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Bouquets to Art 2015

March 5th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Bouquets to Art ~ April 14 – 19, 2015

The San Francisco Bay Area welcomes Spring each year with this popular week-long exhibition featuring unique art and floral mash-ups where floral designers create arrangements that pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the works in the de Young’s permanent collections. Throughout the week, visitors can participate in floral demonstrations by prominent designers, hands-on art activities for children, catered luncheons, and a raffle. All proceeds from this annual event support exhibitions and educational programs at the de Young and the Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The Opening Night Gala and Preview will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015. To download an order form, click here.

For more details about Bouquets to Art, please call (415) 750-3504.

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Happy Friday ~ Spring is nearly here!

February 27th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Zoe & Ripley at Thistle and Bone, CA. As seen on Flirty Fleurs.

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What is Flower House!?

February 20th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

IT WILL TAKE A VILLAGE TO RAISE A FLOWER HOUSE.

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THE THIRD WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 2015, CUTTING EDGE FLORISTS FROM MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL FILL THE WALLS AND CEILINGS OF AN ABANDONED DETROIT HOUSE WITH AMERICAN-GROWN FRESH FLOWERS AND LIVING PLANTS FOR A WEEKEND INSTALLATION.

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THE PROJECT WILL BE FEATURED IN LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND WORLDWIDE MEDIA FOR INNOVATION IN FLORAL DESIGN AND REPURPOSING FORGOTTEN STRUCTURES IN THE CITY OF DETROIT.

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The Business of Flowers

February 16th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

The flower market at 28th Street is the historic heart of America’s $18 billion flower industry. Its traditional structure was simple: local florists bought from wholesalers in the markets, who in turn sourced flowers from growers or their agents.  There are two ways into the flower business: by birth or by accident. Alongside a dozen or so family firms, 28th Street employs ex-pint-pullers from Ulster, oil riggers, Punjabi toughs and a Serbian former Marlboro Man, who have all found a happy home in a place that sells dead plants with names such as “Hot Eskimo” and “Charming Babe Spray”.

The Economist.Dec 20

Yet for all its gritty sophistication, 28th Street is a shadow of its former self. It was set up in the 1890s and dominated by Greeks, mainly from a town called Nafpaktos, according to Louie Theofanis who runs Major Wholesale Florist, a second-generation firm founded by his father who, legend has it, started out sleeping in a flower box on 6th Avenue. Steven Rosenberg of Superior Flowers, a third generation florist, says his grandfather spoke Yiddish when he arrived in New York and learned Greek to work on 28th Street.

Transient, superfluous and beautiful, flowers decorate the pinnacle of New York society. The city’s wealthiest, whose Upper East Side penthouses can be spied from the Met’s roof, might spend $10,000 a week on them…

Read the full article in The Economist,  Dec 20, 2014

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This is LOVE!

February 10th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Cebolla Fine Flowers, TX turns up the heat with this sumptuous arrangement of Five Dozen Red Roses accented with foliage and red apples.

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Impeccable!

February 3rd, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Valentine’s Day selections from Jane Packer, London.

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With Love from High Camp

January 26th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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This elegant & charming gifting item from High Camp is delightfully simple.  A beautiful presentation which can be ordered online is number five on the 2014 Favorite Things list from Oprah Magazine. “It’s gardenia heaven in a beyond-elegant box;” says Winfrey.

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Elegant Winter Wedding

January 21st, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Gorgeous Whites, Creams, and Greens from our member Flowergarden, TX.  Garden Roses, Anemones, Star of Bethlehem, Dusty Miller, eucalyptus perfectly suited to the bridal colors.

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Love your Florist For Valentine’s!!

January 17th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

A wonderful tribute to all of our florists worldwide! They work very hard for us all!

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The Art of the Heirloom

January 15th, 2015 by Estelle Mays

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Hudson Valley Seed Library is featured significantly in the New York Times!!

The “Art of the Heirloom,” as the title goes, is ecological, historical, commercial and participatory.  The collection of  59 seed-pack designs are featured in an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden thru July 19, before going on a yearlong tour, with stops at the Philadelphia Flower Show; the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, outside Worcester, Mass.; and the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, Calif.)

Midnight Garden Flower Mix, by Tonja SellSnapdragon Mix, by Olivia Mew

From right to left, top to bottom:  Chives by Sarah Jacoby; Common-milkweed by Nancy Blum; Midnight Garden Flower Mix by Tonja Sell; Snapdragon Mix by Olivia Mew

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