Local Flower Shop News
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
Gustaf's Greenery flower shop closing after 42 years - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderTuesday, March 19, 2019
A long-time local florist shop is closing next week. Gustaf's Greenery will close Dec. 27, after 42 years in business. Owner Pat Gustaf is retiring, due to a battle with kidney cancer and the changing market in the flower business. On Thursday afternoon, Gustaf sat at a table in the flower shop on 1020 S. Minnesota Ave., its sales floor busy with shoppers eyeing the 75 percent off retirement deals. Gustaf has been fighting renal cell carcinoma for more than two years, and has faced down multiple times he's been told to make his peace with the end. He's fought on, and looked for a time at selling the business. But over the last couple of months he's come to the decision it's time to close up shop, he said. "No regrets. Truly no regrets at all," he said. "I think we've made our mark on the world." ... https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/12/20/gustafs-greenery-flower-shop-closing-after-42-years/2381620002/
In bloom: The 5 best florists in Huntington Beach - KABC-TVTuesday, March 19, 2019
Wondering where to find the best florists near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top floral design spots in Huntington Beach, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market for flowers. [embedded content]1. Oceanic Flowers PHOTO: Theresa B./YELP Topping the list is Oceanic Flowers. Located at 15121 Graham St., Unit 104, it's the highest-rated floral design spot in Huntington Beach, boasting five stars out of 115 reviews on Yelp. 2. Love N' Bloom Photo: Love N' Bloom/Yelp Next up is Love N' Bloom, situated at 18822 Beach Blvd., Suite 101. With five stars out of 64 reviews on Yelp, the specialty florist has proven to be a local favorite. 3. A Pocket Full of Petals Photo: A Pocket Full of Petals/Yelp A Pocket Full of Petals, located at 5934 Warner Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the flower shop 4.5 stars out of 102 reviews. 4. Devynn's Garden Photo: Kathleen K./Yelp Devynn's Garden, a boutique florist, is ano... https://abc7.com/business/in-bloom-the-5-best-florists-in-huntington-beach/5133514/
Mother's Day gift ideas: Our picks for flowers in Palm Beach County - Palm Beach PostTuesday, March 19, 2019
Mom flowers for Mother’s Day? Check out local flower shops before you head online. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for ASDA)We’ve pulled together some of our picks for local florists serving every area of Palm Beach County.Maybe your mom isn’t into flowers? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide. Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361Visit their websiteIn addition to flowers, the shop offers a number of artisan and specialty gifts, including some items made by South Florida-based artists. Gift wrapping is also available.Contact: 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A12, Wellington; 561-795-9299Visit their websiteThe family owned and operated business has been serving the Wellington area since 1991. The shop offers floral, plant, and orchid arrangements in addition to an expanded line of silk and artificial flowers and permanent botanicals.Contact: 450 S. Old Dixie Hwy. Unit 6, Jupiter; 561-746-1288Visit their websiteFor more than six decades, this family owned and operated business has served the Jupiter area. The shop has a variety of Mother’s Day arrangements and decorative vases, including Waterford Crystal. Plants, orchids, silk and artificial flowers are also available. Floral arrangements can be paired with a number of gift items, including chocolates.Contact: 411 7th St. Suite 10, West Palm Beach; 561-659-0772Visit their websiteLove’s Flower Shop opened in ... http://malled.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/04/27/mothers-day-gift-ideas-our-picks-for-flowers-in-palm-beach-county/
AAM promises an enchanted Flower Show this month - The Sun ChronicleTuesday, March 19, 2019
Attleboro Farms in North Attleboro, Briggs Nursery in North Attleboro, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Flowers by the Station in Attleboro, Helping Hands Florist in Plainville, Nolan’s Flowers and Gifts in North Attleboro, Oracle Landscape & Lindsey Epstein Pottery in Tiverton, and Rosebud Florist in Pawtucket.“The Flower Show is always such an exciting time of the year at the museum,” show co-chairwoman Sarah Mott said. “There are many individuals, volunteers, board members and staff who work for months to bring the show to life in the gallery each March.”In addition to garden installations, the show will feature unique floral arrangements of natural materials, and this year artists will be creating magic wands, whimsical creations that will be displayed on the lower level of the museum.Two local artists will be featured in the Flower Show’s Breadcrumbs Café Gallery & Boutique, on the lower level. J. Cornelia DeVeau of A Faery Knoll Works in Norton, will show his handmade faery portals (doors), ornaments and faery dust jars; and Laura White Carpenter of Providence will bring her assemblages of porcelain ceramic pieces on driftwood or reclaimed wooden building materials.The items will debut at the preview event and be sold (while supplies last) during standard Flower Show hours.The museum is seeking show sponsors, both individuals and businesses, with levels starting at just $5. All sponsors are recognized with a handmade gift created as a keepsake. To learn more and to become a sponsor in advance of the show, call 508-222-2644 x10.The Flower Show is one of the museum’s largest and most anticipated annual fundraising events.All activities are free with admission except for the Flower Show Benefit Preview on March 20. Below is a schedule of events; all attractions are subject to change. You can check www.attleboroartsmuseum.org regularly for details on the show.Wednesday, March 206 to 8 p.m.: Flower Show Benefit Preview, “Into the Woods”See the gardens ... http://www.thesunchronicle.com/features/stories/aam-promises-an-enchanted-flower-show-this-month/article_7f0f01fe-56be-5f0d-ab6d-95270aca75d3.html