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Mayesh Las Vegas would like to invite you to a Meet & Greet Event with Alexandra Farms!
Mayesh has an exclusive with Alexandra Farms, an excellent quality grower that grows David Austin Garden Roses and other varieties of Garden Roses.
See all the varieties that are “Exclusive” to Mayesh on display. Maria from Alexander Farms will be providing a presentation on the varieties, post-harvest quality procedures etc. Coffee and pastries will be served!
Mayesh Las Vegas | 3950 West Diablo #B11, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Tuesday March 21st, 2017
For more information about the event, please contact your Mayesh sales rep at 702.739.0418 or email one of the following:
Joey from Alexandra Farms gives you a tour of some of the latest in garden roses, including David Austin Garden Roses and a couple trial varieties that aren’t being produced commercially yet. Princess Kishi (brand new), Mariatheresia, Carmel Antique, Princess Charlene, Myra’s Bridal Pink, Constance, Tess, Princess Miyuki, Voyage, and Ashley. Contact your rep for more information. If you don’t have a rep, please use our contact form.
So you may be thinking, we’re still talking about her trip to Colombia? To which I would respond, hello… Thanksgiving! I assumed most of you would be gorging on turkey, stuffing and football last week, and not necessarily paying attention to my awe-inspiring blogging skills. But now that we’re all back to reality, I thought I’d hit you with one more, and it’s a good one. Garden roses are one of my favorite flowers, especially those of the David Austin variety. While in Colombia, I was lucky enough to be included on one of Alexandra Farm’s tours, followed by a delicious brunch, followed by a bumpy bus ride back to Bogotá. But I won’t go into that bus ride, we’ll focus on the garden flowers here, but I might stick in a picture or two of the food, just to remind you of all the delicious food you got to eat last week. Here goes…
Alexandra Farms is located about an hour and a half outside of Bogotá, though locals would probably tell you it’s a half hour. But don’t believe them. Always assume your “twenty minute drive” is going to take at least an hour, traffic in Bogotá is crazy! But I digress. Alexandra Farms is home to a wide variety of garden flowers, currently offering thirty varieties from a handful of breeders and twelve David Austin varieties (swoon). Sidenote: They are one of the select few farms chosen by David Austin to help test and grow the varieties he has selected for the cut flower industry, while keeping the integrity and fragrance of Old Garden roses. Pretty awesome. Anyway, so how did they come up with these forty-two varieties, you ask? By testing the breeds, that’s how.
The process of testing different varieties is a very slow process, taking up to three years to achieve the first commercial launch of a new variety. Once they have selected their favorites, they move into the production phase. Each flower is different, so the farm has to adapt to each variety, and create technological innovations to commercially cultivate them. Something I found interesting was how they split up the work. They specialize workers by variety, giving each worker responsibility over a particular set of beds. Each worker knows the ins and outs of their variety, and works hard to grow the highest quality flowers possible. The final step of production is postharvest. Once they have been cut, they are put in hydration buckets until it is their turn to go through classification. Their foliage is removed and they are then sorted into categories based on length and cut point. Garden roses are more delicate than all other roses, so they must be handled very carefully during this process, as well as packing, storing, and shipping.
Our tour was pretty spectacular, and smelled damn good too! We started with a tour of the variety testing areas, then saw production, and finished with the postharvest and classification processes. Here are some pictures of the tour:
Thanks again to Alexandra Farms for a great tour, and a special shout out to Maria for being a fabulous tour guide and dinner host the night we arrived in Bogotá! I hope you have enjoyed following my first big trip in the business, and hope to have more to share with you in the future!
On October 3rd, a couple members of our purchasing team, Pam Uranga, Director of Purchasing , and Peter Sessler, Director of Rose Purchasing, met up with one of our great rose growers, Alexandra Farms. I was told that the Alexander booth at Proflora was the biggest garden rose display in the world ever! Pretty cool, right?!
David Austin, Jr. was also in attendance and we got the inside scoop that Alexander Farms with be increasing their David Austin production while introducing a few new varieties within the next year! Exciting news for all of us garden rose lovers!
Check out some of the pictures from their fab display!
When you see the sticker below on our Alexandra Farms garden roses, you know that you can only get them at Mayesh!
The following varieties are being grown exclusively for our customer, you:
Precious Moments: dark lavender
Gospel: Dark Cherry
Lime Piano: Green and cream
Cinnamon Spice: Brown
Which is your favorite garden rose variety??
As promised, we have a couple of videos to share from last week’s open house! The first video is of Jose Azout, of Alexandra Farms. He gave a presentation on garden roses at our a couple of our 2013 Mayesh Open Houses and here is a clip from our Orange County, California branch.
The second video is an overview of Mayesh’s Los Angeles Market Open House: Lee Gallison AIFD’s floral design demonstration, Shawn Adams testimonial, and a quick look at the design contest entries.
Enjoy and stay tuned for our future garden rose design ebook!
I LOVE being able to share with you anything new and today I get to do just that! One of our major design contest sponsors, Alexandra Farms, just announced their new 2013 garden rose varieties. They are constantly testing new varieties at their farm in Tocancipa and have tested over 500 rose varieties already!
Alexandra Farms has approved 10 garden rose varieties for commercial production next year. A few of these will be available in solid boxes starting in May 2013 – below is a sneak peak.
P.S. Please be aware that new varieties are always tough to get in quantities. When ordering specific varieties, no matter the product, always have back-ups planned with your rep.
Precious Moments: is along lasting, symmetrical, light purple variety with excellent lasting qualities.
Cinnamon Spice: is a brown or terracotta rose with a bright yellow center and terrific dark green, shiny foliage.
Perfumella: is a large, peach colored, deep cupped rose with a strong myrrh fragrance.
Lemon Piano: is the newest member of the Piano family and is a light green version of our round deep cupped shaped collection.
Code 4575: is a fabulous white rose with hundreds of petals forming a symmetrical but somewhat disorderly center.
Gospel: is fragrant, dark purple and fabulous! Large heads with delicate stems, hundreds of petals and what a shape!
Today, garden roses are synonymous with weddings and events. It used to be that wholesale garden roses were extremely delicate (had a 2-3 day vase life) and were extremely expensive. Under those conditions it only made sense to use them exclusively for special events.
We work with many quality growers, such as Alexandra Farms, who have worked hard to bring back the romance to every day work! All of their varieties have 7 days of vase life, after a 5 day shipping simulation – many have 10-12 day vase lives.
Using garden roses in your everyday work gives you a great additional option for high end arrangements. Use wholesale garden roses along with peonies, lilies, hydrangeas and other high end flowers for added texture and fragrance. Also using garden roses in everyday work really differentiates your rose arrangements from supermarket rose dozens. Your designs are worth more!
Which brings me to our upcoming national design contest – The Everyday Garden Rose. We want to see your vision and ideas for every day designs featuring garden roses! You all are so creative and I personally cannot wait to see all of the fab designs that are submitted. As a reminder, we are giving away some pretty great prizes – including an AIFD Symposium trip, iPad2, Elizabeth Demos’ book “Vintage Wedding Style”, and Mayesh money! Free registration for the 1st 300 entrants and you must enter by December 28th.
To conclude, I wanted to share with you a few of Alexandra Farms’ varieties that are especially hardy and terrific for every day use: