Local Flower Shop News
Lavender Green Flowers: The British florist of choice for weddings and events - ITCMTuesday, August 29, 2017
Venues include the British Museum, Claridges, The Berkeley, The Connaught, Coworth Park, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, The Langham Hotel, The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, The V&A, The Wallace Collection, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle. They also create flowers on behalf of 60-100 discerning brides every year. 2017 has been the busiest year yet, with a huge influx of high profile weddings and outdoor events throughout the summer season. Working at The RHS, Chelsea Flower Show, Aegon Championships, Royal Ascot and Wimbledon, they put the floral designs on the central stage, going above and beyond to deliver stand-out spectacles. (Lavender Green Flowers place a significant amount of emphasis on the whole picture, considering and often advising on every other element of an event that becomes important, such as lighting, furniture and even food.) From the initial brief and design process through to the creation and subsequent delivery, clients know that they can rely on Lavender Green Flowers’ highly inventive, hard-working and experienced team. As is often the case, nothing is ever out-sourced meaning installations are slick and efficient. The designers, florists and installers are all part of the Lavender Green Flowers’ family, and they therefore share the same passion and enthusiasm for the perfect execution of every job. Barnes says, “I was not interested in learning how to be a florist. I was interested in learning how to sell amazing flowers and how to create breath-taking flower displays. I have always wanted to be the very best I can possibly be at whatever I do, and so failure was not an option. It is incredible to make money out of a low margin product. You need the tenacity of a limpet, self-belief, a great team of kindred spirits and to enjoy the experience… plus an awful lot of luck!”...
Franklin Township: Station 28 Easter Flower Sale and Easter Egg Hunt - TAPinto.netTuesday, April 18, 2017
SOMERSET, NJ - Do you want to support your local volunteer fire department and take your kids on an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny?Well if you do, Station 28 would like to invite you to come out this Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.You can purchase an assortment of flowers at Millstone Valley Fire Department on Friday and Saturday for their annual Easter flower sale. Sign Up for E-NewsOn Saturday they will have an Easter egg hunt at noon. Don't worry if your kid(s) is big or small because the groups will be set up based on age.So come out and support your local station. Flowers will be priced from $5 to $30. Station 28 is located at 2365 Amwell Road in Somerset. About Station 28:The Millstone Valley Fire Department has been proudly serving the Township of Franklin and the Borough of Millstone since 1929. We are a 100% Volunteer department that operates out of 1 Station housing 1 Engine (Squad 28), 1 Special Service (Air 28), 1 Brush Truck (Brush 28)...
Floral design shop opens in downtown VallejoTuesday, August 28, 2018
Pelayo said. “But, it seems like it was meant to be. I picked it right up. I worked there for seven years. I’ve been a florist since before I became a mother.”Pelayo has a 15-year-old son.After gaining all the hands-on experience in her chosen field that she felt she needed, Pelayo took the plunge and opened her own shop.“During my first year as a designer, I happened upon an Ikebana International Show and was blown away by it’s perfection,” she said. “Ikebana is Japanese floral design and roughly translates as ‘stems arranged in a vase.’ The principal behind the design and it’s spiritual roots really resonated with me and I told my family then, ‘One day I will have my own flower shop and I’m going to call it Nikkibana because there is a little piece of me that goes out with every design.’ Six years after that, I started my business.”Nikkibana spent three years on Tennessee Street in Vallejo before an appropriate location became available downtown, she said. She opened at 409 Virginian St. in the middle of July.When asked what it was about working with flowers that she likes best, Pelayo jokingly said, “they don’t talk back,” before getting serious.“I work with people, helping them express themselves; this is what I do,” she said. “Plus, I get to make things pretty all day, and who wouldn’t’ want to do that?”Each Nikkibana floral design is custom; based on as much relevant information Pelayo is able to ascertain to help her create the perfect arraignment for the occasion or the person, she said. Advertisement“First, I find out what it’s for — a birthday; or an ‘I said the wrong thing,’” — and then she asks a few other relevant questions, “and, I create something.”Longtime Vallejo resident and civic activist Paula McConnell, wife of lawyer and City Councilman Robert McConnell, said she... http://www.timesheraldonline.com/article/NH/20180808/NEWS/180809864
Harvest and Dry Flowers for Year-round EnjoymentTuesday, August 28, 2018
Try laying them face down on a flat surface. Simply cut off the stem and place the flowers face down on newspaper in a warm, dry location. Once dried, you can glue them in place or use florist wire to create stems for arranging.And don’t forget to pick a few seedpods from perennials and ornamental grasses. These have dried, for the most part, on the plants and make great additions to your dried flower arrangements and projects.Consider taking a trip to your local florist or craft store for more ideas and materials for drying delicate flowers. Silica sand works well for delicate blossoms like iris as well as roses, mums and more. Simply fill the bottom inch of a container with silica sand. Remove all but an inch of the flower stem. Place the flower, stem side up or on its side, on the surface of the silica sand. Gently pour silica sand over the flowers until completely covered. Follow label directions. Most flowers dried this way maintain their beauty when dried in the silica sand. Just use a small paint brush to gently remove any remaining sand.Test flowers for dryness before putting them in an arrangement or storing for future use. Carefully rub a piece of the flower between your fingers. If it feels dry it is ready to use. If it still feels moist, continue letting them dry.Store extra dried flowers in a location with low humidity and away from direct sunlight. Consider wrapping with newspaper or kraft paper to prevent crushing and place in a box until needed.Whichever drying method you choose, the result is the same – year-round enjoyment of your garden’s beauty.Melinda Myers is the author of more than 20 gardening books and is the host of The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything DVD series. Her website, www.MelindaMyers.com, offers gardening tips and videos. ... http://rockfordsquire.com/2018/08/23/harvest-and-dry-flowers-for-year-round-enjoyment/
