Local Flower Shop News
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
The following morning, Bantz's floral creations landed at the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, where clients in the memory-care program could admire them and choose one to take home.
Krause, Bantz and the other volunteers came together earlier this year to form the group when the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley called it quits after its monthly rent doubled to $8,000. During its three years of operation, the nonproft — which was part of the national Random Acts of Flowers organization that is still in operation elsewhere — delivered nearly 32,000 bouquets and recycled more than 39,000 vases, according to its website.
The Silicon Valley group also developed a cadre of exceptionally enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom were working as many as four days a week and participating in every step, from picking up leftover flowers, rearranging them and personally delivering them to the bedside.
"When it closed its doors, people were broken hearted," said Klause, who had been four-day-a-week volunteer. "It was awful, just awful. There were several people who said, 'We've got to keep this up. Even if we make only five bouquets and deliver them to the VA once a week, that's what we'll do.'"
Klause was among the volunteers who came knocking on the door of nonprofit senior services agency Avenidas in a bid to find a new home for the activity.
"We heard about (the closure of Random Acts of Flowers) and decided to reach out and let the volunteers know we planned to do the same mission here," said Jyllian Halliburton, volunteer program manager at Avenidas in Palo Alto.
"We started to get contacted by the volunteers and we got about 30-plus volunteers reaching out to us. They were just so excited."
For now, Avenidas has made space for flower sorting and arranging in a large classroom at its Cubberley Community Center site every Wednesday, but workers are already agitating for more days of the week. Some said they additionally volunteer a... https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/10/07/volunteers-band-together-to-revive-recycled-bouquet-program
Carolyn Singer: Gathering winter greens for a natural holiday season - The Union of Grass ValleyMonday, December 17, 2018
I do not recall anyone declining to purchase.Bringing a bit of foliage and berries inside to celebrate winter seems natural.Recommended Stories For YouMost years I have honored this memory, and the memory of my mother gathering greens and Cotoneaster berries for the mantle above the fireplace. In my own garden, I now have a wealth of plant material from which to choose.Douglas fir is, of course, still my favorite for the wreaths. It's tradition. Incense cedar has a strong fragrance too, and is my first choice for the sprays on the mantle. But this is only the beginning. The accents for the wreath take shape as I wander through my garden.My favorite cones are the small ones found on my Tanyosho pine (Pinus densiflora "Umbraculifera"), now 40 years old and about eighteeen feet tall. It is a small pine with multiple trunks branching at about three feet from the main trunk. Beautiful shades of rust and golden brown accent the bark, especially when it is damp. This is a rare and handsome tree with a rounded crown, lovely for small gardens. The long needles are in closely spaced clusters, making the foliage appear dense.Broadleaf evergreens provide a beautiful array of leaf color, size, shape and berries to add bright touches of color. I usually wire a section of florist foam on to the wreath. Moistened, it will keep accents fresh for a couple of weeks or longer. Sweet bay (Laurus nobilis), holly (Ilex species), Cotoneaster, and Pyracantha may be used as accents.Small sprigs of variegated foliage from Daphne, Pieris and Ilex "Variegata" are like winter flowers as they contrast with the rich greens of the conifers.I once gave a winter presentation to the Lake Wildwood garden club, creating a bouquet that included the new growth of Choisya ternata "Sundance" (Mexican orange). Some members thought it was a flower, the glowing golden leaves the focal point of the winter arrangement.Silverberry with gold and silver-green foliage, Elaeagnus pungens "Maculata" adds a bright touch of foliage to wreaths or arrangements. You can even turn the leaves over to expose the very silvery underside.Try sprays of Viburnum ... https://www.theunion.com/entertainment/carolyn-singer-gathering-winter-greens-for-a-natural-holiday-season/
Kittelberger Florist & Gifts celebrates 90 years with free parties in Webster - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleTuesday, January 08, 2019
It's Kittelberger Florist & Gifts' 90th anniversary and the stalwart retailer in Webster is hosting parties this week to celebrate with customers and the community. On Thursday, Kittelberger is hosting a free concert from 7 to 10 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on North Avenue in the village featuring music by Rochester Brass and Electric. On Saturday, there will be a big celebration at the store at 263 North Ave. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the store is partying by serving food to customers in a festive atmosphere. There will be live music from the band Shine, food trucks and fireworks at 9 p.m. All this is to say thank you to customers and the community that have helped Kittelberger grow over the decades, said Bill Horeth, 62, owner of the family business. Now in its fourth generation, the floral and gift shop has changed to keep up with the trends. Initially just a little floral store on farmland, Kittelberger now has over 24,000 square feet of retail space. Beyond florals, the shop is a full-fledged boutique with home decor, jewelry, fashion and gift items, employing 59 people with a dozen family members in the business. ... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/08/07/kittelberger-florist-gifts-celebrates-90-years-webster-ny-gift-shop-anniversary/925108002/
