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Colorado flower farms, CSAs, mobile florists, flower markets and more - The KnowWednesday, July 29, 2020
Larimer St., 512-271-6807; theinfinitemonkeytheorem.comBerry Patch FarmsThough the main crop of flowers is a bit late this year, customers can expect to cut their own blooms at the Brighton farm come late July, according to Berry Patch Farms owner Claudia Ferrell. That includes her all-time favorite, zinnias, as well as amaranth, snapdragons, marigolds, verbena, yarrow, echinacea, flowering basils and more.“I really enjoy watching people wander through the flower field and seeing what they create,” said Ferrell. “Kids seem to really enjoy it also, and what is sweeter than a little boy wanting to cut flowers for his mommy?”The farm also is partnering with Meg McGuire of the nearby Red Daisy Farms to offer a Community Supporting Agriculture program for flowers this year through a form online. Then the flowers can be picked up at various locations throughout the week, or delivered locally.Berry Patch Farms, 13785 Potomac St., Brighton; 303-659-5050; berrypatchfarms.comFLOWER CSAS AND SUBSCRIPTION SERVICESAnother way to get fresh flowers straight into your home is by signing up for weekly or monthly flower plans. Some farms offer CSAs where you can pick up a bouquet based on what’s blooming. There are also subscription services, which work the same way. Some of the companies have sold out certain slots, but they are always adding more throughout the season.The Fresh Herb Co. offers a subscription service for one, two or four times a month. (Linnea Covington, Special to The Denver Post)The Fresh Herb Co.Normally this flower farm sells its blooms and pots of succulents at farmers markets, but this year it switched up due to COVID-19 and the delayed start of the market season. That’s why owner Kristy Anderson decided to add on a subscription service.“We really want to connect with customers who loved coming to market and buying the freshest flowers,” said Anderson, who offers contact-free pick-up at the farm. “Ultimately it is a service that can be tailored, and is all about our commitment to get fabulous flowers in people’s hands.”Each subscription can be for one, two or four times a month, starting at $40. It includes a large bouquet as well as four single-variety bunches. You can also find her bouquets at select Whole Foods and online.The Fresh Herb Co., 4114 Oxford Road, Longmont; 303-449-5994; thefreshherbco.comimg class="size-large wp-image-242300" src="https... https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/07/24/fresh-flowers-denver-flower-csa/242223/
Growing roses not the thorn once thought - The ColumbianTuesday, May 21, 2019
Michael Marriott, technical manager and senior rosarian for David Austin Limited of Albrighton, England, about the many emerging shrub rose varieties.Shrub roses, also labeled landscaping or groundcover roses, blend a diverse mix of old-rose varieties with modern roses to capture the best qualities of each, including fragrance, flowering styles, colors and growth habits.They’re bred for garden performance rather than plant perfection, converting many rose contrarians into vocal rosarians, Marriott said.“There are certainly plenty of hesitant gardeners who mistakenly think all roses will be finicky and hard to grow — but I’d say they’re decreasing in number,” Marriott said.Early landscape designers frequently recommended that roses be concentrated only in rose gardens, in the process creating a monoculture conducive to pests and diseases. Now they’re integrating roses into mixed borders where companion plants surround roses to the benefit of all, Marriott said.Despite longstanding perceptions, rose growing isn’t a specialty particular to older or more affluent gardeners, said Chris VanCleave, a banker and rose advocate from Helena, Ala., who has a wide following on the garden lecture circuit and his “Redneck Rosarian” website.Regardless of where you are or who you are, there’s a rose just for you, he said.“Baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennial generations ... https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/may/21/growing-roses-not-the-thorn-once-thought/
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or ... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Petal to the metal: Man steals Kittelberger Florist van while employee delivers flowers - Rochester Democrat and ChronicleTuesday, January 22, 2019
