Local Flower Shop News
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a shop sooner than later.“He said, ‘Let’s look for some space in town right now and do it right now,” she says. “So I said, all right, let’s just do it!”Greg says it didn’t take long for Christin to get the business up and running.“A few phone calls and internet searches and BAM, she is in business,” he says. “I love that she saw a need and came up with a plan to fill it. The shop is a perfect addition to the little town. I am so proud of her and her undertaking—she is fearless.”The San Jose native, who has lived in Hollister since 1997, always had affinity toward event planning. As a stay-at-home-mom, she took pleasure in planning school fundraisers and parties for her children, Bradley and Amanda, now 22 and 21.“I just love putting parties together,” she says.Working in restaurants, and at the Santa Clara Convention Center, gave her the hospitality experience she needed to begin coordinating events for Fox Creek Ranch, which is owned by Laurie and Florian Barth.“I helped Laurie with a couple of weddings that she already had set up,” Christin explains. “After that first year, she said, ‘I don’t want to do any of this—I just want you to do all of it.’”Christin accepted the challenge.And by taking it, a new business opportunity opened up for her at The Lemon Grove, which was recently opened on Southside Road in Hollister, and owned by Ty and Janet Lompa.Christin says, at the request of the Lompas, her company has taken over their events as well.And now, she has a new business with The Flower Girl—a shop with something for everyone.For locals, she has fresh flowers in bunches, where people can pick out flowers they want in an arrangement. And for the tourists visiting the town, she sells plants and homemade items.She also has arranged bouquets in cellophane to take home, and balloons for birthdays or cheer-me-ups.She also carries cards—but not just ordinary cards.Christin has gone to great lengths to ensure they aren’t ones you find at the nearest drugstore.“I put a thing out on Facebook saying I was looking for local people that make cards and want to sell them,” she says.“I got a whole bunch of responses on that; it was fantastic. Right now I have four different people that I am showcasing—they have very unique, very beautiful cards. And they’re all $5 or less, which is nice for handmade card.”As for her future goals, Chri...
This is how thousands of plants at the Philadelphia Flower Show bloom early and on time - LancasterOnlineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The show runs through March 11.Planning for the show started months ago. At Meadowbrook Farm, the planning started back in September. For decades, renowned florist and landscape artist J. Liddon Pennock grew and forced plants for the flower show at Meadowbrook, formerly his estate. After Pennock’s death in 2003, the farm and greenhouses were given to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the nonprofit that organizes the flower show.These days, Meadowbrook’s small staff, along with society volunteers, grow plants for the show as well as for commercial customers. Roehrich talked about the operation to a small group of society members a few weeks before the flower show.His team grows annuals (like zinnias and snapdragons) from seed cuttings or plugs.They grow most of the perennials from plugs and buy larger plants like trees or shrubs, many of which need some time in a cold house to trick them into thinking it’s spring.Prep timeSince the show’s central feature takes visitors into a rainforest, many of the plants are tropical and come from growers in Florida. Some have been grown at Meadowbrook, like the escargot begonias with leaves curled like snails, several varieties of coleus and New Guinea impatiens. +10 The Philadelphia Flower Show’s central feature takes visitors into the rain forest, so many of the plants are tropical and come from growers in Florida. Some have been grown at Meadowbrook, like these escargot bego... http://lancasteronline.com/features/home_garden/this-is-how-thousands-of-plants-at-the-philadelphia-flower/article_ac4ef9d2-1cbe-11e8-b76e-53ae7a3503de.html
Health staff say it with flowers — just because - Newark AdvertiserWednesday, March 14, 2018
Women’s and Children’s Division, Helena Clements, wanted to give flowers to a colleague to say she was grateful for her support.Rather than have a bouquet delivered from a florist, Helena decided to support a local charity and have volunteers design an arrangement and deliver it to the hospital. After the appreciation of the first arrangement, Helena decided to support the charity further and continue to spread thanks by signing the department up for a year’s worth of flowers, with a different team member receiving a bouquet each Tuesday.She said: “The idea is that the last person to receive flowers decides who the next bouquet should go to within the division but in a different department.“It is always a lovely surprise for the recipient and means so much to them to be thought of by a friend and a colleague.“It is just such a lovely way to say thank you and it is good for staff morale, as well as supporting a worthy cause too.“I have worked with the Flower Pod in the past so I already knew of their great work and wanted to support their cause further.“I would definitely recommend doing something like this to other organisations. It has been well received.”Advertisement'It made me feel incredibly special and valued'Reach Learning Disability supports people with learning disabilities and is based in Southwell.The charity grows flowers at its garden site and one of the charity’s supported volunteers, Anita Highland, selects flowers and puts together an arrangement, decorates the tin they are in and delivers them.Anita said: “I like doing the flowers every week because I am learning how to make arrangements. The comments about how pretty the flowers are make me feel really happy.” Last week, the assistant general manager of the Women’s and Children’s Division, Lorraine Binch, who received flowers the week before, chose to give colleague Dr Victoria Walker, a consultant paediatrician within community paediatrics, the Just Because flowers.Anita visited King’s Mi...
