Florist – Bloom Online India http://bloomonlineindia.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:59:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bloomonlineindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-6-120x120.png Florist – Bloom Online India http://bloomonlineindia.com/ 32 32 Stands to launch a new online push florist delivery service | New https://bloomonlineindia.com/stands-to-launch-a-new-online-push-florist-delivery-service-new/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:59:36 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/stands-to-launch-a-new-online-push-florist-delivery-service-new/ Northern retailer Booths is launching a new online florist delivery service. The upscale grocer is launching the new Flowers by Booths service in partnership with Lincolnshire-based Lambs Flowers, which offers free next day delivery nationwide, except Saturdays, where a £5 charge is billed. Customers will be able to choose from a range of ‘sustainably grown’ […]]]>

Northern retailer Booths is launching a new online florist delivery service.

The upscale grocer is launching the new Flowers by Booths service in partnership with Lincolnshire-based Lambs Flowers, which offers free next day delivery nationwide, except Saturdays, where a £5 charge is billed.

Customers will be able to choose from a range of ‘sustainably grown’ British flowers and bespoke bouquets, which will change with the seasons. Prices range from £27.50 to £40.

“Like Booths, Lambs Flowers is a family business that puts passion into everything it does and grows,” said Booths buyer Tom Hargreaves.

“Partnering with the best UK farmers and growers is what Booths does best and this is the first time we’ve been able to offer home flower delivery across the country.

“The Lambs place great importance on sustainability and heat their greenhouses with a biomass heating system that uses recycled rainwater,” he added.

This is Booths’ first major step in expanding online operations since relaunching its “Everyday Click and Collect” service last June, which now offers more than 5,000 items for next-day pickup.

The retailer has invested in its e-commerce operations due to the increase in online shopping seen during the pandemic.

At the same time, it was forced to close its Media City store last year due to a drop in footfall. The space has recently opened as a new cooperative.

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Homewood florist closes after 62 years of weddings and funerals https://bloomonlineindia.com/homewood-florist-closes-after-62-years-of-weddings-and-funerals/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:42:22 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/homewood-florist-closes-after-62-years-of-weddings-and-funerals/ On October 31, a chapter in Homewood history ends when Marty Arrivo closes the door of Homewood Florist for the last time. Opened by his father, Paul Arrivo, in 1960 on Martin Avenue – an interior one-way street in the center of Homewood that now hosts many of the city’s festivals and street fairs – […]]]>

On October 31, a chapter in Homewood history ends when Marty Arrivo closes the door of Homewood Florist for the last time.

Opened by his father, Paul Arrivo, in 1960 on Martin Avenue – an interior one-way street in the center of Homewood that now hosts many of the city’s festivals and street fairs – the boutique has been a common thread in the fabric Homewood commercial. It is one of the few businesses that have thrived in the city’s downtown area for centuries.

The impending closure was announced on September 20 on the shop’s Facebook account. It sparked hundreds of hearts, comments, tears, and shares, but it didn’t slow anything down. Coolers are filled with flowers and arranged pieces await delivery with tags and notes attached. Cascading casket pieces, urn arrangements, wedding corsages and bouquets are everywhere. Until Halloween, it’s business as usual at Homewood Florist.

Arrivo’s wife Kyle, who has worked alongside him since they married in 1985, said they would be busy until the end of the month.

“Our last wedding is October 29,” she said. “Fall weddings are huge now, so we’re doing our weddings for October and then we’ll be done,” she said. “We’ll have a little sale on whatever’s left, and then that’s it.”

Although the work has been constant, Arrivo said a lot has changed in the industry over the decades.

“In the 60s and 70s, if you wanted to buy flowers, you had to go to a florist,” he said. “Now you don’t have to do that anymore. Grocery stores, gas stations, everyone is in the flower business. So now it’s specialized – weddings, funerals, parties, high-end flowers are the reason they’ll come to a flower shop, so you need to be on top of your game. You have to be really good at what you do or they’ll just bypass you and buy a bouquet at the grocery store. We are very lucky to have had a great audience for all these years.

