Florists in Asheville, NC
Find local Asheville, North Carolina florists below that deliver beautiful flowers to residences, business, funeral homes and hospitals in Asheville 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.
Asheville Flower Shops
41 N Merrimon Ave Ste 105
Asheville, NC 28804
65 N Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
1011 Tunnel Rd Ste 170
Asheville, NC 28805
Asheville NC News
Oct 10, 2019
Rancho Bernardo Inn's Avant unveils garden-focused tasting menu - pacificsandiego.com
Italian father every Christmas Eve. He joined the kitchen team at the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., at 17, and two years later was promoted to sous chef, making him the youngest chef ever hired at the famed restaurant.Next, he staged (interned) around the country at four Michelin-starred restaurants, including Thomas Keller’s French-American cafe Per Se in New York and Grant Achatz’s molecular gastronomy mecca, Alinea, in Chicago. Finally he landed in his dream city of San Diego, where he landed a job at Searsucker and was promoted from line cook to sous chef in just one month. At age 20, he was named executive chef at the short-lived Gabardine restaurant. Then he worked at L’Auberge Del Mar’s Kitchen 1540 and La Jolla’s Nine-Ten before being appointed opening executive chef at Double Standard Kitchenetta in the Gaslamp Quarter at age 24.Double Standard’s elevated opening menu proved too ambitious for its budget-conscious diners, but the restaurant’s owner, David Mainiero, thought Gentile’s finer-dining concept would work well in his native Arizona. So last fall, Gentile headed to Scottsdale, where he quickly renovated by hand a former burgers-and-beer joint to open Parma Italian Roots. It was an instant success.A Phoenix newspaper named Parma Best New Italian Restaurant and Gentile Best New Chef. But after six months shuffling between the two restaurants in San Diego and Scottsdale, Gentile missed his girlfriend in San Diego, and he wanted to get back in the kitchen again. That’s when the Avant opportunity came along.
Anise “ravioli” with Dungeness crab, cucumber consomme and fermented lime oil, one of the dishes on the new Avant Garde tasting menu at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Avant restaurant.(Courtesy photo)
Gentile said the Inn has embraced his ideas, which sometimes spill out of his brain so quickly his mouth rushes to keep up. Among the Avant Garde dishes he’s developed recently are sous-vide lamb with beet glass, butter powder and hickory rosemary smoke; anise “ravioli” with cucumber consomme and fermented lime oil; cured and ash-crusted scallop in a nasturtium vinaigrette; and roast pumpkin served in a petrified pumpkin shell.Gentile likes using molecular gastronomy techniques to create new textures, enhance flavors and ensure consistency, but he knows the scientific cooking methods have turned off many diners in past years. Execution, he said, is everything.
“Molecular gastronomy can give a dish the ‘wow’ factor but nothing disheartens me more than having a tasteless foam or powder,” he said.Gentile said he’s excited to be working in the same kitchen where famed chef Gavin Kaysen became a breakout culinary superstar with his modern cooking techniques at El Biz, which closed in 2012 after 44 years. Avant has never been able to match the fame of El Biz but Gentile said he’s got... Jul 5, 2019
Budding hemp industry holds its breath over potential flower ban - Mountain Xpress
There are also 601 registered processors.
That’s why Asheville-based activists Blake Butler and Rod Kight are making their voices heard on behalf of the farmers, processors and consumers whom they maintain have greatly benefited from the state’s burgeoning hemp industry. Butler is executive director of the N.C. Industrial Hemp Association, a nonprofit trade group. He says he’s driven from Asheville to Raleigh at least eight times in June alone to meet with state legislators about the potential ban on smokable hemp. Kight, an attorney, runs a legal blog called Kight on Cannabis.
“All we’re trying to do is help the North Carolina farmer,” says Butler. “We want that famer to be recognized for growing a crop. It’s been legal in the state for three years under the pilot program, and smokable flower makes up about one-third of that industry. For law enforcement to come in on the back end — our question is, where have they been?”
Although a May 23 draft of the farm bill called for the SBI’s requested ban on smokable hemp to take effect as soon as Dec. 1, 2019, the version which was passed by the Senate delays the ban until Dec. 1, 2020. In addition, the bill instructs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Hemp Association, the Hemp Commission, the SBI and any other law enforcement agencies and district attorneys the SBI wishes to include, to “meet at least quarterly to discuss best practices for the hemp industry.”
The last-minute shift, which buys critical time for the industry, seems to be due largely to Butler’s advocacy efforts since he was hired as the Hemp Association’s executive director in mid-January. During his frequent trips to Raleigh, Butler says he’s met one-on-one with the SBI, sheriffs, district attorneys and legislative leaders. All of them, he reports — including Sen. Brent Jackson, an author of the bill — have been receptive.
“We know the technology is there for a reliable field test,” Butler maintains. “The DEA now has a list of vendors they could recommend. My goal is to get a reliable field test in the hands of the SBI within three months.”
