Local Flower Shop News
Floriade organisers deny there are fewer flowers this year - The Canberra TimesTuesday, October 11, 2016
ACT's annual celebration of spring across the October long weekend. Floriade 2016 from the air. The portable flower beds are arranged in the shape of a tulip. Photo: Jay CronanBut many were left disappointed by the flower show and the ticketed NightFest, citing fewer flowers and lights than previous years."On the whole the NightFest was a great disappointment. The lights were average with a few tulips changing colour in a water pond and some mushroom type lights set out and changed into a couple of colours. We have better lighting in our backyard," one woman wrote on Floriade's Facebook page."We came from Sydney, got a hotel, walked down to NightFest, and left 20 mins later! There was no light show, just two gardens with very average lights, and then some random lights in trees. What the?" another said."Attended on Tuesday and I must say I was disappointed. There is definitely a noticeable reduction of flower displays/beds. Every year I take photos from the Regatta Point end down towards the ferris wheel as it's always a great shot. This year sadly disappointed and didn't even take a photo," another added.But Events ACT's Jasmine De Martin hit back at criticism, saying Floriade had a different footprint each year."No, there's not less flowers. There's the same amount of bulbs and annuals that have been planted each year so there's over a million of those," Ms De Martin s... http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/floriade-organisers-deny-there-are-fewer-flowers-this-year-20161002-grtj3w.html
Singing florist gets shock of life with unexpected TV performance on Michael McIntyre show - Swindon AdvertiserMonday, May 23, 2016
Ella Fitzgerald’s Too Darn Hot with a troupe of dancers.And Laura traded flowers for fame when she took to the stage for the glittering performance and met singing royalty Katherine Jenkins and Ronan Keating backstage.“I can barely remember the performance, it’s a complete blur, but I’m really amazed that I was able to pull it off,” she said.“Everyone worked so hard to pull the stunt off, all my friends and family knew, and none of them said a word, even my son Jack managed to keep it a secret which is a first and I am so proud of him.“The whole experience was a dream come true for me because I love performing, it was simply magical.”Tune in to watch Laura on The Big Show on BBC1 showing May 21 at 7.50pm. http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14495366.Singing_florist_gets_shock_of_life_with_unexpected_TV_performance_on_Michael_McIntyre_show/
Tributes as well-kent Largs florist and former fireman passes away - Largs and Millport Weekly NewsSunday, January 17, 2021
TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved former Largs florist after he passed away at the age of 74. Stuart Kennedy, who served the town for decades as owner of S Kennedy Florist, was also a retained firefighter locally for 12 years and one of the founding members of the Viking Festival. Born in a tenement in Glasgow, Stuart was the eldest child of Willie and Betty Kennedy and brother to Alan, Marion and Jeanne. After school, Stuart went to work as a fruit and veg buyer and soon rose up the ranks to become one of the youngest members of the executive staff at the Malcolm Campbell's where he worked. It was while employed there Stuart met wife-to-be Liz, a florist, at a staff dance. On November 1 1969 the couple married at Mossvale Church in Paisley - and in 2019 celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Both Stuart and Liz were blessed with the birth of daughter Elaine in 1972 and in 1974 the family was complete after the birth of son David. In 1975, Liz’s mum and dad Bessie And Robert took them to Largs as it was Bessie's favour... https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/18972459.tributes-well-kent-largs-florist-former-fireman-passes-away/
Border chaos disrupts flower supply for Norfolk florists - Eastern Daily PressSunday, January 17, 2021
A florist in Norwich has said panic is rising over flower stock due to border restrictions.Travel and freight was banned from France to the UK to avoid importing a new variant of Covid-19. As a result, concerns have been mounting about disruption to supply chains of food, drink and medicine to the UK.On Tuesday, the French authorities announced the border would reopen - but travellers must have a negative test result.In the meantime, some florists in Norfolk have said the border chaos has left them working a day behind schedule.You may also want to watch:It comes after they have seen a rise in the number of orders over Christmas as relatives send flowers instead of visiting loved ones due to coronavirus restrictions.Shelley Newton, owner of The Flower House in Costessey, said she had been "massively affected" by the shut border.She added: "Normally florists work a day ahead and now we have been working a day behind."Floris... https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/border-chaos-disrupts-flower-supply-6866196
RVC florist fills window displays with 'holiday pandemic' scenes - NewsdaySunday, January 17, 2021
People passing by Masters and Company Florist in Rockville Centre will see a holiday window display not unlike those found in New York City. Its decked-out windows are inspired by both the holiday season and the pandemic. "I feel like everything is so surreal and depressing, especially during the holidays," says owner Laurie Speziale, 60. "Why not create something a little whimsy?" The scenes created by the Woodmere resident include a Santa Claus sporting a face covering and a Christmas tree with medical masks mixed in among its ornaments. "I always do [the windows] up quite elaborate, for every season and holiday," Speziale says of her decorative handiwork. This year, COVID pulled the plug on the events that typically carry her business such as weddings, bar and bas mitzvahes and other parties, which gave Speziale some extra time to beef up her holiday display. "I really wanted... https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/fashion-and-shopping/rockville-centre-masters-and-company-florist-1.50091128
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
Longtime owner of 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.
5 flower trends expected to surge in popularity in 2021 - HouseBeautiful.comSunday, January 17, 2021
Receiving or giving flowers and making your home beautiful will continue to be important next year,' says Larry Walshe, celebrity London florist and founder of Bloom. 'Following two national lockdowns, we have all learned that flowers are not just a luxury, but rather a necessity that bring joy, pleasure and a boost to wellbeing. The use of plants and flowers in the home is beneficial for both our physical and mental health, thanks to the air-purifying qualities of blooms and their ability to help reduce stress and anxiety.'Take a look at the flower trends set to surge in popularity... 1. Flower subscriptionsConvenient ways to send a longer-lasting floral gift, letterbox flower subscriptions were at an all-time high in 2020, as many of us surprised distant loved ones with beautiful blooms. Unsurprisingly, they're not going anywhere in 2021, with their demand predicted to double. 'It's going to be more important than ever for florists and online flower delivery services to meet the standards of convenience that have been set by food providers and ensure that whenever you want it, we are here to serve you,' he says. 2. Pastel colours For 2021, expect bursts of soft pinks, sage greens and creamy whites. As well as beautiful f... https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/garden/plants/a35095696/flower-trends-2021/