History springs from the walls in the back rooms of the boutique. Arrivo’s office is lined with photos of family, friends, families of friends and employees. In the design area, a particleboard wall dubbed the “Wall of Fame” displays children’s heights over the decades, along with signatures and dates. Brands of hundreds of employees, family members, and even customers are listed. Along with countless Arrivos, the names of another longtime Homewood company abound: Aurelio.

“The reason my dad opened in this town was because he was friends with Joe Aurelio. Joe opened the pizzeria in 1959 and my dad worked for his brother in Roseland in the flower business,” Arrivo said. “Joe said to him, ‘Paul, you should come to Homewood – open a shop in Homewood,’ and my dad came a few months later and opened the shop.”

Generations of employees, customers and friends scrawled their names in a Homewood Florist backroom on a wall affectionately labeled "the wall of fame" by business owner Marty Arrivo.  The business is expected to close at the end of October.

Arrivo said that at one time or another each of his six siblings worked in the workshop. From start to finish, Homewood Florist is a family business. Those who aren’t technically related seem to stay as if they are anyway.

“We have a small team and they have been with me for a long time. There was a woman who worked here with us, her name was Ann Blum, she worked here for over 50 years with us. She had a work ethic like I’ve never seen in anyone. She was a wonderful person and a fabulous employee,” Arrivo said. “Another of the girls, Kathie Florio, is also retiring, and she’s been with me for 30 years. My daughter was a little toddler at HF, the child development class they have there, and Kathie was one of the instructors. My daughter loved it. Kathie came to apply for a job and my wife saw her and said, ‘She’s the girl our daughter likes. Hire her. And we gave him a job, and here we are.

That was about 30 years ago, Florio said, when she was 17.

“When I started, I did counter help, cash register, flower wrapping, customer service,” she said. Now she takes care of flowers for weddings and is considered the expert in the shop.

“I was the wedding assistant for a while,” Florio said, “but now it’s me. That’s my strong point.”

When the store closes, she said she’ll “take a little break, and then, I don’t know.”

As for the Arrivos, they plan to travel.

“We have a granddaughter in Austin, Texas. We plan to hang out with her,” Marty Arrivo said.

Kyle Arrivo can’t wait to do it together.

“It’s time to retire,” Kyle said. “We have our granddaughter in Texas and I go to visit her every month. I can leave and stay; I am very lucky. Marty can only go two nights.

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They are also planning a trip to Italy.

“We’ve never been to Italy,” Marty Arrivo said. “We planned the trip several times, but business always got in the way. Business always seems to get in the way when you’re in a busy family business. Small business? Are you still there.”

Homewood Florist owner Marty Arrivo starts his days at 6 a.m. at the area's flower markets, including one in Alsip with giant coolers. "It's like buying products," he said. "You choose the best you see.  I won't miss it, though, because it's cold in this cooler and when you walk in there in the winter, it's the coldest place on Earth.

Kyle Arrivo said they discussed the idea of ​​moving to be near their granddaughter, but didn’t talk about it for long. “We’ve been in Homewood-Flossmoor forever. We will stay here, because we have a life here. We’ll just visit Austin more.

“We are not moving,” confirmed Arrivo. “All of our friends are here, all of our favorite restaurants are here, and I love my pizza from the old oven (from Aurelio).”

Clearance sales are starting slowly at Fleuriste Homewood and will continue until the doors close. Arrivo said they hoped to sell all the tchotchkes and baubles they could before the store ended its run, and whatever fresh flowers were left he said would be purchased by other florists in the region. He said they considered the possibility of selling the business, but the right buyer never came along.

“It’s just time to retire,” Arrivo said. “We tried to find a buyer, but it’s a skill set. I couldn’t sell it to someone who has never been in this business. It would be like selling a restaurant without a chef. You have to know how to arrange the flowers, how to buy the flowers, and I just thought it would be better if we stopped it. Retreat and sail into the sunset.

