Flower Farm Focus :: Lilies and Lavender, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

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Have you seen the beautiful, more about
glamorous, prescription
and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at Karen@KarenTran.com

Karen Tran Master Design Class

white flower chuppah

elevated white centerpieces

white flower centerpieces

elegant gold and red wedding reception

white flower centerpieces

White Flower Canopy

elevated white flower centerpieces

all white elevated centerpieces

Flower Chuppah

lavender and white ceremony

white tall centerpieces

white chuppah

(sponsored post)

Visit link: Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

http://truthabouthca.com/

May 8th, rx
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

May is definitely the month for honoring American military heros. With 2 holidays that focus on those that serve our country, glands
you have twice the opportunity to show your love for the red, capsule
white and blue this month. Send fresh flowers to service members and their families to express your appreciation of their hard work and sacrifice.
Armed Forces Day  – May 18th

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and support of our country’s soldiers.
In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. This decision came after the consolidation of the 5 branches of military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Memorial Day – May 27th
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  It is observed as a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in battle.
By the 20th century Memorial Day came to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Take this time to honor family members and loved ones who have fallen by placing patriotic tribute flowers at their final resting place.
What About Veterans?
As Armed Forces Day celebrates active military and Memorial Day honors the fallen, those that have retired from the military have their own special day to be remembered as well. Veteran’s Day is November 11th.
This month, take time to remember that the great strength of our county comes from the collective efforts of military men and women.Give thanks to our military members for their patriotic service and honor them with beautiful flowers from a real local florist.

See the original post: Salute The Red White & Blue With Flowers!

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

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Have you seen the beautiful, more about
glamorous, prescription
and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at Karen@KarenTran.com

Karen Tran Master Design Class

white flower chuppah

elevated white centerpieces

white flower centerpieces

elegant gold and red wedding reception

white flower centerpieces

White Flower Canopy

elevated white flower centerpieces

all white elevated centerpieces

Flower Chuppah

lavender and white ceremony

white tall centerpieces

white chuppah

(sponsored post)

Visit link: Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

http://truthabouthca.com/

May 8th, rx
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

May is definitely the month for honoring American military heros. With 2 holidays that focus on those that serve our country, glands
you have twice the opportunity to show your love for the red, capsule
white and blue this month. Send fresh flowers to service members and their families to express your appreciation of their hard work and sacrifice.
Armed Forces Day  – May 18th

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and support of our country’s soldiers.
In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. This decision came after the consolidation of the 5 branches of military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Memorial Day – May 27th
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  It is observed as a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in battle.
By the 20th century Memorial Day came to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Take this time to honor family members and loved ones who have fallen by placing patriotic tribute flowers at their final resting place.
What About Veterans?
As Armed Forces Day celebrates active military and Memorial Day honors the fallen, those that have retired from the military have their own special day to be remembered as well. Veteran’s Day is November 11th.
This month, take time to remember that the great strength of our county comes from the collective efforts of military men and women.Give thanks to our military members for their patriotic service and honor them with beautiful flowers from a real local florist.

See the original post: Salute The Red White & Blue With Flowers!

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May 6th, cardiologist
for sale 2013 | By: Juli Jackson

In every family there are those stories, information pills
you know exactly the ones I’m talking about. I like to call these Mom Moments. Someone new comes to a family gathering and before you know it, patient
your sibling is loudly regaling them about that none-to-flattering time you… And a cut-off never seems to work. The story gets told. Faces turn red, and laughs ring out. You might be safe after that point as long as no one scrambles for the photo album. There are other stories we often share. Everyone has memorable funny or sweet stories to tell about their mothers.
With Mother’s Day coming up, take time to recall a mom moment. Maybe it was the time your mother took you to pick flowers when you were young, or taught you to whistle. How she always sings along with the radio even if she doesn’t know all the words. Sometimes, our mothers have the seemingly supernatural way of knowing when we are sick or need a care package at college. Being able to make a grilled cheese sandwich just the way you like it is a job skill worthy of a resume.
Our mothers are amazing! Celebrate by showing your mom how special she is.

