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Reimagining Sonatas for a New Generation with Flowers, Art and Romance Was Born - BroadsheetTuesday, October 10, 2017
The result is The Sonata Project: three new 15-minute sonatas by young Sydney composers Aristea Mellos, Jane Stanley and Melody Eotvos performed by Harvey, and a sonata by celebrated Australian composer Ross Edwards.Part of Harvey’s mission was to reach a broader audience, so rather than the usual deathly quiet and often monochromatic experience of classical concerts, she has planned a stunning visual component of the performance.“I hear a critical voice saying music doesn’t need other things, but I counter that with the fact that today’s society is very visually stimulated. We don’t have the training we used to have in how to listen to music, so we’ve isolated a lot of people. And apart from the visual beauty of art and the floral arrangements, and the gorgeous world-class instrument – a Fazioli – we’ll be using, it’s a way of inviting people to celebrate art,” says Harvey, who also lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.Harvey has collaborated with interior designer Lynne Bradley, a former fellow student at The Con, who reached out to Romance Was Born designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales. The duo, which has also collaborated with The Sydney Theatre Company, invited Harvey and Bradley to its Sydney factory. “They were very unassuming but such talented, beautiful people,” says Harvey, who will wear four different designs selected by RWB to complement the music. The addition of Merrett’s large-scale canvases and the floral arrangements complete the picture.“Traditional recitals are kind of stuffy, let’s be honest,” says Mellos, 29, whose sonata will have its world premiere during the concert. “Concerts in the 18th, even 17th century were rowdy experiences, you could bring in your chicken, people were drinking beer, standing in the aisles … It was completely bawdy.”Mellos began composing her p...
Stanley Bachman grew the family's floral business - Minneapolis Star TribuneTuesday, August 15, 2017
Minneapolis Star TribuneStanley Bachman grew the family's floral businessMinneapolis Star TribuneEvery spring morning, Stanley Bachman got out of bed at 4 a.m. to pick carnations in the greenhouse for the family floral business. "It was so dark, he could only see the white flowers to pick," said his son Paul Bachman. "Then he milked cows and got ... http://www.startribune.com/stanley-bachman-grew-the-family-s-floral-business/436390963/
Saving spring: How the Ohio River almost stole thousands of tulips - Cincinnati.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Park went to battle stations.They were ready. When the park flooded three years ago, the workers had made a point of watching how far up the water came and what was going to be planted there.The park florists – actually they're horticulturalists – saw that the tulip bulbs in the Memory Garden bed needed attention.Workers all over the park were moving the foot piano, chess pieces, picnic tables and all the stuff that required electricity. They also moved salt and mulch and potting soil. (They moved everything into the parking garage only to learn that the garage would also be submerged. So they moved all that stuff again.)But the bulbs, planted in an intricate pattern of undulating color, couldn't be just yanked out of the ground and put in a bag and replanted when the water dropped.The bed was replanted this year with bulbs to create a special ombre effect, shading from dark purple to light pink. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)It was supposed to be this fabulous show of color. "We were excited to see how it turned out," said florist Corrie Carswell.So, moving the bulbs required some, well, innovation."As a Hail Mary to try to protect 3,500 tulips, we tarped and sandbagged the overlook bed," she said.A team that included florists Corrie Carswell ,Garrett Dienno and Jay Swanson and district crew leader Casey McCann came up with and executed a simple plan to save tulips from the Ohio River: Cover the bulbs, load on sandbags and hope for the best. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)The water rose, creating a blue tarp island in the midst of the muddy water, lapping at the edges of the bed. The water soon covered it. The water continued to rise.The river crested at 60.9 feet, putting the beds under about 6 feet of water, Carswell said. p class=...
