Local Flower Shop News
CT Flower & Garden Show Feb. 22-25 in Hartford - Litchfield County TimesSunday, February 11, 2018
Vernon; Garden Specialties in Mystic; Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Natureworks in Northford; Stonehedge Landscaping & Garden Center in Newington; and Woodland Gardens in Manchester.Show sponsors include B & P Turf Farm, Connecticut Mulch Distributors, Inc., Maple Meadow Farm, Bob Buettner Florist, Renewals by Anderson, WFSB Channel 3, WRCH Light 100.5, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc.The show’s hours are: Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.To join the email list and get more information about the 2018 Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, seminars, and driving directions, visit www.CTFlowerShow.com or our Facebook page, or call North East Expos, Inc. at 860-844-8461. http://www.countytimes.com/entertainment/ct-flower-garden-show-feb---in-hartford/article_1aa92bc2-aea4-5101-b68c-b1d82743d32a.html
Blooming brilliant! Sheffield floristry apprentice wins place in skills finals - The StarTuesday, October 10, 2017
The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers show for young people, from November 16th to 18th at the NEC Birmingham. She currently spends four days a week training at Floral Magic on Manchester Road in Stocksbridge, developing industry skills, and one day a week studying at the College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street. Alicia said: “I’m really looking forward to competing in WorldSkills UK. It feels amazing to get this far. I chose an apprenticeship at The Sheffield College because I love learning new skills, and it’s great to earn as I learn.” She continued: “Floristry is really creative because you need to think about the design, colours and textures. It’s also very rewarding to help customers during an emotional time of their lives. In the long term, I’d like to set up my own business.” Alicia added: “I really want to thank my family and friends, my boss and my College tutors as well as the British Florist Association for their support. I couldn’t have got this far without them!”Abigail McGuire, Business Owner, Floral Magic, commented: “Alicia is a valuable asset to our team because she has such a thirst and enthusiasm for learning. We are very proud of her success. Alicia will give 110% to WorldSkills UK and we wish her the best of luck. Thanks to support from The Sheffield College, being able to recruit keen apprentices such as Alicia is really helping our business to grow.”Angela Foulkes, Principal, The Sheffield Co... http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/blooming-brilliant-sheffield-floristry-apprentice-wins-place-in-skills-finals-1-8796348
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...
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/
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...
Yelp: Best floral shops in time for spring - KITV HonoluluWednesday, March 14, 2018
Cindy's compared to a similar lei at another big box storeLooking for that wow factor? Yelper Nicole M gives 5-stars to Fujikami Florist in Nu'uanu. Her same day arrangement came out stunning! With amazing quality, exotic beautiful flowers, their creative arrangements give you more bang for your buck!For more flower power, check out the Yelp mobile app and write reviews or posts photos of your favorite local buisnesses! Watch for my Local Yelp mail tomorrow and catch Yelp every Tuesday and Sunday on Island News! See you on Yelp!... http://www.kitv.com/story/37725486/yelp-best-floral-shops-in-time-for-spring