Woodside Flower Shop News
Arranging flowers 101 - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, May 23, 2017
Nyna Dolby works with cut flowers from the Filoli estate's gardens when she arranges bouquets for the historic Woodside property. But, you don't have acres and acres of floral options at your disposal when Costco or Safeway will do.
Currently part of the team of arrangers who puts together the weekly flower arrangements at the estate, Dolby has some tips and tricks to make the perfect bouquet for Mother's Day.
Transforming a supermarket bouquetDolby warns that flower bouquets in stores are often made and selected by looking down on them from the top, but that's not how they will look when opened on a tabletop. Dolby recommends unwrapping the flowers when you get home.
"Sort the materials in the bunch into some type of order — sort by type of flower or color of flower or size of flower," Dolby said. "Then recombine the bunch with the flower stems at different lengths, so that each can be seen and positioned in the way they naturally grow."
Pick a vase and a locationWhen selecting flowers at the store, begin thinking about the vase they will go into and where the vase will be pla...
2017 Valentine's Day gift and travel guide - Queens ChronicleTuesday, February 07, 2017
You cannot think of Valentine’s Day without thinking of flowers, and it’s hard to think of flowers without thinking of 1-800Flowers, the company founded and still run by Woodside native Jim McCann. While floral arrangements such as “Modern Love,” “Enchanted Rose Medley” and, for cat aficionados, “Flirty Feline,” are still the company’s main source of income, it has expanded its lines to include food gift baskets and oversized teddy bears. Teleflora is a leading competitor, but it has chosen to stick to its core flower business.Stonewall Kitchen and Savannah Bee are online retailers that offer a wide array of gift baskets as well as kitchen products and tableware. Stonewall Kitchen has more candy offerings while Savannah Bee, as its name indicates, has a lot of honey and honey-based products.Jewelry is a romantic gift staple that comes in all price points. Manhattan retailer Roman & Sunstone (romansunstone.com) has one of the largest collection of high-quality costume jewelry. Its products are also sold at Target. Freida Rothman is a Brooklyn jewelry designer who creates necklaces, medallions and rings from fine metals that range in price from $300 to nearly $700. Capsul Jewelry uses 3-D metal printing to create inexpensive items such as dog-tag necklaces where you can engrave whatever brief message that you want... http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/valentine-s-day-gift-and-travel-guide/article_4aa66bda-ed48-11e6-bf6c-63e4ccbee247.html
Flowers Carries Sooners to Victory - Soonersports.comTuesday, November 15, 2016
FBS to Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech and Clemson's Deshaun Watson, both with 24. Mayfield also has thrown at least two touchdown passes in nine straight games, tied with Toledo's Logan Woodside for the longest active streak in the FBS."Bake is one helluva a player," Flowers said. "He does something special all the time."Westbrook continues to sizzle in conference play and finished with seven receptions for 131 yards (18.7 per catch) and one touchdown. His six straight games with at least 100 yards receiving and at least one score is the longest active streak in the FBS. His six straight 100-yard receiving games is the longest such single-season streak in program history and is tied for the second longest active streak in the FBS.Westbrook had 233 all-purpose yards on 10 touches, which included a career-long 63-yard kickoff return early in the second quarter. (His 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Kansas last week was nullified by penalty.) His 65-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter gave the Sooners the lead for good at 21-17. It was his 12th TD catch in six games and extended his school-record of touchdown plays of 40-plus yards to nine this year. No other OU player in history has more than five in one season.The Sooners defense surrendered 17 points and 194 total yards in the first half, but held the Cyclones to just 96 yards and seven points after intermission. ISU's 160 yards passing marked the third-lowest total against OU this season.Next up, the Sooners host the No. 17/13 Baylor Bears (6-1, 3-1) on Nov. 12 at either 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. OU has dominated that series as well, 22-3.Dede Westbrook thanks the OU fans in attendance after Thursday night's game at Iowa State. http://www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID%3D31000%26ATCLID%3D211273414
Learn The Japanese Art Of Flower Arrangement At Filoli - Patch.comTuesday, October 04, 2016
