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A Summer Cross Country Adventure

by Leanne Kesler on July 27, 2015 at 8:32 am

Summertime is here! Road trip! Nothing says summertime like an extended vacation in the family car. Visiting friends, family, favorite destinations or in search of a new and exciting location … the long days of summer are meant for road trips. With the lower cost of gas, more people than ever before will be hitting the road for their summer holiday. According to Skift.com,  drivers will take both long, cross-country excursions and shorter, close-to-home weekend escapes. Either way, the road trip is trending strong.

Looking back over the years, I have so many fabulous memories of car-based vacations. The trip to Kansas with my parents was amazing. Imagine four kids under the age of 10 and a dog all crammed in a station wagon (without air conditioning) for a trip across the country. Fast-forward many years, and I still swoon as I dream of the next road trip. Much easier now, it is just my darling husband David and me.

Driving through Iowa one summer, we searched out the state flower, the wild prairie rose.  It took very little “searching.” Designated the state flower in 1897, you can find this gorgeous rosebush everywhere. To this day, a bowl of beautiful roses on my desk takes me back to the trip across Iowa and food memories of the most fabulous corn fritters I have ever tasted.

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Plant a Garden for Pollinators

by Brian Wheat on July 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

My family has been in the flower business for more than 66 years, now in our fourth generation. We take pride on being good stewards of the land and its resources. Planting, growing and selling plants and flowers that not only beautify, but also benefit the environment and its creatures.

MPGC-FINAL-315x315By now, most of you have heard there may be a global problem with some of our most trusted winged friends — the bees, the butterflies, hummingbirds and bats. They are responsible for one out of three bites of food we take, and we are at a critical point in their survival. The reasons we find ourselves in this predicament are numerous. Some man-made and other things we can’t control. Our duty is to find a way to help in any way we can. Habitat loss, degradation and climate change are major concerns, with others being parasites, non-native species and diseases. Pollution and pesticides account for some of the decline, and we have to get better at understanding these effects. Education is critical; it’s the key in how we all move forward to make a better future for our pollinators. We need to identify the problems, work together for positive results and in turn Mother Nature will thrive and benefit from our efforts.

I support the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of the pollinators. I’m going to share with you some advice on how you can plant gardens that benefit pollinators. Read More

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Art in Bloom

by Stephen Rittner on July 13, 2015 at 9:54 am

I attended the annual Art in Bloom event at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts this past spring. The concept of “Art in Bloom” originated at the MFA in the mid ’70s. Simply stated, the idea is to create and display floral designs that interpret the works of art found in a museum. For those who love art and for those who love flowers, it is a brilliant synthesis. It is has been so successful that it has been adapted in varying forms by many museums throughout the nation.

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It’s a beautiful thing the fusion of art and floral design. Floral arrangements combined with the museum’s paintings and sculptures create an entirely new art genre that is more than the flowers and more than the museum piece — a combination mixed-media visual art. Read More

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Centerpiece-fbPlanning a fall wedding? Now is the time to be talking to your florist. Autumn is such a glorious time with all the rich colors, textures and materials, even more so when celebrating a wedding. Unlike spring with its soft palette or summer’s bright hues, autumn has depth, richness and a distinct maturity. Embracing those qualities and enjoying the many materials associated with fall can help create a visually memorable event, and be cost effective.

Décor can be elegant or casual. Just because pumpkins are present doesn’t imply the event is any less refined. Use of metallic color can take the gourd from country bumpkin to chic and haute. Leaving the canning jar aside, a beautiful mercury glass container filled with textural berries, cones, grasses and vines raises the bar for country charm. The glow of candlelight takes on an even warmer tone when reflected off the jewel tones of autumn. Read More

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Fourth of July Décor and More

by Jenny Scala on June 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

The countdown to the Fourth of July fireworks spectacular is on. During the lead up to the rockets red glare, we travel near and far to gather with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Parades and marching bands, BBQs and picnics, beaches and pools, and red, white and blue mark the grand celebration. While preparing for the festivities, consider the many beautiful ways flowers can enhance the three-day July 4 holiday weekend.

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