Local Flower Shop News
Wedding of the Week: Stacey Barclay and Christopher McCann - Daily RecordTuesday, March 19, 2019
Attire The bride wore a stunning gown by Tara Keely on the big day, while the groom was kitted out in the Eternal Thistle tartan kilt from Kilts 4 U. (Image: Hamilton Advertiser) Bridal party Maid of honour was Debbie Wright; bridesmaids were Jenna Blades, Megan Hamilton, Colleen Edwards, Christina McCann and Jade Cochrane; flower girls were Sophie Wright and Lucy Edwards; pageboy was Charlie Edwards; best men were Stephen Kirkland and Kieran McMahon; and ushers were Gary Barclay and Kieran Rooney. Honeymoon The newlyweds travelled to Las Vegas for their honeymoon. Photography Maureen Bell Photography. (Image: Hamilton Advertiser) Flowers Busy Lizzies Florist. Cake Kimmy Cakes - Couture Cake Design. Thanks The couple want to thank all of their family and friends who shared their big day with them, giving them memories that they will cherish forever. How to take part It’s free and easy to feature as our Wedding of the Week. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and we’ll get back to you. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/wedding-week-stacey-barclay-christopher-14094463
David Austin, whose new varieties returned fragrance and romance to the rose, dies - Texarkana GazetteTuesday, January 22, 2019
Darcey Bussell. "Charles Darwin" is big and golden and lemon-scented. "Falstaff," like Shakespeare's character, is red-blooded and full of life. The tangerine-colored "Lady Emma Hamilton," named for the lover of Admiral Nelson, is "useful for creating a little excitement in the border," according to the catalogue.Two things irritated Austin. The first was the suggestion that his success was because of slick marketing instead of the character and beauty of his roses.The second was if someone asked him to name his favorite creation. "He would never deign to answer that question," Marriott said. ... http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2018/dec/24/david-austin-whose-new-varieties-returned-fragrance-and-romance-rose-dies/758030/
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/
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
Spring is in the air year round with Floral Underground - UpNorthLive.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Underground, based in Traverse City, can help by providing a custom box of flowers, sent right to your doorstep.The floral design company, owned and operated by Derek Woodruff, is unlike a retail florist or flower shop. It's subscription-based model allows people all over the Midwest to custom order flower boxes and then put their arrangements together with the help of Derek's quick and easy video tutorials.To sign up, people first select how frequently they would like to receive fresh flowers, whether it be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or on special occasions.Then fresh flowers are delivered free to homes along with a complimentary vase and video tutorial on Floral Underground's website. Woodruff, a Michigan native, has been in the floral design business for 18 years after discovering the career in a vocational class. Woodruff's passion and talent has taken him all over the country and even landed him a spot on the television show, The Arrangement, an advanced floral design competition elimination series on Logo TV. More recently, Woodruff competed in the FTD America's Cup in Washington D.C. over the summer. The national floral design competition selected ten competitors from across the U.S. to compete against each other for the chance to represent both FTD (Florists’ Transworld Delivery) and the United States in the FTD World Cup 2019 design competition. Among the top ten floral designers in t... http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/spring-is-in-the-air-year-round-with-floral-underground
Bloomex Partners with ALS Canada - MENAFN.COMTuesday, March 19, 2019
Canada on Bloomex.ca during ALS Awareness Month in June 2019. Fifteen percent of each bouquet purchase will be donated to ALS Canada. Bloomex is also proud to be the Official Florist of this year's ALS Canada Research Forum in Toronto. Hosted by ALS Canada, this invitation-only event is an opportunity to hear about the promise that scientific advancement holds for ALS. It will be attended by over 300 passionate and engaged leaders including researchers, clinicians, partners, donors, advocates and people and families living with ALS. Bloomex will be providing centerpieces, as well as $10 gift cards for all attendees. "We are delighted to partner with ALS Canada," says Sue McDonald, Director of PR and Corporate Sponsorship at Bloomex Canada. "ALS can take a devastating toll on both patient and family. Bloomex is proud to help the effort in providing support for those diagnosed and in funding research to find new treatments, or even a cure." "It's so exciting to see this partnership with a company like Bloomex," said Denis Blais, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. "It means a lot to the ALS community as well as the many people who have connections with the disease. With a partnership like this, people can donate to the cause all through the year, just by offering flowers, or gift baskets to their loved ones. Everybody wins, it's fabulous! Thank you Bloomex for stepping up and supporting people living with ALS." About Bloomex Canada Bloomex is the largest florist in Canada. Orders are taken and processed through the company's site at Bloomex.ca or by phone, and then delivered to customers via local courier. In addition to flowers, Bloomex offers a variety of other gift items including plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, sweets and treats, balloons and other items. The company serves Canada, the US, and Australia. To learn more about other Bloomex campaigns click here . About ALS Canada Founded in 1977, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS. We are a registered charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors. Through the ALS Canada Research Program, we fund peer-reviewed research grants, foster collaboration and build capacity within Canada's ALS research community and participate in new areas of research where we are well-positioned to have an impact. Within Ontario, ALS Canada has a role similar to that of the provincial ALS societies providing services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS. Through advocacy federally and provincially within Ontario, ALS Canad... https://menafn.com/1098275350/Bloomex-Partners-with-ALS-Canada
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
S impossible to say how many weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or funerals they decorated, but if anyone — or anything — deserves a bouquet, it’s the Lopez family’s Rose Florist. After about 62 bloomin’ years, the Main St. shop next to McCune Garden Chapel closed Dec. 31 for the last time. If it looks like a cottage, it’s because it was—for years the home of mortician Del McCune, wife Elizabeth and their daughter Barbara. They built it in 1938, the same year they bought the funeral home. They moved out in 1956 and converted it into the shop begun by John and Rose Lopez—it’s named after her. Rose is now 92. John died several years ago, at 84, leaving a lifetime trail of rose petals behind him. Their daughter Janet Lopez Balcom took over the shop in 1990, with a hand up from husband Curtis, for 31 years a fleet manager for Solano County. The family opened Rose Florist in Fairfield, managed by Janet’s brother, David, and his wife Juanita. The family roots run deep here; siblings and Papa John graduated Vaca High; Rose, from Winters High. It’s as hometown as it gets. It’s a picture of kids who helped out at the s... https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/