Grafton Flower Shop News
Deep field set for Bridge of Flowers 40th anniversaryTuesday, August 14, 2018
Semehar Tesfaye, of West Roxbury. Tesfaye won the Bridge of Flowers in 2016 in 39:03.Another major challenger is newcomer Aisling Cuffee, who graduated from Stanford but now lives in North Grafton and runs for Saucony under coach Ray Treacy. Cuffee has a 15:11 personal record in a 5K.The third, fourth and fifth-place finishers from a year ago also return in the women’s field. Apryl Sabadosa, of Westfield, took third. Karen Bertasso, of Albany, New York, is a two-time Bridge of Flowers winner. She was fourth last year. The fifth-place finisher from a year ago was Jenna Giglioti, of Northampton, who joins Sabadosa as two of the top female runners in the Western Mass. Distance Project.Another person to keep an eye on is newcomer Kim Nedeau, of Leverett, who is a top hill runner in New England and placed second at the Mount Washington Road Race in 2016.Ashley Krauss, of Easthampton, recently placed eighth at the James Joyce 10K in Dedham, which served as the U.S. championship for the Master’s (ages 40-49) Division. Sidney Letendre, of Florence, returns after running an 8:11 pace on the course last season at the age of 62. https://www.gazettenet.com/Bridge-of-Flowers-19387803
Sang, Cuffe rule Bridge of FlowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
Franklin County and signed up just in time.Cuffe captured the women’s overall title, and Leibold was the runner-up on the men’s side, as the engaged couple from Grafton showed their mettle on an overcast but comfortable Saturday.Cuffe, who was a standout runner and three-time Pac-12 champion at Stanford University, won the women’s race with a time of 29 minutes. She bested last year’s winner, Holly Rees, who was the runner-up in 29:22.“I didn’t look at the course before signing up,” began the 24-year-old Cuffe of the grueling course, which celebrated a successful first year as an 8K race after moving from a 10K course, “but I loved the race so much. You can tell the people in the town really get into it and that makes it special for the runners involved.”Leibold led for a large portion of Saturday’s race. He moved into the lead heading up the daunting 1-kilometer Crittenden Hill, pushed the pace and broke free from a pack of five runners. That’s when Chicopee’s Amos Sang came charging, however. Sang, the 2014 champion, closed the gap on the downhill portion following the summit, and eventually took the lead as he and Leibold turned onto the brief spell of Route 112 just before Mile 4. It was tight down the stretch, with the pair swapping spots twice, before Sang broke free late and crossed... https://www.recorder.com/Bridge-of-Flowers-19415790
Grafton Floral's Larew recognized at the 2018 Teleflora Unit President's Meeting - Mountain StatesmanSunday, February 11, 2018
GRAFTON—Sheila Larew, our very own local florist from Grafton Floral, was recognized on several fronts at the 2018 Unit President’s Meeting. The florist co-owner traveled to Los Angeles, CA, and joined 44 other unit presidents in attendance at the Renaissance Hotel.Each year, there is a different theme for the meeting and this year it was called “AIM,” which stood for aspire, involved and motivate.The attendees went to several meetings, where they were taught different networking skills. The importance of how to utilize social media from a business perspective was emphasized.During the event, a trade fair, which included several different vendors, exhibited products for potential use by those in attendance.According to Larew, she won a Floral Education scholarship, valued at $1800, by choosing a gift from a table provided by Teleflora. In addition, she will be attending an all-expense paid trip titled “Everything but the Bouquet” from June 1-3, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Sheil...
From a single Mother's Day carnation to a riot of flowers - Mercer SpaceTuesday, May 02, 2017
It wasn’t intended to be a commercial bonanza. Credit for our Mother’s Day holiday goes to Anna Jarvis, who in 1908 had her mother memorialized at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Decades later the church took advantage of the occasion by becoming incorporated as the International Mother’s Day Shrine — something to visit should you ever inexplicably find yourself in Grafton.Jarvis chose white carnations to put on her mother’s grave because they were her mother’s favorite flower. With the success of the Sunday service, Jarvis campaigned for a national Mother’s Day. It took a lot of work but by 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.Florists and card companies loved the idea and quickly touted their respective offerings as gifts. Jarvis was not amused. She argued that Mother’s Day was to be a moment for personal remembrance and acknowledgement — make your own cards and gifts — and not a money maker for others. When the nonprofit American War Mothers, founded in 1917, started selling Mother’s Day carnations to raise funds, Jarvis took to the streets and was arrested for disturbing the peace.Flower sellers quickly leaped upon the language of flowers, a concept known as floriography. While various attributes have been assigned to flowers for thousands of years, modern marketers carefully selected those for carnations.White carnations were said to symbolize the attributes of motherhood: purity, faithfulness, charity, and beauty. That seems a bit much, but these flowers are only to be used for mothers...
