Brighton Flower Shop News
New Rochester dessert shop infuses artisan creativity with flowers - The TimesWednesday, October 28, 2020
Scott Tady Beaver County Times[embedded content]ROCHESTER — Brighton Avenue soon gets a new sweets shop.Flower and Fin opens its brick-and-mortar business Nov. 6, giving Rochester a brand-new dessert shop and artisan goods store that also will sell flowers."We're going to do cakes by the slice, mini pies, salted caramels, brownies, all kinds of good stuff," co-owner Carley Rice said."Also artisanal tonics, bitters, chocolates," added co-owner Tim Vernon, who is Rice's fiance."And also a flower bar, so it's a spot where you can get some pastries and make a bouquet of flowers," Rice said.These custom desserts, flowers and organic salt and sugar infusions for cooking and baking will be sold in a storefront at 167 Brighton Ave., the former production site for the short-lived Brixton Brewing affiliated with Hollywood Gardens tavern.Rice and Vernon knew they had found the right spot, after a successful pop-up appearance last month at a vegan event at the next-door Roots Rochester bar."Our clientele is pretty co... https://www.timesonline.com/story/entertainment/local/2020/10/28/flower-and-fin-new-dessert-shop-opens-rochester/5990553002/
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/
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/
Longtime CEO of Wedel’s Nursery remembered for love of faith, family, fishing and flowers - mlive.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Andy Wedel said.He shared his love for plants and flowers in every way he could think of, his son said. He helped found the Michigan Certified Nurseryman Program in 1980. And he also spent 42 years on the air for WKZO 590 AM, delivering “Over the Garden Fence” on Saturday mornings.George Wedel picked up the mic from father Harley Wedel in 1963, before passing it to Andy Wedel 15 years ago. One of Southwest Michigan’s longest-running radio shows, it has stayed in the family in a similar way the nursery and garden center has, Andy Wedel said.Four generations of Wedels have put their hard work, sweat and love into the business Harley Wedel started more than seven decades ago. George Wedel was the company’s longest leader, though, the family says. His wife of 61 years, Joyce Wedel, who survives George, was also involved for many years in running the family business.Related: Sunny weather provides Kalamazoo-area gardeners respite amid coronavirus outbreakAll three of George Wedel’s children, including daughter Bonnie Russell, work there. He also has three grandchildren who work for Wedel’s. His brother Roger Wedel, now the last surviving child of Harley Wedel’s four children, is also still involved in the business, Schwartz said.That only scratches the surface of cousins, aunts and uncles who work at the nursery, now located in Texas Township, as well as the family’s farm and other related businesses, she said.Who will take over the business with George Wedel now gone is unknown, Schwartz said. But one thing is for certain — it will stay in the family.Known for his joy of bringing people together for picnics and BBQs on Sunday afternoons, George Wedel also loved fishing and the Detroit Tigers — his two biggest passions outside of his faith and love for plants, his children said.Each year, he would look forward to trips to Drummond Island to go perch fishing, Lake Erie to fish for walleye and an annual trip to Detroit for a ballgame, Schwartz said. Andy Wedel recalled trips to the South Haven pier as a child to catch perch.In addition to fishing, Andy Wedel recalled growing up in “gardens so big a child could get lost in” them and “Detroit Tiger baseball blaring over the little AM radio sitting out on the post.”“I think he has been part of making this county more beautiful,” Schwartz said. “All the trees, shrubs and plants that have been put in all over Kalamazoo County. Our business is 74 years old, just think how many things have been planted around here.“He had a work ethic was like no other and it’s really just why I feel our business has survived and done so well.”A visitation for Wedel will take place from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Country Christian Evangelical Free Church, 9286 36th St. in Scotts. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, at the church. Wed... https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2020/06/longtime-ceo-of-wedels-nursery-remembered-for-love-of-faith-family-fishing-and-flowers.html
COVID-19 devastated flower shops. Local florists hope Valentine's Day starts resurgence - Hometown LifeSunday, February 28, 2021