Bring Mom Moments to Life
Here are some ideas you can make highly personalized to show her you remember all times she saved the day, made your day or just taught you well.

Think of a time when your mom did something special for you. Find a picture that represents that time. It could be during a vacation with the whole family. Or just pick a photo of you from that age and frame it. Take the photo to your local flower shop and they can build an extra special arrangement that surrounds this cherished image with beautiful colors and the heavenly scent of fresh flowers. For the card message, write a little reminder about that memory of yours. For years to come, your mother will know a specific moment that she made an impact in your life.
Did you ever break your mom’s favorite vase or make a huge mess knocking over a potted plant? Whether you cried or she yelled, those times in our lives taught us about unconditional love. Show your mother you still carry that love today.  Call a local florist and send a breath-taking vase of flowers or a healthy new houseplant.
Take a photo of something very ordinary and turn it into custom flower card. Order your mom’s favorite flowers and give the florist a wallet-sized photo as the card message. When your mom receives a beautiful bouquet to enjoy, her curiosity will also be peaked by a little photo of, yes, your sneakers! Turn it over to revel the message “Thanks for helping me master the basics, Mom” and she is sure to have a laugh and a sense of pride in how her baby has grown. Other photo ops: a dish she taught you to cook, a stack of perfectly folded towels, or a sandwich with the crust cut off.
Host a Mother’s Day Brunch. With a little help from this WPN guide, you can plan a flawless event with your mother as guest of honor. She’ll be overjoyed to celebrate in style with her favorite people. Take turns going around the table and telling the best memories of your mom. Embarrassing stories optional.
Whatever life lessons you remember from your mother, take the opportunityon May 12th this year to honor all her love and support.

See the rest here: Mom Moments: Bringing Memories To Life

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

rippln mobile apps

Have you seen the beautiful, more about
glamorous, prescription
and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at Karen@KarenTran.com

Karen Tran Master Design Class

white flower chuppah

elevated white centerpieces

white flower centerpieces

elegant gold and red wedding reception

white flower centerpieces

White Flower Canopy

elevated white flower centerpieces

all white elevated centerpieces

Flower Chuppah

lavender and white ceremony

white tall centerpieces

white chuppah

(sponsored post)

Visit link: Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

http://truthabouthca.com/

May 8th, rx
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

May is definitely the month for honoring American military heros. With 2 holidays that focus on those that serve our country, glands
you have twice the opportunity to show your love for the red, capsule
white and blue this month. Send fresh flowers to service members and their families to express your appreciation of their hard work and sacrifice.
Armed Forces Day  – May 18th

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and support of our country’s soldiers.
In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. This decision came after the consolidation of the 5 branches of military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Memorial Day – May 27th
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  It is observed as a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in battle.
By the 20th century Memorial Day came to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Take this time to honor family members and loved ones who have fallen by placing patriotic tribute flowers at their final resting place.
What About Veterans?
As Armed Forces Day celebrates active military and Memorial Day honors the fallen, those that have retired from the military have their own special day to be remembered as well. Veteran’s Day is November 11th.
This month, take time to remember that the great strength of our county comes from the collective efforts of military men and women.Give thanks to our military members for their patriotic service and honor them with beautiful flowers from a real local florist.

See the original post: Salute The Red White & Blue With Flowers!

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May 6th, cardiologist
for sale 2013 | By: Juli Jackson

In every family there are those stories, information pills
you know exactly the ones I’m talking about. I like to call these Mom Moments. Someone new comes to a family gathering and before you know it, patient
your sibling is loudly regaling them about that none-to-flattering time you… And a cut-off never seems to work. The story gets told. Faces turn red, and laughs ring out. You might be safe after that point as long as no one scrambles for the photo album. There are other stories we often share. Everyone has memorable funny or sweet stories to tell about their mothers.
With Mother’s Day coming up, take time to recall a mom moment. Maybe it was the time your mother took you to pick flowers when you were young, or taught you to whistle. How she always sings along with the radio even if she doesn’t know all the words. Sometimes, our mothers have the seemingly supernatural way of knowing when we are sick or need a care package at college. Being able to make a grilled cheese sandwich just the way you like it is a job skill worthy of a resume.
Our mothers are amazing! Celebrate by showing your mom how special she is.