Arranging for Easter - ColumbiametroWednesday, March 14, 2018
This is a commercial-grade vase or wine cooler that was very inexpensive,” says Julianne. “If you’re using a clear glass container, either hold the branches in place with a heavy glass frog or use florist’s tape to create a grid. Since the branches won’t hide the tape, cover it with moss or some kind of greenery.”To build the arrangement, Julianne started with the bare branches, which she clipped from a gum tree at her farm, and inserted them into the OASIS at an angle. “The heaviest, tallest branch goes in first to create the line, and then you fill with lighter, more delicate pieces,” she explains. “The angle actually keeps the finished piece from looking too stiff.” To make the most of the flower-studded boughs, Julianne clustered them on each side of the arrangement. “When the color isn’t evenly distributed, it looks more like it just happened.”For the striking green base, Julianne turned to ‘Green Ball’ dianthus, which resembles moss but retains its vivid color even after it has dried out. “Any discoloration can be fixed with a quick spritz of green floral paint,” says Julianne. She added ornaments — silver napkin rings, rattles, baby cups, and bells — to tie the arrangement to the silver serving pieces that typically decorate a holiday table.Like the flowering apricot branches, the camellia leaves that fill the silver basket and decorate the cheesecake were also unplanned additions to the tablescape. (Flowers used are lisianthus.) “I happened to be driving along the road just after a neighbor had finished cutting back some camellias,” Julianne says with a laugh. “They were gorgeous, so I gathered up the trimmings and here they are. You never know what you’ll find.”Julianne also adds interest by varying the height of the elements. Not only is the cheesecake displayed on a pedestal cake plate (enlivened with a few camellia leaves, lisianthus, and apricot flowers), but the silver basket of macaroons has been set on an acrylic cube as well. “You don’t notice the differences, only that it’s interesting,” she notes.Julianne does not limit “hunting and gathering” for arrangement elements to the great outdoors. The flowering pots of Lenten rose, mini daffodils, and large daffodils — which she used to create an arrangement perfect for a front hall — each came from the grocery store. All Julianne did was remove the plastic wrap, which originally covered each pot, and replaced it with burlap. The blooming quince came from her friend’s garden, the blue eggs from the grocery store.“I had so many pretty things to work with in this case that I just loaded it up. Then, I stepped back to edit,” says Julianne. “This arrangement started out with more quince and another pot of daffodils, but I realized they were competing with the bunnies, which are the focal point, instead of enhancing them. Editing is definitely par... http://columbiametro.com/Columbia-Metro/March-2018/Arranging-for-Easter/
Slow Flowers - Sacramento MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Why one florist got behind a movement to purchase local flowers.First came the slow food movement, which promotes regional food systems and traditional cooking as an antidote to the ubiquity of fast-food chain restaurants. Now there’s the slow flowers movement, which aims to reconnect florists and consumers to regional flowers and the farmers who grow them.Sacramento florist Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, an adherent to the slow flowers movement, says that for years she has made a point of buying as many local blooms as possible. She says local flowers not only hold up better in bouquets because they haven’t had to travel long distances, but also that “you want your flowers to look like the season” in which they were used. “It seems simple, but it’s kind of a revolutionary idea.”In fact, Cosgrove-Rivas feels so strongly about seasonality that she planned her wedding date so that she could carry Sarah Bernhardt peonies down the aisle. “I think it’s important that our flowers have a sense o... http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2018/Slow-Flowers/
Florist refused to deliver flowers to grieving mum who lost her baby because they were 'too scared to go to her ... - The SunWednesday, March 14, 2018
AN online flower delivery service failed to send out an order to a grieving mum whose baby had died — because the florist did not want to go to a travellers' site.Online retailer eFlorist told Lindsey Roberts, 36, that her £50 order to a close friend had been refused because because staff "did not feel comfortable" visiting the address.SWNS:South West News Service eFlorist customer Lindsey Roberts said her £50 order for a grieving friend could not be delivered because they lived in a travellers' siteLindsey, a mum of five, believes that the act is discriminatory against people from travelling backgrounds.She said: “I placed the order on February 22 as a small gesture to my friend.“It included some flowers and a teddy, and I never thought that there would be any issues when I submitted the order and entered the address, part of a permanent site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.“I was shocked and disappointed when I was told that I would have to go and collect my money because the local florist didn’t want to carry out the order."SWNS:South West News Service Lindsey, 36, said eFlorist had shown discrimina...
Rosewater adds floral twist to brownies - Victoria AdvocateWednesday, March 14, 2018
I can now honestly say what was once a stressful, daunting task became a relaxing delight.Without a doubt, the best days to work at a florist are flower delivery days. I loved it when the big boxes came in filled to the brim with beautiful blooms. As I unwrapped each bundle, I wondered what exotic climate they grew in before they made their way to little Ganado. It was amazing to me to see the transformation in the flowers after they got a fresh cut and a long drink of water. It was as though they were springing back to life - bursting open after hibernation.After a little more than a year, my time at the flower shop came to an end when Kayla found someone more permanent to take over my days. I was a little sad but happy for her and grateful for the opportunity to learn so much during my time at the shop.Last week, I was especially pleased to be invited back to lend a hand during the Valentine's Day rush. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I would have to take some flowers home and decided on a fabulous, lush arrangement of roses.They are still in full bloom, and to celebrate, I decided to make these rosewater brownies. They are an interesting, fresh twist on a baking basic. The hint of rose adds another dimension to their rich chocolatey goodness.I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.Katherine Pope is a wife, mother and Realtor. She loves cooking almost as much as she loves living in Jackson County Texas. Katherine can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org...