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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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British Garden Pink

July 14th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Floral Designer Simon Lycett rocked the world with gorgeous florals of the British Garden Pink, and delivered delicious arrangements good enough to eat, for British Flowers Week at New Covent Garden.simon-lycett-strawberries-3

Modern garden pinks belong to the dianthus family of plants which are native to the mountains of Europe and Asia.closeup.garden  pink







The Greek botanist Theophastus (371-287 BC) gave the dianthus it’s name: dios meaning divine and anthus meaning flower.

Pinks have been cultivated for hundreds of years, since before the time of Elizabeth I.  Pinks were known as feathered gillyflower in the 16th century.  They are referenced by Shakespeare in a Winter’s Tale.

Fascinating!  It seems that pink meaning flower predates pink meaning color!

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Seeking Talented Floral Industry Professionals

July 10th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Did you know that you could find your dream job by following our job posts?

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Please see the “Jobs” section of our B|Brooks blog page!

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Absolutely Stunning!!

July 8th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Photographer Kirsty Mitchell creates Wonderland imagery on a grand scale with the help of a few friends!


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B|Brooks closed JULY 4 – 6th for Independence Day!

July 3rd, 2014 by Estelle Mays


Enjoy this Holiday Weekend!

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Destination Zundert!

June 30th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Bloemencorso Zundert is the largest flower parade in the world entirely made by volunteers. The parade takes place on the first Sunday of September annually. The floats are large artworks of steel wire, cardboard, papier-mache and flowersDahlias are the only floral variety used and it takes thousands of them to cover just one float!

zundertThe huge floats are made by twenty different hamlets and each of them consists of hundreds of builders, aged 1 to 100, who are all equally crazy about the event.  The older members of the hamlet are often responsible for planting and growing the dahlias, while the younger ones build the float in large temporary tents that are built exclusively for the event.

Most people in Zundert will happily give up their days off to work on the float. The social cohesion that comes from building it is very important. A hamlet is like a family where everyone knows each other and everyone is welcome. After a long evening working on the float people drink a beer together and most hamlets organize all kinds of other activities like song contests and barbecues.

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Ariella at Chalk Hill Clematis Farm

June 26th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

ariella.2Ariella Chezar hosted a workshop at Chalk Hill Clematis Farm, where attendees soaked up the designer’s signature floral style and a little California sun.

Relying on local and seasonal blooms, Ariella’s floral arrangements are best described as wild, romantic masterpieces, and she’s able to make something as simple as fruit-bearing branches look like a Dutch still-life painting. The eight attendees travelled from near and far in hopes of capturing a bit of Ariella’s artistic magic during the master class.

As seen in June 2014 issue of Flower Magazine.


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Sustainable Practice Checklist ~ Flowerlink

June 23rd, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Florists, supermarkets, and event planners throughout Southern California have chosen Flowerlink to be their provider of Los Angeles wholesale roses for a number of reasons.  Flowerlink.Rose

Flowerlink carries over 200 varieties of roses including spray roses, garden roses, and premium select hydrangea. All delivered directly to their clients no later than three days after they’ve been cut from the plant ensuring that their best days are ahead and not behind them.

Beyond their beauty and longevity, Flowerlink roses are grown under the strictest social and environmental standards.  They believe that the world’s best roses can be grown without damaging the earth that helps them flourish.

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Janet Fish~Master of Light and Shadow

June 16th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Birdcage_and_Daffoldils1 janet fishJanet Fish, contemporary American Realist painter, was born in Boston and raised in Bermuda.

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Birdcage and Daffodils oil on canvas 56″x 54″ 2009

Her father was an art history professor, her mother a sculptor and potter, sister a photographer.  And, her grandfather was American Impressionist painter Clark Voorhees.

Fish knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue the visual arts.  She said, “I came from a family of artists, I always made art and knew that I wanted to be and artist.”

A Janet Fish retrospective hosted by Huntsville Museum runs thru July 27, 2014.

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