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Archive for November, 2011

Waxing Philosophical during the Holidays

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Words of wisdom and shared floral knowledge from the blog at www.flourishdesigns.com.

Luscious Autumnal Designs

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Thank you to member Ovando for this delightful Thanksgiving greeting!


Me oh my, Thanksgiving is but a week away.  We certainly appreciate longstanding traditions just as much as the next designer, but who’s to say that you can’t dress up your décor with a more modern spin?

Less really can be more: Warm colors will never go out of style for the fall season. You can easily offer more modernist appeal by working with fashioned, multi-stem arrangements.    Succulent Beauty Mark, featuring swooping callas and our signature succulents, is the quintessential contemporary design for Thanksgiving.   Delicately bold, endlessly elegant, and sure to be admired by all of your dinner guests.

Brown cymbidiums and orange roses are enfolded by magnolia leaves for lavish fall look.

Now, who said that “modern tradition” was an oxymoron?

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


In Memory of Jane Packer

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Jane Packer has passed away.

Noted International florist and author, Jane championed the vision that flowers are as exciting as fashion and interior design, but entirely more accessible. Her passion for flowers and inspiration taken directly from nature has contributed greatly to the florticulture industry.

Jane’s legacy is an international business – London – Tokyo – New York -Seoul – Hong Kong, and despite the worst recession in living memory, the business has gone from strength to strength. In the UK alone, the recent launch of the acclaimed JANE PACKER fragrance range, the expansion of the JANE PACKER on-line flower shop, and the opening of our latest store in association with John Lewis on London’s Oxford Street, are all testimony to the potency of the JANE PACKER philosophy and brand.

Jane has been busy building a strong creativeteamwho succeed her, led by her husband, Co-Founder and CEO Gary Wallis

To learn more  Jane and her contribution to the floral design industry please see







Not Nice!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011











This story is almost not to be believed…

A 1,400-hundred pound squash on display at the MarketBar in the Ferry Building was vandalized sometime in the wee hours on Sunday, Oct 30th.  The most daring aspect of the theft is the location- alongside a very busy thoroughfare  with plenty of lighting both day and night.

The owner of the restaurant states, “Somebody rather carefully carved a small hole, pulled out the plug, and reached in and scooped out the innards.”   The pumpkin was grown by Napa farmer Leonardo Urena, recent winner of Half Moon Bay World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, who says it contained  500 or 600 seeds.

According to recent reports, a single seed from the world’s heaviest pumpkin — an 1,810-pounder grown by Wisconsin general contractor Chris Stevens — sold for $1,600!!

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner