Local Flower Shop News
Best Florists in Toronto - Toronto.comTuesday, January 24, 2017
Vintage Teapot Design (arranged in a rustic teapot, natch). Stems Floral Studio also provide lessons in planting your own terrarium or creating floral arrangements.Address: 5 Main St N, Brampton, ON L6X 1M8Tonic BloomsSend your loved one flowers all without leaving your desk. Tonic Blooms source their blooms locally and offer a small selection of seasonal designs, like The Farmboy. (Want to impress? Go for the “Knock Your Socks Off” with 30-35 stems.) Your blooms are wrapped in their signature denim and delivered by bicycle anywhere in the city, within two hours, free of charge. Tonic Bloom also now delivers within the GTA.Address: Online only. Visit tonicblooms.comWild North FlowersIf you care about where your flowers are sourced, Wild North Flowers delivers 100% Ontario-grown flowers from local growers and offer custom “fresh from the garden” bouquets. To take the guess work out of what your loved one will receive, Wild North Flowers send a photo of the actual bouquet you ordered. Founder, Jennifer Fowlow grew up surrounded by the lush flora and fauna in Hong Kong, and as a kid spent her weekends selling impatiens grown in her backyard. You can also feel good knowing Wild North Flowers donate 2% of all sales to local Toronto communities, such as Second Harvest and Jessie’s Centre.Address: 135 Tecumseth Street, #12, Toronto, M6J 2H2... http://www.toronto.com/things-to-do/best-florists-in-toronto/
Helping Flower Growers Improve Their Environmental Performance - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)Friday, March 18, 2016
Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaPosted: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 3:30PM EDT BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay announced today a $400,000 investment with Flowers Canada (Ontario) to help greenhouse farmers introduce cost-effective waste water treatment systems.Developing and adapting on-farm waste water treatment systems is a top priority for the ornamental horticulture sector and this investment will help growers minimize the amount of pollutants (nitrogen, phosphorus and solids) in runoff water from greenhouses and nurseries.Quick factsIn 2014, farm cash receipts of the ornamental horticulture sector were approximately $1.8 billion, with about $366 million in exports.Experimental water treatment systems will be tested on four farms in the Lake Simcoe and Niagara peninsula regions to test for residual pollutants in runoff water.Flowers Canada (Ontario) represents 250 provincial members, including distributors, importers-exporters of cut flowers and potted plants.This investment is being made through the Canadian Agricu... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0051243
New shop AY Flowers opens its doors in GlendaleTuesday, October 30, 2018
What a nice place to be."“Best flower shop I've ever been to," added Yelper Anna P. "Amazing selection, great florist and good customer service.”Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. AY Flowers is open from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and noon–5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.)... https://hoodline.com/2018/10/new-shop-ay-flowers-opens-its-doors-in-glendale
Former White House Chief Florist takes the…Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Brussels sprouts (Photos courtesy of Laura Dowling) Swan Lake: Marshmallows, white feathers and silvered branchesThe gallery will resume insecondsFor Dowling, former Chief Florist for the White House, the challenge was to create a new twist on a circular form as old as, well, the Earth.Wait, “You were the florist for the White House?”Twenty years ago, Dowling had a career in public policy and communications strategy. In 2000, she went to Paris for the first time and fell in love with the flower shops.She began doing floral design on the side, and her little business blossomed. When the White House job opened in 2009, she applied along with hundreds of others. Eventually, the search narrowed to three finalists.The last step was a four-hour timed competition. “They put the three finalists in separate rooms,” she said, “and asked us to create arrangements for a state dinner, the blue room, and the Oval Office.” Next, Michelle Obama came to see the arrangements and interview the designers.Dowling’s fresh-from-the-garden, French flower style won the day. “It’s what Jackie Kennedy would have done,” said Dowling of the first lady who created the role of White House Chief Florist in 1961. And so began a dream job, which she held from 2009 to 2015. Since then, she’s written, “Floral Diplomacy”, “A White House Christmas”, about one of the nation’s biggest and most visible floral design jobs; and now “Wreaths.”Dowling’s 128-page book lays out everything you need to know to make 78 inventive, unexpected wreaths. Each recipe includes the tools you’ll need, materials, skill level, approximate duration and eye-candy photos.Dowling and I could have talked all day:Q: What do you wish more people knew about wreath making?A: Anyone can go out and buy a wreath. But so many are flat and typical. I would love for people to know they ca... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/
Narcotics professor, florist found faithTuesday, October 30, 2018
A few years ago, she took a class on floraldesign. By happenstance, her teacher was a social worker who donated flowers towomen’s shelters. Sale fell in love with floristry and spent three years offand on at a floral design school in Manhattan. She also volunteered arrangingflowers at women’s shelters. “It was the first time (the women) ever hadflowers. Can you imagine?” she said. “They would come up to me and cry. I wouldteach them and I would say, ‘Put them next to your bedside because you deserveflowers — always remember that.’ ” Now she has her own small business — Sandi’sFloral Creations. A few years ago, Sale took her flowersand retired to the beach. But after six months, she found she was miserable. Soher brother invited her to stay with his family for a while. One Sunday, shejoined them for Mass at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax. “Everybody seemed so peaceful, and thewelcoming was amazing,” she said. “I said, ‘What planet is this?’ And mybrother goes, ‘That’s our faith.’ I said, ‘How do I get that?’ ” So Sale wasback in the classroom again, this time attending RCIA. In 2017, she wasreceived into the church. Sale’s Catholic faith is “the best giftI’ve ever had,” and so she uses her talents to give back to the church. Sale arrangesthe flowers for the altar at St. Leo Church and occasionally at diocesanevents. She likes to volunteer with the youth group and is a member of the Legionof Mary. “It is finally a place where I feel Ibelong. I was meant to be here, and the joy I have every day from belonging andfinding my path is more than I can ever say,” said Sale. Her hope is to bringpeople the light of Christ through all she does. “I waited 60-some years to getthis gift — I want to shout it from the treetops.” ... https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Narcotics_professor,_florist_found_faith/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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A Pop-Up Shop at a Portland Florist Is Selling Cannabis BouquetsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Mercury StaffThis weekend, Starflower florist on Southeast Hawthorne will be host to a "Cannabis Flower Bouquet Pop-Up." Among their usual flowers and greenery, these colorful collections contain extremely fresh and subtly fragrant Oregon sun-grown hemp flowers from East Fork Cultivars. Starflower will be selling "bud vases" that contain some gorgeous, CBD-dominant, very-low-THC, and terpene-rich cannabis flower (AKA craft hemp), along with non-cannabis flowers in the arrangement for $15, $20, and $25, with full bouquets from $50 to $100 upon request. These beauties got comments from my Lyft drivers to and from the Mercury offices to be photographed. They have a mild cannabis smell—not an overpowering skunk aroma, but one certainly indicative of their shared linage with its THC-heavy relative. The buds are vibrant and rich, and pair remarkably well with the other flowers. “We've wanted to create and sell cannabis flower... https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2018/10/26/23968414/a-pop-up-shop-at-a-portland-florist-is-selling-cannabis-bouquets