Angela Denk is a freelance writer for The Daily Southtown

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The florist was chosen twice to create bouquets for the late Queen Elizabeth II https://bloomonlineindia.com/the-florist-was-chosen-twice-to-create-bouquets-for-the-late-queen-elizabeth-ii/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/the-florist-was-chosen-twice-to-create-bouquets-for-the-late-queen-elizabeth-ii/ A TALENTED florist has shared her pride at being chosen twice to create bouquets for the late Queen Elizabeth II. Angela Smith was asked to make a bouquet for the late monarch for her Diamond Jubilee visit to Inverclyde in 2012. She was working at Parklea Branching Out at the time and was thrilled to […]]]>

A TALENTED florist has shared her pride at being chosen twice to create bouquets for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Angela Smith was asked to make a bouquet for the late monarch for her Diamond Jubilee visit to Inverclyde in 2012.

She was working at Parklea Branching Out at the time and was thrilled to have the opportunity to provide an arrangement for the Queen.

Angela, 66, who now works for the Royal Horticultural Society, said: “I was delighted when I was asked to do something so important.

“I felt honored and quite nervous – it’s special to be asked to create a bouquet for the Queen.

“I was so proud when I saw her holding the bouquet in Greenock.

“She kept it for quite a while, so she must have liked it.”

Angela, from Langbank, is a community outreach assistant with the HRH and runs workshops for community development groups and schools.

The Diamond Jubilee was not the first time she received the Royal Seal of Approval.

When she was an apprentice to Renfrew District Council in 1983, she had the honor of making arrangements for the Queen during a visit to Paisley.

She says she feels privileged to have been chosen twice to create a flower arrangement for such a special person.

Angela, who is also a West of Scotland organizer for RHS, said: “It was such a privilege to be asked as an apprentice to deliver the bouquet to the Queen.

“I thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I was so thrilled to be asked a second time.”

Angela said she was heartbroken by the Queen’s passing and decided to make a bouquet using flowers from her own garden as a personal tribute.

She told Tele: “I was extremely sad, devastated.

“The Queen was very special and so dedicated to her work.

“The fact that she spent her last days in her beloved Scotland made me very emotional.”

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Everything We Know About Winter House’s Rachel Clark Florist Business https://bloomonlineindia.com/everything-we-know-about-winter-houses-rachel-clark-florist-business/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 16:38:00 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/everything-we-know-about-winter-houses-rachel-clark-florist-business/ winter house Season 2 will premiere on October 13, and fans are excited to hear more about new actress Rachel Clark’s florist business. Rachel’s journey to reality stardom began after saving Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula’s wedding day on summer house season 6. Kyle and Amanda, who will also appear on winter house season 2, […]]]>

winter house Season 2 will premiere on October 13, and fans are excited to hear more about new actress Rachel Clark’s florist business. Rachel’s journey to reality stardom began after saving Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula’s wedding day on summer house season 6. Kyle and Amanda, who will also appear on winter house season 2, hired Rachel to do their flower arrangements after the first people they hired dropped out.


Luckily, Rachel saved the day with her stunning floral designs. In short, after Rachel’s triumphant appearance at the wedding, fans wondered if they would see Rachel again on summer house Next year. While the cast for next season has yet to be confirmed, Rachel was recently announced as one of three newbies to join. winter house.

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Rachel, whose business, Dearest Rachel, is based in New York, continues to bring color with her flower arrangements to her many customers. On Rachel’s website, Dear Rachel, the winter house star advertises the more than 40 clients she works with, including Chanel, Gucci and Bravo. According to her website, Rachel, who is on winter house with Jessica Stocker, arranges stunning bouquets for weddings, floral installations, festive occasions and corporate events. Rachel also proudly shares on her Instagram bio that she has earned a spot on Reviews of floristss top 35 florists under 35 as of April 2022. The goal of the exclusive list is to recognize young entrepreneurs working in the floral industry. Through peer nominations, florists like Rachel are honored for their artistic talents.