Bring Mom Moments to Life
Here are some ideas you can make highly personalized to show her you remember all times she saved the day, made your day or just taught you well.

Think of a time when your mom did something special for you. Find a picture that represents that time. It could be during a vacation with the whole family. Or just pick a photo of you from that age and frame it. Take the photo to your local flower shop and they can build an extra special arrangement that surrounds this cherished image with beautiful colors and the heavenly scent of fresh flowers. For the card message, write a little reminder about that memory of yours. For years to come, your mother will know a specific moment that she made an impact in your life.
Did you ever break your mom’s favorite vase or make a huge mess knocking over a potted plant? Whether you cried or she yelled, those times in our lives taught us about unconditional love. Show your mother you still carry that love today.  Call a local florist and send a breath-taking vase of flowers or a healthy new houseplant.
Take a photo of something very ordinary and turn it into custom flower card. Order your mom’s favorite flowers and give the florist a wallet-sized photo as the card message. When your mom receives a beautiful bouquet to enjoy, her curiosity will also be peaked by a little photo of, yes, your sneakers! Turn it over to revel the message “Thanks for helping me master the basics, Mom” and she is sure to have a laugh and a sense of pride in how her baby has grown. Other photo ops: a dish she taught you to cook, a stack of perfectly folded towels, or a sandwich with the crust cut off.
Host a Mother’s Day Brunch. With a little help from this WPN guide, you can plan a flawless event with your mother as guest of honor. She’ll be overjoyed to celebrate in style with her favorite people. Take turns going around the table and telling the best memories of your mom. Embarrassing stories optional.
Whatever life lessons you remember from your mother, take the opportunityon May 12th this year to honor all her love and support.

See the rest here: Mom Moments: Bringing Memories To Life

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May 3rd, salve
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

Cinco de Mayo, meaning “the 5th of May” in Spanish, is celebrated each year on, you guessed it, May 5th. This date commemorates the impressive Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  In recent history, the holiday has grown in popularity tremendously in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. All over the country, people come together to throw fiestas and sing the praises of a colorful culture.
Want some ideas for your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta?  Check out this FSN party guide!

And what better way to add to festivities that sending bright beautiful blooms to be enjoyed by party-goers? Whether celebrating your roots or just appreciating someone else’s, contact your local florist to help add the perfect punch of COLOR!

See original here: Fiesta Time – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

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Have you seen the beautiful, more about
glamorous, prescription
and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at Karen@KarenTran.com

Karen Tran Master Design Class

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elevated white centerpieces

white flower centerpieces

elegant gold and red wedding reception

white flower centerpieces

White Flower Canopy

elevated white flower centerpieces

all white elevated centerpieces

Flower Chuppah

lavender and white ceremony

white tall centerpieces

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(sponsored post)

Visit link: Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

http://truthabouthca.com/

May 8th, rx
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

May is definitely the month for honoring American military heros. With 2 holidays that focus on those that serve our country, glands
you have twice the opportunity to show your love for the red, capsule
white and blue this month. Send fresh flowers to service members and their families to express your appreciation of their hard work and sacrifice.
Armed Forces Day  – May 18th

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and support of our country’s soldiers.
In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. This decision came after the consolidation of the 5 branches of military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Memorial Day – May 27th
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  It is observed as a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in battle.
By the 20th century Memorial Day came to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Take this time to honor family members and loved ones who have fallen by placing patriotic tribute flowers at their final resting place.
What About Veterans?
As Armed Forces Day celebrates active military and Memorial Day honors the fallen, those that have retired from the military have their own special day to be remembered as well. Veteran’s Day is November 11th.
This month, take time to remember that the great strength of our county comes from the collective efforts of military men and women.Give thanks to our military members for their patriotic service and honor them with beautiful flowers from a real local florist.

See the original post: Salute The Red White & Blue With Flowers!