Local florist attends Teleflora conference - Mountain StatesmanTuesday, February 07, 2017
GRAFTON—Local florist, Sheila Larew, co-owner of Grafton Floral, recently attended a conference to learn how to better serve her community.Larew attended the five-day National TeleFlora Conference, in California, last month as the West Virginia Unit President, which heads the network for the state.“It was a wonderful experience,” shared Larew. “We were able to learn all about the TeleFlora organization and new programs they’d like to start. It was really a lot of fun.”According to Larew, the guests at the convention were treated like kings and queens.“Everything was paid for. They even took us to see Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I live, and on the last night, they put on a prom-like event for us. Anyone that I had talked to, that had been on the trip to the convention, was elated. They would tell me it was a great experience, and they were right.”Larew reported, during the conference, florists from all 50 states, who are members of the TeleFlora network, attended training, whi... http://www.mountainstatesman.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading%3D0%26page%3D72%26story_id%3D7233
North Dakota Florist Association to host public classTuesday, August 28, 2018
SHOW ARTICLE -- The Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes the North Dakota Florist Association to Minot, Sept. 7-9. The ND Florist Association is hosting a public class at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Minot on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.Participants are invited to work alongside members of the Florists Association to create and take home a mixed fall floral arrangement. Partakers will learn tips and tricks on how to create a beautiful arrangement throughout the year from the comfort of their home. This year’s class titled “Setting the Scene” will allow participants to design a nature-inspired centerpiece showcasing fall mums and embellishments. Charge for the class is $25 per person and the individual must pre-register. For more information, or to pre-register for the class, contact Michele Dean, Executive Director of the North Dakota State Florists Association, by Wednesday, Sept. 4 by 5 p.m. Dean can be emailed at NDStateFloristAssoc@hotmail.com. For more information about conferences and events in Minot, call the... http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2018/08/north-dakota-florist-association-to-host-public-class/
This pretty flower is a weed; Get rid of it fast!Tuesday, August 28, 2018
I was hoping Bloomstruck was an improvement. — Lenore Grande, Moorhead.A: Your unsuccessful experience with Endless Summer is similar to the majority of those who have tried it in North Dakota and large parts of Minnesota. The basic problem is that the Endless Summer group of hydrangeas, including Bloomstruck, are members of the Hydrangea macrophylla species, which is the species of the non-adapted florist hydrangeas.The two hydrangea species that are best-adapted for our outdoor landscapes are Hydrangea paniculata and Hydrangea arborescens and their cultivars. Checking the fine print on hydrangea labels for the species saves much heartache.Because Bloomstruck is a Hydrangea macrophylla variety, it has a disadvantage in our region from the onset because of its genetics. Bloomstruck is fairly new, so time will tell, but it would be surprising if it performs better than its genetics allow.Q: Is it okay to prune the top of our arborvitae so that it doesn't grow too tall? Its width is fine, but the top is at about 8 feet and we'd like it to stay at that height. — Nancy Suttle, West Fargo.A: Yes, the tops of pyramidal arborvitae can be trimmed so they don't become too tall. If an arborvitae is allowed to grow out of bounds, it's difficult to radically reduce its height back down to desired size. Your idea of maintaining it at 8 feet from the start is much better than someday trying to cut a tall arborvitae back down to that level.Keeping a shrub or tree at its present size through pruning is often called "mold and hold" pruning. Several times during the growing season, prune off the current season's new growth so the arborvitae remains at the desired height. Some pyramidal arborvitae varieties' natural heights are 30 feet, so diligence may be needed to maintain at 8 feet.To hold an arborvitae at its present size, it's probably necessary to trim once in June or July and again in August. A quick trim across the top a couple times each summer should do it.If you have a gardening or lawn care question... http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4486210-pretty-flower-weed-get-rid-it-fast
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Mystery flower can be grown outdoors - INFORUMSunday, February 11, 2018
I have not had a problem since I started doing this. - Dorothy Broste, Bemidji, Minn.A: I hadn't heard of Epsom salts effect on flavor. Previously I quoted North Dakota State University's view on Epsom salts: "Blossom end rot is caused by a deficiency of calcium. Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate - no calcium at all. Adding Epsom salts to the soil may create more rot since magnesium and calcium ions compete for uptake into the plant."Most of our soils have sufficient calcium, but it's the tomatoes inability to absorb the element that creates a problem. My mother always added eggshells to plants, just as you're doing. The sharpness of crushed eggshells on the soil surface helps deter slugs, also.If you have a gardening or lawn care question, email Don Kinzler at ForumGrowingTogether@hotmail.com. All questions will be answered, and those with broad appeal may be published, so please include your name, city and state for appropriate advice. http://www.inforum.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/4396668-mystery-flower-can-be-grown-outdoors