Florists in Allentown, NJ
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Allentown Flower Shops
24 S Main St
Allentown, NJ 08501
Allentown NJ News
Jul 26, 2018
Burn-causing invasive plant spotted in the Lehigh Valley
Queen Anne's Lace, a toxic plant also part of the carrot family.
Though no one can pinpoint the exact date of the plant's arrival to the Allentown area, Niesenbaum said similar non-native plants like wild parsnip appeared in the mid-20th century. And given that the plant isn't in Muhlenberg's plant records, he estimates the giant hogweed was introduced here in the last 10 to 20 years, with a "rapid expansion" within the last two to five years.
It's been spotted along the bank of the Little Lehigh Creek near Allentown's Cedar Beach Park and several other places in the region.
Pennsylvania residents, however, need not worry about brushing against the plant. Simply touching the giant hogweed's leaves or flowers won't cause blisters, scars or blindness, Niesenbaum said. It's the sap, he said, that people need to be vigilant of.
The sap contains furanocoumarins, chemical compounds that when exposed to ultraviolet radiation cause crosslinking within human DNA. This phenomenon, he said, is what kills your cells and results in "what is essentially" a severe burn. Whereas plants like poison can cause dermatitis or a rash, giant hogweed can cause an actual burn, making it deadlier than other plants in its family.
The plant's toxic sap, Niesenbaum said, is what makes removal so difficult. Whereas pesky weeds in patio cracks can be removed by hand or with a garden tool, people need to be more careful when dealing with giant hogweed.
"If I'm in there really grabbing at that giant hogweed and ripping at it, I want to make sure I have gloves and long sleeves and long pants and maybe even a cover on my face," Niesenbaum said. "Once you start tearing a plant open, that's where problems arise."
An invasive force
Niesenbaum said he considers giant hogweed one of the most "troubling" invasive plants in the area. Its beha... Apr 6, 2018
Love and flowers; perfect match for Hill urban pioneer
Yet when it was time to go to college, she couldn’t wait to flee. She attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, majoring in communications and comparative world literature. For nearly a decade afterwards she toiled as a writer in corporate jobs. “I dreamed of wearing high heels and suits for some reason,” she said.Then when the grind soured, she yearned to get her “hands in the dirt.” She began volunteering at the Weavers Way farm near Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. She became a ”farm groupie” who would rush home to work in the fields until the sun went down. She convinced Weavers Way farm staff to grow flowers and sell their yields at the Headhouse Farmers Market in Center City. She also dreamed of beginning her own flower farm and enrolled in a two-year program at Longwood Gardens to study “the science of flowers.”In 2009, the year she collected her first yield, she was hired to create flower bouquets and arrangements for her first wedding. By 2015, she was booking 40 to 50 weddings per season and was touted in Martha Stewart Weddings as among the nation’s top floral designers. Demand for her services grew, and at one point she contracted to handle 75 weddings per season but found that number stretched her seasonal staff of six too far.“That was too much to manage,” she said. “Now we focus more on quality than quantity.”For her wedding designs she uses only in-season flowers grown on her farm. You won’t find roses and gardenias, constants in wedding bouquets, in Love’s arrangements because they don’t grow well in Philadelphia’s humidity and heat. Her bouquets and centerpieces reflect what’s being harvested at the moment.Love writes joyfully about flowers on her website, penning lines like “I fall head over heels for each new bloom that comes into season in the fields” and “Floral design makes my heart sing. I dream about it at night.”By 2015, Love was booking 40 to 50 weddings per season and was touted in Martha Stewart Weddings as among the nation’s top floral designers. (This bride is holding one of Love’s bouquets.)But on this chilly gray March day at the farm, which is home to two stray felines named Leo and Tigre, Love gets most animated when she talks about succeeding at running a “profitable, sustainable” business and helping other women floral entrepreneurs to succeed. Profitability, she says, is at the root of running her farm; otherwise, it isn’t sustainable.“You have to go past the pretty thing and go for the practical thing to make money,” said Love, who is also the current vice president of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. “It’s a constant puzzle.”She eschews buying flowers that aren’t locally grown, comparing them to “strawberries in February.” She laments the ecological tax that the international flower industry imposes on local economies, what she calls “the sins of the global flower industry.” In a long blog post at LovenFreshFlowers.com, she points out that chemicals, water demands, low wages and shipping all place burdens on land and communities.“The international transit process also creates heaps of trash,” she writes on the blog. “The flowers for a single FTD bouquet c... (Chestnut Hill Local)Mar 8, 2018
Gardening: Make plans to visit Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden Show
