Local Flower Shop News
Every Ranunculus Lover Needs to Visit These Fields at Carlsbad Ranch - HouseBeautiful.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Move over, tulips. These ranunculus fields in Carlsbad, California are about to steal your thunder. Back in the 1920s, a Dutch florist named Luther Gage settled in this area north just north of San Diego and planted tons of ranunculus seeds he brought over with him. After several decades, the beauty of these more than 50 acres of vibrant flowers speaks for itself.And to make matters even more impressive, the variety found in The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are giant Tecolote ranunculuses, which are known as one of the finest strains of ranunculuses. That's part of the reason these flowers, also known as a Persian buttercups or Ranunculus asiaticus, are so unique and the fields are worth putting on your bucket list.If you want to see this stunning display for yourself, they're currently in peak bloom (which runs from early March through early May). But you'll have to act fast, since the ranch closes for the season on May 14. When you visit, you can explore the fields by foot or take a ride on a wagon pulled by an antique tractor. It's quite picturesque. Take a look: Getty ... https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/news/a8722/carlsbad-california-flower-fields/
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
The Biggest Day - Santa Rosa florists prepare for the busiest day of the year - The Santa Rosa Press DemocratTuesday, March 19, 2019
Stormi Gillam, Henry’s business partner. “There’s a lot of prepping.”The payoff may be worth it for the Fifth Street flower shop and other Santa Rosa-area florists. Americans this year will spend an estimated $1.9 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers, slightly less than last year, a National Retail Federation survey found.Flowers were the third most popular gift among the 7,300 adults surveyed by the trade association earlier this year, with 35 percent of respondents saying they planned to buy flowers for their significant other. Just over half said they would purchase candy to mark the holiday, while 44 percent expected to buy greeting cards, according to the federation.Overall, Valentine’s Day spending this year is expected to climb to $20.7 billion, a $1.1 billion increase from 2018. A person will spend on average $162 for the holiday, the federation said. For Sharzad Mo, owner of Mirage Florist in downtown Santa Rosa, Valentine’s Day is unequivocally the busiest time of year, she said. The increase in business means frequent trips to San Francisco flower markets in the days leading up to the holiday. There, she has purchased about 400 individual roses in preparation for Thursday, Mo said. She also has hired additional drivers to help make deliveries, something the City 205 Flowers owners said they also do to accommodate their Valentine’s Day clientele. “Valentine’s Day is the biggest day and the hardest week,” Mo said, standing behind the counter of her small flower shop. Mo and the co-owners of City 205 Flowers agreed that while some customers stray... https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9276072-181/the-biggest-day-santa-rosa
Black Rabbit Shop Opens In Pilsen, Bringing Flowers, Plants And Gifts To 18th Street - Block Club ChicagoTuesday, March 19, 2019
Black Rabbit owner Rose Hoffeld, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years.Hoffeld spent years working at other flower shops across the city — including City Enchanted Gardens Florist in Tri-Taylor — before opening one of her own. She said the process of creating arrangements allows her to combine her artistic creativity with the natural beauty of plants and flowers.“I love design. I love using the beauty of plants and flowers and seeing how they are part of people’s stories and special occasions,” Hoffeld said. Long-stemmed carnations sit at the front of the shop in Pilsen.Mauricio Peña/ Block Club ChicagoBlack Rabbit sells single-stemmed roses and flowers for $2-$6, as well as floral arrangements starting at $25.The shop also has cacti and succulents starting at $3, and larger plants like peperomias ($8) and red aglaonemas ($22).Gifts and stationary at the shop — including postcards, notebooks, pens and handmade herbariums — dried plants suspended in mineral oils — range from $3 to $15. Black Rabbit offers a 15 percent discount on station items to students, too. A stationary and gift wall at Black Rabbit Shop. Mauricio Peña/Block Club ChicagoAfter noticing the vacant retail space in her neighborhood last fall, Hoffeld jumped at the chance to open the small flower shop. With the help of partner Jesse Pomeroy, the pair spent three months working on the storefront. They DIYed much of the shop — from painting the walls and building shelving and a terrarium to display plants, to sewing curtains and ... https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/02/12/black-rabbit-shop-opens-in-pilsen-bringing-flowers-plants-and-gifts-to-18th-street/
Hippie-ish Chain Flower Child Opens Today in the Woodlands With Chia Seed Wraps - Eater HoustonTuesday, March 19, 2019
March 6, at 1900 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite 100. The opening celebration’s festivities will include a giveaway of $25 gift cards to the first 100 guests, along with flower bouquets from local florist The Party Architects. Flower Child will also donate a portion of proceeds from opening day sales to Texas Children’s Hospital.The Woodlands Flower Child outpost joins another newish healthy chain, True Food Kitchen, which opened last year in the neighborhood. This Flower Child location boasts pet-friendly outdoor seating, a separate to-go line, and eclectic decor with peace signs and bright murals. Flower Child’s Woodlands location is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Flower Child’s Woodlands location Photo: Shelby Tsika... https://houston.eater.com/2019/3/6/18253148/flower-child-the-woodlands-opening