Arcadia Flower Shop News
Flourishing flowers - Lexington DispatchTuesday, August 01, 2017
Mr. Bogard said. “As a consequence, it’s kind of growing exponentially now.”The garden is located on the acre behind the Bogards’ home in the Arcadia community.“It’s a valley back there,” Mr. Bogard said. “It was all wooded and originally we started the garden over on the right side, but as the trees grew up it started shading. We ended up moving the whole garden to this side of the valley. There’s a little stream that runs through there and normally it runs maybe three weeks out of the year total if you added up all the days.”Mrs. Bogard’s daylily purchase over two decades ago got Mr. Bogard interested in hybridizing the flowers. Since then, he has collected hundreds of varieties of daylilies and given seeds to people in 11 different countries and 28 different states through the American Hemerocallis Society.Both have had a passion for gardening since an early age. Mrs. Bogard talked about her experience growing up in rural Wisconsin.“My father was a country doctor and veterinarian so to speak and he used to take me out on the farms,” Mrs. Bogard said. “I lived outside basically and as young as I can remember I would get cinder blocks and put mud in them and find seeds and plant them. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I just always loved that.”Mr. Bogard, who lived in the top of a three story flat in Chicago until the age of 8, developed his love for plants while working in his grandfather’s garden.“I was interested in plants at a very early age too because my grandfather graduated from the University of Iowa at Ames with a degree in horticulture back then, and he had a florist shop in downtown Chicago that went under when the stock market crashed in 1928,” Mr. Bogard said. “He had a garden in the back yard and he encouraged all us kids and our cousins to take care of the garden. So he didn’t have to do anything because we did all the watering and the weeding and stuff like that, bu... http://www.the-dispatch.com/news/20170707/flourishing-flowers
Dig It Sells Plants and Nurtures Community in Phoenix - Phoenix New TimesTuesday, February 28, 2017
August 2015, he and Tim Bishop founded Dig It.“Within the first couple days, I knew how it would look,” Jerrell says. Dig It is located on 16th Street in Phoenix.Evie CarpenterWhen Baker Nursery near Arcadia sold at the end of 2014, it left a hole in central Phoenix, Jerrell says. Before Dig It opened, the closest nurseries in the area were the Home Depot at 36th Street and Thomas Road and Whitfill Nursery near Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue.And the demand for a place like Dig It was growing. The previously 15,000-square-foot garden centers at stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot are now closer to 50,000 square feet, Jerrell says. But still, some had doubts when Jerrell and Bishop decided to open their nursery near 16th Street and Thomas Road.“I said I was going to open a garden center here, and people were like ‘Okay, good luck,’” Jerrell says. It’s been the surrounding community that’s most embraced Dig It, especially the Coronado and Cherry Lynn neighborhoods.“Within the first couple months, we were flooded,” says Jerrell’s wife, Jessica, who handles the nursery’s social media and marketing. The name “Urban Gardens + Nursery” isn’t just referring to the location in the heart of Phoenix. It also refers to what they sell: plants meant to thrive in a city, specifically Phoenix. The staff at Dig It makes it a point to only sell what will actually grow in the city’s desert environment. “We keep reminding people they live in Arizona,” Jerrell says. “We’ll turn people away if it won’t work.” A selection of succulents at Dig It.Evie CarpenterAt Dig It, the goal is for customers to succeed in growing their plants. The staff won’t sell something just because you ask for it.“We would rather help the plants stay alive than have a return policy,” Jessica says. Beyond stocking a wide selection of native plants, the team finds it crucial to stay in touch with architectural and design trends.Thanks to more than five years as a co-owner of Urban Cactus, a boutique landscaping business, it’s not hard for Jerrell to stay tapped in. The relationships he’s built with local growers help as well.“Ninety percent of our inventory comes from local growers,” Jerrell says like it’s no big deal. (It is.)In the short time Dig It has been open, it’s become a community hotspot and even a destination for out-of-towners. Jessica says people will spend hours looking around on the weekends, adding that one woman brings her grandson to see the tortoises and parrots almost weekly.“The community has the ability to support you, if you give back,” Jerrell says. That’s why when the owners of the Coronado came by to get some advice on what to do with their planters, Jerrell went over to the restaurant to see for himself what they neede... http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/dig-it-sells-plants-and-nurtures-community-in-phoenix-9062381
Meet Morgan Anderson, Flori.Culture's Self-Described 'Flower Nerd' - Phoenix New TimesTuesday, February 21, 2017