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May 6th, cardiologist
for sale 2013 | By: Juli Jackson

In every family there are those stories, information pills
you know exactly the ones I’m talking about. I like to call these Mom Moments. Someone new comes to a family gathering and before you know it, patient
your sibling is loudly regaling them about that none-to-flattering time you… And a cut-off never seems to work. The story gets told. Faces turn red, and laughs ring out. You might be safe after that point as long as no one scrambles for the photo album. There are other stories we often share. Everyone has memorable funny or sweet stories to tell about their mothers.
With Mother’s Day coming up, take time to recall a mom moment. Maybe it was the time your mother took you to pick flowers when you were young, or taught you to whistle. How she always sings along with the radio even if she doesn’t know all the words. Sometimes, our mothers have the seemingly supernatural way of knowing when we are sick or need a care package at college. Being able to make a grilled cheese sandwich just the way you like it is a job skill worthy of a resume.
Our mothers are amazing! Celebrate by showing your mom how special she is.

Bring Mom Moments to Life
Here are some ideas you can make highly personalized to show her you remember all times she saved the day, made your day or just taught you well.

Think of a time when your mom did something special for you. Find a picture that represents that time. It could be during a vacation with the whole family. Or just pick a photo of you from that age and frame it. Take the photo to your local flower shop and they can build an extra special arrangement that surrounds this cherished image with beautiful colors and the heavenly scent of fresh flowers. For the card message, write a little reminder about that memory of yours. For years to come, your mother will know a specific moment that she made an impact in your life.
Did you ever break your mom’s favorite vase or make a huge mess knocking over a potted plant? Whether you cried or she yelled, those times in our lives taught us about unconditional love. Show your mother you still carry that love today.  Call a local florist and send a breath-taking vase of flowers or a healthy new houseplant.
Take a photo of something very ordinary and turn it into custom flower card. Order your mom’s favorite flowers and give the florist a wallet-sized photo as the card message. When your mom receives a beautiful bouquet to enjoy, her curiosity will also be peaked by a little photo of, yes, your sneakers! Turn it over to revel the message “Thanks for helping me master the basics, Mom” and she is sure to have a laugh and a sense of pride in how her baby has grown. Other photo ops: a dish she taught you to cook, a stack of perfectly folded towels, or a sandwich with the crust cut off.
Host a Mother’s Day Brunch. With a little help from this WPN guide, you can plan a flawless event with your mother as guest of honor. She’ll be overjoyed to celebrate in style with her favorite people. Take turns going around the table and telling the best memories of your mom. Embarrassing stories optional.
Whatever life lessons you remember from your mother, take the opportunityon May 12th this year to honor all her love and support.

See the rest here: Mom Moments: Bringing Memories To Life

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May 3rd, salve
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

Cinco de Mayo, meaning “the 5th of May” in Spanish, is celebrated each year on, you guessed it, May 5th. This date commemorates the impressive Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  In recent history, the holiday has grown in popularity tremendously in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. All over the country, people come together to throw fiestas and sing the praises of a colorful culture.
Want some ideas for your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta?  Check out this FSN party guide!

And what better way to add to festivities that sending bright beautiful blooms to be enjoyed by party-goers? Whether celebrating your roots or just appreciating someone else’s, contact your local florist to help add the perfect punch of COLOR!

See original here: Fiesta Time – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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Ron Morgan Design in Oakland, visit this
California! Visiting Ron’s store called LOOT and attending his lecture on floral design is what started our whole Excellent Flower Adventures trip in the Bay Area. When I was in the Emergency Room all night I just kept thinking – I cannot miss his lecture! (flower addict and proud of it). Laurie and I really did rally and got a second wind of energy to make it to his lecture on time. Our friend, Marian of Savage Rose Florals, was already there, she is a huge fan of Ron Morgan. Laurie and I grabbed our seats and enjoyed the show. Ron is a hoot! He kept the ladies entertained with all his stories and his design style is so natural, he just keeps going and never hesitates where he’ll place a flower. I quite loved his designs, especially the white and green piece and the all orange piece.
Now I’m going to be a tattle-tail. I really, really wanted to get nice photographs of the arrangements for all of you to see .. however, a few of the other ladies in attendance did not act very mature – they grabbed the arrangements after Ron was done speaking and would not let the rest of us ladies take a few photographs. Ron does sell the arrangements at a very nice price after the lecture and these ladies were not about to lose the arrangements.
I’m so thankful that Laurie was able to get as many photographs as she did!
Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

Ron Morgan Designs

red flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements

purple spring arrangement

orange flower arrangement

orange flower arrangement

red flower arrangement

green and white arrangement

orange flower arrangement

Definitely a fun lecture to attend. If you are ever in Oakland I would suggest visiting LOOT and attending one of Ron’s Lectures!

