Local Flower Shop News
Village View: Tiptoe through the tulips at the Philly Flower Show - Main LineTuesday, March 14, 2017
Mondrian is incorporated into a number of exhibits, including Michael Petrie’s beautiful garden. For the most ingenious use of bicycles and bicycle parts, stop and admire Hunter Hayes’s work. The Ardmore landscape architect built a bridge of bicycle frame parts over a canal, with a fountain made out of bicycle parts as well.Windmills are everywhere, and so are bridges over canals. Robertson’s huge exhibit featured giant photographs of Amsterdam streets and houses. Tulips are not the only flowers which come from bulbs, by the way. As Flowers by David demonstrated in their exhibit, there are daffodils and amaryllis and lilies galore and other flowers grown from bulbs. Even garlic bulbs were included in this display.Subaru is the premier sponsor, celebrating its 16th year with the Flower Show, and the Bank of America is in its sixth year as exclusive sponsor. Margaret Sadler, board chair of the PHS, and Leslie Anne Miller vice-chair who also chaired the Flower Show, were delighted with the overwhelming praise from the sponsors and patrons at the Preview Party, including Governor and Mrs. Tom Wolf and Senator and Mrs. Bob Casey, Jr.All ages will enjoy this year’s Flower Show. Thanks you, PHS, and thank you, Holland!Bonnie Squires is a communications consultant who writes weekly for Main Line Media News and can be reached at www.bonniesquires.com. She hosts the weekly Bonnie’s Beat TV show at Radnor Studio 21 and Main Line Television which airs Monday nights at 7 p.m. http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/opinion/village-view-tiptoe-through-the-tulips-at-the-philly-flower/article_033a858e-86d2-522b-825c-f3fb5e2e0343.html
Dogs and Cats who work: Mia Grace and Nita's Flowers - Daily ArdmoreiteTuesday, December 20, 2016
By Marsha Millermarsha.email@example.comEditors note: It’s no secret there are hard working dogs and cats. But while some are tending to traditional animal jobs, like herding cattle or mousing in barns, others are going to work with their owners and are performing “people” jobs at local stores and offices. In fact, some, like this Yorkie called Mia Grace, actually run the business and just allow their human to think they’re in charge n Name and occupation:Mia Grace, also known as Wild Woman, is a 2-year-old fashionista that displays her devotion to haute couture every day by wearing a different style to work at Nita’s Flowers in Marietta. It’s not easy for a tiny bow-wow to constantly be runway ready since she is also the store’s CEO, but she manages to keep her diva image intact thanks to her personal stylist and owner Pam Hayes-Sampson.Special talents:Hayes-Sampson says Mia Grace’s exceptional abilities center on greeting and licking. However, Mia Grace begs to differ, indicating truth-be-told she’s the brain... http://www.ardmoreite.com/news/20161212/dogs-and-cats-who-work-mia-grace-and-nitas-flowers
Wild Things: More Than You'd Expect From a Local FloristTuesday, July 03, 2018
As a teenager, Chicago native Carolyn Harbert had to choose a summer job. After learning her mother used to work for a florist, she decided to follow suit and give it a try. It was during that job, while assisting her local florist, that she discovered her passion for floral design and her gift for creativity.She took that artistic bent to college at Auburn University, where she earned her degree in graphic design, which in turn earned her a position at an advertising agency in Atlanta. While building her creative portfolio in Atlanta, she met her husband, a Birmingham native. The couple soon moved to Birmingham, where Carolyn dabbled in the freelance world of branding and logo design — but she had a nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite the job for her. She oftentimes found herself visiting local supermarkets to buy flowers to decorate her new home, but wished there was a local stop — both trendy and fun — that sold fresh arrangements, along with other pretty trinkets to pepper throughout a home and brighten someone’s day.Then one day she realized she should create this dr... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/wild-things-more-than-youd-expect-from-a-local-florist/
McClendon, Helen MarieTuesday, July 03, 2018
Callie Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37403.Please share your memories of Helen with the family at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com.Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 S. Moore Rd., East Ridge, Tn. 37412. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/6/26/370968/McClendon-Helen-Marie.aspx
Garden tips: How to bring trendy Royal Purple into your gardenTuesday, July 03, 2018