WOODSIDE, CA – Filoli, the grand country estate located in Woodside, is hosting a special presentation on Ikebana -- the Japanese art of flower arrangement.The event will be Thursday, Oct, 20, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. presented by Katsuko Theike.Ikebana is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space and Thielke is a local, talented ikebana artist and Sogetsu instructor well known for her mastery of weaving techniques of leaves and grasses. She will inspire the audience with her artful and creative arrangements. The audience will discover how they can incorporate some of the techniques she will demonstrate into their own designs. Katsuko has written two books; one about Weaving and one about Bamboo. Currently, she is writing two additional books on using lotus leaves and palm fronds in ikebana arrangements. Following her demo there will be a reception, book sale and signing. Fee: $30 members; $40 non-members. Non-member fee includes same day admission to Filol... http://patch.com/california/mountainview/learn-japanese-art-flower-arrangement-filoli
Plan A Great Mother's Day Surprise For Mom: Filoli's Annual Flower Show - Patch.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
News from Filoli:This year, Filoli, the historic country estate in Woodside, celebrates its Centennial and its 28th Anniversary of its Flower Show Fundraiser, which has become a premiere event in the Bay Area on Mother’s Day Weekend.The Flower Show theme this year is “California Then and Now 1916 - 2016” running from Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8. The traditional Mother’s Day weekend event celebrates both the past century in California and the Filoli House’s 100th birthday through flower accented vintage cars, floral interpretations, elegant table settings, children’s bouquets, horticultural collections, educational exhibits and garden vignettes created by over 100 designers who are inspired by this theme. There will be live music all three days. There will be afternoon Flower Arranging Demonstrations on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.In addition to the many professional, amateur and children exhibitors highlighting their talents and creativity throughout the Historic House and renowned formal Garden, Filoli’s vintage greenhouses will be... http://patch.com/california/losgatos/plan-great-mothers-day-surprise-mom-filolis-annual-flower-show
2018 Best of the East Bay: WeddingsTuesday, July 03, 2018
K.H.Bridal BoutiqueKinsley James Couture BridalThis chic bridal boutique elevates the experience of finding the perfect wedding gown. Owners Dawn Silva and Amber Haycock attend New York’s Bridal Fashion Week twice a year to hand select each of the luxe looks Kinsley James Couture Bridal sells. That means you’ll get to choose from the latest trends and fashions during your VIP appointment—a two-hour session that includes a mimosa bar with two bottles of champagne and bride-approved snacks for you and your bridal tribe, plus 10 percent off your purchase. The Kinsley James team can also help you find top-notch wedding vendors to make your nuptials perfect, offering recommendations for florists, event designers, photographers, and more. Walnut Creek, kinsleyjames.com. —K.H.Wedding PhotographerJosh IsaacsWhen Josh Isaacs documents an engagement or wedding, he’s not just taking a snapshot; he’s telling an intimate story about the couple. To capture the beauty of their love—and of all the moments that led them to their union—Isaacs puts his subjects at ease, allowing them to forget they’re even being photographed. “Engagement photos these days are much more than just ‘save the dates,’ ” Isaacs says. “They are a celebration.” Lafayette, jjisaacs.com. —K.H.Bachelorette Party Hot SpotEditor Pick: Tommy T’sBrides-to-be can enjoy some eye candy and Magic Mike–esque action at this intimate Pleasanton venue, which hosts shows like Hunks and Fifty Shades of Men several times a year. Ladies (and fellas, if they’re so inclined) are bound to enjoy a fun and flirty evening of burlesque entertainment, featuring seductive theatrics. So, don your best party gear, order a few drinks, and let loose. It’ll certainly make for a night to remember. Pleasanton, tommyts.com/pleasanton. —A.S.Place for Prewedding PamperingEditor Pick: The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and SpaFeeling stressed before walking down the aisle? Unwind at this award-winning Livermore destination, where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage, skin-brightening facial, or s... http://www.diablomag.com/July-2018/2018-Best-of-the-East-Bay-Weddings/
Instagrammers love this self-taught florist. Now the industry is finally catching on.Tuesday, July 03, 2018