Go here to see the original: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Ron Morgan Designs

http://clearpores.com

After leaving Filoli Laurie and I drove north to San Francisco, pathopsychology
we were ecstatic to get to Flora Grubb!
I have to say that if you are ever in San Francisco make sure you visit Flora Grubb. *Part* of what really gets me about Flora Grubb is its location, recipe
it’s in the center of an industrial part of SF, buy
however when you walk into their gardens you would think you’ve been transported to a faraway land – it is quite magical. To top it all off, they have a cafe inside where you can order a cappuccino and a sugary treat. Laurie and I did just so, we took our afternoon pick-me-ups into the garden and sat at a table where we relaxed and took in this whole urban oasis.

Flora Grubb Gardens

Entrance to Flora Grubb.

Laurie Garza Fleurie Flowers

Here’s Laurie at Flora Grubb Gardens

table with succulents

This is a wood table with a runner of succulents growing in the center. This is where Laurie and I enjoyed our afternoon treats.

coffee shop inside flora grubb

Our pretty little cappuccinos

table with a big cactus

chairs for sale

love this way to display chairs for sale

succulents at flora grubb

airplants in a vase

airplants and tillandsia

moss table

How about a moss bar?

saracena

tillandsia

Flora Grubb Gardens

flora sign made out of succulents

succulent walls

Flora Grubb Gardens

Flora Grubb Gardens

bromelliads

Flora Grubb Gardens

pink clematis

white passionflower

cactus and succulents

cactus and succulents

Flora Grubb Gardens

succulents

pink orchid

Passion Flowers

Love Passionflowers!

Flora Grubb Gardens

View post: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Flora Grubb, San Francisco

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Awhile back I emailed Laurie of Fleurie Flowers, no rx
treat Reedley, California to ask if she’d like to join me for a lecture at Ron Morgan’s Antique Store, LOOT, in Oakland, California. What started out as one lecture soon evolved into a two day flower excursion in the Bay Area which we dubbed “The Excellent Flower Adventures of Alicia and Laurie”. We thought of all the places we’d like to visit and wrote them down, knowing we’d never make it to all of them, but prepared to hit as many as possible. Well, I’ll tell ya, we sure did have a great time and had plenty of adventures! We met on Sunday morning at our hotel in Berkeley and drove to Filoli Gardens in Woodside where we spent most of the day exploring the beautiful gardens. How is it that I’ve lived in San Mateo most of my life and never made it too Filoli in Woodside, I’m ashamed of myself! Next we drove to Flora Grubb in San Francisco which was on Laurie’s list of must visit locations. It truly is an amazing place, we were the last to leave Flora Grubb when it closed – surprised they did not have to physically push us out! Next we headed back to Berkeley, however neither of us were done with our flower hunting – we heard of the Berkeley Rose Garden and headed out to see it, so glad we did! Next was the huge adventure, where sometime around 11pm I developed severe pains in my right side and we ended up in the Emergency Room in Oakland at midnight! If you know Laurie, ask her about her adventure in the waiting room (yikes!) … I’ll tell you, I knew Laurie and I would be fast friends when I first met her in Santa Barbara at Florabundance Design Days last January – we definitely bonded after 7+ hours in the Emergency Room! (Doctors never did pinpoint why I was in severe pain. Even a subsequent visit to my Doctor did not answer my WHY questions. It was actually my first visit ever to an ER for myself .. and hopefully the last!!). I was released around 7am, Laurie and I went back to our hotel and took hour long naps. We did miss our trip to the San Francisco Flower Mart, I’m sad about that. However, we did rally and made it to the Lecture at LOOT Antiques at 10am, where Marian of Savage Rose Flowers joined in on our Excellent Flower Adventures. After the lecture was over Laurie and I headed over to Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden where Laura of Laura Miller Design joined us for a walk and a relaxing afternoon of visiting and chatting about the flower industry.
ER visit aside, it really was a fantastic trip, I love surrounding myself with floral designers who are equally as passionate about flowers and the floral industry as I am!