The self-described “flower nerd” holds a Ph.D in horticulture from Texas A&M University. She grew up in Arcadia and left to attend college, returning only last July to launch Flori.Culture, which offers unconventional floral arrangements to clients both residential and commercial, as well as classes in everything from centerpiece design to the history of flowers in medicine. Leaving town had been on her short list for a long time, she admits. “I was always attracted to greenscapes as a kid, and since we have very little of that here, I moved away. Having green, and spring, and tulips and hyacinth was important to me.” Returning to the desert as a grownup floral designer has meant creating a new aesthetic, and Anderson finds herself using a color palette of different sands, juxtaposed with the spring blooms she was inspired by in her youth.She does not, she explains, “like to go all desert,” however.“I’m drawing from environments found all over the U.S. I’ve got a teddy bear cactus set into some sand, and then I’ll put it next to a hydrangea, or a tulip. A peony from Alaska, next to a succulent or a barrel cactus from the Sonoran Desert.”EXPANDA Flori.Culture arrangement.Deegan LemieuxFlowers are great to look at, to be sure. But there’s more to them than just smelling nice and being pretty, says Anderson. She thinks of flowers as a gateway to visual art and cultural history.“Egyptians were the first to use flowers for ceremonial purposes,” she says, a little apologetically, clearly used to being the only one in the room who cares about the deeper meaning of a mum. “Every flower has its own history — how it was used in medicinal ways, what its meaning was in ancient cultures, how it shows up symbolically in art history.”Much to Anderso... http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/meet-morgan-anderson-floricultures-self-described-flower-nerd-9062401
Grey Skies and Bright Flowers: 2017 Rose Parade Goes Off Without a Hitch - Pasadena NowTuesday, January 17, 2017
B-2 Stealth Bomber flyover above Colorado Boulevard.Rose Queen Victoria Cecilia Castellanos and her court—Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair High School; Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia High School; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic School; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada High School; and Lauren ‘Emi’ Emiko Powers, Arcadia High School—began their reign over the parade at 8:10 a.m., waving bravely in the cold weather.Twenty-four of the floats in the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda received official honors from the Tournament of Roses in a variety of categories and specifications. The entire process is another one of the Tournament’s components implemented over a greater part of the past century.This year’s judges – Carol Togneri, Phil Rulloda, and Ronnie Siegel– reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from the judging sessions to determine the trophy recipients.Two judging sessions took place during the decorating stages before the parade. Scores from each judging session were then combined to determine the trophy recipients. Results were released to the media immediately prior to the start of the Rose Parade. Banners for each trophy-winning float were carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Eagle Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout Troops.Dole Packaged Foods took home the Sweepstakes Prize for the “most beautiful” entry with its ‘Spirit of Hawaii” float.Among the other winners were the longest float ever entered in the parade—Lucy Pet’s Grarnly Krankin’ Wave Maker, which featured dogs surfing machine-generated waves on a float decorated with surfers and surboards.China Airlines was awarded the International Trophy for its float, “Return to the Beauty of Taiwan.”A full list of the winning floats is available here.The formal parade was trailed by a noisy but peaceful protest organized by native American groups protesting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.Following the parade, the floral and animated masterpieces will be parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards, begi... http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/grey-skies-and-bright-flowers-2017-rose-parade-goes-off-without-a-hitch/
Rose Parade selects 2017 Rose Queen - The Whittier Daily NewsTuesday, October 25, 2016
The six remaining women will take the title of Rose Princess.This year’s Rose Princesses are Audrey Cameron, a 17-year-old senior from Blair High School; Maya Khan, an 18-year-old senior from Arcadia High School; Shannon Larsuel, a 17-year-old senior from Mayfield Senior School; Autumn Lundy, a 17-year-old senior from Polytechnic School; Natalie Petrosian, a 17-year-old senior from La Cañada High School; and Lauren Powers, a 17-year-old senior from Arcadia High School.The court will participate in the 128th Rose Parade and the 103rd Rose Bowl Game. Both will take place on Monday, Jan. 2, because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.