Duncan Flower Shop News
Five florists leading a wave of avant-garde floral designMonday, October 01, 2018
Wilson. Here, five florists leading the industry’s new look. Gunnar Floral Duncan Foy/Gunnar Floral Jaime McCuaig sees her arrangements as an extension of herself: “quixotic, unconventional and playful.” The Toronto floral designer errs on the side of weird, with surreal, oft spray-painted arrangements that have been featured everywhere from the Gardiner Museum to album artwork for Cold Specks. “I am infinitely inspired by the bizarre and am constantly working to emulate a fine balance between an aesthetic that is beautiful and pleasing, but equally strange and unexpected,” she says. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement Marc Sardi Marc Sardi Marc Sardi A few years ago, Montreal’s Marc Sardi was in the midst of a career crisis. While questioning the 20 years he’d spent in environmental work, he began picking wildflowers, something he’d done as a child growing up in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. He was instantly transported, and after a few months of posting Dutch still life-inspired arrangements on Instagram, he launched his own naturalistic floral design company. “I love to recreate a mini-landscape with flowers and foliage that typically grow together in a garden,” he says. Respecting natural growth patterns are essential for Sardi, “complete with tall, hidden, and cascading elements that reflect the natural movement and positions of stems, leaves and blooms.” Timberlost Toronto florist Lauren Wilson. Timberlost... https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-design/article-five-florists-leading-a-wave-of-avant-garde-floral-design/
Meet the Makers Behind Kendall Jenner's Unconventional Floral Headpiece - Vogue.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
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 be mass-made. It’s more interesting to try to re-invent them to keep it fresh.”Re-invent they did for Jenner’s Vogue shoot, which Perry described as one of their most elaborate projects to date. After much deliberation with Vogue’s creative team, they decided on a design which took over three hours to create. They constructed a metal mesh frame, fastening on the flowers with a glue gun. Under the frame, they applied a small velvet ribbon so it would be easier to fasten to Jenner’s head. After carefully—very, very carefully—bringing it over to the shoot, the continued to tweak: adding longer pieces to give it more texture, taking pieces away, and adding loops to the headpiece so the hairstylist could better position in on the model. “You can’t have something wobbling around on a head!” Perry says.The result? Well, you can see for yourself in Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott's photographs. But be forewarned: you’ll never want to wear a simple daisy chain again.Watch Kendall Jenner Ask Herself Some Existential Questions:...
Cook Florist celebrates 75 years - The CountyWednesday, March 14, 2018
Edna Cook attended the Gorney School of Floral Art in Boston. She and her husband opened Cook Florist not long afterward.Today the Cooks’ granddaughter Karen Duncan is the third-generation owner of the flower shop.Karen Duncan (left), owner of Cook Florist in Presque Isle, cuts flowers for a floral arrangement with employee Kathy Swanson on Friday, March 9. Duncan became the third-generation owner of her family’s business in 1994. Her grandparents, Sidney and Edna Cook, opened the flower shop on Oct. 1, 1943, and this year marks the shop’s 75 anniversary.(Staff Photo/Melissa Lizotte)“My grandparents were smart business people. When my grandfather noticed an increase in people who wanted cut flowers, he sent his wife, Edna, to school in Boston and that’s where she learned to design and learned more about business,” Duncan said.During their lifetime, the Cooks were involved in many community service efforts and organizations. Though her grandfather died when she was 2 months old, Duncan has heard stories of how how he helped start the Presque Isle Country Club, was a firefighter and served as a sports broadcaster for the Aroostook Broadcasting System.Edna Cook taught piano lessons at her home and was a hostess for the United Service Organizations during World War II. Duncan remembers that her grandmother used to bring handmade pillows to children who were patients at the A.R. Gould Hospital.“Every few days she would go to the hospital and drop off a pillow,” Duncan said. “I walked into a friend’s house one day and one of her pillows was on his shelf. He had his appendix out when he was 9 or 10 years old and he still had the pillow to this day.”Duncan’s mother, Margaret Cook Duncan, owned and operated Cook Florist for 45 years along with her husband Donald Duncan. While Duncan was growing up she enjoyed being around the family business but always said that she would never want to run the flower shop. She didn’t change her mind until a particular...