She knew other home-based florists were looking for the camaraderie the traditional floral world reserved for its members. So in 2010, she assembled more than a dozen of them in New York City.Soon the gathering turned into a full-fledged organization, the Chapel Designers. Today, the group has 238 designers from 35 states and 11 countries, all working under Chapple's mentorship.A few times a year they gather at a farm she and her husband, Evan -- who now works on her business full time -- bought in 2015. There they grow peonies, dahlias, abelias, amaranth, zinnias, clematis, jasmine, cockscomb, hydrangeas and sunflowers that can be incorporated into her designs along with the flowers she imports from around the world. The property includes two small houses, where other florists can stay, and two barns, which have housed charity events, floristry training camps and birthday parties for her children. The oldest are grown; Chapple and her husband are still juggling school, soccer games and sleepovers for their 9-, 11- and 13-year-olds."She worries about us and her kids," says Parie Donaldson, a Texas florist who has known Chapple for 13 years. "But 'her kids' include everybody in Chapel Designers and her brides."One bride, Meg Coffey, had Chapple art-direct her May 2017 wedding at Washington's Mayflower Hotel that included more than 10,000 flowers. "My photographer joked, 'I think you're more excited to see Holly on your wedding day than your husband,' " Coffey says.Through the years, the gushing over Chapple and her work has won over some in the world of old-school flowers, but far from all. When she presents at AIFD next month, she'll be speaking to some of the people who she knows have scoffed at her business."I'm afraid of doing this, I'll be honest," she says. "It's not my tribe. But I am doing it because I hope it will make a change in the industry. The only reason not to do it was because I am afraid, and that seems ludicrous. So I'm going forward."She'll have to prepare enough designs to furnish a fashion show of her work, create floral installations and find the right words to convey what she really wants the audience to know: "That I am a good person, and I care.""I hope I'm prepared for it," she says. Because in the two months before the July presentation, she would have 26 weddings and events on her calendar.img class="media-image img__fid__4299447 img__view_mode__media_original attr__format__media_original attr__align__center" title="Holly Heider Chapple talks with with guests MaryEllen Hope and Hitomi Gilliam at the Floral and Fauna Fashion Show Luncheon at H" src="http://www.fccnn.com/sites/default/files/florist-bd76b95a-732d-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4.jpg" alt="H... https://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4462887-instagrammers-love-self-taught-florist-now-industry-finally
'I was nervous, but it all flowed': Royal wedding florist opens up about working with Harry and Meghan - and reveals ...Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Philippa shared a pictured of her 'A-team' comprising at least 26 staff as they posed on the steps of the wedding chapelWriting about the display at St. George's Chapel in The New Yorker, Anthony Lane said: 'I walked in, through the “cascading hedgerow” that was wreathed around the church’s west door, and caught the full impact of the floral arrangements within. After the wedding the jaw-dropping floral display at St. George's Chapel Windsor was divided up into hand-tied bouquets and delivered to women's refuges and hospices across the capital.Described by Tatler as 'a floral mastermind', Philippa claims to be able to create any bride's dream from 'a secret garden in a palace' to 'an outdoor botanical romance'.div class=" mol-factbox art-ins femail" data-version="2" id="mol-4269b470-5b5d-11e8-b96a-7d29aa3bc1a5" data-permabox-url="/femail/fb-5747893/What-Meghans-brida... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5829993/Royal-wedding-florist-reveals-Meghans-bouquet-created-moment.html
Positively Upstate: Local artist creates sash of flowers for horses at SaratogaTuesday, June 19, 2018
Travers, the country’s oldest stakes race, never even had a blanket until Garrett suggested it in the mid-1990’s.“Who would have thought in ’94 when I suggested to the New York Racing Association, let’s put a blanket of flowers on the winner of the Travers, that I would be doing this now.”Garrett says to make a blanket for any Triple Crown race is a dream come true. Now, she not only has one but *seven* blankets going to Belmont park this weekend; one possible to a Triple Crown winner.To keep them fresh, blankets aren’t created until the day before or of the race. So, Friday will be crunch-time for Garrett and her team at their workspace at Dehn’s Florist. Each individual flower is cut and hand sown into the quilt. Altogether, Garrett says there’s usually 750 to 800 flowers on a single blanket.“So, I have a team of volunteers and friends and my husband. We bring in pizza and we do it. Each blanket, just hand sowing them, it’s around 5 hours.”Friday at midnight a refrigerated truck collects the blankets and brings them down to Belmont park. The following day, Susan does a quick look-over before the races and then waits for her moment to relax.“Once those blankets go on the horse … it’s a big sigh of relief.” She laughs. “I’m in awe, I really am.”Garrett’s artistic talents go far beyond flowers – to check out more of her creations, visit her website: www.susansprouts.com... http://cbs6albany.com/community/positively-upstate/positively-upstate-local-artist-creates-sash-of-flowers-for-horses-at-saratoga