• PHOTOS: Rose Parade chooses, crowns 2017 Rose QueenAbout 770 women interviewed for a chance to be on the court. The selection committee chose the finalists based on criteria that included poise, speaking ability, academic achievement and community involvement, according to the organization.Following a series of interviews, the list was narrowed first to 250, then 75, then 34 and finally down to seven.AdvertisementThe members of the Royal Court receive cosmetics and consultation from Estée Lauder, flowers provided by Jacob Maarse, wardrobe and accessories from Macy’s, crowns and tiaras courtesy of Mikimoto, formal gowns from Tadashi and hair styling from The Spa Santé.After she had donned her white dress and crown as queen, Castellanos stood euphoric under the bright playhouse lights with the Royal Court at her side.When asked to sum up her feelings in a musical number, she said there had been one song in her head since the start of the application process — a song from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”“I would really love to sing ‘Part of Your World,’?” Castellanos said. http://www.whittierdailynews.com/events/20161020/rose-parade-selects-2017-rose-queen?source%3Dmost_viewed
What You Need to Know about Milwaukee's Newest Flower-powered Startup - Milwaukee MagazineWednesday, April 11, 2018
Steven Dyme founded an innovative, flower-powered startup in 2012, while enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The idea was simple – he figured he could sell a few hundred floral bouquets to parents for a local high school graduation ceremony, donating half the money he made to charity and keeping the other half to cover some of his college costs. But soon families at other high schools caught wind of the project and wanted to buy bouquets too. Eventually, Dyme was able to turn his college side hustle into a fully fledged company, keeping charity a central component of its mission.Now the company, Flowers for Dreams, operates out of Chicago and Milwaukee and is slated to open a brick and mortar store in Walker’s Point in less than a month. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with marketing manager Lindsay Leinenkugel to ask her about the company and its charitable focus. How is Flowers for Dreams unlike a traditional florist?First and foremost, we give back 25 percent of profits to charity every month. And we’re actively putting on events with the charities and partnering with them. Flowers for Dreams i...
8 hotels for a Valentine's Day getaway in Wisconsin - Milwaukee Journal SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells offers couples massages.(Photo: Sundara Inn & Spa)Devin Remiker considers himself a bit of a romantic guy. So for Valentine’s Day last year, the 25-year-old La Crosse resident surprised his girlfriend, who lives in Madison, by taking her for a getaway to Eau Claire’s hip Oxbow Hotel. He scored big points with dinner at the boutique hotel’s Lakely Restaurant and champagne delivered to their room. They also had a retro Lakely cocktail or two, which he described as one of the highlights of the visit. “It was a great time and we saw Grammy Award-winning musician Sean Carey of the band Bon Iver playing there that night,” Remiker said. The special dinner-and-stay package included a four-course dinner. For Valentine’s Day 2018, they returned in late January for another visit as part a special Supper Club dinner at the Lakely. On Feb. 14 they plan to see Bon Iver in Milwaukee, which Remiker said is “Eau Claire-related.”This year, th...
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
South Carolina, Yeti coolers were in the top five. Pedicures made the top five most popular list in Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.Flickr, RaySunglasses made the top five list in several states, including Alaska, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Evening though chocolates and roses dominated the list, in Wyoming, gummy bears made the top five, while Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
Johnson's Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown to close, cites raised rent - Washington TimesSunday, February 11, 2018
American University, to allow the longtime shop to continue operating there.American University has rented the commercial space that Johnson’s occupies at Van Ness Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW for the last decade.On Jan. 3, the shop — which employs about 50 people and sells a wide variety of items including house plants and floral arrangements — posted a notice saying the university had increased the rent, forcing it to close.“They increased the rent by about 30 percent,” Johnson’s general manager, John Williams, told The Washington Times.Tenleytown neighbors formed an ad hoc committee to help Johnson’s remain open and requested meetings with AU President Sylvia M. Burwell. On Wednesday night, the committee met with university representatives in what turned into tense, back-and-forth exchanges. Ms. Burwell did not attend the meeting.The verbal exchanges often spun in circles due to a non-disclosure agreement in Johnson’s lease. This was especially clear when Charles Smith, the university’s commercial property manager, said the shop had released information online about its rental negotiations “that wasn’t true.”“It was our understanding that you raised the rent,” said one resident.“I’m not going to get into the specifics,” Mr. Smith replied.When neighbors asked whether the space...