Chelsea Flower Shop News
Redondo Beach florist reopens just in time for Mother’s Day - The Daily BreezeSunday, February 28, 2021
Hills Flower Mart just planted the seedlings for their newly reopened business. And they did it, literally, overnight.The day after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared florists could open statewide, owner Chelsea Gaudenti said she got in gear as fast as she could.Cesar Gonzalez creates a Mother’s Day arrangement out of Peonies and succulents at Rolling Hills Flower Mart,in Redondo Beach on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Staff are busy filling orders since the order came that florist may open Friday for curbside pick-up. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)L-R Alea Hurst and Renee Hurst, water tube Cymbidium Orchids that will be placed in Mother’s Day floral arrangements at Rolling Hills Flower Mart, in Redondo Beach on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Staff are busy filling orders since the order came that florist may open Friday for curbside pick-up. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChelsea Gaudenti, owner of Rolling Hills Flower Mart, creates a Mother’s Day bouquet in Redondo Beach on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Staff are busy filling orders since the order came that florist may open Friday for curbside pick-up. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Tele... https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/05/07/just-in-time-for-mothers-day-local-florist-opens-for-business-overnight
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
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.
Chelsea Flower Show 2021: Dates, Tickets, Safety Measures – RHS announces new details - HouseBeautiful.comWednesday, October 28, 2020
Chelsea Flower Show 2021 WILL go ahead in May next year, RHS confirms, and for the first time in its 108-year history, the show will run for a total of six days.Despite current uncertainty in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Royal Horticultural Society has announced it will continue to run the prestigious gardening event, safely, with many new precautions in place.Held at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, there will be reduced visitor numbers compared to pre-COVID shows, with 140,000 visitors at the show over six days, compared to 168,500 over five days in 2019.Chelsea Flower Show 2020 was sadly cancelled as a result of the pandemic this year, but was replaced with the first ever Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS has been working behind the scenes to ensure the 2021 show can successfully go ahead.'As the world’s most famous gardening event, RHS Chelsea is vital for the horticultural industry, as well as having a huge impact on inspiring people to garden and grow, which is s... https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/a32484677/chelsea-flower-show-2021/
Bouquets as hot as a designer handbag: They're the 'it' accessory - Daily MailWednesday, July 29, 2020
Larry Walshe created a dress entirely made from flowers (pictured)From creating a dress entirely made from flowers (right) for the Chelsea Flower Show to full scale art installations, he says, ‘We love a challenge! We have created forest enclaves for the exchange of vows, covered hotel ceilings in flowers, wired 60,000 fresh delphiniums by hand to create the largest tree made of flowers that we ever saw.’Steal his style: Go for tightly packed blooms in dramatic colours. Think peonies, roses, dahlias and minimal foliage. Keep heads of the flowers close together, and present your bouquet in a tall, plain vase for maximum impact.Bouquets from £50, larrywalshe.comTHE GREEN ROMANTICSHANE CONNOLLY Shane Connolly who was born in Belfast, is best known for romantic, English countryside flowers with a wild, fairytale twist (pictured) Shane was responsible for Kate's (pictured) wedding bouquet The Belfast-born, sustainable floral designer is a hit with the senior royals. ‘I was given the rather extraordinary title of Artistic Director of Flowers for the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge,’ he laughs. ‘Everything was made the night before the wedding. Then, we were up again at 4am to check it all.’ In Kate’s bouquet (right) was ‘Lily of the Valley, a little touch of hyacinth, and some Sweet William, which was a bit of fun’. Not to mention the trees. ‘To add intimacy in the Abbey, the obvious answer to me was to use trees.’Steal his style: Romantic, English countryside flowers with a wild, fairytale twist. He adds ‘find flowers you love by visiting gardens, not flower shops.’ No non-recyclable foam or flown-in flowers. For floristry courses with Shane, go to:learningwithexper... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8573181/Bouquets-hot-designer-handbag-Theyre-accessory.html
Flower shops spring back to life ahead of Mother’s Day after state lifts restrictions - The Boston GlobeFriday, May 29, 2020
