Florists in Alexandria, MN
Find local Alexandria, Minnesota florists below that deliver beautiful flowers to residences, business, funeral homes and hospitals in Alexandria and surrounding areas. Choose from roses, lilies, tulips, orchids, carnations and more from the variety of flower arrangements in a vase, container or basket. Place your flower delivery order online of call.
Alexandria Flower Shops
2307 S. Broadway
Alexandria, MN 56308
614 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN 56308
Alexandria MN News
Apr 20, 2018
These miniature flowers are perfect for small spaces (and budgets)
May.Last week, I stopped by the Alexandria garden of Karen Cogar, president of the Washington Daffodil Society, to see some of the “minis” in action. In an area of only eight feet by six feet, she was growing approximately 200 varieties of miniature daffodils. The term applies to those that grow under six inches and are on an ordained American Daffodil Society list, but many exquisite, small (if taller) daffodils are found outside those boundaries as well. Most varieties of triandrus, jonquilla and cyclamineus daffodils fit the bill.When I arrived at Cogar’s, she had 20 or so varieties of minis that she had collected to show me. It was hard to pick a favorite. Angel’s Breath had three descending blooms on its single stem, all a soft lemon yellow and about an inch and a half across. Even after a few days in a vase, the fragrance was strong and spicy. Mitzy is a white-flowering cyclamineus type with its petals swept back against an unusually long and slender corona.You don’t have to have a balcony of pots for these smaller daffodils. Cogar led me through her woodland garden, where Minnow and Pacific Coast were flowering with hellebores and Virginia bluebells. Closer in appearance to species daffodils, they look at home in a woodland garden. Find a spot on the edge of the woods — they need sunlight to regenerate — and plant as many as you can. Heath, co-founder of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, suggests you plant at least 10 bulbs for an effect. “Ten makes a nice big clump, eight to 12 inches in diameter,” he said.I asked Heath to recommend three of his varieties for novices. He suggested Baby Boomer, a dwarf jonquil with loads of flowers and fragrance, and clusters of buttery yellow blooms; Tiny Bubbles, a short, nodding golden bloomer with petals that are swept back a little; and Snow Baby, a miniature trumpet growing to 10 inches with creamy white cups. I asked about powerfully fragrant varieties, and in addition to Baby Boomer, he recommended Baby Moon, a canary yellow jonquilla, and a variety named Canaliculatus, which is similar to Minnow but with more flowers and cups a stronger yellow.Cogar travels to shows across the eastern United States at this time of year — they start in the South and move northward with the growing season — and is heartened when she sees younger people growing and showing. “Now if we could get Taylor Swift to grow daffodils, the whole world would grow them,” she said. Meanwhile, think small.@adrian_higgins on Twitter
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Feb 8, 2018
A florist's advice for saving money on flowers
Chris Drummond, president-elect of the SAF in Alexandria, Va., says consumers shouldn't be embarrassed if they have questions. "There are so many hundreds of varieties of flowers. Even me, in the business, every year I find something I've never seen before," he said. "We certainly expect our consumers not to know about certain varieties. We expect you to have questions."It's helpful to understand, that pricing is not standardized in the floral industry, says Kayle Walker Burns, owner of Petal and Bean Floral & Event Planning in Breckenridge, Colo. What one florist charges likely is different from other florists, and you also can expect differences if you buy flowers at a grocery store, online or from a local florist.We asked professional florists to share their top tips for buying bouquets and other items during flower-centric holidays and events.Preorder for your best chance to get what you want.According to the Society of American Florists, the ideal window for preordering flowers is three to 10 days. Preordering helps florists make sure they have the right and freshest flowers for the consumers - and ensure first availability. The closer you purchase flowers to the holiday, the greater chance of availability and the price may be affected. Valentine's Day is on a Wednesday this year, so florists expect more flower pur... (KTVB)Jan 12, 2018
Florists Prep For Inspiring Day In Omaha
The Society of American FloristsPosted: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 3:42PM EST
ALEXANDRIA, VA — It's been more than two years since Rhonda Bullington attended SAF's 1-Day Profit Blast in Des Moines, an experience that expanded her skill-set and provided a boost in business. When the owner of Loess Hills Floral Studio in Council Bluffs, Iowa, saw the educational program is next headed to Omaha, Nebraska — a mere six miles away — she pounced on the opportunity.
"I got a lot out of the program the first time, both during the sessions and the networking opportunities in between," she said.
On Sunday, January 14, Bullington will be sitting front row and center with another employee in tow. SAF's first event of 2018 combines a blend of favorites and new presentations. Bullington said she's especially interested to hear headliner Laura Daluga, AIFD, discuss ways to connect with millennials.
"My business is largely weddings, so millennials are my clients," she explained.
