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Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape - The Boston GlobeWednesday, March 14, 2018
Square Florist owner Randy Ricker extols flowers, not gushy love notes. By Natasha Mascarenhas 20180213231513-- By Natasha Mascarenhas Globe Correspondent February 13, 2018CAMBRIDGE — Surrounded by thousands of roses and dozens of other bouquets, Randy Ricker doesn’t want to hear your love story.The owner of Brattle Square Florist spent Tuesday preparing for Valentine’s Day, a florist’s version of New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and a royal wedding tied together with a frilly ribbon. But Ricker declared his disdain for lengthy love notes and insisted that “flowers should do the heavy lifting” when declaring one’s devotion.Step inside the Harvard Square shop, though, and you’ll find the work of romance in the making. Advertisement The sweet aromas of hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies, and orchids waft up from the basement, where the flowers are cut and arranged. Step over the scrapped leaves and cut stems scattered on the floor and behold tubs of pink, white, and red roses from Ecuador and Colombia. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.Surrounded by such opulent beauty, Ricker prefers the cheaper option: carnations.“I don’t really care if people turn their...
Heartwarming moment Duke and Duchess of Cambridge receive flowers from 101-year-old fan - MetroTuesday, February 27, 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge with 101-year-old Jane (Picture: Zak Hussein/Splash News)The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met a 101-year-old fan during their visit to Sunderland.The couple were visiting the Northern Spire Bridge on the last day of their North East tour when they came across elderly Jane who presented them with flowers.Britain's longest serving ice cream seller has sold 3,000,000 conesThey were all pictured together in deep conversation, with the pensioner presumably offering them some of the knowledge she had gained over the years.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seemed very receptive as they talked to Jane, who was in a wheelchair.MORE: Pilot accidentally triggers hijack alarm putting army on standbyPrnce William speaking to Jane (Picture: Charlotte Hunter, Amy Goodall/Springboard)Kate Middleton also got some words of advice Picture: Charlotte Hunter, Amy Goodall/Springboard)Kate Middleton also grabbed an opportunity to get a henna design drawn on her hand after meeting a group from Young... http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/21/heartwarming-moment-duke-duchess-cambridge-receive-flowers-101-year-old-fan-7331387/
Cambridge class manages the business of delivering love - Idaho EdNewsTuesday, February 27, 2018
CAMBRIDGE — The scent of love is in the air at Cambridge High School, coming from 950 roses and 350 carnations as students created and delivered nearly 400 Valentine’s Day flower arrangements on Wednesday.“This is a big deal,” said Jayden Mink, a junior and general manager of the floral shop. “All of our training leads up to this big day.”The floral class and Future Farmers of America (FFA) club manage a year-round floral shop at the school. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of year and will bring in nearly $3,000 in profit.The floral shop is the only place in town to get a bouquet of flowers within 30 miles. Students deliver flowers to residents in Cambridge, Council, Midvale and Oregon. Customers can call in an order, stop by the shop, or pick their flowers online.Floral teacher Jodie Mink begins training her 12 floral students in August on the elements of floral design, which include space, texture, pattern, shape, color and size. Students learn about flower mechanics...
Meghan Markle: Prince Harry bride to 'break tradition' with THIS flower in wedding bouquet - Express.co.ukSunday, February 11, 2018
Meghan will choose peonies in “a fabulous array of colours” instead.Anna-Liisa compared this choice to previous royal brides, like Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.“Kate’s choice was less structured, although still very fragrant, instead eschewing the previous trend for orchid heavy bouquets for something created out of fabulous delicate home grown seasonal flowers, such as hyacinth and lily of the valley.”She described Princess Diana’s bouquet as “a cascading cacophony of heavily fragrant flowers including gardenias, stephanotis, freesia, lily of the valley”.Meghan is breaking another royal tradition on her wedding day to Prince Harry.
'Serve others,' King Day speaker urges - The Star DemocratTuesday, January 30, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Saturday evening, Jan. 13. This year’s keynote speaker was Bishop Anthony Dickerson, pastor of Greater Mount Olive Full Gospel Baptist Church in Cambridge.Master of Ceremonies Rev. Clarence Wayman, pastor of Grasonville/Carmichael United Methodist Charge; Jim Brown, community center board member and event chairman; and Christina Rochester, community center vice president; welcomed the crowd, and Rochester introduced Dickerson.She noted, “At the age of 12, he was ordained a deacon of the former Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Salisbury. At the age of 18, he was ordained a minister on April 11, 1982. After many years experience, he was ordained a Bishop on August 1, 2014. He has a great deal of experience working with young men in the community with employment and training opportunities as a job readiness instructor.”Dickerson’s message was related to this year’s King Day theme, “Wake Up and Stay Connected.”“I’m just a servant,” he said, echoing those who spoke before him in that the word “servant” was a word Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often used in his messages — that Jesus was a servant and to follow Jesus was to follow his example of serving others.“We can, we must, we will,” Dickerson said. He used those words to involve the audience in his message of hope. He asked them to repeat the... http://www.stardem.com/spotlight/serve-others-king-day-speaker-urges/article_177ff6ca-26be-589a-b178-a6b2d7bf0028.html
Chamber of Commerce to install planters in downtown Towson - Baltimore SunTuesday, March 27, 2018