Florist Tiffany Day shopped for flowers for her shop Petals By The Day in Westwood at the New England Exchange in Chelsea on Thursday.David L. Ryan/Globe StaffPat Riccardi spent his teens walking the streets of Somerville in the 1970s, peddling bouquets to make an extra buck as a high school and college student. But it took his father asking him to help out during the Valentine’s Day grind of 1980 to fully ensnare him in the family flower business. Forty years later, he and his brother own it.Yet the coronavirus brought Riccardi Wholesale Flowers to its knees when customers called en masse to cancel wedding and Easter orders. The busiest time of the year withered away.“All the orders that were supposed to go out from March 23rd onward, which would have been church and wedding work, just sat in our refrigerator for us to eat. If we couldn’t donate it, we threw it away,” said Riccardi, pained just thinking about the discarded blooms.AdvertisementBut a tired proverb proved true: April showers brought May flowers. The state loosened restrictions on some businesses this week, and dozens of flower shops... https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/07/nation/after-months-empty-shelves-closed-shops-florists-spring-back-life-ahead-mothers-day-surge/
Valley Florist in E. Templeton receives $10K in startup money - Worcester Business JournalWednesday, March 31, 2021
Valley Florist and Greenhouse in East Templeton has received a $10,000 small business loan from the North Central Massachusetts Development Corp., the Fitchburg organization announced Friday.Brendan Loughman, owner of the company, received the loan, with funds earmarked for startup costs and inventory.Loughman has an advanced certification in floral design, as well as years of experience as a floral designer, according to a NCMDC press release. NCMDC, the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, is a microloan lender which can provide loans to small businesses up to $150,000.Loughman was referred to NCMDC by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at Clark University in Worcester. https://www.wbjournal.com/article/valley-florist-in-e-templeton-receives-10k-in-startup-money
Coco Shop Designer Taylor Simmons Wore Floral Oscar de la Renta for Her Outdoor Ceremony Overlooking the Ocean - VogueWednesday, March 31, 2021
Ultimately, Taylor explains, “we chose the safe bet of [having a wedding at] home.”The bride’s parents live in Marion, Massachusetts, a small town close to Cape Cod. The couple didn’t initially consider it because there isn’t anywhere for guests to stay. “My other great, great grandfather’s home is just a mile from my parents’ with a grass terrace, a long rhododendron-lined walk, and a backyard that borders the ocean,” Taylor says. “We decided on a late morning ceremony there followed by an hour of cocktails and a three-course lunch. I loved that this plan allowed most guests to drive from and return back to their homes that day—it felt safer and like a smaller ask.”The couple worked with Elizabeth Allen of Elizabeth Allen Events to plan it all. “She’s amazing!” Taylor says. “She helped us navigate the virus and replanning with incredible grace.”Taylor didn’t have any preconceived notion as to what kind of silhouette or design she wanted for her wedding dress. “I went to all of the traditional appointments when we thought the wedding was going to be in Antigua, but didn’t find anything quite right,” she remembers. “I love vintage and the idea of taking something old and making it new again, so was planning on wearing my grandmother’s champagne-colored, satin gown when I came across this Oscar de la Renta gown online in July. It was perfect—ultra-conservative and traditional in silhouette, but unexpected in an upbeat black.” She paired the dress with her mother’s diamond and ruby earrings and a pair of nude Jimmy Choo heels. Jameson had a navy mohair suit made by New & Lingwood for the day and complemented it with a white dress shirt and blue Hermès tie.Taylor never wanted a wedding party—even for their Antigua wedding that never was. “I just wanted my younger brother next to me,” she says. “We’re just 15 months apart and that relationship means so much to me.” Jameson has one brother too, so it worked out well. Both brothers wore navy suits, white shirts, and coordinating Hermès ties like Jameson.The ceremony started at 11:30 a.m. and was short and sweet—a traditional Episcopalian service held outside. There were rows of spaced out wooden chairs that were simply framed by topiary orbs.“My parents, brother, and I entered from the back and waited out of sight in a nook of the property’s rhododendron vista as guests were seated to a string quartet,” Taylor says. “My brother then escorted my mother down the rhododendron vista and, minutes later, my father and I held hands as he walked me down the aisle. I carried lilies because my mother carried lilies when she married my father.” The officiant was one of the bride’s father’s oldest, closest friends and the beloved headmaster of the boarding school she attended. “He was the first wedding decision we made and the one part of the ever-changing planning process that didn’t change for which I am grateful,” Taylor notes. “He gave the ceremony even more gravity and grandeur.”After the service, the newlyweds walked to a series of cocktail tables by the water and then back toward the house for photographs. Taylor quickly realized that one benefit of having under 50 guests is that photos go quickly, and it’s easy to include every guest.Cocktails included Champagne, white wine, and a late summer spritz. The cocktail napkins were white linen and had the bride’s mother’s initials, “STMS,” embroidered on them in white. “It was a sophisticated detail that made it feel even more like we were inviting everyone into our home,” Taylor says. Jameson’s father, who was unable to fly to the wedding from California, grows grapes and makes wine in Mendocino County, California. He provided wine with personalized labels commemorating the original November date. “I love that Jameson had a little bit of home with him in Massachusetts that day... https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/taylor-simmons-jameson-mcfadden-cape-cod-wedding