And the show offers much more.This year’s theme is Fields, Farms and Backyards.Located in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds, the show runs March 9-1. Local farms and growers will be there, and many of the shrubs and flowers used in the show will be for sale.There are seminars and exhibits — don’t miss the Penn State Master Gardener booth for advice and information on your particular interests or garden problems.The flower-arranging demonstrations and auctions are scheduled throughout the show days, as are informative and entertaining seminars on garden topics.The Garden Railroaders Train display gets more complex each year and always has a crowd of delighted children and adults. Visit the Peeps mascot 2-3 p.m. daily.“Fun for Families” is a new addition to the show. Look for:Scavenger Hunt for children 12 years old and under.Storytime: A Vegetable Garden Grows Under the Sun. For ages 2-9.The Butterfly Lady: Mari Gruber from the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary with a learning experience that includes identifying butterflies, what makes butterflies different from moths, cocoons, puppets, a skit and more (Saturday at 3 p.m.).Check the website: lehighvalleyflowershow.com or its Facebook page for more information and schedules.I’m not aloneLast week I mentioned that February is my least favorite month — too dark, too cold, just too much winter. I am not alone.I received a note from reader Carole Mebus. She, too, is tired of winter and longing for a change:“I am in agreement with your thoughts about February as you expressed in your column this morning. By this time, as a birder, I am tired of the bird species tha... (Allentown Morning Call)Jul 14, 2017
Family holds funeral for man shot on I-495 in PG County, says Redskins owner sent flowers
George's County, is holding a funeral for the father of four on Sunday. The service is being held at the at Strickland Funeral Services at 6500 Allentown Road in Temple Hills with a Wake at 10:00 a.m. and the actual service at 11:00 a.m., according to a Facebook post by a family member. The 55-year-old Lombre was murdered as he drove on the outer loop of the Beltway, just north of Pennsylvania Avenue on July 1. Police found him dead in his car while it was stopped in a travel lane. He’d been shot multiple times and his car peppered with bullet holes.Police believe the father of four may have been randomly chosen and are searching for possible witnesses to the crime.Lombre was a Redskins fan and was driving his white Mercury Grand Marquis with a large Washington Redskins logo on the back windshield with the words "Skin Fan For Life" written next to it. Lombre's family says Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder sent flowers to his funeral. His family and others attending were wearing Redskins gear at the funeral. "He wasn’t just in our family circle, he was the centerpiece to our family," Adriano's son Carlos Lombre said. "He kept everybody together and just, he was the life of the party. It wasn’t a party unless my dad was there."“He was just a lovabl... (WJLA)Mar 9, 2017
Infrequently Asked Questions: Why is the mountain laurel Pennsylvania's state flower?
The Pennsylvania state flower, the kalmia latifolia, grows wild in every county in the state. And that was why, I believe, the Garden Club of Allentown campaigned to get it to be the state flower. There has not -- since 1956 -- been an actual state flower in every state. It is just so willy-nilly, honestly, and some states have state flowers all the way back to the 1800s. And there hasn’t been an 'official' program.How does a flower become a state flower?The world is full of questions we all want answers to, but are either too embarrassed, time-crunched or intimidated to actually ask. With Infrequently Asked Questions, we set out to answer those shared curiosities. Have a question you want answered? Send an email to email@example.com, and we’ll find an expert who can give you the answer you’re craving.It’s like getting a resolution in city council. ‘We would like this to be Community Garden Day, so we’re going to campaign to our local council people in Philadelphia,' and they’ll say, 'OK, we’ll declare this Community Garden Day.’ And then someone else says, ‘Well, Philly has a Community Garden Day -- maybe the whole state needs one.’ Then someone else campaigns to state representatives and senators, to the House and -- basically they campaign. There’s no legislation, no nothing. It’s all entirely citizen-driven. The state may decide we really don’t like this or that as a state bird, and we’re going to campaign for another symbol for the state bird or tree and see if we can get school kids to vote. And they do a PR event and school kids vote, and suddenly the mountain laurel gets replaced by the marigold. It’s just the strangest [thing].It is a not-infrequently-asked question. I’m 60, and I”ve known since I was a kid that t... (PhillyVoice.com)Dec 22, 2016
Zsa Zsa Gabor once opened Hess's Flower Show
Eden, Troy Donahue and Chuck Connors.
According to a Morning Call article, Gabor also was one of the celebrities Hess invited to mingle with his Allentown friends at the Hess Manion.
Not every star was invited to Hess’s parties, Otto says. Others who made the cut were Bob Hope and Sonny and Cher.
Otto says the flower show ran for 12 years and was created by a New York flower architect who brought in trailer loads of fresh flowers, many tropical, for the event.
“It was amazing,” Otto says.
He says a publication from the time admits Gabor was’t a big movie star but had a “great personality.
Gabor who was a great aunt of Paris Hilton, turned her beginnings as a beauty queen and minor television personality ino major celebrity.
Hess's sold the store to The Bon-Ton in 1994, which closed it in 1996. It was demolished in 2000.
(Allentown Morning Call)