Schwanke Shows Western Michiganders the Power of Flowers

Imagine an event that demonstrates the joy of working with, giving, and receiving flowers; draws attention to International Women’s Day; and raises money for local charities. That’s the gist of the uBloom Flower Power Challenge, which kicks off the West Michigan Home and Garden Show tonight in Grand Rapids. J Schwanke, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, founder …

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Hats ON For Bobbi

The industry has lost an icon. Barbara “Bobbi” Ann Ecker Blatchford died Friday, February 3, leaving behind two children and legions of fans throughout the world. Over the weekend, social media exploded with tributes to the inimitable Bobaloo.

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Florist Warning: Check Your Yelp Listings

We are receiving multiple reports from florists regarding unauthorized manipulation of their Yelp listings by a an uncontracted third party. Update: Both Yelp and BloomNation have provided some clarification.

Jet Fresh Name That Rose App

Jet Fresh Flowers Launches New App

Can you spot the difference between ‘Freedom’ and ‘Forever Young’? How about ‘Mondial’ and ‘Vendela’? What distinguishes ‘High and Magic’ from ‘Fiction’? Put your rose knowledge to the test with Jet Fresh Flower Distributors’ new mobile app, “Jet Fresh Flowers’ Name That Rose.” JFF’s “Name That Rose” is the first-ever quick-answer, multiple choice-style flower quiz game. The goal: correctly identify roses by variety before the timer runs out.

Mayesh Names Winners in Charity Design Contest

Mayesh Wholesale Florist recently announced winners of its charity design contest. The company challenged florists to create a romantic tablescape perfect for Valentine’s Day, which were put to a vote. The top three winners received a large donation to a charity of their choice. Each of Mayesh’s 16 branches participated, with several designers collaborating on a single concept. Hundreds …

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Two Stars Are Born

Mayesh Wholesale Florist recently announced the winners of its annual Design Star contest. This year, Jerome Raska AIFD, AAF, PFCI, CF and Shawn Michael Foley outshine a field of 17 talented designers to earn the coveted title. Foley, a designer at Hothouse Design Studio in Birmingham, Alabama (owned by another Design Star alum, Mandy Majerik, …

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‘Brilliant Stars Green Pink’ Wins Best in Show

The Society of American Florists kicked off its 131st annual convention Wednesday in Amelia Island, Florida. To launch the event, the association hosted a flower contest, The Outstanding Varieties Competition, which featured 225 entries from 33 companies, from Florida, Oregon, California, Ohio, Hawaii, Colombia, Ecuador and Israel. Nine judges, consisting of three growers, three wholesalers …

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