Local Flower Shop News
Iconic flower shop the Floristry will close - Buffalo NewsWednesday, April 11, 2018
Christmas decorations, fabric, tablecloths, wedding and crafting supplies, candelabra, baskets and vases.After 50 years, florist’s career is still in full bloom in Buffalo... http://buffalonews.com/2018/03/15/iconic-flower-shop-the-floristry-will-close/
After 55 years, beloved 90-year-old florist closing up shop - WBFOWednesday, April 11, 2018
A 90-year old Buffalo businesswoman is putting aside her floristry tools for the first time in more than five decades. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the founder and owner of The Floristry inside her Delaware Avenue store as gets ready to retire. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the founder and owner of the Floristry inside her Delaware Avenue store as gets ready to retire. How has Fann Markel, 90, been able to operate her business this long?"Because I'm a stubborn, old lady." Markel responded.As soon as you meet Fann Markel you realize she is in charge, making her a successful businesswoman for the last 55 years in Buffalo."Well I'm very sad about retiring, but I think there is a time in everyone’s life where they just say, that's it," said Markel.Markel uses a cane to steady herself as she navigates through the many rooms of her Delaware Avenue shop. But she does it all in style – her silver hair, in a blunt cut, is held back in a red bandana headband. She tells us she recalls as a young... http://news.wbfo.org/post/after-55-years-beloved-90-year-old-florist-closing-shop
Dewar Nurseries Launches Family Owned Floral Retail BrandTuesday, October 30, 2018
Combining their love of farm-to-table trends and natural beauty with their passion for the family business, the Dewar sisters are excited to launch their florist-quality assortment of potted plants in trendy containers designed to complement home settings.AdvertisementThe Life in Bloom collection includes potted house plants, holiday plants, and roses. It will also feature a new edible fruit collection including olives, bananas, tea, kiwis, figs, and berries, to name a few. The new brand is available in major retailers and supermarkets throughout the U.S.“Elizabeth & Alexandra offers florist-quality plants in aesthetically pleasing containers to create a product that can be purchased, presented, and immediately enjoyed,” says Alexandra Dewar.The new brand’s namesakes are the granddaughters of Dewar Nurseries’ founder, Alex Dewar. They represent the third generation of Dewar family growers, and have spent much of their lives participating in the ever-expanding family business.“With 55 years of successful growers in our family lineage, we are proud to continue this tradition while remaining true to our personal strengths and passions,” says Elizabeth Dewar. “Life in Bloom by Elizabeth & Alexandra brings a touch of elegance to everyday life. We’re proud to deliver potted beauty that perfectly coordinates with every living space.”The Elizabeth & Alexandra brand will debut at the PMA Fresh Summit trade event in Orlando on Oct. 19-20, 2018.Founded in 1963, Dewar Nurseries began as a single nursery with a tea... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/dewar-nurseries-launches-family-owned-floral-retail-brand/
Birmingham florist hands out flowers Petal it ForwardTuesday, October 30, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- One Birmingham flower shop encouraged people to "Petal it Forward." Almost like pay it forward.Norton's Florist employees stood at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street North and handed out two bouqets to total strangers. They asked them to keep one, and petal the other one forward. ... https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/birmingham-florist-hands-out-flowers-petal-it-forward-/1547594469
More top designers to return to 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as children theme emergesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Greenfingers children's hospice garden charity.In the pavilion, Thompson & Morgan hope to exhibit new plants on Sparsholt College’s exhibit.Dutch growers such as Florist Holland hope to exhibit on a Birmingham Council exhibit, which has not been confirmed.Millais, APHA, Hillier and Medwyn Williams are also set to exhibit in the pavilion alongside dozens of the regular nurseries. ... https://www.hortweek.com/top-designers-return-2019-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-children-theme-emerges/landscape/article/1497566
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html