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Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!

October 30th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Yes!! We are a SF-based company!  Yes!! We are SF Giants fans!

Yes!! They did it AGAIN!!!!bumgarner

The odds were against them… worst stats of any other team entering the play-off season… key veteran players out with injuries…. inexperienced  rookie players in their first world series….  It was going to take a few miracles…

Last night’s game had fans on edge throughout the night, but many were a lot more confident going into the fifth inning. Madison Bumgarner came back on just two days rest after Sunday’s 117 pitch complete game shutout. The 25-year-old relieved Jeremy Affedlt and got the final 15 outs throwing another 68 pitches.

“I’m amazed at what these guys did and the fact we won three times in five years, it’s not that easy, but, when you have a group of warriors like we have, they continue to just amaze you,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy is now the 10th manager to win three World Series titles.

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For the Goth Bride

October 22nd, 2014 by Estelle Mays

 Aubergine Calla Lilies, feathers and fiddleheads

with a jeweled wrap.


As seen at offbeatbride.com.

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October 14th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

BBrooks member Dragonfly Farms in Healdsburg, CA is the place to be on Oct 25!  The farm will host a pop-up dinner with Chef Matteo from Chalk Hill CookeryChef Matteo.Chalk Hill Cookery


Thyme-scented Cashew Cheese Ravioli

Tierra Vegetables Flageolet Bean Pistou

Escarole Salad w/Persimmon, Pomegranate, Toasted Walnuts & Vinaigrette

Crepinette of Roasted Pumpkin

Pear and Hazelnut Torte

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Yan Skates~From Artist to Florist

October 11th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Yan-Skates-Flowerona-6Yan-Skates-Flowerona-7To read and see more, visit Flowerona

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Fashion Joins the Party

October 7th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

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As seen in C magazine September 2014 issue.

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ASCFG National Conference & Trade Show

October 3rd, 2014 by Estelle Mays

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) is putting on an amazing program October 19-22, in Newark, DE, for designers interested in using locally grown materials to elevate their creations.


Growing Growers”
Growers’ School – Oct 19, 2014
National Conference – Oct 20-22



ASCFG Vice President Mike Hutchison of Robin Hollow Farm, Saunderstown, RI and feature speaker Sullivan Owen of Sullivan Owen Floral & Event Design, Philadelphia, PA are both BBrooks member florists!  They will be joined by dozens of other talented designers and farmer florists from around the country for an intensive of design demonstrations and frank round-table discussions on the art and science of working in the floral and wedding worlds with a focus on seasonal, local flowers.

Registration is nearly full!  www.ascfg.org

As seen on Botanical Brouhaha.

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Future of SF Flower Mart

September 30th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

The future of the Wholesale Flower Mart may be in the hands of The City’s voters come next year.

On the heels of a pending sale of half the site at Brannan and Sixth streets, a group of flower vendors, florists, wholesalers and concerned citizens plan to file paperwork with The City today to get a measure on 2015′s ballot that would protect the San Francisco wholesale flower market from a planned tech office development.

With roughly 100 vendors, the more than 50-year-old covered market connects growers with buyers from across Northern California and beyond and is the nation’s second-largest flower wholesaler. In the early-morning hours, trucks delivering flowers unload their wares for sales inside the large airy building. To many, it is a San Francisco icon whose presence is part of The City’s fabric.

The San Francisco Flower Mart Protection Act will make it impossible for The City to give any planning exemptions, which might facilitate turning the site into a tech campus or other office space.

“We thought we’d take it to the voters of San Francisco,” said Patrick McCann, a vendor at the site. “The Flower Mart has a long history of being heard and it should stay here.”

FLWRMART01. AgnosFormer San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos.

Public efforts to protect the Flower Mart began in August when a group of local politicos, including former Mayor Art Agnos and former supervisors Aaron Peskin and Quentin Kopp, held a news conference announcing their fight to save the more than 80 local businesses located there.

Those efforts were meant to notify the public about a pending sale of the site and keep working-class jobs in The City.

Despite such protests, on Sept. 11, a majority of the San Francisco Flower Growers Association voted to sell their half of the Flower Mart to Kilroy Realty Corp. The price, according to opponents, was $26.6 million.

Kilroy, which plans to construct a 655,000-sqaure-foot tech campus on the site, has promised to include flower sellers in any future space. But many fear they will be excluded, at worst, and left without a home for years of construction, at best.

As it stands, many long-term leases at the site expire at the end of the year, and no guarantees beyond vague promises have been given to the tenants, McCann said. Thus far, no communications have been made to tenants by Kilroy, McCann added.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit was filed Sept. 11 by David Repetto, a shareholder of the SFFGA, alleging that the association’s board of directors breached its fiduciary duties by secretly brokering the sale and merger of the SFFGA to Kilroy. It is asking for the court to invalidate the board’s actions.

Before the vote to sell, the SFFGA filed a proposal in 2013 for a 160-foot office building on the site and have until January to file a development proposal.

Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the district, has also introduced legislation that would postpone construction of offices on land zoned for light industry and distribution until a full-fledged rezoning of the area is complete, a process still several years away.

Next steps for moving the ballot measure ahead include circulation of the petition to San Francisco voters in order to qualify for the ballot.

To read more, please see article by Jonah Owen Lamb from Sept 30, 2014 www.sfexaminer.com

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The Beautiful Edible Garden

September 29th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner share their combined knowledge of landscape design at Star Apple Edible & Fine Gardening in the San Francisco Bay area.  Together they utilize ecologically sound landscape design principles and small-scale urban agriculture by working with both ornamental and edible plants to create integrated ornamental and edible landscapes.


For more information, look for their book “The Beautiful Edible Garden” with noted input from BBrooks member florist Studio Choo partners Jill Rizzo and Aletha Harampolis.

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Remembering David Jones

September 18th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

A long-time friend and supporter of Barbera Brooks and Fine Flowers by Phone, David Jones shaped the world’s taste for nearly 5o years; he did flowers for both the Reagan and Ford White Houses and lectured at the Smithsonian.

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During high school in South Bend, Ind., Jones worked for a flower store doing odd jobs. He went on to attend the American Floral Art School in Chicago. Moving to New York to study at Parsons School of Design, he wandered into a chic-looking flower salon on Lexington Avenue. Because he was living with relatives and his expenses were low, Jones told the owner he would work for free for six months. If the owner was satisfied, he would hire him. In three months, Jones had a paid position.

Dear Friend, you will be missed.

Sourced from fine flowers by phone and the Los Angeles Times.

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Barbara Flowers

September 16th, 2014 by Estelle Mays

Barbara Flowers is an international artist who lived most of her life in a small village near the Rhine Valley in Germany. A deep desire to create art began at a young age. Barbara’s parents encouraged her artistic growth with private art lessons and visits to Europe’s museums to see the collections of masterpieces.

barbara flowers. japanese magnolia.1

Barbara’s art may include energetic brushwork, palette knife work, soft passages of blended paint or a heavy build-up of paint.  She strives for just enough variety without too much unity so as to capture the viewer’s attention.
Barbara’s work is held in international private and corporate collections.

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