Hafford said. They will be placed on major streets such as Pennsylvania, Chesapeake and Allegheny avenues and York Road, she said.“We don’t want it to look like all sidewalk,” Hafford said, adding that the planters will give Towson “more of a sense of place.”Hafford said the planters will cost about $30,000 to install and maintain.One planter currently stands outside the Chamber’s office. Chamber membership coordinator Joan Sellers said they plan to start installing the rest on Thursday.The planters are being funded in part by a $75,000 Community Legacy grant from the Maryland Office of Housing and Community Development, said the department’s communications director, Sara Luell.The grant, awarded in fiscal year 2017, supports streetscape improvements in the downtown area.“Part of the Community Legacy program’s goal is to support revitalization in aging communities,” Luell said. “We decided that this was a good investment for the community.”“I think it’s a great idea,” said Daniela Troia, owner of the cafe Zia’s on Allegheny Avenue. “It can’t hurt if things look nice and our town looks nice.”Hafford said the chamber purchased the plants from local business Radebaugh Florist and Greenhou... http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-tt-planters-0329-story.html
'Gardening with Jenny Rose Carey' set for April 7 at Kettle Creek - Pocono RecordTuesday, March 27, 2018
How wonderful to find a knowledgeable teacher who is not only an expert, but also has the "amazing ability to share her joy of gardening." That is how the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s president, Drew Becher, describes Jenny Rose Carey. I heartily agree.I have known Carey for less than two years, but already she has taught me so much. The life and work of this incredible horticultural educator, historian and author is truly inspirational. I would like you to meet her. Carey is coming to the Poconos on April 7, and you are invited to attend her program. Your invitation and registration details are at the end of this article.A lifelong gardenerCarey, daughter of a botanist, follows in her family’s gardening tradition. Born in England, she received an honors degree in biology at Southampton University and a master’s degree in education at Oxford. She taught science in England and America, obtaining a horticultural degree at Temple University Ambler. Carey worked for more than 10 years at Temple, as adjunct professor then as director of the Ambler Arboretum, where she was instrumental in the installation of three new gardens.Carey was involved with the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show for many years. ... http://www.poconorecord.com/entertainmentlife/20180323/gardening-with-jenny-rose-carey-set-for-april-7-at-kettle-creek
This is how thousands of plants at the Philadelphia Flower Show bloom early and on time - LancasterOnlineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Designers will build a rainforest, a 28-foot-tall waterfall and other plant-filled landscapes, all inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The show runs through March 11.Planning for the show started months ago. At Meadowbrook Farm, the planning started back in September. For decades, renowned florist and landscape artist J. Liddon Pennock grew and forced plants for the flower show at Meadowbrook, formerly his estate. After Pennock’s death in 2003, the farm and greenhouses were given to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the nonprofit that organizes the flower show.These days, Meadowbrook’s small staff, along with society volunteers, grow plants for the show as well as for commercial customers. Roehrich talked about the operation to a small group of society members a few weeks before the flower show.His team grows annuals (like zinnias and snapdragons) from seed cuttings or plugs.They grow most of the perennials from plugs and buy larger plants like trees or shrubs, many of which need some time in a cold house to trick them into thinking it’s spring.Prep timeSince the show’s central feature takes visitors into a rainforest, many of the plants are tropical and come from growers in Florida. Some have been grown at Meadowbrook, like the escargot begonias with leaves curled like snails, several varieties of coleus and New Guinea impatiens. +10 The Philadelphia Flower Show’s central feature takes visitors into the rain forest, so many of the plants are tropical and come from growers in Florida. Some have been grown at Meadowbrook, like these escargot bego... http://lancasteronline.com/features/home_garden/this-is-how-thousands-of-plants-at-the-philadelphia-flower/article_ac4ef9d2-1cbe-11e8-b76e-53ae7a3503de.html
Over the Garden Fence | Flower show displays focus on world water issues - Bucyrus Telegraph ForumWednesday, March 14, 2018
June Gebhardt, Joy Lauthers and I had taken the group’s early tour with a guide, a volunteer from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. We were in awe of a wedding setting in the rain forest by Robertson’s Flowers. A table set for 10 people was supported by a lengthy entangled mass of branching roots, white flowers heavily lining the center of the table. Above the table, crystal balls with plant material were suspended from a massive root cluster. A pond was behind this clearing. On the other side of the walled scene were high reception tables with tops of polished tree cross sections that were hugged by a line of repetitive birch logs at uneven intervals.Suddenly, we were confronted with seven displays put together by members of the American Institute of Floral Designers. Each one used plant materials to make a declaration of the status of water in that country. South Africa used the Warka Project, constructing a Warka Tower. A giant wild fig tree, the warka concept brings people together; it's a cornerstone for culture and an ecosystem offering fruit and shade. The greatest portion of Africa’s rural people do not have access to clean water. Empty clay vessels lay at the bottom of a tower made with rope, orange vining line material and hundreds of orange protea.Mexico has become the “bottled water” country. A huge cage held empty 5 gallon water containers, and empty plastic water bottles. Rows of sunflowers accented the unit with cacti inside. Notations pointed out that each citizen consumes 127 gallons of bottled water per year to drink, cook and bathe infants.The United States was presented with a structure of copper tubing and repeated green dendrobium orchids. Simple. We were reminded of the Flint, Michigan’s cost-cutting that led to tainted water and Toledo’s toxic algae bloom scare from Lake Erie, which restricted water usage. It was pointed out that about one-fifth of our citizens are exposed to unsafe water. The other interpretations were just as sobering.A presentation with thousands of orchids depicted the Great Barrier Reef using all white ones to depict the dying portions of this once healthy coral area. Below were the gorgeous, colorful orchids showing healthy portions; these blended with linear, and textural greens.Massive gardens with fountains, pathways with streams, a desert setting and a Zen garden all used water components. Rain chains, rain barrels, sprinkling cans, down-spouting and buckets had been fashioned into water-moving uni...