Now grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back, because I’m about to fill this blog with a lot of photographs of pretty flowers – it’ll take awhile to look at all of them! Most of the Filoli, Flora Grubb and Berkeley Rose Garden photos were taken by me. Laurie took the majority of the photographs from the Ron Morgan lecture and the Oakland Rose Garden.

Today I will start with Filoli ….

clematis and wisteria

When we turned the corner into the gardens this was our first sight, I cried out with delight. Laurie says – yes, we are definitely going to be friends .. ha ha!

Filoli Garden Woodside

foxglove flower garden

White Foxglove

dogwood

peony

peony

yellow peony

Irises

ranunculus garden

Beds of Ranunculus

tree covered in moss

This photo is for Laurie, she loved this moss covered tree

filoli mansion with foxgloves

wisteria

pink tree peony

pink peony

tree peony

climbing hydrangea

lily of the valley

flowering pink tree

peach garden rose

Just Joey Rose

Filoli Gardens

yellow climbing banks rose

yellow climbing bank rose

Filoli Garden

Filoli Gardens

rose gardens at Filoli

peach orchid plant

flower arrangement at filoli

wisterias

succulents

huge cactus

large garden roses

peach and pink garden rose

wisterias

flower arrangement

One of the floral displays inside the Mansion

flower arrangement

They had a few floral displays in the Mansion, all designed by volunteers.

flower arrangement

trailing clematis

That’s a clematis, just in case you were wondering. I was quite pleased to just stand and stare at it for awhile.

clematis and wisteria

What do you think of the beautiful flowers and gardens of Filoli?
I’d love to visit there throughout the year to see how the gardens change with the seasons!

Tomorrow I will post the photos from Flora Grubb :)

See more here: Excellent Flower Adventures :: Filoli, Woodside, California

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Have you seen the beautiful, more about
glamorous, prescription
and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at Karen@KarenTran.com

Karen Tran Master Design Class

white flower chuppah

elevated white centerpieces

white flower centerpieces

elegant gold and red wedding reception

white flower centerpieces

White Flower Canopy

elevated white flower centerpieces

all white elevated centerpieces

Flower Chuppah

lavender and white ceremony

white tall centerpieces

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(sponsored post)

Visit link: Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

http://truthabouthca.com/

May 8th, rx
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

May is definitely the month for honoring American military heros. With 2 holidays that focus on those that serve our country, glands
you have twice the opportunity to show your love for the red, capsule
white and blue this month. Send fresh flowers to service members and their families to express your appreciation of their hard work and sacrifice.
Armed Forces Day  – May 18th

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and support of our country’s soldiers.
In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. This decision came after the consolidation of the 5 branches of military services in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Memorial Day – May 27th
Memorial Day is a federal holiday that falls on the last Monday in May.  It is observed as a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in battle.
By the 20th century Memorial Day came to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Take this time to honor family members and loved ones who have fallen by placing patriotic tribute flowers at their final resting place.
What About Veterans?
As Armed Forces Day celebrates active military and Memorial Day honors the fallen, those that have retired from the military have their own special day to be remembered as well. Veteran’s Day is November 11th.
This month, take time to remember that the great strength of our county comes from the collective efforts of military men and women.Give thanks to our military members for their patriotic service and honor them with beautiful flowers from a real local florist.

See the original post: Salute The Red White & Blue With Flowers!

