Local Flower Shop News
A New Flower Market is Opening in Providence - Rhode Island MonthlySunday, February 11, 2018
We’ll be a very curated wholesaler,” says Dunne, who has worked in the local floral industry for seventeen years.New England boasts many floral wholesalers, Dunne says, including markets in Cranston and Boston.“But I’m not seeing a super big local presence being brought into them,” she says. “It’s those local flowers — what we call in the industry ‘slow flowers’ — that add such life and character to a design.”She says the Floral Reserve is the only locally minded flower market in the region. It’s an equally rare model across the country.“There’s the Seattle Growers Flower Market, but that is more of a co-op,” she says. “There are two other markets [that sell local and domestic flowers] in the country that are singly owned, in Minneapolis and Sonoma.”Left: Semia Dunne, founder of the Floral Reserve. Right: wild Queen Anne’s Lace.The market is located in the same building as Dunne’s floral design studio, on Sims Avenue in Providence. Its December launch is strategic, she says.“We won’t have a ton of local products, but the idea is to get people aware of what we do have locally,” she says. “So come the spring, everyone is super familiar with where we are.”At this weekend’s launch event, attendees can browse foraged evergreens from New England; American-grown roses from California; and orchids, hydrangeas and ranunculus from the Netherlands.The market will cater to wholesale customers on weekday mornings. Retail customers can shop for flowers on Friday afternoons and Saturdays.It’ll be a boon for local flower farmers, too. Four have already signed on to sell to Dunne.“Their current model is they pack up their vans and deliver them to us,” she says. “When you’re a flower creative, you actually want to go into a place and touch and feel things. I got the idea that if I was wanting to see this, maybe other floral designers would, too.”A bouquet of local zinnia and dahlia with other locally foraged ma... http://www.rimonthly.com/new-flower-market-opening-providence/
Flower Show Awards Announced - Newport This WeekWednesday, July 06, 2016
Ellie Coen, Newport, RI and Sadie Hinchey . The Green Thumb Award (for the entry that shows outstanding horticulture effort and conveys a sincere appreciation and love of plants): Cecilia Stolk, Cranston, RI and Waylon Vazquez, Newport, RI . The Newport Flower Show Shutter Bug Award (most distinguished photograph in children’s photo division): Kate Cruikshank, Newport, RI and Patrick Colbert Muetterties, NewportINVITATIONAL DISPLAY GARDEN DIVISIONThe Newport Flower Show Chairmen’sAward (for exceptional design and horticulture in a Display Garden): Interiors by MS, South Dartmouth, MA . The Newport Flower Show Founder’s Award (to the most original and creative use of plant material in a landscape): Verde Design + Horticulture, Newport . URI Master Gardener Association Sustainable Garden Award (for excellence in a landscape design which incorporates earth-friendly sustainable plant material): All Island Landscape, Portsmouth . People’s Choice Award for Display Garden: (selected by the public, based on voting for their favorite garden): All American Landscaping, MiddletownRETAIL WINDOW DISPLAY DIVISIONCity of Newport Best Retail Window Display Award (to an exhibitor whose window best interprets and incorporates the Show theme): International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Newport Flower Show Retail Horticulture Award (for the best integration of rooted plant material): Kristen Coates... http://www.newportthisweek.com/news/2016-06-30/From_The_Garden/Flower_Show_Awards_Announced.html
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
Mother's Day Gift and Dining Guide - STLtoday.comTuesday, May 01, 2018
We are St. Louis’ oldest florist and are family-owned and -operated by fourth generation florist, Claire Waldbart Kramer and her talented team of designers. Since 1872, we have had a simple goal to provide the freshest flowers, the best service and the most exquisite designs for our customers. www.alexwaldbartflorist.com... http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/holidays/mother-s-day-gift-and-dining-guide/collection_fa9d18a4-4c88-11e8-b8d1-d3e9bed4d3e9.html