First-time Profit Blast attendee Jack Fabbrini is ready to "soak it all in." ... (PerishableNews )Dec 8, 2017
Corn plant surprises reader with rare bloom
Sometimes there are too many seeds for my space. Can these leftover seeds be used next spring? What's their shelf life? — B. Sullivan, Alexandria, Minn.A: Although seed viability depends somewhat on vegetable type, the most important factor is cool-dry storage. If stored in a refrigerator in a tightly closed container, seeds will be fine for next year. Most seeds store well for two to five years or longer. It's important to refrigerate the leftovers immediately after the packet's first use. Many of us don't properly store leftover seeds quickly enough, and summer's heat and humidity diminish their value, if packets are left sitting on the garage shelf.Large seeds like corn, beans and peas especially lose vigor if not stored properly immediately. Dry rice added to the storage container is a good desiccant for seed packets. (Duluth News Tribune)May 7, 2017
Local flower shops pruning, rearranging to keep up with changes in ...
Jenny Scala, director of marketing and communications at the Society of American Florists in Alexandria, Va."In other words, the same customer who picks up a bunch of flowers for themselves at the supermarket while doing their weekly grocery shopping will most likely go to the florist when they need a special gift or delivery."In 1992, there were 27,341 florists in the United States, compared with 13,765 in 2014, Scala said."The decrease in recent years does include florists that have gone out of business, and it also includes a lot of consolidation that has happened," Scala said in an email. "Where a decade or two ago a florist business may have operated 3-7 brick and mortar locations, that same florist may now operate one-three locations. Thanks to the internet and efficiencies in operations, florists can operate leaner and smarter while serving the same amount of customers with fewer physical locations."- - - - -In Concord, Rick Talbot and Brad Towne started Cobblestone Design Co. in 1996. Their business today involves not only flowers but home decor items, including furniture, lamps and candles."We went beyond just carnations and daisies," Towne said of his flower offerings."You just don't try to compete" with supermarkets, Towne said. "You try to offer more personal and artistic touches."The shop uses Teleflora, which, Towne said, takes a "large percentage" of the money tied to sales it generates. Cornerstone gets other benefits, including lower credit-card processing fees, he said."We do ask if it's worth it," he said. "For now, it still is."Teleflora, in an email statement, said it has more than 11,000 member florists in its advanced florist network in North America alone."While our exact fee structure is confidential, the economics of wire orders work so that florists can choose to receive, as well as send orders out; particularly during peak floral holidays like Mother's Day," Teleflora said. "As an industry standard, a percentage of the total order is charged to process the order. Once an order is received and accepted by a florist, they also have an opportunity to make the fee work to their advantage by building a relationship directly with that local floral customer to drive additional purchases."At the same time, shops who also send orders out, receive a percentage of the total order plus can get cash rebates and discounted credit card processing fees," Teleflora said. "In many cases, these orders can generate more than 27 percent for the florist for sending an order through the Teleflora network."Towne said about 80 percent of his flower sales are tied to a specific occasion, with the rest spur of the moment. Cobblestone has a website, but flower customers are "mostly phone and walk-ins," Towne said. "Every arrangement is personalized."- - - - -At the Manchester Flower Studio, co-owner Janet Desmarais will celebrate 30 years in business this year. She credits face-to-face customer service, something people can't often find picking up flowers at a supermarket."When we do floral arrangements, we do deliveries, which they don't do at the grocery stores," she said.Valentine's Day and Mother's Day are neck-in-neck as her busiest holidays.Desmarais uses the Flower Shop Network, which charges 20 percent of order prices that it sends her way."I like to talk with the customer and find out what the occasion is," Desmarais said, noting she often gets flowers in stock that aren't pictured on her website."I prefer them to actually call me than point out a picture," Desmarais said. But she knows based on her internet orders that not everybody fits into the shop's hours."Sometimes, people do it at 3 o'clock in the morning," Desmarais said.mcousineau@unionleader. (The Union Leader)Apr 20, 2017
2017 spring home and garden tours and events in the DC area
Hospital featured in the PBS period medical drama “Mercy Street.” Saturday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free for Friends of Carlyle House or with the purchase of an Alexandria Garden Day ticket. novaparks.com. Admission to the Carlyle House museum $5, children $3.Purchase trees, shrubs and plants, all grown within the estate’s greenhouse, along with gardening books, tools and heirloom seeds at the Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale. Gardening experts will also be available to answer your plant-related questions Wednesday-Sunday 1- p.m. Runs Saturday-May 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. mountvernon.org. Free.The Falls Church-Arlington Home and Garden Tour includes four 100-year-old holly trees, mature boxwoods, a garden of Victorian-era plants and two homes that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the Garden Club ofVirginia’s Historic Garden Week, which spotlights more than 250 gardens, homes and landmarks across Virginia. Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Garden Week runs Saturday through April 29. vagardenweek.org. In advance $30, day of tour $40; other Historic Garden Week tours $15-$50.Shop for traditional and rare plants, including eight types of Cypripedium orchids, at the Garden Fair and Plant Sale, sponsored by Friends of the National Arboretum. April 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (members only) and 1-4 p.m. (general public), and April 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-544-8733. fona.org/gardenfair. Free.The Georgetown House Tour features some of the neighborhood’s oldest and most prestigious homes. The event is once again being led by Jill an...