Rachel describes herself as “in a relationship with flowers.” Her love of flowers began at a young age when an associate mentioned the opening of a flower shop in Manhattan. As for flowers, Rachel, who will be on winter house with Kory Keefer claims they bring him happiness and appreciation for life. She admitted to seeing herself owning a flower showroom within the next five years. Rachel isn’t shy about detailing her love of flowers on social media, either. In fact, Rachel recently did the floral arrangements for Kourtney Kardashian’s fashion show for her new line with Boohoo. As her business continues to grow, Rachel understands the importance of keeping fans informed about projects.

With winter house season 2 will air soon, fans are eagerly awaiting what Rachel will bring to the season. She saved Kyle and Amanda’s marriage, and now viewers are hoping Rachel will find love on the show. Although she’s not a big fan of the cold, Rachel won’t let that stop her from opening up, embarking on new adventures, and maybe finding love on winter house.

Sources: Dear Rachel, Reviews of florists, Rachel Clark/Instagram

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Florist pays tribute to the Queen – The Royal Gazette https://bloomonlineindia.com/florist-pays-tribute-to-the-queen-the-royal-gazette/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:31:50 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/florist-pays-tribute-to-the-queen-the-royal-gazette/ Created: Sep 20, 2022 07:31 A floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by Demco Florist Bermuda (Photograph provided) A local florist has created a tribute featuring the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Demco Florist Bermuda’s senior florist, Dustin Francisco, used fresh flowers and foliage to create the portrait which is on display at the Church […]]]>

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A floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by Demco Florist Bermuda (Photograph provided)

A local florist has created a tribute featuring the image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Demco Florist Bermuda’s senior florist, Dustin Francisco, used fresh flowers and foliage to create the portrait which is on display at the Church Street store.

Carmen Phillips, owner of Demco, said the artwork, which is displayed in a gold frame, was made using 25 bouquets of imported chrysanthemums as well as moss and birch bark, and took Mr. Francisco about five hours.

Ms Phillips said: ‘The Queen loved the flowers so much – I was watching the tributes in London and wanted to do something to mark the occasion. I knew Dustin would be on board and he did it with such passion.

“One of the challenges was getting the right flowers to the island on time, thanks to our flower wholesalers in Boston, we were able to get them flown in on Wednesday. I believe Dustin started working on it Friday morning .

“The main content of the flower is the button chrysanthemum which represents longevity in the UK floral arena. It’s perfect because the queen has had such a long life and reins. It was so fitting.

Ms Phillips said the Devonshire store where the work was created was hit by three power outages, which put additional pressure on Mr Francisco to complete the work on time. However, she was happy with the end result.

She added: “It was a very ambitious undertaking and I’m delighted that we were able to create something so beautiful and unique.

“He used different colors to create shadow and depth on his face and hair – It’s quite remarkable – each flower was hand dyed to give it a 3D look.

“People stopped to watch it all day – it was like stopping to pay their respects.”

The tribute is pictured on Demco’s Facebook page.

A floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by Demco Florist Bermuda (Photograph provided)

Ms Phillips said the store had done tributes in the past, including funerals and customers’ favorite football teams.

One of the most recognized exhibits was that of a turtle that caught the eye of floral artisans around the world.

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Local florist creates stunning tribute to Queen Elizabeth II – The Pembrokeshire Herald https://bloomonlineindia.com/local-florist-creates-stunning-tribute-to-queen-elizabeth-ii-the-pembrokeshire-herald/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:34:09 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/local-florist-creates-stunning-tribute-to-queen-elizabeth-ii-the-pembrokeshire-herald/ ARMY veteran Rachel started her own Slimming World group in Milford Haven after her own positive experiences. “I changed lives in the military and I hope to continue to change lives for the people of Milford Haven.” Rachel was born and raised in Milford Haven. As a child, she was “active and busy” and a […]]]>

ARMY veteran Rachel started her own Slimming World group in Milford Haven after her own positive experiences.

