Local Flower Shop News
Silver Lake’s Tokio Florist property hits the market at $5.5 million - The Eastsider LATuesday, March 19, 2019
Silver Lake — A century-old Tudor Revival mansion that served as the home of Tokio Florist for more than 50 years has been put up for sale at an asking price of $5.5 million, according to Redfin and other listing services.The half-acre property surrounded by a Trader Joe’s and other Hyperion Avenue shops and restaurants was placed on the market about a month after an estate sale was held to clear out belongings of Sumi and Frank Kozawa. The Kozawas were members of the Japanese-American family that had run the florist founded in the late 1920s.In an oral history, Sumi Kozawa, who died two years ago at the age of 100, recalls that Hyperion Avenue, now a perpetually traffic-choked street and commercial hub, had “very few cars” when they moved in. “It’s just like still, like a country around here,” she said.The approximately 7-bedroom, two-story home was moved to its current location in 1929, said the Kozawa’s daughter, Susie.Kozawa said she won’t have a say in what the buyers do with the ho... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2019/01/silver-lakes-tokio-florist-property-hits-the-market-at-5-5-million/
Stourbridge florist Laura Leong to take part in Interflora World Cup - Dudley NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
A STOURBRIDGE florist has been picked to represent the UK and Ireland at one of the most prestigious floral design competitions in the world. Fresh from being crowned Interflora Florist of the Year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last summer - Laura Leong, of The Flower Basket, will be competing at the world-renowned Interflora World Cup at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show in Pennsylvania. The 46-year-old faces tough competition as she takes on 22 of the finest floral designers from five different continents, each aiming to go home with the top accolade. She said: "It’s an absolute honour to have been chosen to go through and represent the UK and Ireland at the 2019 Interflora World Cup this year off the back of winning the UK’s Florist of the Year competition. "As competitions go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this and my opposition couldn’t be tougher, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge." During the competition, Laura - who has work... https://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/17461178.stourbridge-florist-laura-leong-to-take-part-in-interflora-world-cup/
Florists to duke it out in Philly at Interflora World Cup - CTV NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
California-based florist Katharina Stuart will represent the U.S. in the competition, which has been held every four to six years since 1972. This will be its first time back in the U.S. since 1985. Preliminary rounds will take place on March 1-2, and five finalists will continue on to March 3. Any show attendees can watch the florists duke it out. https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/florists-to-duke-it-out-in-philly-at-interflora-world-cup-1.4256457
Wedding of the Week: Stacey Barclay and Christopher McCann - Daily RecordTuesday, March 19, 2019
Gary Barclay and Kieran Rooney. Honeymoon The newlyweds travelled to Las Vegas for their honeymoon. Photography Maureen Bell Photography. (Image: Hamilton Advertiser) Flowers Busy Lizzies Florist. Cake Kimmy Cakes - Couture Cake Design. Thanks The couple want to thank all of their family and friends who shared their big day with them, giving them memories that they will cherish forever. How to take part It’s free and easy to feature as our Wedding of the Week. Just email email@example.com for more details and we’ll get back to you. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/wedding-week-stacey-barclay-christopher-14094463
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