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Everyday heroes  come in many forms
As the “bomb cyclone” blasted the East Coast with snow and bitter cold and even turned Atlantic Ocean waves into Slurpee slush, on the West Coast of the United States, firefighters risked their lives battling massive California wildfires. Many of those same first responders were then immediately called upon again to rescue victims from mudslides that ravaged the burned-out hillsides. These hard-working people had spent countless hours training to be ready to act... Read more
TPIE 2018 — Indoor plants are hip again
The Tropical Plant International Expo celebrated its 45th year bringing together buyers and sellers of interior plants and related products. Taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, TPIE this year attracted more than 6,000 industry professionals and over 350 exhibiting companies — including 38 new exhibitors — during its run from Jan. 17-19 at the Broward County Convention Center. Indoor plants are hip, as if it’s the 1970’s all over again, so it’s no surprise TPIE... Read more
The future of Women’s Day is purple
Real and positive change is happening from Hollywood to Washington D.C. and all points in-between. Sparked by the #MeToo movement, women’s rights have been a big part of the national consciousness for the last year. This has generated much-needed discussion and cultural introspection. In fact, according to Merriam-Webster, the most looked-up word on their website for 2017 was “feminism.” It is no small coincidence that Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of the Year,... Read more
The Tropical Plant International Expo award winners
The Tropical Plant International Expo celebrated its 45th year bringing together buyers and sellers of interior plants and related products. Taking place in Fort Lauderdale, FL, TPIE this year attracted more than 6,000 industry professionals and over 350 exhibiting companies — including 38 new exhibitors — during its run from Jan. 17-19 at the Broward County Convention Center.   {igallery id=3840|cid=305|pid=1|type=category|children=0|addlinks=0|tags=|li... Read more
SAF appoints six leaders to chair councils
The Society of American Florists appointed six members from its board of directors to serve as chairmen on its segment councils and joint councils — which make recommendations on how the national trade association can develop programs and services to meet the needs of its members —according to a news release. “We could not do what we do without our volunteer leaders — everything SAF does starts as an idea or need that’s raised by members of the Retailers, Wholesalers... Read more
SAF’s Congressional Action Days are March 12-13
The Society of American Florists invites you to lobby and share your business stories during its 38th Annual Congressional Action Days March 12-13 in Washington, D.C., and “every voice counts when it comes to persuading legislators to consider the industry’s concerns,” according to a news release. Members of the floral industry at the Society of American Florists’ 2017 Congressional Action Days lobbied and shared their business stories with legislators on Capitol... Read more
World Floral Expo back to Chicago March 20-22
After a successful trade show in the Chicago area four years ago, World Floral Expo will have its 2018 edition again in Rosemont, IL, according to a news release. It will meet March 20-22 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, immediately northwest of Chicago. Shlomo Danieli and Jeanne Wessar from Alon Hagalil and Blooming of Beloit.After the 2014 show, exhibitors expressed the wish to organize another WFE at the Rosemont Convention Center. Rosemont is only... Read more
Through fire & mud — how Carpinteria’s flower farmers kept growing
December’s wildfires and January’s mudslides certainly tested the resolve of California’s flower farmers in the Carpinteria Valley. Known as “the nation’s flower basket,” California’s most valuable flower-growing region faced two mandatory evacuation orders in just 30 days. Mud and debris blocked many streets Jan. 9, including Via Real near Gallup & Stribling Orchids and Westerlay Orchids, in Carpinteria, CA.Unable to access production facilities for a two-day... Read more
Cal Poly float wins Past Presidents Trophy at 2018 Rose Parade
Cal Poly universities’ milestone 70th float, “Dreams Take Flight,” received the Past Presidents Trophy for the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials at the 129th Rose Parade held New Year’s Day in Pasadena, CA. It was one of 44 floats in the parade, according to a news release. “This year’s float flies high on a history built on ‘Learn by Doing’ stretching back seven decades,” said Cal Poly president Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Just... Read more
Japanese scientists create a true blue chrysanthemum
Naonobu Noda, principal research scientist at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan, was very surprised when, after 16 years of trying, his team successfully created a true blue chrysanthemum through genetic engineering. Noda’s team tried adding genes from dozens of blue flower species to chrysanthemums but none of them worked, according to a news release. Naonobu Noda with the blue chrysanthemum that his team developed at the... Read more
