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Jury finds Austin man guilty of murdering florist delivery driver - KXAN.comTuesday, January 16, 2018
Swist was shot and killed stemming from an argument with Dixon over a $5 bill dropped inside a convenience store.Surveillance video from March 1, 2016 showed Dixon following Swist down Springdale Road. Police say Dixon shot at Swist’s work van numerous times.When Swist was shot in the head, he ended up crashing the van. A detective with the Austin Police Department testified that at the time of the crash, Swist still had his foot on the accelerator. The detective said the van’s continuously spinning tires caught the brush on fire underneath the vehicle.According to an arrest affidavit, Swist’s girlfriend said before the crash, he called her to tell her about an altercation he had with a man at the corner store. The clerk told police he remembered Swist and an unknown man, later identified as Dixon, 46, were arguing over money that had fallen on the floor.Dixon’s sentencing phase started immediately after the jury found him guilty. He could face five to 99 years in prison.Share this:Related PostsAdvertisement...
Planting The Seed - NWAOnlineMonday, April 11, 2016
Siloam SpringsSiloam Springs Farmers Market — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 26 at City Park. siloamsprings.locallygrown.net.SpringdaleSpringdale Farmers Market — 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting May 7 at the Jones Center. springdalefarmersmarket.org or 751-3352.Mill Street Market — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 30 on Emma Avenue downtown. 966-3255 or millstmarket.com.West ForkWest Fork Garden Market — 7:30-noon Saturdays starting April 2, 3-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting June 1. 225-1611.— Deb Harvelldharvell@nwadg.comTurning 43Founded in 1973, the Fayetteville Farmers' Market has nearly doubled in size since she moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1991, says Teresa Maurer, its vendor coordinator."I've been a customer since Day 1," she says. "It was such a great market but a much smaller market -- about 40 vendors, maybe. I don't think any streets were closed. East Avenue was the first one closed in 2000 or 2001."This Saturday, the market will open at 7 a.m. with 70 vendor spots full, offering everything from asparagus to jams and jellies to arts, crafts and coffee.What makes the market the standard by which others in the region are judged is the atmosphere that eclectic mix engenders."It sort of crosses the line between farmers' market and entertainment venue," Maurer says, with music, arts and crafts, jugglers, conversations, dog walking and special events all happening at any given time. This year, she says, the "big new thing" is cooking demonstrations on the first Saturday of each month, May through October, at the entrance to the Town Center plaza."It'll be a chance for people to actually see somebody preparing things available at market that day and giving recipes," she says. "We had that on special event basis, but this year, we're able to do it once a month. Our emphasis is something anyone can do. It will be fun to have a chef talk about it -- and we'll have different chefs -- but it will be something people will see and think, 'Oh, I can make that!'Of course, the weekday markets will also continue, starting at 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Kids' and Seniors' Day will be June 16; and the Salsa Fest is set for July 16 -- at the beginning of tomato season, Maurer says.There is only one aspect of the Fayetteville tradition that Maurer can't explain."I don't know how the dog thing got started," she says, "but they're part of the character of the market."Brand-NewTiffany Selvey won't say the new Mill Street Market in Springdale -- debuting April 30 -- was modeled on the Fayetteville Farmers' Market.She won't say it wasn't, either."Springdale has had a market for years and years, and it was a great place to get produce," says the new market manager. "But the Mill Street Market really came from wanting more of an event type market in Springdale -... http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/apr/01/planting-the-seed-20160401/?features
More top designers to return to 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as children theme emergesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Greenfingers children's hospice garden charity.In the pavilion, Thompson & Morgan hope to exhibit new plants on Sparsholt College’s exhibit.Dutch growers such as Florist Holland hope to exhibit on a Birmingham Council exhibit, which has not been confirmed.Millais, APHA, Hillier and Medwyn Williams are also set to exhibit in the pavilion alongside dozens of the regular nurseries. ... https://www.hortweek.com/top-designers-return-2019-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-children-theme-emerges/landscape/article/1497566
Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html
Florist Fire outgrows Hyde Park Village, relocates to Davis IslandsTuesday, October 30, 2018
TAMPA -- Florist Fire Design House creates award-winning florals for any special occasion: weddings, corporate parties, charity events “and just because flowers make everyone happy,” said Gayle Zerr, the owner/lead designer who relocated the floral shop to downtown Davis Islands last month.“We outgrew our space in Hyde Park Village,” Zerr said. “I really like the sense of community on Davis Islands and felt it needed a neighborhood flower shop.”Weddings keep the business busy year round and account for 75 percent of the work.“I love weddings,” Zerr said. “We’ve done themes from traditional to Bollywood, a really fun one with exotic flowers, incense and lanterns.”Corporate and charitable clients, including Wine, Women and Shoes and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital gala can take 80 hours of planning and preparing, she said.“We did a Dali event where we copied his paintings and portrayed them in florals... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/city-times/florist-fire-outgrows-hyde-park-village-relocates-to-davis-island-20181011/
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/
Arizona Flower Market Encourages Random Acts of Kindness by Giving Away Free Flower BunchesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Wednesday October 24th. The free flowers are being given away in celebration of Petal it Forward, a floral industry event that spans all 50 states created by SAF (Society of American Florists). Florists all over the country are excited about sharing the feel-good proposition of giving away free flowers in their communities and encouraging the recipients to "pay it forward" by giving away flowers. Arizona Flower Market is giving away not one, but two FREE Daisy bunches to the first 300 customers who come in the flower market on Wednesday October 24th. No purchase necessary. Continue Reading Arizona Family Florist hosts their 4th annual Petal it Forward Free Flower Giveaway. Every customer receives 2 free daisy bunches, one to keep, one to "Petal it Forward" to someone else just to brighten their day!