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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
Longtime Waco florist dies at 97 - KWTXTuesday, March 19, 2019
Reed’s father Bert Reed, his mother Blanche Reed and his brother Tom Reed had been in the flower business in Waco since Tom learned the florist trade in 1912 while he was working for the Wolfe family at Wolfe’s Nursery. It was his uncle Tom who opened Reed’s Flowers in 1930 at 1025 Austin, just two doors down from the current location. Reed was a young man when he began working in the family business where he started by potting plants at the greenhouse just off the old Dallas Highway (U.S. Highway 81). It was his father Bert Reed who was in charge of the growing operations so it was a natural for Reed to pick up the trade just following his father around at the greenhouses in what is now Lacy Lakeview. His mother was in charge at the flower shop and at times he worked there building arrangements or delivering orders. Reed’s, though perhaps not intentionally, ended up doing business in the perfect location for a flower shop; within four or five blocks of the six largest churches in town at the time and two blocks from the two major funeral homes. Plus, back then, all the business being done in Waco, pretty much, was being done between 12th Street and the Brazos river, so the shop was right in the middle of the best traffic in town. Reed said as a young man his main job was “whatever was necessary.” Times were hard and business was tough to find but the shop survived the stock market crash and the years afterwards during the Great Depression. “We just had to get through some pretty tough years.” Reed would say in an oral history interview compiled by the Baylor University Oral History Project in 1990, the same year both his parents died. Reed said times were tough o... https://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Well-known-downtown-businessman-Harry-Reed-passes-away-at-97-505939331.html
Top 3 Florists To Visit Right Now In Minneapolis - WCCO | CBS MinnesotaTuesday, March 19, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS (Hoodline) — Looking to visit the best florists around? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top florists in Minneapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market for florists.1. Chez BloomPhoto: chez bloom/YelpTopping the list is Chez Bloom. Located at 4310 Bryant Ave. South in East Harriet, the florist is the highest rated florist in Minneapolis, boasting five stars out of 22 reviews on Yelp.2. Spruce Flowers And HomePhoto: spruce flowers and home/YelpNext up is Southeast Como’s Spruce Flowers and Home, situated at 1621 E. Hennepin Ave., Suite 225. With 4.5 stars out of 33 reviews on Yelp, the florist has proven to be a local favorite.3. Flowers By Miss BerthaPhoto: rima h./YelpThen there’s Whittier’s Flowers By Miss Bertha, located at 2100 Nicollet Ave., which is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the florist 4.5 stars out of 21 reviews.</body></html>... https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/13/top-3-florists-to-visit-right-now-in-minneapolis/
Agassiz florist asking community for help - Agassiz-Harrison ObserverTuesday, March 19, 2019
Lance fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own flower shop when she opened Holly Tree Florists and Gifts in Agassiz nearly twenty years ago. The shop – which moved from Cheam Avenue to Pioneer in 2002 – is well-known by locals, as is the aging yellow pickup truck Lance uses to deliver flower orders.But after nineteen years of bringing floral arrangements and bouquets to her community, the 72-year-old is asking locals for their support.Right before Mother’s Day, Lance underwent a bilateral femoral endarterectomy surgery – the removal of plaque from the femoral artery. Her recovery time was going to cut into profits during one of the busiest times of the year, so a fellow florist based in Mission, Tami Klassen, started a GoFundMe page to help her.“The floral industry is something people do because they love it and they’re passionate about it,” said Klassen. “Cash flow isn’t always that great in the [industry.] When good seasons come they will often cover you through to the next event.”“If you miss out on one event it can really hurt your cash flow... https://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/agassiz-florist-asking-community-for-help/
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/