Imperial Flower Shop News
The perfect rose: 62 years in the making - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, July 23, 2019
Northern Hemisphere long before humans were there to sniff them. The oldest rose fossil on record — 35 million years old — was found in Teller County, Colo.Confucius wrote of growing roses in the imperial gardens about 500 B.C, and some 500 years later Roman peasants were forced to grow roses instead of food to satisfy the aristocracy’s need for rose petal “confetti.” Behind the story: She was reporting on roses — and discovered her green thumb »For many of us, roses still reign as the queen of flowers. Want proof? Just think of the endless display of roses at grocery stores, florists and street corners on 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
Bullard, ‘Top Chef’ finalist Doug Adams’ Texas-inspired Portland restaurant, opens Saturday - OregonLive.comMonday, December 17, 2018
If you’ve heard of Adams, it might be for his crispy fried chicken, which has followed him from “Top Chef” to Paley’s Imperial restaurant to his stint at The Woodsman Tavern. At the new restaurant, fried chicken is everywhere -- a fried-chicken sandwich at lunch, buttermilk chicken tenders at Abigail Hall -- but also nowhere, or at least not where you might expect to find it on the everyday dinner menu. Instead, Adams plans to serve fried chicken at brunch and one night a week at Bullard (the day in question has yet to be determined, but it’s sure to be busy).The Woodsman Tavern and the Rise of Redneck RestaurantsThese days, Adams is just as excited about what he’s calling his “San Antonio” chicken, spatchcocked birds that are salted overnight; rubbed with a marinade of toasted and reconstituted chiles, fish sauce and citrus juice; then slow-smoked and broiled to a deep, crispy char. Half or whole chicken will come with tomatillo and avocado salsas, bread-and-butter jalapeños and flour tortillas made from a recipe Adams and chef de cuisine Ricky Bella have been perfecting for months.There will be a burger, of course. Actually, two burgers, Bullard’s inspired by Adams’ favorite Texas chain, Whataburger, Abigail Hall’s nodding to Quist’s beloved In-N-Out. Both are made with a 30-day dry-aged brisket blend from Nicky USA. At Bullard, that beef is seared in smoky rendered beef fat and served with a spicy mustard-mayo mix, iceberg lettuce, raw red onion and vinegar pickles on a house-made roll. At Abigail Hall, it gets smashed in a tortilla press, seared on a cast-iron plancha and served in a double stack with iceberg lettuce, American cheese and special sauce, all wrapped in gold foil. According to Adams, both will cost about $17 with fries: Thick-cut at Bullard; shoestrings at Abigail Hall. img class="image__content" src="https://i.oregonlive.com/resizer/eLDwV4t6qrBgWHrKhFfJtoiMD4w=/600x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-advancelocal/public/K664Q4IIQRBW5FNJIN4GFZQ5LA.jpg" srcset="https://i.oregonlive.com/resizer/8jt... https://www.oregonlive.com/dining/2018/12/bullard-top-chef-finalist-doug-adams-texas-inspired-portland-restaurant-opens-saturday.html
Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: Flower festival time - Midland Reporter-TelegramWednesday, March 14, 2018
Photo: Peter Dejong, AP Image 6 of 6FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, visitors rows a boat under cherry blossoms at Imperial Palace moat in Tokyo.FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, visitors rows a boat under cherry blossoms at Imperial Palace moat in Tokyo. Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi, AP Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: Flower festival timeBack to GalleryWe're coming up on cherry blossom festivals, tulip time and lilac season. Here's a look at some of the places that celebrate spring flowers wi...
FLOWER POWER - KYMATuesday, February 27, 2018
COUSINS, WE HAVE NEPHEWS DELIVERING. SO WE'RE FAMILY ORIENTATED. SO IT'S VERY FUN TO WORK WITH RELATIVES."SO IF YOU HAVEN'T ORDERED YOUR FLOWERS YET FOR YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE THE LOCAL FLORISTS OF THE IMPERIAL VALLEY, ARE MORE THAN PREPARED FOR THE DEMANDS OF THIS VALENTINE'S DAY.NO VALENTINE'S DAY IS COMPLETE WITH OUT FLOWERS. WE WENT OUT TO A FEW LOCAL FLOWER SHOPS IN THE IMPERIAL VALLEY, TO SEE WHAT BUSINESS IS LIKE FOR THEM, THIS TIME OF YEAR.OUR FIRST STOP, WAS CYNTHIA'S FLOWER CONNECTION. WITH LAST MINUTE ORDERS AND SHOPPERS, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY'VE BEEN PREPARING FOR. I SPOKE WITH THE MANAGER AT THE FLOWER SHOP TO GET HER SIDE ON WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE FOR THEM THIS WEEK.JESSICA VERDUGO SAID, "IT' VERY BUSY, WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING IN AND OUT. WE HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES HELPING US TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT FOR VALENTINES DAY. I MEAN I THINK IT'S BETTER TO COME IN PERSONALLY, TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET, AND WE CAN WORK WITH YOU TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR ORDER. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS THE LAST MINUTE CUSTOMERS COMING IN JUST TO MAKE SURE THEIR ORDERS GO OUT AT A CERTAIN TIME. WE ALWAYS TRY TO WORK WITH OUR CUSTOMERS THE BEST WE CAN."AND WITH ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT UNTIL VALENTINES DAY, WORKERS AT THE FLOWER SHOP WERE GOING CLOCKWORK TO ENSURE THAT EVERY ORDER WAS MADE WITH LOVE AND CARE JUST TO MAKE IT THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL FOR VALENTINES DAY. ... http://www.kyma.com/news/flower-power-1/700774370
Extravagant ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Dubai - The NationalTuesday, January 30, 2018
Dubai's, Ultimate Valentine's is the package for you. The two-night stay begins with a stretch limousine picking you up from your house followed by a helicopter ride over Dubai. In the hotel's Imperial Suite, you will find a bouquet of 100 red roses and a set of diamond jewellery worth about Dh15,000. After being attended to by a professional make-up artist and hairstylist, you will enjoy a seven-course gourmet dinner while being serenaded by a violinist.The next day's activities include breakfast in bed, a couple's massage, a seaplane ride and a private yacht trip.Flowers are a staple for Valentine's Day. Red roses arriving in a Rolls-Royce? Not so much - except in Dubai. Which brings us to opulent option number two. A box of roses worth Dh1,620. Courtesy Maison Des Fleurs If you spend a minimum of Dh7,500, you have the option of paying Dh1,000 to get your flowers delivered in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. Maison Des Fleurs, the florist behind the campaign, custom-makes arrangements, ranging from Dh405 for a basic bouquet to Dh71,500 for 1,081 long-life roses set within an acrylic rectangular table. 1081 long life red roses in acrylic rectangular table worth Dh71,500. Courtesy Maison Des Fleurs _______________Read moreFirst look: Aloft opens first hotel in Dubai5 new hotels in the GCCOpened in December: Bulgari Resort Dubai12 new UAE hotels for 2017_______________...
Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
Florists and a recipient of the SAF Floriculture Hall of Fame Honor, passed away at his home in Fremont, NE, on 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 Green... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
J.C. Penney in Danville, where she met her husband, Tim, then a manager trainee.She and Tim married in May 1987. That October, Tim's job with the department store took them to Iowa and then Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Minnesota. In Nebraska, Welsh — who continued to work as a florist out west — directed community theater, served on the Miss Nebraska Pageant board of directors and directed the pageant for three years. In Wyoming, she was involved with the Cheyenne Frontier Days, billed as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.In 2004, the couple and their young son, Tanner, moved back to Catlin to be near family. A couple of years later, Welsh opened Floral-n-Flair, a flower shop and event-planning business, in the same downtown building she started out in. She and business partner Kay Smoot also own and operate a gift boutique called Pauline's Attic.Welsh was working one evening when Stutsman popped in."Who got it, and how are we going to decorate?" she asked, thinking he'd stopped by to discuss the Citizen of the Year banquet at the Methodist Church, which she decorates.She was floored by his answer."It still hasn't sunk in," she said, the day before the banquet.While honored, Welsh was quick to acknowledge her "crew," including local high school students and residents who help her set up for community events, weddings and parties — and family. Tanner, who turns 21 this month, has autism, and Tim is his full-time caregiver and still finds time to help out at work."I wouldn't be able to do any of this without him," she said."It's always been a team effort," she continued, adding she learned that from her dad who helped out in many ways at the shop and home before he passed away a couple of years ago.Welsh recalled sitting at the family table years ago after her brother became a 1,000-yard rusher on his high school football team."My dad pointed to his picture on the front of the sports page and said, 'He wouldn't have done that without his line that blocked for him.' I've always remembered that. You can't do it alone. You have to surround yourself with good people and work as a team."... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
The 2018 Century Award honorees are: City Line Florist in Trumbull, Connecticut; Gould's Flowers in Lockport, New York; Janousek Florist & Greenhouse, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska; and Lake Forest Flowers in Lake Forest, Illinois. "Each year when we gather at the SAF convention, we interact with business owners who have determination, vision and grit," said SAF Awards Committee Chairman Marvin Miller, Ph.D., AAF, of the Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago, Illinois. "But to sustain that for 100 years or more is truly an impressive feat." City Line Florist Trumbull, Connecticut City Line Florist has been owned and operated by the Roehrich/Palazzo family since 1918. When Charles Roehrich returned home from World War I, he already had a family history in the floral industry; his grandfather had grown plants in greenhouses in Stratford, Connecticut, in the late 1800s. Charles borrowed a horse and wagon and sold flowering plants and cut flowers at the entrance of St. Michaels cemetery in Stratford, eventually opening up a storefront in Bridgeport, which sat on the city line of Stratford, leading to the name, City Line Florist. In 1975, Charles' son Bob and his grandchildren, Susan and Carl, decided to move to a new location in Trumbull, where they turned an old horse barn into a charming new florist shop. Bob received the Connecticut Florist of the Year Award in 2005. City Line, located in a quaint New England town of 30,000 people, has been voted "Best Florist in Fairfield County" for several consecutive years and won the 2018 Small Busi... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Denver. Amato broke into the wholesale business in January 1974. (The company started as a carnation grower in 1958.) It ships flowers across Colorado, but also to Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska.President and CEO Heather Weickum was born in that first year. She grew up roller skating on the warehouse’s concrete floors after hours. Her father was a co-founder and eventually became the sole owner of the business.“This place was my only sibling growing up,” she said.Now Weickum runs the company and employs 70 people. Amato projects it will sell 130,000 stems of flowers over the Valentine’s holiday, tallying up hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit. The most popular varieties of roses can cost a retailer more than $70 a bunch.Amato can stock several hundred varieties of flowers at a time in the warehouse, and more than half of those are roses. They come in a rainbow of hues and gaggle of names, many inspired by the flower breeder’s daughter, mother or lover. Some names, such as Hot Nina, Lola and Jessika, call to mind an old flame. Others read like perfume ads tucked in a magazine: Pearl Avalanche, Sweet Unique, Cool Water. And then there are the names that beckon to whom they’re selling: Sweetness, Engagement, Soulmate. Rose breeders trademark these names and can receive royalties from other plantations that grow their variety.Most roses are natives of Ecuador. The year-round sunshine and high-altitude soil in the country’s m...