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May 6th, cardiologist
for sale 2013 | By: Juli Jackson

In every family there are those stories, information pills
you know exactly the ones I’m talking about. I like to call these Mom Moments. Someone new comes to a family gathering and before you know it, patient
your sibling is loudly regaling them about that none-to-flattering time you… And a cut-off never seems to work. The story gets told. Faces turn red, and laughs ring out. You might be safe after that point as long as no one scrambles for the photo album. There are other stories we often share. Everyone has memorable funny or sweet stories to tell about their mothers.
With Mother’s Day coming up, take time to recall a mom moment. Maybe it was the time your mother took you to pick flowers when you were young, or taught you to whistle. How she always sings along with the radio even if she doesn’t know all the words. Sometimes, our mothers have the seemingly supernatural way of knowing when we are sick or need a care package at college. Being able to make a grilled cheese sandwich just the way you like it is a job skill worthy of a resume.
Our mothers are amazing! Celebrate by showing your mom how special she is.

Bring Mom Moments to Life
Here are some ideas you can make highly personalized to show her you remember all times she saved the day, made your day or just taught you well.

Think of a time when your mom did something special for you. Find a picture that represents that time. It could be during a vacation with the whole family. Or just pick a photo of you from that age and frame it. Take the photo to your local flower shop and they can build an extra special arrangement that surrounds this cherished image with beautiful colors and the heavenly scent of fresh flowers. For the card message, write a little reminder about that memory of yours. For years to come, your mother will know a specific moment that she made an impact in your life.
Did you ever break your mom’s favorite vase or make a huge mess knocking over a potted plant? Whether you cried or she yelled, those times in our lives taught us about unconditional love. Show your mother you still carry that love today.  Call a local florist and send a breath-taking vase of flowers or a healthy new houseplant.
Take a photo of something very ordinary and turn it into custom flower card. Order your mom’s favorite flowers and give the florist a wallet-sized photo as the card message. When your mom receives a beautiful bouquet to enjoy, her curiosity will also be peaked by a little photo of, yes, your sneakers! Turn it over to revel the message “Thanks for helping me master the basics, Mom” and she is sure to have a laugh and a sense of pride in how her baby has grown. Other photo ops: a dish she taught you to cook, a stack of perfectly folded towels, or a sandwich with the crust cut off.
Host a Mother’s Day Brunch. With a little help from this WPN guide, you can plan a flawless event with your mother as guest of honor. She’ll be overjoyed to celebrate in style with her favorite people. Take turns going around the table and telling the best memories of your mom. Embarrassing stories optional.
Whatever life lessons you remember from your mother, take the opportunityon May 12th this year to honor all her love and support.

See the rest here: Mom Moments: Bringing Memories To Life

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May 3rd, salve
2013 | By: Juli Jackson

Cinco de Mayo, meaning “the 5th of May” in Spanish, is celebrated each year on, you guessed it, May 5th. This date commemorates the impressive Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  In recent history, the holiday has grown in popularity tremendously in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. All over the country, people come together to throw fiestas and sing the praises of a colorful culture.
Want some ideas for your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta?  Check out this FSN party guide!

And what better way to add to festivities that sending bright beautiful blooms to be enjoyed by party-goers? Whether celebrating your roots or just appreciating someone else’s, contact your local florist to help add the perfect punch of COLOR!

See original here: Fiesta Time – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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Kate Harvesting Lisianthus

When did you start your business and where are you located?
I started the farm officially in 2000. Lilies and Lavender is located in the middle of the
suburbs of Doylestown, gonorrhea
PA. 40 years ago there were many farms in this area, medicine
now
there are only a handful. I have 4 acres in a residential neighborhood just outside of
Doylestown Borough.
I moved to this location after planting flowers on every square inch of lawn I had on my
small property in Doylestown Borough.

french tulip harvest
flower field

Why did you begin flower farming?
I started growing herbs and a few flowers for my catering business. I liked the herbs but
fell in love with flowers! After stumbling through my first two seasons I found the
Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Fellow ASCFG members have helped me
immensely over the years.

Limelight hydrangea
Red Dahlia Bridal Bouquet

What flowers and foliages do you grow? Are there particular flowers/foliages you
specialize in?