Royal Purple, has already swooned its way into home decor and fashion, but now is the time to bring it to the garden.Shawna Anderson, head of Orchard Nursery and Florist’s custom container department in Lafayette, says there are many options for purple blooms and foliage. Here are 9 plants to try.Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Purple’ This is a new series of Calibrachoas, commonly known as millionbells. Keep it a bit on the dry side for more bloom. Large flowers of deep purple with yellow centers bloom in the summer and fall. Sun or light shade.Clematis ‘Vancouver Danielle’ This plant has large flowers — 6 to 7 inches across — with overlapping petals of rich, velvety purple-blue with reddish central bars. Excellent for trellis, fence or containers. Blooms on new growth May to June. Sun for the flowering part of the vine, but shade for the root area (try mulch). Deer resistant.Coleus ‘Coleo’ Coleus is an easy and versatile plant that has an incredible diversity of foliage color and leaf shape. Sun to light shade, well-drained soil and regular water. Prefers morning sun, afternoon shade.Heuchera ‘Midnight... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/07/garden-tips-how-to-bring-trendy-royal-purple-into-your-garden/
Another gay wedding case that could go to the Supreme Court. This one's about flowers.Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed. She appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is deciding whether it will hear the case.The florist is defended by Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, the same conservative Christian nonprofit that defended the baker in the gay wedding cake case, Masterpiece Cakeshop's Jack Phillips. ADF initially sought to consolidate the two cases and argue them in front of the Supreme Court together, but the court declined."Like Colorado, the state of Washington has shown hostility toward Barronelle Stutzman’s religious beliefs about marriage," ADF senior counsel Kristen Waggoner said in a statement to NBC News. "For example, the state sued Barronelle not just in her business capacity, but also in her personal capacity. That threatens to take away everything she owns and has ever worked for."Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson argued that he'd given Stutzman a chance to stop discriminating before filing the lawsuit.“Had she agreed to no longer discriminate, I would not have filed a lawsuit. Even after pursuing and prevailing in a lawsuit, I asked for only $1 in costs and fees. That is what the court awarded in our case, along with a modest $1,000 penalty for violating the law. That is all Mrs. Stutzman is obligated to pay as a result of the state’s la... https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/other-gay-wedding-case-could-go-supreme-court-one-s-n879906
Growing with the Times: How Local Plant and Garden Companies Adapt to ChangeTuesday, July 03, 2018
Lexington nursery business that has found new ways to serve a changing marketplace of regional consumers.
Tucked away on Maxwell Street near downtown Lexington, Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Design has been a peaceful one-acre respite for gardening enthusiasts for more than a century. The property was purchased in 1903 by the great grandfather of John Michler, and the surrounding neighborhood grew up around it. In recent years, John’s son, Robin, has taken on more of the management responsibilities, along with his sister, Jessamine, who oversees the floral business.
Although its location hasn’t changed, Michler’s has had to adapt and reinvent itself multiple times over its 115-year history. Today, the greenhouse specializes in a year-round selection of native and flowering plants, with a wide selection of perennials in addition to annuals, herbs and specialty shrubs.
As both grower and retailer for much of its perennial stock, Michler’s carries a wider selection year-round than garden centers at typical big-box stores, which generally stock a seasonal rotation. Doing so gives the family business a better knowledge and control over how the plants are grown, Robin Michler said. Michler’s also handles garden design and installation for customers who want the added services.
“We’ve tried to help people think in terms of plant collections,” Robin Michler said. “We like to hear what their project is and offer a grouping of plants to fit the concept.”
More of today’s gardening consumers are looking to do something different with their lawns and gardens, Robin Michler said, and to create functional outdoor spaces that they can enjoy. That spirit has been brought to life at Michler’s in the Kentucky Native Café, which was created four years ago from an underutilized greenhouse and a former composting site at the back of the property.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times.” —Robin Michler
Patrons can linger at picnic seating and cafe tables set among lush plantings beneath a tall canopy of shade trees anytime the greenhouse is open, and enjoy beer and wine along with nonalcoholic spritzers, cheese plates and salads when the café opens evenings and weekends from April to October.
“It gives people a way to enjoy a garden space right here, using the same concepts we employ in other people’s gardens,” Robin Michler said.
While boosting the company’s already solid greenhouse business wasn’t the café’s primary intent, both businesses have helped the other grow, Robin Michler said. He has noticed that customers tend to wander between the café and the greenhouse, especially on weekends, and the café has also brought more floral business clients, who typically place orders by phone or online, onto Michler’s premises.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times,” Robin Michler said. “It’s not just one reinvention.”