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The perfect rose: 62 years in the making - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, July 23, 2019
Carruth, 67, has been rose-centric for a very long time, ever since he was a kindergartner in the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa, entranced by a pale purple rose called ‘Sterling Silver.’ “When the flowers opened, I would sit on the steps, stick my nose in them and just look at them.” Tom Carruth, reflecting on seeing pale purple roses as a kindergartner“I still have a memory of when I first saw it, near the steps to the front door of my mom’s best friend, Elma,” he said. “When the flowers opened, I would sit on the steps, stick my nose in them and just look at them. The color was so interesting … that lavender color.”It was around that time, he said, that he decided on a career. “I told my parents I wanted to work with flowers — which blew my dad’s mind. He thought I could only be a florist, which wasn’t the most manly of professions.”Carruth did not become a florist. The boy who liked the pale purple rose grew up to be a plant scientist who has won the All-America Rose Selections prize — the top honor for new roses —11 times. It’s a big deal in the rose world, but Carruth never mentions it.Roses were growing wild throughout the 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
Nicki Minaj gives Cardi B $5000 gift basket for baby KultureTuesday, July 31, 2018
It also included a sterling silver rattle.She had the present shipped to the rapper couple’s Atlanta residence.Minaj’s luxurious gift to Cardi comes after they ended their feud, which came about when Minaj claimed her verse on “Motorsport” was cut shorter to make room for Cardi.Share this: ... https://pagesix.com/2018/07/12/nicki-minaj-gives-cardi-b-5000-gift-basket-for-baby-kulture/
Florist pleads guilty to tax fraud, grand larcenyTuesday, June 05, 2018
His sentencing was scheduled for July 20 and he will be released on his own recognizance. He faces up to five years’ probation. Bryan C. Walsemann, 35, of 341 Sterling St., Watertown, was arraigned on four counts of drug-related charges. Mr. Walsemann was previously charged with one count of felony second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of felony third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of felony first-degree perjury.A conference meeting was scheduled for June 26. Jennifer A. Todd, 40, Watertown, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny. She admitted to possessing a stolen credit card in November. Ms. Todd’s sentencing is scheduled for June 26, when she faces up to three years’ probation and 50 hours of community service. She has already paid restitution. http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/florist-pleads-guilty-to-tax-fraud-grand-larceny--20180521&
When Mom Cancels Appointment to Take Care of Sick Son, Company Sends Her Flowers - Good News NetworkTuesday, February 27, 2018
I had a sick kid at home, and didn’t think much more about it. Three hours later, my doorbell rings and there is a florist at my door.”The HVAC company, AllTech Services from Sterling, had sent Pualoa flowers with a note saying that they hoped AJ felt better soon.“I’m floored! I’ve never had something like this happen before,” she added.WANT TO READ MORE STORIES ABOUT BUSINESSES DOING GOOD? CHECK OUT THESE OTHER ARTICLES FROM OUR GNN ARCHIVES… (Photo by Lindsay Pualoa)When Girl Asks For a Day Off For Dad, Google Gives Her Something Better #TBTCompany That Turns Tire Scraps into Shoes Employs Single Mothers Living in PovertyInstead of Trashing Groceries During Cooler Malfunction, Store Donates 35,000 Pounds of FoodCity Remembers Beloved Costco Co-founder Who Treated Employees With DignityLEGO Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Goal 3 Years Early...
Exploring 'Freakebana', a New Style of Arranging Flowers - The CutTuesday, December 19, 2017
Tahitian-pearl-and-diamond earrings, $5,400 at davidyurman.com.Phalaenopsis orchid with Buccellati silver-coated seashell, $670 at buccellati.com.Anthurium, durian, with a Tiffany & Co. sterling-silver coffee can, $1,500 at tiffany.com.Protea, feather grass, and a miniature palm with De Beers diamond earrings, $8,500 at debeers.com.Sarracenia, amaranthus, with a Chanel No. 5 parfum bottle, $130 at chanel.com.Lady’s slipper orchid with a Pomellato 18-karat-rose-gold bracelet, $13,200 at pomellato.com.Orchid leaf, orchid roots, and rose thorns with a Georg Jensen stainless-steel candleholder, $85 at georgjensen.com.Cymbidium orchid with Hemmerle sapphire earrings, price upon request at hemmerle.com.Coconut frond, anthurium, orchid, celosia, and bromeliad with a LBK Studio glass sculpture, $550 at abchome.com.Production credits: Photographs by Bobby DohertyFloral design by Brittany AschStyling by Diana Tsui*A version of this article appears in the December 11, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.RelatedFreakebana: The New, Ugly-Cool Style of Arranging Flowers...
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
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/
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...