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Floral Chameleon

August 21st, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Certain varieties of dahlias can change appearance during their flowering.  Shown below is the “Coupe Soleil” which starts orange and gradually becomes white!

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Trending Now!

August 19th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Over the past year, we have noticed an increasing presence of floral crown designs represented in social media, floral newsletters, blogs and websites.

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These over-the-top crowns by Passionflower in Ann Arbor, MI are both gorgeous displays for a lovely summer day!

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The Tree of Forty Fruits

August 13th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

A ward-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken grew up on a family farm in Reading, Pennsylvania, but he spent his college years and much of his early career focused on art rather than agriculture.

While Van Aken says that his work has always been “inspired by nature and our relationship to nature,” it wasn’t until recently that the artist’s farming background became such a clear and significant influence, first in 2008 when he grafted vegetables together to create strange plants for his Eden exhibition, and then shortly after that when he started to work on the hybridized fruit trees that would become the Tree of 40 Fruit.

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Daisy Do or Don’t ?

August 11th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

It is interesting about the daisy.  Many people adore them and consider them fun, refreshing and charming.  Others consider them less than quality “filler” flowers.  Our florists have found a wonderful alternative!

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During summer months, try asking for Chamomile or Feverfew blossoms!

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The Escapades of Rose Bush!

August 7th, 2014 by Estelle Mays


Margot Shaw, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Flower magazine chronicles the day-to-day activities of a busy flower girl.







Visit www.flowermag.com/prim-rose to purchase your copy!


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Good Queen Bett’s Rose Court

August 5th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

betsy bloomingdale.rose gardenBetsy Bloomingdale, affectionately known as “Good Queen Betts”, a life long resident of Los Angeles, is well known for philanthropy, style and grace.  In the Aug 2014 issue of Town & Country, her close friend Alex Hitz offers a glimpse into the celebrated lady’s love of flowers.

“Betsy Bloomingdale’s rose garden is reached through vine-covered gates, past an allee of meticulously trimmed hedges and cypress trees.  I call it her secret garden, because it’s set off to the side of her Holmby Hills compound….

Betsy’s fine hand and love of flowers are alive in every room of the house – the orchids, just so, on the grand piano, those exquisite dahlias and roses the size of cat heads in silver or porcelain bowls throughout the library and breakfast room….  The rose garden isn’t there just for show, though it is my favorite in Los Angeles; it’s a cutting garden for the Hybrid Tea roses and Ball dahlias that decorate the lovely rooms inside the house, whether there’s company or not.”

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Bathtub Gardens ~ Community Supported Agriculture

July 30th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Nestled quietly in the heart of the coastal mountains of the Pemberton Valley, British Columbia, Bathtub Gardens specializes in cut flowers and foliage. Utilizing farming practices which keep the environment in mind, and, proudly a certified organic farm, Bathtub Gardens offers a Community Supported Agriculture program.

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In return for their early investment, members receive a weekly bouquet or bucket of the certified organic specialty cut flowers. Every arrangement is made on the farm, preservative-free, from stems picked on the same day as or a day before delivery. Members make arrangements to pick up their share at select drop-off spots in Whistler, Pemberton, Squamish and Vancouver every Thursday.

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The season starts at about the beginning of June and goes on for 16 weeks. Full or Half seasons shares are available.  Memberships are fully transferable and are great shared with friends and family.  Two types of shares are available:  A weekly hand tied Bouquet or a Bucket full of blooms for you to arrange.

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The Eden Project

July 29th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

The Eden Project does much more than offer a memorable day out in Cornwall! Eden is also a charity and social enterprise.

As well as creating stunning gardens and hosting fantastic arts and music events, much energy goes into running transformational social and environmental projects locally and around the world; creating unforgettable learning experiences for students; doing valuable research into plants and conservation; and running operations in the greenest possible way.











Browse all of Eden’s projects and programmes.

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Vanessa Birley Designs

July 21st, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Vanessa Birley‘s love of nature and in particular flowers, began many years ago in her parents’ garden in Surrey. Keen to help out, she would keenly pick whatever flowers she could get her hands on (without her dad seeing) and bring them into the house.

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Her love of coloring became transfixed for some years with doodle-art, and she gained her BA degree in interior design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Working with color, texture, pattern and design has instilled in her a passion for conveying her ideas in the form of beautifully made paintings and soft furnishings.

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Cyrstal Ball to the Future

July 18th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

glass-sphereGerman architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.


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