Florists and farmers call on patriotic shoppers to buy British blooms - The GuardianTuesday, May 30, 2017
The GuardianFlorists and farmers call on patriotic shoppers to buy British bloomsThe GuardianAnother fan of British blooms is Mairead Curtin, who, with her business partner Athena Duncan, is co-founder of the innovative florist Rebel Rebel in Hackney, north-east London. At 6am last Thursday, the pair were at the New Covent Garden Flower Market ...
Cemetery Clean up scheduled for Valentine's Day - Duncan BannerTuesday, February 07, 2017
The City of Duncan will begin its quarterly cleanup of the Duncan Municipal Cemetery and the Henderson-Harris Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.Residents with surface flowers, wreaths, grave blankets or any other ground surface decorations at either of the Duncan Cemeteries should remove them by Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 if they wish to keep them.We understand this cleanup falls on Valentine’s Day and we will be taking this into consideration as we do this cleanup.The cemetery personnel will not pick up any flowers in vases or on the monuments. The Cemetery does not have a facility to store unclaimed decorations, so if you wish to keep your items, please pick them up by this date. Please allow at least one week before replacing ANY items due to the excessive amount so of items on various graves.All decorations, flowers, statues, and benches must be placed in monument row as stated in the cemetery rules and regulations; no items are allowed to be placed in the middle, foot, bordering or e... http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/cemetery-clean-up-scheduled-for-valentine-s-day/article_443dded6-ea82-11e6-b665-b728f1cd57b3.html
The inspiring story of the woman who made the flowers for Alabama's most talked-about wedding - AL.comTuesday, March 05, 2019
I passed out and woke up with no hands and legs,” she says.Diagnosed with sepsis, she was in a coma for two weeks, given a 15 percent chance to live. Her parents came from Oklahoma, thinking they might be saying goodbye to her. But, after six months in the hospital and with the help of Dr. Darren Mason, she survived. His decision to amputate her limbs saved her life, she says. To this day, whenever she sees him, she cries tears of joy in appreciation for him. The doctor told her she was lucky to have sought medical attention when she did.Following her stay in the hospital and rehabilitation, she ended up moving to Norfolk, Va., to live with her sister, then to Oklahoma City, where her parents live, for two years. While she was there, she helped take care of her now-9-year-old nephew, her brother’s son, who has cerebral palsy. After meeting Michael, a photographer, online, she eventually moved to California to be with him. When they decided to get married, he really wanted a traditional wedding, but Jackie is too practical to spend too much money on things like flowers.While she was stressing out, she happened to see an episode of “Shark Tank” featuring a product called Eco Flower – sustainable, recyclable floral arrangements made of wood and other materials. “How cool is that?” she thought. She ordered a bouquet from the company and held it when she walked down the aisle in Berkeley, Calif., on June 25, 2017.She also catered her own wedding and made all the decorations herself.Living in California was expensive, though, so after their wedding Jackie suggested they move to Mobile. “I had a really big support system” during her ordeal, she says. “That’s why I love Mobile so much and why I’m back.”They bought a cute fixer-upper cottage and transformed one of the bedrooms into her neatly organized craft room. Prosthetic hands never worked for her, she says, so she uses a battery strap around her wrist to hold an array of tools such as paint brushes to dye and paint her balsa wood flowers, making them look as real as possible. Then, with the help of a wooden chopstick, she arranges them in tiny terra-cotta pots and dainty tea cups. “I’m addicted to miniature things,” she says.Last March, she decided to start selling some of her creations at the monthly ArtWalk event in downtown Mobile. “It was scary as all get-out,” she says. “But I’m one of those people who always jump off the ledge.”Big dayShe took another risk in September, when she splurged on a booth at the Daphne Jubilee Festival. But it was there that she met Tracy Roberts and her daughter, Mary Bourne, who was planning a wedding to James Butts on Dec. 29, 2018.“Wh... https://www.al.com/life/2019/02/the-inspiring-story-of-the-woman-who-made-the-flowers-for-alabamas-most-talked-about-wedding.html