“I changed lives in the military and I hope to continue to change lives for the people of Milford Haven.”

Rachel was born and raised in Milford Haven. As a child, she was “active and busy” and a real tomboy alongside her brothers.

In 1998, she joined the army at age 16 as a combat medic. Following her training, Rachel served in Germany, throughout the UK, overseas in Cyprus, and was deployed to Oman, Kosovo, Bosnia and Poland before retiring in May 2021.

Her role as a combat medic meant she often had to tend to wounded soldiers in war zones. Rachel described dealing with the range of injuries as “life-changing”.

Rachel’s job wasn’t just to help soldiers recover physically; she also helped them with their mental well-being.

She said she: “has always emphasized the positives that lie ahead for their lives and their families.

“The satisfaction I would get from seeing them recover and their family whole again is so gratifying that I cannot put it into words.”

She has always been a strong and physically fit person. She had an active lifestyle and felt like she “could always eat whatever she wanted”.

In 2017, she was posted to Harrogate. Rachel was 36 and had just given birth to her third child, a daughter, after already having two sons aged 13 and 5.

She says she was nearly two stones overweight even before her pregnancy.

Rachel said, “So I was with four stones to spare. I had lost all confidence and was lost.

“I was in a doctor’s surgery when I saw a poster for Slimming World. I was there for my daughter’s first vaccinations and that’s when I decided to join my local group Harrogate Slimming World.

Rachel said she was welcomed into the group with open arms. She described the members as adorable, offering to make her a hot drink after she was weighed or to hold her baby while she settled into the group.

It was in this group that Rachel found her love for Diet Optimization, which is Slimming World’s unique plan to lose weight and get healthy.

She traded takeout for “fakeaways” using recipes she learned from her group.

After just a week, Rachel had lost 4 pounds and knew this new plan was one she could follow.

Over the next 10 months, she enjoyed curries, chillies, chips loaded with a variety of toppings and cheeses in her daily allowance, and she could still enjoy treats from time to time.

By June 2018, she had hit her target and lost all four stones. She said she “felt amazing!”

Unfortunately, during the confinement, she became a single mother and was at a “historic low”. She returned to Pembrokeshire in December 2021 and quickly swapped healthy meals for quick and easy high fat processed meals.

Rachel said: “Being stuck in the house with three kids during lockdown was tough.

“As I was working from home with nowhere to go, I found myself mindlessly eating as I was only eating out of boredom.

“I almost put two stones back and I was devastated.”

In January 2022, she decides to get back in shape. She joined the local group Slimming World in Johnston.

Rachel said she had two stones to lose and was determined to get back to her target weight.

She says she was blown away by Consultant Kelly’s knowledge of the plan and her motivation.

“She walked me through the new member discussion, reintroduced my love of Slimming World, and made me fall in love with the plan all over again!” Rachel added.

“The warm atmosphere and the gentle reminder that the plan can be used for the whole family reignited my passion.

“Since January 10, 2022, I’ve lost one stone and five pounds. I’m only two pounds away from my personal goal.

After talking about Slimming World and the freedom it affords Rachel, she joined Slimming World and trained to become a consultant.

Thanks to her time in the military, helping those with their physical and mental health, Rachel thinks she would be in a good position to help them achieve their goals.

She commented: “The training is thorough and covers not only the plan but also the psychology of wanting to lose weight.

“It has totally changed my outlook on how I shop, cook and eat, and I hope my drive and motivation will help others do the same.”

To join Rachel’s Slimming World group, call Rachel on 07391 634033 or meet at Milford United Football Club, Marble Hall Road, every Thursday at 5.30pm.