BRIGHTON Criminal mischief: On Jan. 16, a 65-year-old Brighton man was arrested after putting a large scratch on the trunk of a vehicle on South Clinton Avenue. Grand larceny: In a delayed report, a Browncroft Boulevard resident wired money to a suspect after the suspect listed a vacation rental on Craigslist. After completing the transfer, the victim was unable to reach the suspect. Suspicious incident: On Jan. 15, a Buffard Drive resident saw a dark-colored vehicle in front of his house. He said the two occupants of the car appeared to be looking into houses. When the resident went outside, the men drove away. BROCKPORT Trespassing: On Jan. 6, a 17-year-old Brockport girl was arrested for trespassing. Officers didn't reveal where the alleged incident occurred. CHILI Petit larceny: Between Jan. 10 and 11, three vehicles parked on West Ham Circle were rummaged through. All of the vehicles were unlocked. Prescription medicines, an HP gold laptop, Bose headphones and loose change were taken. Grand larcen... https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/01/19/monroe-county-ny-crime-rochester-suburbs-brighton-chili-greece-ogden-irondequoit-victor/2599141002/
David Austin, whose new varieties returned fragrance and romance to the rose, dies - Texarkana GazetteTuesday, January 22, 2019
David Austin, a plant breeder who defiantly reinvented the rose flower to the delight of gardeners, florists and brides around the world, died Dec. 18 at his home in Albrighton, in Shropshire, England. He was 92.His family announced his death but did not disclose the cause.In his 30s, Austin began a life's work breeding new rose varieties that captured the romance, character and, most of all, the fragrance of old garden roses immortalized in art and literature through the ages and across the globe. Few shared his vision.At the time, breeders, plant nurseries and consumers were drawn to stiff, tightly furled and resolutely unscented hybrid tea and floribunda roses that embodied the prevailing ideal of a rosebud on a stick."He had gone around to other rose nurseries [in England] and tried to get them to grow them for him," said Michael Marriott, his longtime colleague and company rosarian. "They all rejected him out of hand."Today, Austin's creations, which he called English Roses, are the gold standard in the vast contemporary rose market. Chalice-shaped, multi-petaled, richly hued and perfumed, they are widely celebrated for having restored the charm... http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/national/story/2018/dec/24/david-austin-whose-new-varieties-returned-fragrance-and-romance-rose-dies/758030/
Flower power: Business continues to bloom at Skyway Creations in Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, July 29, 2020
Goede in charge.The name was changed to Skyway Floral, then Skyway Creations, and the business has also moved over the years — first to 1515 S. 8th St., then to its current home at 1407 S. 8th St. on Colorado Springs’ west side.Goede’s father was in the Air Force when the family bought Scotty’s, but became more involved in the business when he retired.“He had always dealt with contractual work in the Air Force, so he did contracts and sales,” Goede says. “He was a salesman. He got on the greenery side of things while the city was growing and we just sold the hell out of green plant maintenance contracts.”His dad stayed active in the business until his early 80s, Goede says. To help fill the void, Goede’s wife, Lori, who had long worked at the shop, became more active in the business.“She’s the frosting on the cake,” Don says. “Lori’s a super saleswoman.”And a talented artist, as well. Lori has an art studio next to Skyway and the flower shop sells cards with her designs; she works primarily in watercolors.She appreciates the live art that Mother Nature produces.“There’s nothing more beautiful in your home than a bouquet of flowers,” she says. “You get a flower arrangement or a little blooming plant and you feel different, you just do. It gives a wonderful feeling.” Small business spotlight: Beef, alligator and everything in between at Andy's Meat Market in Colorado SpringsChanging tastesThe business has seen many changes, Don says, though there’s also a lot that hasn’t changed. “You’re still dealing with the trucks and the delivery and the product.”That product comes largely from California, with flowers bred in that state, and from Florida, a conduit for flowers from South America.“We’ve always bought from California and Florida,” Don says. But he’s also had to look to producers closer to home to fulfill a growing desire for more unusual flowers.“We need so many varieties of flowers now. We used to be able to order a big case of this and that. Now we need this special flower.”A desire for more variety isn’t the only change he has seen in consumer tastes. https://gazette.com/business/flower-power-business-continues-to-bloom-at-skyway-creations-in-colorado-springs/article_d5c342b4-5821-11ea-b62d-7be600878467.html
