Madison Flower Shop News
A devoted florist gives each 9/11 victim a white birthday rose - The GazetteSunday, January 17, 2021
His own shop, which used to supply flowers for Madison Square Garden and high-end hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, has hit dire straits. “We’re lucky if we make enough money to keep our electricity on,” Collarone says. He’s had to close all three of his retail flower shops, and lay off all of his employees, some of whom had been working with him for 20 to 30 years.Still, he wouldn’t dream of stopping the birthday-rose ritual, or asking for payment.He “grew up poor,” he says, in the firemen-and-cops enclave of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, and worked in a flower shop before becoming an insurance salesman.It was a chance meeting with Andy Warhol at the legendary Limelight nightclub, he says, that got him to turn back toward his love of flowers. Warhol commissioned him to decorate his parties, Collarone says, because the art icon was amused by the idea of this big guy with a Brooklyn accent who rode his Harley around town and knew everything about roses and hydrangeas.His shop is near the World Trade Center,... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/a-devoted-florist-gives-each-911-victim-a-white-birthday-rose-20200911
A devoted florist gives each 9/11 victim a white birthday rose - Anchorage Daily NewsWednesday, December 02, 2020
His own shop, which used to supply flowers for Madison Square Garden and high-end hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, has hit di... https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2020/09/10/a-devoted-florist-gives-each-911-victim-a-white-birthday-rose/
A vision of beauty in Ridgeland: Wildflowers, whimsical sculptures and community spirit - Clarion LedgerMonday, August 24, 2020
Beautiful, the city of Ridgeland and the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce still partner to make the zinnia field, which has won awards for innovation and beautification, a reality.Gertrude's Garden in Madison County: Love of flowers blossoms into businessThe City of Ridgeland Public Works Department prepares the strip of land along U.S. 51 and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful committee members cast the zinnia seed. Donations help foot the bill for the zinnia seed, which costs between $700 and $1,000, Richardson said. Landscaping projects such as the zinnia field and wildflower field not only lift spirits but add another dimension to the city of Ridgeland, Richardson said. “It shows how important beautification is to a city,” she said.A plus for bees, birds and butterfliesThe wildflower field in Ridgeland came about three years ago after Keep Mississippi Beautiful, working with the Mississippi State Extension Service and other partners, established the Wildflower Trails of Mississippi beautification project. Wildflowers not only add beauty but also support bees, birds and butterflies.“We were thrilled that Ridgeland wanted to continue the wildflower field,” said Sarah Kountouris, executive director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful. “One reason is that it’s beautiful. When people see beautiful things it’s an invitation to visit. It says, ‘Come in and see our city.’"Colony Bistro & Wine Bar: Opening a culmination of 13-year dream for ownerAnd, it helps the tourism dollar. “With COVID-19 we need everything we can to have a brighter perspective on life in general. Beautification is one way to do that.”Wildflowers have a casual, natural look, but their success requires more work than simply tossing out seeds.“Prepping the ground is crucial for successful blooming,” Kountouris said. “If the ground is not prepared correctly, you’ll compete with weeds.”Tim Taylor, assistant superintendent with the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department, upped the game at the wildflower meadow this spring by giving it a park-like feel and adding reasons to visit and lake a look.Harry Day of Madison, a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, created eight statues that are placed amid the mix of wildflowers that include Baby's Breath, Lance Leaved Coreopsis, Tall Blue Cornflower, Black-eyed Susan, Sulfur Cosmos, Indian Blanket and Clasping Coneflower.Unique sculptures highlight outdoor activitiesThe sculptures showcase activities such as tennis playing, Frisbee throwing, biking, cheerleading, kite flying, dog walking and fishing, all of which are possible in Ridgeland. Donations made the sculptures po... https://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/upside/2020/08/12/ridgeland-mississippi-wildflower-fields/5525016002/