American Grown 2018 Field to Vase Dinner Tour stops announced
The fourth season of the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is underway. Last year, dinners were selling out months in advance, so you are encouraged to book early. “We couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of farms involved with this year’s floral-infused dinner tour,” said Kasey Cronquist, administrator at Certified American Grown in Santa Barbara, CA, in a news release. “Known for stopping at America’s most beautiful flower farms, this year’s tour... Read more
IFD flower trends forecast 2018
Each year, International Floral Distributors, a marketing company owned by 19 floral wholesale distributors with over 60 locations, publishes its annual flower trends forecast. According to a news release and designed by Michael J. Skaff, IFD presents the following four 2018 emerging event and wedding flower trends, flower types, flower colors and floral design stylings: Magnificent Mediterranean — A rich and vibrant style with modern simplicity. Positively Posh... Read more
The American Floral Endowment announced two new scholarships have been established, just in time for the 2018 scholarship application season. These new scholarships join the 21 other scholarships awarded annually to promote and assist young professionals joining the floral and horticultural industries, according to a news release. The application deadline for all AFE scholarships is May 1. Long Island Flower Growers Association —Bob Gunther Memorial... Read more
Bachman’s resurrects Macy’s Flower Show tradition in new location
minneapolis — When the downtown Macy’s store here was sold to a developer and then closed its doors last March, flower lovers mourned the end of the Macy’s Flower Show, an annual rite of spring for more than 50 years. Bachman’s, a local, family-owned floral, gift, home and garden business, helped produce the Flower Show, first partnering with Dayton’s Department Store in 1960. It was continued under Marshall Field’s ownership and later Macy’s, with about 65,000... Read more
The Association of Floral Importers of Florida is celebrating 35 years of representing flower importers by unveiling a new logo. AFIF: America’s Flower Connection has been the longtime tagline of the association, but now it is becoming the center of what the members are to the flower industry, according to a news release. “We were started in 1982 — 35 years ago,” Christine Boldt, AFIF’s executive vice president, told The Produce News. “So, in order to have a clean,... Read more
The Great Lakes Floral & Event Expo, under the banner “Floristry —- an Everyday Event,” will gather March 2-4 at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, MI, according to a news release. This year, events have been added to the Michigan Floral Association’s annual floral expo. A partnership has been formed between the MFA and the International Live Events Association for this year’s Expo and ILEA will be hosting special event industry education sessions... Read more
WF&FSA’s University of Innovative Distribution slated for March 11-14
The Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s University of Innovative Distribution March 11-14 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, IN, offers a four-day concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry, according to a news release. UID is offered each March and is sponsored by WF&FSA and over 40 other leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Distribution... Read more
ASCFG presents two-day intensive meeting
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers presents a meeting designed specifically for cut flower growers well established in their careers —those considering expansion or retirement, farm transition, and long-term planning —March 11-13 at Chateau LeMoyne in New Orleans, LA. The two-day intensive meeting will be moderated by Lynn Byczynski, founding publisher of “Growing for Market,” a national periodical for market farmers, and author of the books “The Flower... Read more
Free tickets for Flower Expo China available online
You can pre-register today for Flower Expo China 2018 at the Guangzhou International Sourcing Center Complex taking place March 21-23, to take advantage of its free entry tickets, according to a news release. Online registration is available until March 10. Over 33,500 visitors from more than 30 countries attended Flower Expo China 2017 in Guangzhou, China, and numbers are expected to increase this year.More than 500 exhibitors are anticipated at the China Floriculture... Read more
As the “Harvey Weinstein Effect” sweeps across the United States, there have been numerous daily revelations concerning sexual misconduct in the workplace. The floral industry will no doubt be impacted by this phenomenon in the New Year as the nation experiences a groundswell of demand for widespread cultural change. And as change management professional Kellee O’Reilly pointed out in her open letter to the green industry, “No, we are not immune … but I believe... Read more