Local Flower Shop News
Flower festival time: Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: - News-Herald.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
March 24 in Tokyo and March 27 in Kyoto, according to a forecast on the Japan National Tourism Organization website.FLOWER FESTS ELSEWHEREIn Rochester, New York, the annual Lilac Festival is May 11-20. Organizers say the event draws more than 500,000 people to see not just the largest lilac collection in the U.S., but also music and comedy shows, art exhibits, a race and more. Another lilac festival is held on Mackinac Island in Michigan, June 8-17.Bluebonnet season brings out locals and visitors alike in Texas Hill Country. Typically they bloom the last week of March through April, though as with all flowers, it can be hard to predict.Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs through May 28 with display gardens, entertainment and more at the theme park just outside Orlando, Florida. http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180312/ENTERTAINMENT/180319838
Greece flower shop to close this week after 91 years - 13WHAM-TVTuesday, February 27, 2018
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A local florist shop that opened 91 years ago will be closing down this week.Blanchard Florist is a family business that has had several homes over the years.Most recently, the shop was on Latta Road in Greece. Owner Jeff Blanchard said the Internet has changed the floral business and it was time to say goodbye."It's kind of unfortunate," Blanchard said, "because you kind of lose that personal touch with people."The last full day of business for Blanchard Florist will be on Wednesday. http://13wham.com/news/local/greece-flower-shop-to-close-this-week-after-91-years
Floral artisans re-create de Young Museum's works with flowers - San Francisco ChronicleWednesday, March 14, 2018
McLellan Tayler regularly shops the Flower Mart, as she did last week while preparing her annual floral entry into the de Young Museum “Bouquet to Arts” exhibition.For the past 34 years, select florists and floral artisans have been invited to re-create pieces from the de Young’s collection of artwork — with flowers. One hundred and 20 (give or take) “exhibitors” select or are assigned one piece of artwork, including the really modern stuff like video installations, and interpret it with flora and fauna. The fragrant results remain on display throughout the museum for a single week. And then, for the most part, they die.“I got my first choice,” McLellan Tayler said of the artwork she’d chosen to re-create with flowers. She has participated in 32 of the 34 “Bouquets to Art” exhibitions, and she fully intends to take part next year.Basically, exhibitors like McLellan Tayler spend a day in January exploring every inch of the de Young. Nearly all of the museum’s pieces are up for floral artistry grabs, and each artist submits their top five choices to re-create in petals and leaves. It then comes down to Exhibitor Chair Lisa Harris, who spends an entire month trying to match exhibitors with art they like. “It’s a huge puzzle,” Harris said.Monday night was the Gala Preview, an opportunity for donors and exhibitors to take a peek at this year’s show before the public took over. McCall’s catered a gourmet buffet with rack of lamb, fresh rolled sushi and some wildly popular mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Open bars served cocktails and Champa...
Why yes, that is a giant flower bouquet in a Raleigh trash can; here's who's behind it - WRAL.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
N.C. Museum of Art is behind this ... well ... work of art.As I wrote last week, the museum's annual Art in Bloom event will run March 22 to March 25 and will feature more than 50 florists from around the country. Florists are randomly assigned a work of art in the museum's permanent collection and tasked with building a floral display inspired by the art.During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets are required for admission to the permanent collection in the Museum’s West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors. Tickets are $18. It's free for kids 6 and under. As part of Art in Bloom, the museum will offer a flower-themed scavenger hunt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 24 and March 25. The drop-in event lets visitors, who have purchased tickets, follow clues on a scavenger hunt card to find flowers and "artful" treasures in the galleries.The trash can bouquet is part of the museum's effort to get the word out about the event. Eventually, five corners of downtown Raleigh will be decorated this week with these colorful floral displays. They are created by Steve Taras of Raleigh's Watered Garden Florist and are inspired by a similar effort in New York City called Flower Flashes.The public is encouraged to take photos of the displays and post to social media using hashtag #NCMAbloom and #PNCartinbloom for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event.And be on the look out for more trash can bouquets. Can't wait to see the rest ...More On This... http://www.wral.com/why-yes-that-is-a-giant-flower-bouquet-in-a-raleigh-trash-can-here-s-who-s-behind-it/17411735/
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape - The Boston GlobeWednesday, March 14, 2018
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape Globe Correspondent Brattle Square Florist owner Randy Ricker extols flowers, not gushy love notes. By Natasha Mascarenhas 20180213231513-- By Natasha Mascarenhas Globe Correspondent February 13, 2018CAMBRIDGE — Surrounded by thousands of roses and dozens of other bouquets, Randy Ricker doesn’t want to hear your love story.The owner of Brattle Square Florist spent Tuesday preparing for Valentine’s Day, a florist’s version of New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and a royal wedding tied together with a frilly ribbon. But Ricker declared his disdain for lengthy love notes and insisted that “flowers should do the heavy lifting” when declaring one’s devotion.Step inside the Harvard Square shop, though, and you’ll find the work of romance in the making. Advertisement The sweet aromas of hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies, and orchids waft up from the basement, where the flowers are cut and arranged. Step over the scrapped leaves...
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half block of property, making it the “largest and b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html
Slow Flowers - Sacramento MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Why one florist got behind a movement to purchase local flowers.First came the slow food movement, which promotes regional food systems and traditional cooking as an antidote to the ubiquity of fast-food chain restaurants. Now there’s the slow flowers movement, which aims to reconnect florists and consumers to regional flowers and the farmers who grow them.Sacramento florist Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, an adherent to the slow flowers movement, says that for years she has made a point of buying as many local blooms as possible. She says local flowers not only hold up better in bouquets because they haven’t had to travel long distances, but also that “you want your flowers to look like the season” in which they were used. “It seems simple, but it’s kind of a revolutionary idea.”In fact, Cosgrove-Rivas feels so strongly about seasonality that she planned her wedding date so that she could carry Sarah Bernhardt peonies down the aisle. “I think it’s important that our flowers have a sense o... http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2018/Slow-Flowers/