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Winchester florist sees increased trade as people buy flowers to lay in Queen’s memory https://bloomonlineindia.com/winchester-florist-sees-increased-trade-as-people-buy-flowers-to-lay-in-queens-memory/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 12:47:23 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/winchester-florist-sees-increased-trade-as-people-buy-flowers-to-lay-in-queens-memory/ After the death of Her Majesty The Queen, a florist in Winchester has grown in popularity as people flock to pay their respects. The original flower stall, which has stood along the High Street for 15 years, has had a busy week as people leave floral tributes across the city. “A lot of people are […]]]>

After the death of Her Majesty The Queen, a florist in Winchester has grown in popularity as people flock to pay their respects.

The original flower stall, which has stood along the High Street for 15 years, has had a busy week as people leave floral tributes across the city.

“A lot of people are buying flowers for the Queen of all ages,” owner David Langridge said.

“Some people take them to the grounds of the abbey, others go to the cathedral. Some people might have a bouquet of flowers inside or a display for their shops.”

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The florist joined the country in mourning, dedicating a stand to the Queen in front of her stall, surrounded by flowers and candles.

“The flowers are quite potent,” David added. “They say a lot of things themselves and they lift people’s spirits.

“It’s a sign of respect to lay flowers for the queen because she was a good queen.”

The florist is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Original Flower Stall also offers a delivery service, available seven days a week.

For more information call 07545 844615 or visit the website theoriginalflowerstall.co.uk

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Queen Elizabeth II: Edinburgh florist describes the honor of providing St Giles’ flower arrangement and being invited to the Queen’s funeral https://bloomonlineindia.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-edinburgh-florist-describes-the-honor-of-providing-st-giles-flower-arrangement-and-being-invited-to-the-queens-funeral/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 18:12:31 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-edinburgh-florist-describes-the-honor-of-providing-st-giles-flower-arrangement-and-being-invited-to-the-queens-funeral/ Hours after the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday, Thomas Maxwell received a phone call asking him to make a flower arrangement for Monday’s thanksgiving service at the Old Cathedral on the Royal Mile. Mr Maxwell, who was honored by the Queen earlier in the year with an MBE for his services to floristry and […]]]>

Hours after the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday, Thomas Maxwell received a phone call asking him to make a flower arrangement for Monday’s thanksgiving service at the Old Cathedral on the Royal Mile.

Mr Maxwell, who was honored by the Queen earlier in the year with an MBE for his services to floristry and charity, said his profession had taken him all over the UK and enabled him to meet several famous faces, including Her Majesty on three occasions.

After hearing the news of the Queen’s death, the florist said he felt “an immense sense of sadness” but also a sense of “gratitude for her life and the way she led her life”.

Edinburgh florist Thomas Maxwell said he felt very honored to have been asked to decorate the flower arrangement at St Giles Cathedral.

He added: “The Queen has been a constant throughout my life, she has always been there.”

When asked last week if he would be arranging flowers for St. Giles Cathedral, he understandably felt “very honoured”.

Mr Maxwell explained: ‘I had to think about what I could order that would be appropriate and I need to have flowers that are open and look good for the occasion.

“Sometimes I buy things that will take five or six days to open – of course I didn’t have that option, I just had to have flowers opened and I’ve been very lucky to have beautiful white lilies in stock anyway and they formed the basis of the arrangement.

“The flowers were green and white because attached to St Giles is Thistle Chapel, and the Knights of the Thistle have robes of dark green velvet with white feathers.”

“It brought back that sense of occasion that the Queen brought to everything. When I was there, the Archers and Heralds and all the religious representatives were there rehearsing. The choir sang during the rehearsal and it was really beautiful. The choir sounded beautifully.

Mr Maxwell said the process of locating the flowers in the cathedral was a “great collaborative effort” between himself, the BBC and staff at St Giles.

He recalled: ‘The BBC must of course be involved as they cannot see their sight lines obscured, so the flowers had to be placed in places where they looked beautiful, respectful and appropriate for the big occasion to so that the cameras can overtake them. .”

Thomas said he received another unexpected phone call on Saturday morning as he walked to St. Giles Cathedral to arrange flowers.