'A natural partnership': Mustard Seed partners with florist for special pop-up - Clarion LedgerMonday, August 24, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic, Childress said, and the popup offered an outlet for sales and a way to make the community aware of what it has to offer.Gertrude's Garden in Madison County: Love of flowers blossoms into businessTori Arinder of Madison, a volunteer at Mustard Seed, encouraged Carly McKie, a long-time friend, to work out details for a popup. Arinder, a physical therapist at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson, said she enjoyed the popup so much that she purchased two vases“The vases and the flowers complemented each other,” she said. “Carly was able to match the flowers to the vases and the vases were brought to life.”The popup fit right in with McKie’s goal of selling Mississippi-made products such as artwork, greeting cards and other unique items at the Ridgeland florist, which designs flowers for events from weddings to funerals and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.Green Oak a family affairMcKie, who learned how to arrange flowers by watching designers at Green Oak in Jackson, is among the young generation of family members at the florist.McKie’s grandparents, Rita and the late Billy Martinson of Madison, opened Green Oak Nursery in Jackson in 1960. Her parents, Karen and Muar McKie of Madison, own the Jackson and Ridgeland locations of Green Oak.A graduate of Jackson Academy, Carly McKie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi College in 2013 and then worked at the World Trade Center in Mississippi where she facilitated international trade.Madison County School District: Here's what projects are in the works to improve schoolsBarbara Travis, who directed the World Trade Center in Mississippi, shared with McKie that the Rotary Foundation offers global scholarships for graduate studies and suggested she apply.McKie received one of the scholarships and used it to earn an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, one of the leading business schools in Europe, in 2015. She recently spoke about her time in Scotland to the Flowood Rotary Club.During her year at the University of Edinburgh, McKie was hosted by the Rotary Club of Edinburgh. She played a key role in a charitable project.Connecting with the community, charitable efforts“Because of my connection to Mississippi, they decided to reach out to my sponsor club, the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club, and propose a partnership on an existing project called WASH in Schools,” she said. “The goal of this project was to provide safe water and sanitation facilities to gi... https://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/upside/2020/08/19/mustard-seed-green-oak-pop-up/3289607001/
Madison Floral Designer Offer Bouquets of Flowers; Half of Proceeds Will be Donated to the Madison Area YMCA - TAPinto.netMonday, April 27, 2020
MADISON, NJ - Madison floral designer Kerry Patel is selling bouquets of locally grown flowers for local, contact-free delivery in time for Easter through her business, Kerry Patel Poetic FloralsA portion of the sale’s proceeds will be donated to the Madison Area YMCA."We’re particularly touched that Kerry and husband Prat personally have offered to match the donation from the sale of the bouquets", said the YMCA.Sign Up for Madison NewsletterOur newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.You have successfully signed up for the TAPinto Madison Newsletter.Bouquets are priced at $55 and Patel will be donating $20 from each sale to the Stay with the Y fund to support the staff. Now, more than ever the YMCA needs your help. Loss of membership revenue is having a significant impact on their operations, like other businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the Pandemic, they said.A gift to the Stay with the Y: Operations Support Fund w... https://www.tapinto.net/towns/madison/sections/giving-back/articles/madison-floral-designer-offer-bouquets-of-flowers-half-of-proceeds-will-be-donated-to-the-madison-area-ymca
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
Continental Florist Barbara Orr died Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the age of 85.
Orr purchased the popular Rocky Ridge floral business in 1986 and was named the 2004 Florist of the Year by the Alabama State Florists' Association, according to her obituary.
Orr is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Orr; son, John Michael Orr; brother, Gray Garner Jr.; sister, Faye Gardner; father, Edward Gray Garner Sr.; and mother, Tressa Allen Garner.
She is survived by her sons, James Steven Orr and David Garner Orr; daughter, Nancy Orr Athnos; grandchildren, Chelsea Marie Orr and Emily Louise Orr; and sister, Carolyn Bullard.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover.