Oklahoma City florist fuses flowers and art to redefine floral experience - NewsOK.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Each order goes through a design and planning process, and on the big day, the production team is on site to bring the vision to life.Williams and master florist George Catechis moved to Oklahoma in 2011 from Las Vegas where they were in the same line of work.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.Catechis has been in the flower business since he was a boy.“It’s safe to say he has his doctorate in ‘Over-the-top Floral Design’ and the ‘More is More’ theory,” Williams joked.Williams worked in high-end guest services at Caesars Palace and Bellagio and, in her own words, minored in “creativity” at the prestigious School of Life.The concept that the two brought to Oklahoma has worked.“A year in the life of The Fleuriste is adorned with roughly 500,000 stems of flowers, over 500 client meetings and site visits in as many as 22 cities,” Williams said.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.They design wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients.“Our focus leans mostly toward weddings, events, galas, corporate functions and installations,” Williams said. “We also have flower school once a month at The Fleuriste where we have a blast with our guests teaching them to make their own floral designs.”Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.The team at The Fleuriste is passionate about their work and believes in the significance of creating stunning bouquets and breathtaking environments with respect for clients’ style and preferences, but also the flowers themselves.“Flowers bring another level of dimension through texture and color to any space. They’re the life of the party,” Williams said.Their designs continue to evolve, but their approach remains consistent. Williams and her team believe flowers are not simply colors and varieties but also an interpretation of personalities and lifestyles, especially of those they represent. Whether designing for individuals, events or corporate environments, the focus remains dedicated to the translation of clients’ personal style and vision.“Being able to translate people’s vision into an experience is wonderful. The creative aspect for sure is rewarding, but the absolute best is people’s reaction when they see what we’ve created,” Williams said.The Fleuriste is located 1020 NW 82nd Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit thefleuriste.com. alert('start 3'); Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. The Fleuriste team designs wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients. Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. Photo court... http://newsok.com/article/5583554
Meet the Makers Behind Kendall Jenner's Unconventional Floral Headpiece - Vogue.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
The flower crown, in recent years, has gone from unconventional to ubiquitous—less free-spirited wild child, and more “every single girl” at Coachella. But London florist Rebel Rebel is making the flower crown unusual again, as they proved with a creation for Vogue’s April Issue cover star Kendall Jenner.“Crown,” perhaps, doesn’t do the structure justice. It’s an extravagant floral headpiece, overflowing with Gypsophila (better known as baby’s breath) shaped delicately around Jenner’s face. “I call it a lion’s mane,” says Phil Perry, one of the Rebel Rebel florists who made it.Rebel Rebel, who count Dior, Stella McCartney, and Swarovski among their clients, was founded in 2000 by Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin. Their avant-garde and bold designs made them the poster children for London’s ongoing floral revolution, which saw an explosion in radical creativity and surrealism. While other florists fiddled away at crowns, Rebel Rebel perfected their floral diadems and mohawks. “I was quite bored with what was coming out,” Perry says of their experimental visions. “Flower crowns are so beautiful and so wrapped up in culture. It’s a shame for it to...
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...
Havana florist and doll shops are among businesses prohibited for American shoppers - Miami HeraldWednesday, March 14, 2018
November in a move designed to keep financial resources out of the hands of enterprises owned or controlled by the Cuban military. Also on the prohibited list are a Mercaderes Street florist shop where buckets of yellow, lavender, pink, coral and red roses and small floral arrangements await customers, and several other picturesque Old Havana stores that were launched by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana to increase Old Havana’s charm factor.Except, Cuban officials say, it’s a mistake. The Muñecos de Leyenda (Legendary Dolls) store, the florist shop, and the other gift and souvenir stores aren’t controlled by the military or the military’s sprawling conglomerate GAESA (Grupo de Administración Empresarial).A boy passes Muñecos de Leyenda, a doll store in Old Havana that is on the restricted list. Mimi Whitefield mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com The State Department’s list includes all the stores, restaurants and hotels that used to fall under the umbrella of Habaguanex, a corporation that belonged to the Office of the Historian and generated revenue to finance historic preservation in Old Havana and social projects in the neighborhood.In 2016, Habaguanex was absorbed by GAESA and the hotels and restaurants became part of the Gaviota Tourism Group, which belongs to the military. Habaguanex, GAESA and Gaviota are all on the restricted list.Orlando Ramos Blanco, the president of the San Cristobal Tourism Agency, said the stores shouldn’t be on the list. They remained with the Office of the Historian, which is directed by historian and preservationist Eusebio Leal, he said. San Cristobal is the Historian Office’s touri... http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article201834119.html