But for Butler, there’s a bigger issue at stake. “All the concerns the SBI brought up, we can address, but we definitely cannot be categorized as an industry that is going to break the law,” he cont... Aug 17, 2018
Liz Cooper & The Stampede Debut Album 'Window Flowers' Receiving Rave Reviews
IL-Out of SPACE: Big Evanston Block Party
August 28-Athens, GA-Georgia Theatre†
August 29-Savannah, GA-B&D Beer Garden†
August 30-Asheville, NC-The Orange Peel†
August 31-Charlotte, NC-Neighborhood Theatre†
September 1-Charleston, SC-Charleston Music Hall†
September 9-St. Louis, MO-LouFest
September 20-Nashville, TN-Musician's CornerNovember 8-New Orleans, LA-One Eyed Jacks‡
November 9-Austin, TX-Emo's‡
... Jul 6, 2018
Nature Journal: A look inside the mountain laurel flower
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In our temperate zone, hummingbirds and small mammals might assist in this regard, but the exchange is most often accomplished via the wind or by insects.
The beautiful and highly individual sculpturing of a pollen grain's outer wall is a unique feature of each plant species - so much so, in fact, that scientists have been able to determine the presence or abundance of various species over time in specific place by separating pollen from cores of peat extracted from acidic bogs.
The specific configuration of the pollen grains for many plants can be observed with a hand magnifier. You will be looking directly at one of the most beautiful and functional aspects of the natural world, and in the process you might be able to determine the manner in which the pollen grains are distributed.
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The familiar mountain laurel (Kalmia latiflora) is a case study in this regard. Almost a century ago, Herbert Waldron Faulkner provided an account in his "Mysteries of the Flowers" (Stokes, 1917). I have inserted some asides in brackets:
"Each corolla [cluster of petals] is provided with a ring of twelve small pockets [invaginations], which gently hold the anthers and keep the filaments curved back in a state of tension, all round the central pistil. Thus the flower blooms, and thus it will remain unless some evening a night-moth, attracted by the white laurel blossoms and by their fragrance, arrives and reaching down for nectar disturbs the arrangement of the stamens. [Bumblebees are probably the major pollinator.]
"A little touch will derange the equilibrium and one or several anthers will be released from their pockets; they will fly up with a quick snap, and their pollen will be thrown up forcibly against the moth's body and cling to his woolly covering.
"And it should be noticed that if the moth brings pollen from another flower he is likely to leave some on the prominent stigma, while his body, at the moment of the explosion, acts as a bulwark to protect the pis... Apr 13, 2017
Landscaping Camp To Feature Butterfly Gardening With Carson Ellis
Anne Heard Stokes Butterfly Garden.Before moving to Memphis in 2015, she interned at both the Asheville Arboretum and Highlands Biological Research Station in North Carolina and has an associate’s degree in Horticulture Technology from Haywood Community College as well as a BA in Environmental Science from Mount Holyoke College. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, exploring the bottomlands and cypress swamps surrounding Memphis, Tennessee has been an exciting change of scenery. She loves nothing more than a good hike through Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park on the weekends, especially in the spring!“I enjoy working in the Butterfly Garden because I have a lot of creative freedom, independence to research and design the plantings and a strong sense of connection to the space,” Ellis said. “The work as a horticulturist is not always glamorous, but having the support to bring my ideas and vision to fruition has made it a rewarding venture. I am also excited to announce that in 2016, we were officially certified as a Monarch Waystation.”For more information on the Landscaping Camp, visit http://oxfordms.com/retire-in-oxford/landscaping-camp/ or contact Rosie Vassallo at 662-234-4651. For questions or comments, email email@example.com. (HottyToddy.com)Mar 30, 2017
A shamrock bouquet of issues
Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville.There’s more on the national scene, with health care being one example. On the campaign trail, we heard about health care for all and no one suffering from the Affordable Care Act’s repeal. Suddenly, we get a different story. Our leaders need reminding: Deeds, not words, make the man. Leaders should not make empty promises that tamper with people’s lives.The Congressional Budget Office says millions will lose their coverage. Congressional leaders say they will have access, but if you cannot work or pay the prices, what good is access? This issue impacts people who responsibly worked all their lives, get hit with serious illness and cannot afford to buy insurance. Hospitals are worried about returning to the days of picking up the cost of coverage for those who cannot pay. This problem is not one to solve in a huge hurry.The proposed budget is one big chopping block, tampering with items the public holds dear such as the arts, public radio and TV, elderly care and the environment. Congress refused to even meet Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, so despite that abysmal behavior everyone is expected to vote for the new Donald Trump nominee? What goes around comes around, they say.The House Intelligence Committee recently got two messages from the FBI: There’s no information that supports Trump’s allegation that Obama ordered surveillance of Trump Tower, and they are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with a covert Russian campaign to interfere with the U.S. presidential election. These are two chilling revelations. Certainly we all need to take care not to jump to conclusions until the facts come in, but there is potential here for a disgraceful moment in history.Remember 1973-74 as our country went through the Watergate hearings? Look at the film clips. Members of opposing parties conducted these hearings with more respect for each other than we presently see. We’ve lost our manners in politics. History has proven time and time again that our country functions best when there is division of powers and bipartisanship.Where does it all end, and what’s the average person to do? We can all hope for more bipartisan cooperation and less focus on revenge for opponents, whatever the issue might be. We still have our opinions, which can be expressed by writing letters and emails, making phone calls, marching, getting involved or even running for office. Abraham Lincoln called on all of us to ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth.”This column began with a memory from elementary school, so let’s end with Aesop’s fables. These stories came from a Greek writer who was a slave, and the messages still pack a lot of punch today. Each one had a life lesson: Sore losers are like sour grapes, don’t count your chickens before they hatch, and slow and steady wins the race. Don’t cry wolf when there is no wolf, because a liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.Mary Garrison lives in Flat Rock. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. (BlueRidgeNow.com)