That was the case for Bob Kupfer and Tiffany Florist in downtown Birmingham last spring. When he was closed for several weeks when COVID-19 was first detected in Michigan, he was left with a cooler full of flowers that couldn't be sold. So he would take them outside his shop at 784 S. Old Woodward and leave them in a bucket for those taking a walk and looking to get out of the house during quarantine. "When we shut down, every day I would come here and put a bucket of flowers in the street," he said. "There's a ton of people who walk by here every day. We were giving away flowers for a long time."Unknown factorsThat won't be the case in February. Kupfer said he is confident those looking to buy their sweetie some flowers — including the traditional red roses associated with the holiday — will be able to, whether they order a week early or walk in the afternoon of Feb. 14.Still, he said, it's best to order ahead to make sure customers can get exactly what they're looking for, since it's a guessing game this year as to how sales will go."The big unknown is, who's going to be buying for Valentines Day?" Kupfer said. "Do we need 10,000 of something or 1,000 of something?"More: Lottery awaits Golden ticket call from $1 billion Mega Millions winner, teachers or notMore: Many families eager to get back to in-person schooling. See what your district has plannedDonna Podpora, who co-owns Donna & Larry's Flowers in Northville with her husband Larry Podpora, said they are starting to get more clarity about what to expect for Valentine's Day, but there were still plenty of questions in late January as they got their shop at 1063 Novi Road decorated with hearts a stuffed bears."Even the suppliers are saying they don't where they're going to get the flowers from at this point. They've got the orders placed. They don't know what's going to come in," said Donna Podpora, who's owned the shop north of Eight Mile for nearly 37 years. "They don't know what to charge us because they don't know what they're going to have to pay because they don't know what they're going to get. It's just so different."Valentine's Day and Mothers Days are widely considered the two biggest days for giving flowers, and flower shops across the region have prepped since before Christmas. It's a big holiday for deliveries, though those look vastly different this year compared to previous years.One issue with Valentine's Day this year isn't the result of COVID-19 but of the calendar: Feb. ... https://www.hometownlife.com/story/money/business/2021/02/03/order-valentines-day-flowers-early-year-florists-say/4226899001/
Local florist delivers donated flowers to seniors - Fox17Sunday, February 28, 2021
ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A surprise just in time for Valentine's Day for dozens of seniors in West Michigan.Simplicity Floral Design and Events delivered flowers to the Allendale Nursing and Rehabilitation Community on Friday. The idea came from Nikki Schindler, who posted on Facebook, asking for people to donate money to the cause.The response was unlike anything she dreamed of. $2,165 rolled in. That covered not just one community, but two. Flowers also went to Saint Ann's home in Grand Rapids.Follow FOX 17: Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube... https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/lakeshore/ottawa/local-florist-delivers-donated-flowers-to-seniors
Eastern Floral launches subscription plans - GR|MAGSunday, January 17, 2021
Courtesy Eastern FloralEastern Floral announced two new subscription programs: plant of the month and a customizable flower subscription, available at all of its West Michigan locations.With these new subscriptions, holiday promotions and Michigan-made gift baskets, the family-owned florist said it hopes to inspire the community to shop local this holiday season.“We wanted to offer a unique gift-giving opportunity that would truly spread joy throughout the year, said Bing Goei, president of Eastern Floral. “Not only can you give the gift of flowers year-round to loved ones, but you can also support and celebrate local businesses with a variety of Michigan-made gift options.”New membership detailsPlant of the monthMembers receive a new blooming plant every month at any Eastern Floral location$55 for 12 monthsIncludes a 4-inch decorative containerMembers receive 20% off merchandise when they stop in for their monthly plantFlower subscriptionMonthly flower arrangement deliveryChoose from three, six or 12 monthsChoose package level: standard ($60 bouquet), deluxe ($75) or premium ($100)Other options are available upon requestAll subscriptions placed in December receive free shippingEastern Floral also is offering 40% off all merchandise and othe... https://www.grmag.com/look-feel/eastern-floral-launches-subscription-plans/