When he noticed the incoming call was a private number, he assumed it was the police calling to verify his permission to enter the cathedral.

“But in fact it was the Cabinet Office that said I had been invited to the state funeral at Westminster Abbey,” he explained. “I never thought I would be invited to Westminster Abbey.

“I worked in London and used to go to Westminster Abbey and do flowers there, so for me it’s particularly emotional to be asked to go to the funeral of State of the Queen in this marvelous glorious space.”

The 76-year-old, who opened Flowers by Maxwell in 1970 on Castle Street before moving to Montrose Terrace in 2012, began his career as a florist in the 1960s in London.

At the age of 18, he trained under the tutelage of the eminent British educator, author and florist, Constance Spry – the lady not only responsible for arranging the Queen’s coronation flowers in 1953, but who also helped deign the coronation chicken recipe.

Since then Mr Maxwell has produced ceremonial flower displays for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, numerous flower arrangements for the Queen’s Gallery at Holyrood and has designed flower displays on occasions when the Queen visited the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Museum of Scotland.

As well as meeting the Queen twice in Scotland, he was invited to meet Her Majesty at the centenary of St Columbus’ Church of Scotland in London in 1984.

Although he had “a very fleeting conversation” with the Queen, Mr Maxwell said his meeting with the country’s longest-serving monarch left a lasting impression.

“I think what impressed me the most about the Queen was the fact that she had this incredible, wonderful, warm and generous smile.”

Recalling the character of the Queen, he recalled a 1996 phone call with a member of staff at Buckingham Palace following the tragic shooting at Dunblane Primary School.

Mr Maxwell said: ‘When we had this terrible, terrible disaster at Dunblane I got a call from Buckingham Palace asking if I would make a white flower cluster for the Queen to lay down in memory of the children .

“But shortly after that her lady-in-waiting called back and said ‘the Queen has discussed this with me and thinks it would be more appropriate to have bright pastel colors because it’s for children’.

“Wasn’t it wonderful that she was so caring?”

“She wasn’t just going to pick up a bouquet of flowers and put them down – it was a bouquet of flowers that she had particularly thought of.

“She wanted to do what was most appropriate for the occasion.

“I think she was a remarkable person because of her sensitivity to every situation and she had this great gift of always knowing what to do.”

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Resilient florist Edwards will go out on her own terms https://bloomonlineindia.com/resilient-florist-edwards-will-go-out-on-her-own-terms/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 20:40:27 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/resilient-florist-edwards-will-go-out-on-her-own-terms/ As long as Winnetka has been around, so has Edwards Florist. That will soon change as the 174-year-old flower shop at 917 Willow Road will close permanently at the end of October. “It’s time,” said Nancy Hook, who owned and operated the beloved boutique with her husband, David, for more than 30 years. Edwards Florist […]]]>

As long as Winnetka has been around, so has Edwards Florist.

That will soon change as the 174-year-old flower shop at 917 Willow Road will close permanently at the end of October.

“It’s time,” said Nancy Hook, who owned and operated the beloved boutique with her husband, David, for more than 30 years.

Edwards Florist sells flowers and fresh produce, as well as seasonal decorations, outside the store, while also providing floral service for special events, such as weddings, funerals, banquets and more.

David and Nancy Hook have owned and operated Edwards Florist for 30 years.

A closing sale, starting at 30% off storewide, is underway at Edwards through October 31. To announce the impending closure of the store and the ongoing sale, the Hooks sent a letter to their customers. Nancy said the response ranged from surprise to tears to a loss of words.

“We have great clients,” she said. “We should thank each of them. Many of them truly believe in buying local.

The Winnetka Historical Society dates Edwards Florist to 1848. Nancy said she has historical records that show the store’s grounds were once measured in ladders and chains. He started mainly sourcing and selling vegetables.

In 1910 George Edwards and his family purchased and renamed the business. They sold it in 1950.

