’s & Barton’s florist shop.Police Lt. Kevin Cashman said the driver was not charged and no injuries were reported, but the shop’s window was shattered. A Metro bus stop is just a few feet from where the accident happened, and Springer’s Jewelers is next to the flower shop.No one was injured or charged after this car crashed into the front window at Harmon’s & Barton’s florist shop in downtown Portland. Photo courtesy of Portland Police DepartmentThe store’s owner told News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ-TV) that an employee was working in the window display area and left to get more materials just moments before the car came through the window. In addition to the store damage, the car destroyed a city-owned directional sign.Traffic was diverted onto Forest Avenue and High Street for about 30 minutes after the crash, which happened around 4:15 p.m.The driver of the vehicle was not hurt, said Cashman.Related StoriesLatest Articles... https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/25/car-crashes-into-florist-shop-in-downtown-portland/
Wild Things: More Than You'd Expect From a Local FloristTuesday, July 03, 2018
As a teenager, Chicago native Carolyn Harbert had to choose a summer job. After learning her mother used to work for a florist, she decided to follow suit and give it a try. It was during that job, while assisting her local florist, that she discovered her passion for floral design and her gift for creativity.She took that artistic bent to college at Auburn University, where she earned her degree in graphic design, which in turn earned her a position at an advertising agency in Atlanta. While building her creative portfolio in Atlanta, she met her husband, a Birmingham native. The couple soon moved to Birmingham, where Carolyn dabbled in the freelance world of branding and logo design — but she had a nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite the job for her. She oftentimes found herself visiting local supermarkets to buy flowers to decorate her new home, but wished there was a local stop — both trendy and fun — that sold fresh arrangements, along with other pretty trinkets to pepper throughout a home and brighten someone’s day.Then one day she realized she should create this dr... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/wild-things-more-than-youd-expect-from-a-local-florist/
Growing with the Times: How Local Plant and Garden Companies Adapt to ChangeTuesday, July 03, 2018
Lexington nursery business that has found new ways to serve a changing marketplace of regional consumers.
Tucked away on Maxwell Street near downtown Lexington, Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Design has been a peaceful one-acre respite for gardening enthusiasts for more than a century. The property was purchased in 1903 by the great grandfather of John Michler, and the surrounding neighborhood grew up around it. In recent years, John’s son, Robin, has taken on more of the management responsibilities, along with his sister, Jessamine, who oversees the floral business.
Although its location hasn’t changed, Michler’s has had to adapt and reinvent itself multiple times over its 115-year history. Today, the greenhouse specializes in a year-round selection of native and flowering plants, with a wide selection of perennials in addition to annuals, herbs and specialty shrubs.
As both grower and retailer for much of its perennial stock, Michler’s carries a wider selection year-round than garden centers at typical big-box stores, which generally stock a seasonal rotation. Doing so gives the family business a better knowledge and control over how the plants are grown, Robin Michler said. Michler’s also handles garden design and installation for customers who want the added services.
“We’ve tried to help people think in terms of plant collections,” Robin Michler said. “We like to hear what their project is and offer a grouping of plants to fit the concept.”
More of today’s gardening consumers are looking to do something different with their lawns and gardens, Robin Michler said, and to create functional outdoor spaces that they can enjoy. That spirit has been brought to life at Michler’s in the Kentucky Native Café, which was created four years ago from an underutilized greenhouse and a former composting site at the back of the property.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times.” —Robin Michler
Patrons can linger at picnic seating and cafe tables set among lush plantings beneath a tall canopy of shade trees anytime the greenhouse is open, and enjoy beer and wine along with nonalcoholic spritzers, cheese plates and salads when the café opens evenings and weekends from April to October.
“It gives people a way to enjoy a garden space right here, using the same concepts we employ in other people’s gardens,” Robin Michler said.
While boosting the company’s already solid greenhouse business wasn’t the café’s primary intent, both businesses have helped the other grow, Robin Michler said. He has noticed that customers tend to wander between the café and the greenhouse, especially on weekends, and the café has also brought more floral business clients, who typically place orders by phone or online, onto Michler’s premises.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times,” Robin Michler said. “It’s not just one reinvention.”
High court annuls ruling against floristTuesday, July 03, 2018
June 25) in the ongoing effort by business owners to practice their faith convictions.The justices issued an order that annulled a lower-court ruling against Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. The order also instructed the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its previous decision in light of the justices’ June 4 opinion in favor of a Colorado cake artist who refused to design and decorate a cake in celebration of the wedding of two men.In that 7-2 decision, the high court ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment and demonstrated in its action “religious hostility” toward Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission applauded the Supreme Court’s order.“We’re encouraged that the Supreme Court decided to give Barronelle a new day in court,” said Travis Wussow, vice president of public policy and general counsel for the ERLC.“Throughout the process in Washington state court, Barronelle’s sincerely held religious beliefs were treated with neither respect nor dignity,R... https://www.baptistmessenger.com/high-court-annuls-ruling-against-florist/