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It may look like Holland, but it’s actually Carlsbad, CA !

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

According to a report released last year by the Center of Small Business at California Star University-Sacramento, California’s cut-flower industry has an annual impact of nearly 10.3 billion on the state, returning 92 cents of every dollar earned back into the California economy!

According to the study, cut flower growers in CA employ about 7500 people.  Overall, the state’s floral industry employs almost 15,000 people while generating billions in economic activity.

The research indicates that the expenditures of growers, wholesalers retailer and others affiliated with the industry create a ripple economy effect generating the equivalent of 121,950 full time jobs in CA , with a total of 3.3 billion in gross wages.  The report states, that without these jobs, number of unemployed in CA could rise as much as 12.5 percent.

The report points out the California’s cut flower industry’s achievements are particularly impressive due to the aggressive pricing of imports from other countries and wholesaler/retailer consolidation.

The full economic impact report and related facts can be found at www.ccfc.org.

Flo Lo Mo Jo

Monday, July 19th, 2010

In keeping with their Minnesota State Motta, “L’Etoile du nord” – Member Floral Logic, located in the historic Semple Mansion of  Minneapolis,  www.FloralLogic.com was crowned “Best Florist 2010″ in early July at the invitation only party hosted by Minnesota Bride Magazine at Carlson Rotunda.  It was their second win in so many consecutive years!

Hats off to our own “Star of the North”!

Plant It When the Party’s Done!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

BBrooks member Geranium Lake in Portland, Oregon www.geraniumlake.com shares a lovely idea for boutonnieres with us from their May 2010 newsletter:  http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/beyond-flowers.

Succulents are all the rage among eco-chic trendsetters. For your home, garden, or wedding, these hearty plants are beautifully shaped and come in a dazzling array of colors. Many succulent plants even grow flowers! Combined with stones, moss, and local blossoms, succulents make modern and elegant centerpieces.

Because they’re hearty and easy to care for, succulents make great wedding favors and souvenirs for you and your guests. Any succulent can be taken home and replanted, and will live for years with minimal care.