Florists wilt under COVID-19's impact, losing Easter and Mother's Day would be devastating - yoursun.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Linda Stevens, a fourth-generation florist and owner of Stevens the Florist South in Englewood.Her great-grandfather, Charles Stevens, first opened a florist shop in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the family had wholesale greenhouses as the business flowered. But COVID-19 and new state rules have forced closure of her Englewood shop at 3455 S. Access Road. She delivers or takes orders off the web or from regulars that include Keith Rowley of Rowley Insurance in Englewood. On Wednesday he had purchased flower arrangements for his staff, all isolating at home to show support.“Just trying to help others and keep our town strong,” Rowley said.Pushed on what may happen to her shop, Stevens choked back tears.“We’re taking every precaution,” she adds of keeping everyone safe through COVID-19’s run.But not just florists are suffering through COVID-19, of course. For the public’s safety, retail, bar and restaurant owners deemed non-essential are being told to close their shops or limit their services to take-out or delivery. The American economy is being devastated, losing billions in sales and value in March alone.Aside from the loss of life and millions of laid-off workers, COVID-19’s impact on business is unprecedented.But even as U.S. flower sales wilt as supermarkets and web services elbow into the trade, independent florists still account for $7 billion in annual sales. There are more than 32,000 related businesses employing 75,000 or so workers.It’s estimated that Americans alone will purchase 110 million roses in a normal year, three-quarters of them by men. Wholesale fresh-cut flowers and plants account for billions more in revenue.And while hurricanes and other natural events damage florists, COVID-19 is especially hurtful, as it closes off weeks of sales and the places to which flowers, arrangements and things related to the business go.At the 1-800-Flowers in Port Charlotte shop, for instance, March 2019 sales blossomed. Should COVID-19 keep its pace and the country remain tucked away in isolation, however, this season could be devastating, said Vanessa Carusone, the shop’s manager and a North Port city commissioner.“Probably looking at one-third of last year,” she said of 2020’s predicted sales for March and April, should trends continue. “The odds are stacked against us.”Easter and Mother’s Day, she added “are our bread and butter.”COVID-19 has also changed delivery rules... https://www.yoursun.com/northport/news/florists-wilt-under-covid-19s-impact-losing-easter-and-mothers-day-would-be-devastating/article_2e88771e-75de-11ea-a009-0b875913d327.html
Richard LaMontagne | Obituary | Salem News - The Salem NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
VA, and Mark LaMontagne of Exeter, NH, and he was preceded in death by his brothers, Frederick and Donald LaMontagne. Richard was a graduate of Essex Agricultural School in Danvers Massachusetts where he excelled in botany. After graduation he opened up Flowers by Dick, a florist shop on North St. in Salem, Mass. There he thrived for many years before moving to Florida. In Florida, Richard ran a number of businesses including an orange grove, three more florist shops, a furniture store and a number of real estate ventures. Beyond his success, the most important thing to Richard, affectionately known as Dick to the many who loved him, was his family. He was a devoted husband to Mary and the dedicated father of eight children. He always encouraged all his children to realize that they could accomplish anything they wanted in life. Dick was someone who led by example whether it was his work ethic, his generosity to others or his deep faith in God. To know Dick was to love him. Dick loved spending time with his family and was always up for a good time. His infectious smile and Dad jokes were always a great addition to any gathering. He loved touring the country with his family in his motorhome and he enjoyed taking cruises with them to the islands. Dick was the kind of person who could talk to anybody and have a good time, always making everybody feel better. He could pick up a conversation with a friend he had not seen in twenty years just as if it were yesterday. He loved Florida but he also cherished his roots in New England. He never missed the opportunity to travel north where he loved the changing leaves, the spring blooms and the smell of the ocean air in Rockport. Later in life, as a true labor of love, Dick sacrificed much to take care of his cherished wife Mary, who had suffered a stroke. Many called him a saint on earth but to him, it was simply love. Dick will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and many other friends and relatives who so deeply loved him. But everybody who ever knew him will also smile when they think of him, just glad to have been loved by such a kind and wonderful man. Dick can now be found in heaven rejoicing with Mary, his parents, his brothers and a multitude of relatives and friends who so sincerely loved him. The family will receive friends Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4 to 8 pm at Gary Panoch Funeral Home in Boca Raton, Fla. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturda... https://obituaries.salemnews.com/obituary/richard-lamontagne-1081606303