Local Flower Shop News
“Green Thumbs” connect NJ firefighters with plants - MyCentralJersey.comWednesday, August 17, 2016
Citation in the Journal of Rehabilitation reveals benefit in four areas: Intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.BOONTON - The intoxicating fragrance of lavender filled the auditorium of the New Jersey Firemen’s Home (NJFH) in Boonton.The sound of residents and staff sharing and communing, among the cornucopia of plant material filled the air during the Horticultural Therapy program known as “Green Thumbs.” It is here that people and plants connect without judgment to the bounty of the season’s harvest. Everyone is successful. Everyone is engaged. Green thumbs are not required to sow meaning, purpose, creative expression, and fun.It is not the finished projects, but the process along that way that offers benefits and countless positive experiences through customized activities and projects designed for all abilities.The NJFH is a person-centered home/long-term and residential care facility for retired paid and volunteer firefighters. It offers many therapeutic and diversional programs and experiences to the guests (residents), based on their needs and interests within the recreational therapy program.Monica Story, the home's recreational director said, “Horticultural therapy enhances our recreational program by exposing nature and horticulture to our guests and allows them the opportunity to reminisce, socialize and work hands-on with plants. Like recreational therapy, horticultural therapy benefits the guests in many ways: Spiritually, physically, psycho-socially, emotionally and intellectually. It offers great sensory and reminiscent experience.”Show ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideA 2005 study published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, on the effects of horticultural therapy (HT) on mood state and heart rate in patients participating in an inpatient cardiac rehabilitation concluded that HT improves mood state and may be a useful tool in reducing stress to the exte... http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/outreach/caring-communities/2016/08/16/firefighters-plants/88333288/
New floristry firm launches in time for Mother's Day - The Northern EchoWednesday, March 31, 2021
THOSE looking to buy flowers as a Mother’s Day gift this March can shop local and order from the recently established florist, Sword Blooms. Offering a range of beautiful hand-tied bouquets available in a range of styles and sizes, shoppers can request arrangements using flowers of their choice or ask the florist for recommendations. Based from her home at Dalton, near Richmond, Sword Blooms is independently ran by Emma Sword. Raised on a farm near Gainford, when leaving Barnard Castle School Ms Sword trained as a florist, and then embarked on a 13-year career in the care sector. This winter, she left the care industry at director level to follow her passion for flowers and create Sword Blooms, based from an outbuilding at her home. She said: “I have always loved floristry, it's been an ongoing hobby for many years, during the pandemic to lift the spirits of family and friends I began creating arrangements for those nearby. "The joy the arrangements brought to people gave me the confidence to create Sword Blooms, as it has always been a dream of mine." “Sword Blooms focuses on using the seasons... https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19136649.new-floristry-firm-launches-time-mothers-day/
Grieving residents pour into Boulder flower shop to show support for victims - The Denver ChannelWednesday, March 31, 2021
BOULDER, Colo. — Flowers arrangements and roses are moving fast at Boulder Gardens Florist as people pay their respects for the lives lost in the King Soopers mass shooing in Boulder Monday.Joshua Dusk is a florist at Boulder Gardens Florist. He’s been there for about a year but has 22 years of experience. He moves quickly with each arrangement, but behind every perfectly placed flower, there is intention.“You know, you can’t take it [the pain] away, but I get to be in a position where I can help that healing process with creative energy,” Dusk said. “I like using different colors to heal.”Calls have been pouring into Boulder Gardens Florist for arrangements and deliveries to the police departments, the memorial and the families of the victims.Heidi Lunsford, an employee at the flower shop, says flowers help people showcase their support and cope with the tragic loss at a time when many feel helpless.Aaron Pilling dropped by the shop and picked up ten red roses — one for each victim — and two bouquets of flowers. He plans to attend a vigil with friends.“I think I fee... https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/grieving-residents-pour-into-boulder-flower-shop-to-show-support-for-victims
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Owners Emily and Bobby Lynge always saw the Airstream as temporary, however, and during the pandemic, were able to make the move to the space once occupied by The Enchanted Florist on Camp Bowie.
The Magnolia Avenue Airstream will be open until Thursday. On Saturday, the Camp Bowie space will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Here’s your guide to preserving and crafting with flowers straight from your garden - OregonLiveWednesday, March 31, 2021
Working from her home studio in Hillsboro, Eliades said having this business during the pandemic has helped her to push her creative boundaries.Anyone can craft with plants, however, and florist Jeremi Carroll and farmer John Peterson said a good place to start is just by looking around your garden.“See what you have. What aesthetic do you want? What are you trying to build?” Peterson said. “See what textures you might want to incorporate into whatever you’re making.”Owners of Pollinate Flowers in Newberg, Carroll and Peterson started a dry flower program at their shop last year. They create arrangements and wreaths made from flowers they grow and dry on their farm, and even sell wreath kits at their retail shop.Carroll said that you can dry anything, but some flowers are just naturally easier to work with than others. Roses, yarrow, statice, Gomphrena, amaranth, marigold, hydrangea, grass seed heads, feverfew, celosia and strawflower are all varieties that are considered dry when they’re alive, he said, so they will dry easily and hold their shape well.“They already have a crispy texture to petals, so when they dry they don’t change structure or color,” he explained.24Dried flower craftsThere are multiple ways to dry flowers, but the three most common methods are hanging upside down, using silica gel and pressing. Carroll said the traditional way is to bunch flowers together and hang them upside down in a dry and dark space. He recommended drying them in the house away from a window, where humidity is low.That method works for many flowers and grasses, but for daisy-like flowers, such as black-eyed Susans, drying works better with the petals and center of flower drying face-up, Carroll said. When they hang, the gravity will close up the petals around the center, so Carroll recommended dr... https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2021/03/heres-your-guide-to-preserving-and-crafting-with-flowers-straight-from-your-garden.html
WRAL Small Business Spotlight: Fallon's Flowers celebrates 100 years in Raleigh - WRAL.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
By Jessica Patrick, WRAL multiplatform producerRaleigh, N.C. — Fallon's Flowers isn't just the oldest florist in Raleigh -- it's very likely the oldest in North Carolina, owners say. It was recognized by the public as the best, winning the best florist category in the 2020 WRAL Voters' Choice Awards.The company has been around for more than 100 years, since the Fallon family migrated to Raleigh in 1919 and began growing their own flowers in a series of greenhouses near Oakwood Cemetery.In 1920, the Fallons opened a retail shop on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, where they sold flowers for decades until they moved into the current building at 700 Saint Mary's St., which was originally a Piggly Wiggly.The business was eventually sold to the Brown-Wynne family and is now owned by the McCarthy family. The longest-working employee started helping in the greenhouses 45 years ago and still works at the Saint Mary's Street location.Frank Campisi has managed that location for 20 years. He said, while the ownership has changed, the family focus remains the same."I talk to customers who... https://www.wral.com/wral-small-business-spotlight-fallon-s-flowers-celebrates-100-years-in-raleigh/19595753/