‘The power of flowers’: Alabama’s florists cope with pandemic, recovery - AL.comMonday, August 24, 2020
Volume dropped to almost nothing except what I could do,” Morris said.Morris’ experience was much like other industries, but it illustrates the particular challenges felt by florists around Alabama. The life events where people expect flowers - hospitalizations, funerals - were suddenly in the news, but the demand for them was all but extinguished.Cameron Pappas at Norton’s Florist in Birmingham said the lockdown, and the reopening that followed, has reminded him of the “power of flowers.”“We’ve had a lot of reminders of how important flowers are to everyone,” he said. “They keep people sane.”The pandemic hit America right in a peak season for florists - the rush before Easter, proms and spring events. Pappas said business began to slowdown by about 40 percent one week before his shop closed for two weeks on March 23. The store laid off all of its employees for that period.Cameron Pappas delivered flowers to Birmingham-area restaurants during the coronavirus shutdown.Thousands of floral businesses around America were left with perishable goods that they couldn’t sell. Just three days before Norton’s closed, it had received a shipment of about $5,000 in flowers. Rather than throw them out, Pappas said, they made bouquets to give away at restaurants and nursing homes that would accept them. In some cases, he hand delivered them.“We wanted the flowers to still do their job, to bring joy to bad situations,” he said. “We wanted them to say that we’re not going to let this virus take away the heart of our city.”Morris, 86, said he was reduced to little better than a one-man operation for about five weeks, with his nephew keeping the books. Most of the business coming in ... https://www.al.com/business/2020/06/the-power-of-flowers-alabamas-florists-cope-with-pandemic-recovery.html
HER | Local decorator helps get homes ready for holidays - Texarkana GazetteWednesday, December 11, 2019
Marie said, "including four banks, a phone company, some cell phone businesses and lodges at Beaver's Bend."But Oklahoma isn't as far as she is willing to go. "Every July I go to Dauphin Island, Alabama, where I have several clients. They get decor 'refreshers' each summer," she said. "When I go down there I also go deep-sea fishing for Red Snapper, so it's an annual vacation for me."When she isn't decorating for others, she and her husband Jerry reside on the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake where they enjoy entertaining. They are also very active at Trees Baptist Church. They have four children: Tony Campbell of Queen City, Dee Dee Wells and Misty Lutton of Atlanta, and Damon Donnell of Athens, Texas.Marie says she has never gotten too busy to take on more clients."I never turn anyone down," she said. "I just hire more people to do the work. We will do what it takes to make people happy." n... https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/her/story/2019/dec/03/her-local-decorator-helps-get-homes-ready-holidays/806564/
Wild Honey Flower Truck is Birmingham's florist on wheels - Alabama NewsCenterTuesday, September 10, 2019
It’s an idea that bloomed when Kelsey Sizemore and her husband, Josh, saw similar flower operations outside of Alabama.“We had seen a couple of similar businesses in other cities and we thought it was something that Birmingham would really love,” Kelsey Sizemore said.If you’re going to have a flower truck, it has to start with the truck.“We started by looking at trucks on Craigslist and eBay,” Sizemore said. “We decided on the kind of truck that we liked.”[embedded content]Wild Honey Flower Truck is blooming in Birmingham from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.When they found a potential truck in Ohio, Sizemore sent her father-in-law to check it out. When it earned a thumbs-up, they had the truck towed to Birmingham.“We started the process of really transforming the truck into something that could house the flowers,” she said.That meant a paint job, building out the back to carry flower vases and adding an awning.Next came procuring flowers by working with wholesalers, flower markets and other dealers.With the truck ready and outfitted with flowers, the only decision was where to go to sell them.“We just sought out the places that we really like to go,” Sizemore said.That could mean being outside of the Pizitz building one day and in Woodlawn the next.You can also find Wild Honey Food Truck at the West Homewood Farmer’... https://alabamanewscenter.com/2019/06/28/wild-honey-flower-truck-is-birminghams-florist-on-wheels/