Flower District is next as Manhattan's old markets vanishTuesday, August 28, 2018
Street once boasted more than 65 wholesalers. Now it’s a handful of second- and third-generation shops. As nearby hotels and condos shoot up, skyrocketing rents have forced out wholesalers and florists who can’t keep up, a pattern seen all over the city as bank branches and drugstore chains appear where family-owned stores once served neighborhoods. The flower district has experienced an average 15 percent increase in rent over the last 10 years, according to data compiled by brokerage Citi Habitats. The median monthly rent is currently about $4,000, among the highest in the city, according to an analysis from Bloomberg News. (However, New York did see prices decline in second quarter 2018.)The real estate frenzy has also erased nearby parking lots, which floral customers depended on to transfer loads of flowers out of midtown’s congested streets. Increasing traffic has deterred longtime buyers from even trekking into the city. Even without the fallout from construction and gentrification, the marketplace for expensive flowers has been flooding with new competitors—from Costco to e-commerce sites and even local delis—further squeezing the high-end florists of 28th Street.“There is no viable future for the flower market here,” says Gary Page, owner of G. Page Wholesale Flowers and former president of the now-defunct Flower Market Association, which reported back in 2000 that the district raked in as much as $120 million a year. “The heydays are gone.”U.S. floriculture retail sales—including flowers, plants, seeds, and potted plants—are valued at $35.2 billion, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nationally, imports account for approximately 64 percent of fresh-cut flowers sold by dollar volume in the U.S., the Society of American Florists says. Of the fresh-cut flowers exchanging hands in New York’s flower district, the vast majority are imported.In fact, the bouquet you bought at your local deli was likely grown on a mountainside in Colombia, where 78 percent of all U.S. flower imports originate. This relationship is a product of trade policies implemented in the 1990s to curb Colombian drug production by encouraging a legal, alternative crop. After import taxes were lowered, Colombian flowers flourished. American growers, however, paid the price—sales of U.S. roses have dropped 95 percent since 1991, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Additional imported flowers make their way to America from the Netherlands, home to the largest flower market in the world. At Royal Flora... http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180814/REAL_ESTATE/180819968/flower-district-is-next-as-manhattans-old-markets-vanish
A Creative, Flower-Filled Wedding in BaltimoreTuesday, August 28, 2018
Hod’s Alona gown," she says. "It was love at first sight."While Erica didn't technically have bridesmaids, she wanted to make her best friends feel special so she had the florist create a variety of floral jewelry pieces for them to wear. "From floral rings, necklaces, and earrings, they were able to pick what best accompanied their outfits and personalities," she explains.Photo by Abby Jiu PhotographyPhoto by Abby Jiu PhotographyThe ceremony took place in the hotel's courtyard, where the couple brought in trees and floral towers to create a garden party vibe in the middle of the modern, sleek space. They added a final modern touch with the acrylic seating.In addition to creating the garden environment, the couple's planners and florist created a "mother's table" in honor of the bride and groom's late mothers. The table was topped with a statement floral arrangement for each mother and packed with seed packets for guests to take home and plant gardens of their own. "Our mothers loved being outside and in the garden, so this was a lovely way to incorporate them into the wedding," Erica says.Photo by Abby Jiu PhotographyPhoto by Abby Jiu PhotographyThe bride's best friend officiated a highly personalized and emotional ceremony. The officiant's partner also played live music throughout, selecting "Isn't She Lovely" as a special recessional for the newlyweds.Photo by Abby Jiu PhotographyThe couple's modern garden theme was further played out on the pool deck, where guests posed in front of yet another creative wedding detail: a flower-wall photo booth!The cocktail hour menu was thoughtfully curated. "We worked with the chef to create custom dishes not on their menu," says the bride. "That way, we were able to give our guests a taste of Baltimore, Houston, and our travels."Photo by Abby Jiu... https://www.brides.com/story/a-creative-flower-filled-wedding-in-baltimore
County Veterans Committee honors Rathbun of ChathamTuesday, August 28, 2018
Murray Winn Rathbun was born Nov. 28, 1947 to Howard and Marion (Winn) Rathbun in Troy. He attended Berlin Central School District and after graduating in June 1965, Murray worked for Seagrott Florist in Berlin.Rathburn was drafted in the United States Marine Corps and was inducted into the service at Garden City, NJ on Dec. 5, 1968. He received basic training at Parris Island, where he qualified expert with the M-16. He then received training in supply services, attaining the rank of E-5 or sergeant. Rathburn was assigned to HQ&S Co., Supply Brigade, 1st Marine Div. in Vietnam as warehouse supply clerk. Although every Marine is a rifleman, Sgt. Rathbun’s duties included just about all the inventory and supply in warehouses, including receiving, inspecting, locating, storing, rotating, safekeeping, issuing, preparing, shipping, material return and disposal of supplies and equipment. As a part of his duty Sgt. Rathbun was charged with the inventory of personal belongings of serious wounded or KIA marines. Having served a year in Vietnam and his term of service ended, Sgt. Rathbun was honorable discharged on July 31, 1970 at San Diego, CA. For his service he was awarded the Republic Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm and frame, Vietnam Service Medal w/cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Rifle Expert Badge.He returned home and continued working for Seagroat Flowers a... https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/county-veterans-committee-honors-rathbun-chatham