Edible Arrangements opens in Spring Hill - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
CorrespondentSPRING HILL – On a recent Tuesday, immersed in fancy fruits, her apron smudged in chocolate, Christy Morrow was too busy to chat.She’s a produce handler-cum-artist-cum-florist at Edible Arrangements, which brought its celebratory comestibles to Hernando County in June. In corporate parlance, Morrow is a fruit specialist.The company's decoratively arrayed fresh fruits are artsy, clever and who’d-have-imagined? Add to that, healthy and refreshing, said owner Victoria Wilson.Edible Arrangement’s twist on celebrating and gifting is for people “who want something different, rather than flowers that you look at, then (they) die,” said Wilson, franchisee of the shop north of Timber Pines.Wilson, 30, who’s owned an Edible Arrangements outlet for a year in the city of Hernando in Citrus County, said most of her customers came from Hernando County, prompting her to open a shop here.Her corporation, based in Atlanta, encourages successful operators to snap up more than one store in their corner of the country, saying small business owners on-site do better than far-off managers, according to a report by Forbes. Such franchise owners also can d... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hernando/edible-arrangements-opens-in-spring-hill-20181011/
Longue Vue hosts Banksy of flowers Lewis Miller, master of guerrilla floral design - The AdvocateTuesday, January 08, 2019
That’s what they’re meant to do.”“Doing very well” is a bit of an understatement. Miller has been the florist of choice for events as diverse as a “Babylonian Garden Party” staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a picnic in Central Park inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon.” Vogue, Flower, Forbes, Haute Living, Architectural Digest and The New Yorker (calling him the “Banksy of Flowers”) have all written about the “renegade” “guerrilla” floral designer in the last 12 months.Miller won’t be in New Orleans long enough to create a "flower flash," a feat usually accomplished in 45 minutes under cover of darkness. +6 img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAQAAAADCAQAAAAe/WZNAAAAEElEQVR42mM8U88ABowYDABAxQPltt5zqAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="Lewis Miller 3.jpg" class="img-responsive lazyload full" width="1241" height="1238" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=200%2C200 200w, https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=30... https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_d2abe736-d94a-11e8-8c4c-9ba946986727.html
New florist Dolce Fiore now open in Glendale, with handcrafted arrangements and more - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
A new florist has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Called Dolce Fiore, the new arrival is located at 407 W. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale.Dolce Fiore specializes in custom, handcrafted floral arrangements for weddings and events. It also offers a range of bouquets and centerpieces for smaller occasions including prom and graduation, which start at $75. (Check out some of the shop's offerings here.)With a five-star rating out of 12 reviews on Yelp so far, Dolce Fiore seems to be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.Yelper Chris S. said, "My absolute favorite florist! The team was so kind and listened to every detail I envisioned for my engagement party, bridal shower and wedding. My florals were just perfect." And Martin H. said, "They provide the nicest, freshest, long lasting flowers in Los Angeles, and I have been to multiple florists around the city. If you are trying to pay fair prices and get one-of-a-kind flower arrangements, definitely give this place a try -- they have earned... https://abc7.com/business/new-florist-dolce-fiore-now-open-in-glendale-with-handcrafted-arrangements-and-more/3434202/
Former White House Chief Florist takes the wreath to new heights - The Mercury NewsTuesday, January 08, 2019
Brussels sprouts (Photos courtesy of Laura Dowling) Swan Lake: Marshmallows, white feathers and silvered branchesThe gallery will resume insecondsFor Dowling, former Chief Florist for the White House, the challenge was to create a new twist on a circular form as old as, well, the Earth.Wait, “You were the florist for the White House?”Twenty years ago, Dowling had a career in public policy and communications strategy. In 2000, she went to Paris for the first time and fell in love with the flower shops.She began doing floral design on the side, and her little business blossomed. When the White House job opened in 2009, she applied along with hundreds of others. Eventually, the search narrowed to three finalists.The last step was a four-hour timed competition. “They put the three finalists in separate rooms,” she said, “and asked us to create arrangements for a state dinner, the blue room, and the Oval Office.” Next, Michelle Obama came to see the arrangements and interview the designers.Dowling’s fresh-from-the-garden, French flower style won the day. “It’s what Jackie Kennedy would have done,” said Dowling of the first lady who created the role of White House Chief Florist in 1961. And so began a dream job, which she held from 2009 to 2015. Since then, she’s written, “Floral Diplomacy”, “A White House Christmas”, about one of the nation’s biggest and most visible floral design jobs; and now “Wreaths.”Dowling’s 128-page book lays out everything you need to know to make 78 inventive, unexpected wreaths. Each recipe includes the tools you’ll need, materials, skill level, approximate duration and eye-candy photos.Dowling and I could have talked all day:Q: What do you wish more people knew about wreath making?A: Anyone can go out and buy a wreath. But so many are flat and typical. I would love for people to know they ca... https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/24/former-white-house-chief-florist-takes-the-wreath-to-new-heights/