Bettye Myers, retired professor and dedicated community member, dies at 92 - Denton Record ChronicleTuesday, March 05, 2019
Watts said. “Her dedication and her heart were infectious. She could motivate people and bring out the best in people, and was such a powerful force in our community.”Born in Heavener, Oklahoma, Myers attended TWU when it was known as the Texas State College for Women, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1946 and her master’s the following year, both degrees in health, physical education and recreation. In 1960, she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Michigan. In 1961, she rejoined TWU as a faculty member.After so many years at the institution, Myers was a guiding light in helping Feyten understand TWU — and for laughs, regularly using a collection of one-liners and phrases like “It’s great to be me!”“She, to me, really symbolized the saying ‘TWU is a campus with a heart,’” Feyten said. “To me, she epitomizes that. She’s a caring face to the campus, the students, the staff and faculty. That’s who she was, and she wanted to make sure I knew that about TWU. She made that very real.”It wound up being Feyten who encouraged Myers to retire in 2015, asking that she dedicate her time to helping lead the community in other ways.“I think everyone was worried about how it would go,” Feyten said. “And she said, ‘You know what, honey bunny, that’s a fabulous idea.’” Bettye Myers, secretary for the United Way of Denton County board of directors, poses with the nonprofit agency's CEO, Gary Henderson, in its renovated building on Teasley Lane on Nov. 14. Jeff Woo/DRC file photo At the time of her death, Myers was still active in her community engagement. She was vice chairwoman of the MHMR board, on the Serve Denton board and still serving as a lifetime member of the United Way of Denton County board. United Way gives an ... https://www.dentonrc.com/news/denton/bettye-myers-retired-professor-and-dedicated-community-member-dies-at/article_4336216f-e6c9-531e-a0bc-fc0e4dc817e8.html
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man seen burglarizing florist shop with toddler - TriStateHomepage.comTuesday, February 05, 2019
A man can be seen on surveillance video burglarizing an Oklahoma florist with a toddler in tow.Tulsa Police officers are still stunned whenever they watch the surveillance video.You can see the child in a pink coat.Police are unsure if the little girl is the suspect’s child.The man eventually found a way into the shop and stole a toolbox.The florist wasn’t even upset about the tools, just for the safety of the girl.“As a father, seeing how he treated a child that he would even bring along with him during this incident. It just broke my heart seeing how many times that girl reached up to her daddy, I'm assuming. It was really troubling.”The man finally acknowledges the little girl, picking her up and carrying her away.Police are hopeful the quality of the video leads to the man’s arrest.For the latest breaking news and stories from across the Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter. (This story was originally published on January 18, 2019)... https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/national-news/caught-on-camera-man-seen-burglarizing-florist-shop-with-toddler/1710617570
Spa City flower shop plays big role in Belmont Stakes - WNYTTuesday, January 22, 2019
Belmont Stakes so what could be better," said Susan Garrett of Dehn's Flowers. The Belmont is the run for the white carnations.Meantime, at the Oklahoma Track at Saratoga Race Course, one of the owners of a horse that had a chance for the Triple Crown, Funny Cide in 2003, made a stop before heading down for the Belmont. Fifteen years ago, Jack Knowlton and his "Sackatoga Stables" were the talk of the racing world until a sloppy track gave Empire Maker the title. "Every year that you've got a horse coming into Belmont with a chance to win the Triple Crown, that's a big deal," said Knowlton.Also at the Oklahoma track was Eric Guillot, a trainer who has been texting "Justify's" trainer, Bob Baffert. Baffert won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015. Guillot says Belmont with its sandy surface can be a taxing race -- a mile and a half."It's whether or not the sixth race in four months gets to him late on Big Sandy. That's going to be the trial and error for [Saturday]," said Eric Guillot."Justify" will be in the National Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs someday. But, will he go in as a Triple Crown win... https://wnyt.com/news/belmont-stakes-saratoga-flower-shop-blankets-dehns-flowers/4942269/