Over the years I’ve grown a large variety of flowers. I started with mostly annuals,
herbs and bulbs, the easy stuff, zinnias, sunflowers, ageratum, basil, daffodils. After
getting some experience with growing I expanded to what I considered more difficult
flowers such as lisianthus, lilies and dahlias. Now that I’m closer to 60 than 50 I’ve
been transitioning to shrubs and long lived perennials.
Last year I started growing more unusual greens and flowers which are difficult to find at
the local wholesaler. Some of the newer varieties are solomon’s seal, unusual salvias,
nine bark, wiegela, large leaved coleus, pink autumn clematis, smoke bush, kiwi vine,
hops, hellebores, snakes head fritillaria. Every year I grow a few new varieties. I love
scented flowers especially lilacs and lilies. Grasses have become popular and I grow a
fairly large number. I have a grower friend who has acres of annuals such as zinnia,
celosia and sunflower. I won’t be growing these at all this season. Instead I’m
concentrating on more unusual varieties which command a higher price.

blush pink peony
flower greenhouse

What are your current pest management/growing practices?
Although I’m not certified I use only organic and sustainable growing practices.
Being a good steward of the environment is very important to me. I believe all
farmers have a responsibility to take care of the small portion of the planet which
has been entrusted to them. I’ve been steadily improving my clay soil with many
yards of compost and leaf mulch every season. I use compost and
vermicompost made here, on the farm. A friend who raises show rabbits gives
me lots of manure which I also compost. I plant herbs to attract beneficial
insects. I use beneficial organisms to control fungal diseases. Weeds are my
biggest pest. Woven landscape fabric is on most of my beds and I use a wheel
hoe to kill weeds just as they germinate. I still spend way too much time weeding!

harvesting zinnias
harvesting flowers

Where do you sell your flowers? Do you ship your flowers?
In the beginning I sold 95% of my flowers at farmers’ markets. As my sales at the two
closest farmers’ markets started to decrease I added more markets. I was working
much harder and not making enough money to make it worth my time. Now I sell at one
farmers’ market and sell most of my flowers as a wedding and special event floral
designer who is also a farmer. I also have an option for DIY brides who want local,
sustainably grown flowers which is becoming very popular. I think many smaller flower
farmers find it difficult to make a living selling wholesale or at farmers’ markets. That’s
why there has been such an increase in grower/designers over the past few years. In
the past two years a few local florists have purchased flowers from me. I sell to them
only if they come to the farm or pick up the flowers from the farmers’ market. It’s a bit
ironic really. I tried to sell to florists 13 years ago and they didn’t see the value of local
flowers, now they are calling me! I haven’t actively pursued selling flowers to traditional
florists because I really don’t have time to deliver. I have started selling to event florists
who don’t have an actual shop but work from home or a studio. I’ve found most
traditional florists are stuck in the old ways of buying from a wholesaler and don’t want
to bother getting their flowers from more than one source. They certainly would never
leave their shop to pick up flowers! This is a bit of a catch 22. Local flowers have
become popular with brides. Florists want to sell local flowers but don’t have the time or
desire to go out of their way in order to purchase them. Small, local growers have
product which they can sell at a higher price if they are the designers. Florists don’t
want to buy from growers who are also designers and competition. I’m just trying to
make a living! If I had a florist who would buy enough flowers at a time to make it worth
the trip I would deliver to them. So far this hasn’t happened.

Dahlia Harvest
asiatic lilies

What are your plans for 2013? How do you find out what your wholesalers and/or
designers want for the next season?

My plans for 2013 are to sell more flowers to DIY brides who come to the farm studio to
design their arrangements. I also have booked more full service weddings this season
than ever before. This year I have started working directly with several local Inns who
specialize in weddings.
I stay on top of trends by following popular wedding blogs and innovative floral and
interior designers. I’ve had lots of brides and hostesses give me wonderful ideas. The
designers I do work with tell me what they want. Innovative designers have made fruits,
vegetables, pods, peppers grasses, sticks, and even weeds popular. I love growing
these. I’m constantly on the look out for unusual or interesting plants which could be
used in floral design. This spring I will be planting pink blueberries. I hope to be
harvesting branches in two years.

fritallaria
Kate Harvesting Sunflowers

Contact Information:
Kate Sparks
http://www.liliesandlavender.com/
215 345-7282
729 limekiln rd
doylestown PA 18901

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