Meet Pickletown Flower Co., Denver's Mobile Floral Studio - 5280 | The Denver MagazineMonday, April 27, 2020
The scene inspired her to start crafting bouquets for her nonprofit employer’s events—and she quickly found her calling. Six years after moving to Colorado, she began making imaginative floral and wreath installations for her neighborhood coffee shop, Spur, and Pickletown was born soon after.Since last summer, Sparzak has been traveling around Denver, Littleton, and Golden in her gray truck—once used to haul furniture deliveries—selling individual stems and limited grab-and-go arrangements during twice-monthly pop-ups. If you can’t get to the vehicle, the flowers will come to you: Pickletown offers a subscription service that supplies florals to your office or home on a recurring basis. (Office flower subscriptions start at $35 per delivery; the personal Bouquet Coterie membership program starts at $48 per month.) And if you want to try your hand at the craft, Sparzak host... https://www.5280.com/2020/03/meet-pickletown-flower-co-denvers-mobile-floral-studio/
Fort Collins woman gets traditional wedding, prepares for death on own terms - ColoradoanThursday, April 02, 2020
Kevin DugganFort Collins ColoradoanPublished 11:35 PM EDT Mar 13, 2020Debra Brockel knows her days are numbered. But her mind is at ease because she’s the one doing the counting. Brockel, 60, has suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, since 2006. She has endured severe exacerbations of the disease, which irreversibly damages the lungs, and all manner of medical treatment and hospitalizations.She has received hospice care from Pathways at her home in southwest Fort Collins since December after a year of palliative care, which is geared toward making gravely ill patients comfortable rather than curing them.Her condition has deteriorated to the point she is prepared to take aid-in-dying medication. She wants to end her suffering, but she also wants to spare her family the anguish of watching her waste away.“It’s been a long haul,” she said. “It’s time to say goodbye.”The decision to end her life as allowed under Colorado law did not come quickly or easily. She consulted with doctors an... https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2020/03/13/fort-collins-woman-plans-death-aid-dying-medication/5013976002/
Philadelphia case shouldn't stop Supreme Court from taking floral artist case | TheHill - The HillThursday, March 12, 2020
The court has already chastised a state for insufficiently respecting the religious rights of artists. Two years ago, in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the court sided with cake artist Jack Phillips after Colorado persecuted him for declining to prepare a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. But the ink on Jack’s Supreme Court victory was barely dry before Colorado went after him again, prosecuting him for declining to create a custom cake that would celebrate sex reassignment surgery. Jack is now defending himself in a third action, one brought by the customer who requested that cake.States simply aren’t getting the message. Jack’s and Barronelle’s cases show that ruling for Catholic Social Services in the Fulton case isn’t enough. It’s time for the court to declare unequivocally that Washington cannot persecute Barronelle.If the court sits on the sidelines, state and local officials will continue to drag people of faith like Barronelle and Jack through the courts. A favorable and much-needed opinion regarding faith-based adoption providers is unlikely to deter these attacks. A decision vindicating the rights of creative professionals and other religiously minded small business owners will.The Supreme Court should take up Arlene’s Flowers now and stop activist government bureaucrats from stripping devout Muslims, Jews and Christians of their livelihoods. Postponing Arlene’s Flowers means that people like Barronelle – who epitomize how Americans with differing marriage beliefs can coexist – will continue to be maligned in their businesses and communities.Kyle Hawkins is the solicitor general of Texas. He is counsel on two friend-of-the-court briefs filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in Fulton v. Philadelphia and Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington. https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/486124-philadelphia-case-shouldnt-stop-supreme-court-from-taking-floral-artist