A photograph of the flower shop at 917 Willow Road, estimated to date from 1905.

Ten years later, George Hook, a Round Lake farmer who wanted to continue working with plants, bought Edwards Florist. David Hook said he had helped his father at the store since he was 5 years old and started working there full time in 1975.

When buying inventory for Edwards, David Hook often encountered a saleswoman named Nancy. David and Nancy, who married in 1993, began operating the store after the death of George Hook in 1991.

As the two prepare to retire, they say their family members are unwilling to continue operating Edwards.

Over the years, David has seen three generations come through the doors, and Edwards has worked marriages for couples and years later, their children.

Many things have changed between yesterday and today. Nancy Hook said that while business is good, it hasn’t gotten any easier, as most old-school stores have pivoted to compete in the digital age.

“It’s bittersweet,” she said of the closure. “The little bricks and mortars struggled. But we’ve been through all the wars and 9/11 and even COVID, which changed people’s shopping habits.

It was just one piece of evidence that informed the Hooks’ decision to close their shop.

George Hook, who bought Edwards in 1960. | Photo submitted

Edwards’ aging infrastructure – like its roof and driveway – needs expensive upgrades, and Nancy reckons David has worked seven days a week for the past five years.

Before David’s mother, Ann Hook, died in 2020, she told David she wanted him to give up the store.

“It just got to a point where if we don’t call it over now, then when,” he said.

There’s a lot to do before Edwards is completely gone, but David and Nancy Hook, both in their 60s, are already dreaming of their first vacation in 14 years.

And after the first, maybe another.

“Maybe Australia or New Zealand,” Nancy said.

“Yeah, definitely there, and just seeing more of the United States — traveling,” David said.


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‘She made me feel amazing’: Preston florist Margaret Mason reflects on meeting – and working – with the Queen https://bloomonlineindia.com/she-made-me-feel-amazing-preston-florist-margaret-mason-reflects-on-meeting-and-working-with-the-queen/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/she-made-me-feel-amazing-preston-florist-margaret-mason-reflects-on-meeting-and-working-with-the-queen/ Margaret, who is Preston’s oldest retailer, has met the Queen three times and produced flowers for her on several occasions. One of his fondest memories is being asked to do the flower arrangements for the royal box at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall after it was refurbished. >>>Click here to learn more about Margaret’s 61-year career […]]]>

Margaret, who is Preston’s oldest retailer, has met the Queen three times and produced flowers for her on several occasions.

One of his fondest memories is being asked to do the flower arrangements for the royal box at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall after it was refurbished.

>>>Click here to learn more about Margaret’s 61-year career as a florist

Margaret Mason meets the Queen

Margaret said she had worked through the night and did not expect to be introduced to Her Majesty afterwards.

She said: “Lord Derby introduced me and said, ‘This is Margaret, she made the flowers.

“The Queen said, ‘Do you really? They are beautiful.

“We shook hands and I was shaking like a leaf. She made me feel amazing. For the Queen to admire your work is something very special.”

Marguerite Mason

Margaret, a Royalist business, also met the Queen at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and, through contacts in industry, was asked to produce the flowers for the Queen’s visit to Preston in 2002, when she has become a city.

She added: ‘I wasn’t sure what colors to use so I phoned Buckingham Palace and was put in touch directly with the Queen’s lady-in-waiting.

“I asked what the queen would wear.

“She said it was hard to say because it all depended on the weather.”

To ensure her flowers coordinated with the outfit, Margaret had a member of staff waiting at Preston station for the Queen’s arrival by train.

Margaret said: ‘As soon as the Queen came out and we found out what color she was wearing, they called me.

“By the time the Queen came out of the station, we had made the flowers and brought them to her.”

Margaret also visited Buckingham Palace “a couple of times” for Garden Parties and reflected on the Queen’s passing with sadness.

She said: “Last night when I heard the news after work I could have cried.

“I’m 86 and she’s been there all my life.

“I think the example she set for all of us is incredible.”

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