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California Grown Flower Trip

Each year Mayesh Wholesale Florist has a trip in which all managers take part in.  One year, the managers took a trip to our Detroit and Cleveland branches and last year we all met up in Miami for the WF&FSA Conference.  This year, between all the different departments, we had about 35 people converge in Los Angeles, California to kick off this year’s meeting.  We then had the pleasure of traveling to the Oxnard, Carpinteria, and Lompoc areas to tour a few of our farms that we buy flowers from.  I’ve only been to a couple of farms/growers before and never had I the opportunity to go to a California flower farm so I was super excited, to say the least.  A special thank you to the growers who were great hosts to our large group!!  I can’t speak for everyone, but this was such a great learning opportunity and I am so thankful! 

I realize that many do not have this insider opportunity, so I captured a few short Instagram videos and many photos to share with you.  It is so easy to forget that the flowers that find themselves in your floral designs – a centerpiece for a dinner table or a bridal bouquet – was planted, grown, hand picked, hand packed, cooled, etc before even reaching Mayesh facilities.  These precious blooms pass through many caring and passionate hands that I think is often taken for granted. Below are a few super short video clips that I think will help all of us keep in mind all of the hard work that goes into our flowers.

Here’s an Instagram video of how stock is harvested:

 

 

This video is of pumpkin branches being sleeved inside a cooler:

 

 

Here is an example of how your California grown gerberas are harvested. The yellow stuff is like giant fly paper to catch any of the flying insects trying to get to the blooms:

 

 

The very last part of this snippet shows iris bulbs being planted:

 

 

And here are a few pictures from my trip:

 

 

Memorial Day Flowers 2013 – Part 1

blogger: Sabrina Mesa On May 27th 2013 florists from 13 states participated in the Memorial Day Flowers program sponsored by Mayesh Wholesale Florist in conjunction with the other Memorial Day Flowers Organization sponsors. They handed out, used and placed over 16,000 stems of Ecuadorian grown roses. All of the florists shared their experiences and pictures with…

Florida State Florists’ Association Convention 2013

We were approached by the Florida State Florists’ Association to participate in their 2013 convention, “Urban Inspiration”, which took place in Tampa June 7-9.  We decided to send our 2013 Mayesh Design Star, Jodi Duncan AIFD, to do a program and we sent Luciana Davis of our Mayesh Miami team to represent our company.  I just wanted to…

Ecuador 2012: FlorEcuador/Agriflor Expo 2012

Blogger: Sabrina Mesa Every other year Quito, Ecuador plays host country to a week filled with tours of several floral farms. The week is also marked with floral displays throughout the city, and a HUGE Floral Expo. I visited the expo 2 days and still missed booths. The motto for the FlorEcuador/Agriflor Expo is “Go…

Ecuador 2012: Greenrose & FreshCut Rose Farms

Blogger: Sabrina Mesa If you have been following my travels you know that in October I spent some time in Ecuador. I wrote in a previous post that going to South America is like going home. While this is true, going to Ecuador and seeing the flower farms was a lifelong dream come true. How many you…

Interview: Tom Sebenius of Starbright Floral Design

A few months ago, you may remember me mentioning that I was invited to the SAF Annual Convention this year to speak about “Why I Love My Job”.  I was on a panel with 2 others from the floral industry, one of them being Tom Sebenius of Starbright Floral Design (New York City).  Soon after the convention, I was headed to NYC myself for a wedding and I made a stop at his shop to say hi and snap a few pics!  One of the reasons why I thought you would enjoy this interview is because this year will be Tom’s 24th consecutive year working on the floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade (Mayesh has been heavily involved with the parade for about the past 20 years).  That is super cool in my book and wanted you all to “meet” Tom!

Read this great interview below and see all of the yummy floral eye candy!

 

NeoFlora Video: Recap of Visit

Two of our team members, Jenn and Sabrina, attended NeoFlora 20/20 in Vancouver on October 25th.  Here’s our video recap of the day’s activities – works of floral art, flower designers designing flowers, and a runway floral fashion show (floral headwear, bouquets, and many other imaginative pieces).

Stay tuned as we have a second video of Hitomi Gilliam AIFD speaking before the fashion show began.  So many contributed to this amazing event and we are so happy that we could play a small role.  Thank you to Hitomi and the NeoFlora team for all of your great effort – the whole event was truly inspirational and we cannot wait to hear what you have planned next!

 

MDS2013 Winning Designers

To find our 2013 Mayesh Design Star winner, it takes almost 2 whole months from the time we start accepting video submissions.  Today is THE day that we can finally announce both our Grand Prize winner and runner up. And before I reveal the winners, I wanted to quickly thank Unlimited Containers, Inc (UCI) again for their…

AIFD2012: New Oasis Floral Products

Jacque Sir Louis, Marketing Manager at Smithers-Oasis, introduces new floral supplies products at the 2012 AIFD Symposium Partners Expo.  Check out Oasis’ new wider flat wire which is now available in  1/2″ and 1″ widths and new colors. The following Mayesh branches carry floral hardgoods and supplies: Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte, Chandler, and Riverside. Have you…

AIFD2012: Flowers& Magazine

We met up with Bruce Wright, editor of Flowers& Magazine, at the 2012 AIFD Symposium Partners Expo: More … Tags: aifd,symposium,caliente,flowers&,Bruce Wright

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