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18 North Main StreetKilmarnock, VA 22482
501 E Franklin StRichmond, VA 23219
600 E. First StMineral, VA 23117
2482 Rivermont AveLynchburg, VA 24503
5569 Portsmouth BlvdPortsmouth, VA 23701
Virginia Flowers News
May 24, 2018
Brandon remembers: The origins of a Memorial Day tradition
Frankie Davenport, the young widow who was determined to retrieve her husband’s body from its shallow grave in a Virginia cornfield and return it to Brandon. She succeeded, bringing back Capt. George Davenport’s body, as well as that of his best friend, who died in the same battle.
Frankie Davenport was involved in the Brandon Citizens and Soldiers Association, which was formed in 1875 to make sure the town remembered its lost soldiers, Thornton said. The organization lasted until the 1940s.
“Frankie was a mainstay in that, and she is listed pretty much every year as the chairwoman of the flower committee,” Thornton said. “She was in charge of the flowers. I can’t prove it, but it seems very obvious that she would have organized the flower girls.”
Thornton, whose movie will air Thursday night on Vermont Public Television, said when he moved to Brandon in 2000 he was taken by the town’s Memorial Day ceremonies and watched the young girls surrounding the monument with flowers.
“It just looked Victorian,” he said. He said the earliest proof he can find of the flower girl tradition is 1902, based on Memorial Day programs at the Brandon Historical Society. Knapp, he said, “knew more than anybody.”
As far as Thornton and Knapp know, the flower girl ceremony is now unique in Vermont, although it may not have always been that way.
One photograph of a group of young girls in white, joined by older women in white and boys in suits all standing on the steps of the Brandon Congregational Church, could have been on Memorial Day, Thornton said, but he isn’t sure.
He said the use of children during Memorial Day ceremonies was common in the late 19th and early 20th century.
“It was a Victorian thing to do to use children in a ceremony, and in 1890, as veterans s... May 24, 2018
The best spots to see flowers bloom in metro Detroit
These gardens are known for their Virginia Bluebells in the surrounding wooded areas, and later in the year the rose garden is a thorny paradise too, providing a treat for the senses. Cranbrook House and Gardens 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., best from Memorial Day to October380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801Free admissionThe season gets started here with Daffodil Hill in bloom (4,000 bulbs were planted in the last two years) and then the picturesque Reflecting Pool hits its peak with Peonies. The Sunken Garden is a highlight, with beds along field-stone walls planted with a mixture of perennials and annuals, featuring pink, red, and white begonias this year. The Japanese Garden here is unique as well, with purple Liriope and Tree Peonies, and the Native Plant Rescue program is something to check out too. Flower Lane at The Ford House9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236$5 admission (free for children under 5) If you're willing to travel a little further afield (pun intended), the Flower Lane at Ford House is an amazing flower-viewing experience. Like most gardens, this will get a late start this year, but Daffodils, Virginia bluebells, and Tulips are the first to emerge. Last year, landscapers planted 6,000 Tulip bulbs, so you can expect to be tiptoeing through them when you visit. Carpets of white, yellow, and blue perennials brighten a stroll through the landscape designed by famous Danish-American architect Jens Jensen. Delphiniums, Lupines, Veronica, Shasta daisies and Daylilies also pave the way through the lane, while the grounds also have a Tribute Garden, Rose Garden, and a Butterfly House. The Peony Garden at Nichols ArboretumSunrise to sunset1610 Washington Hts, Ann Arbor, MI 48104Free admissionFor all things pretty, head to this 100-year old garden which has the largest collection of Heirloom Peonies in North America. Tree Peonies are the first to bloom here, marking the start of Spring with each flower lasting only a day or two. Then the Herbacious Peonies should stake a claim at the beginning of June, and from then on it's full bloom season with up to 10,000 flowers showing off their petals. Those in the know recommend picking your visiting times, apparently flower color and fragrance are best in the mornings and late afternoon, and the season can wrap up quickly so get a bloom update (from mid-May onwards) before you go.Can't miss flower eventsThe gardens we've mentioned have clubs, lectures, workshops, and flower sales, but Flower Day at Eastern Market on May 20th will also brighten your day. And if you’re a bit of green-thumb, another tour in downtown Detroit worth a mention is the Historic Indian Village Home and Gardens tour in June.
... Apr 20, 2018
These miniature flowers are perfect for small spaces (and budgets)
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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Apr 20, 2018
International Day of Flowers celebration
Beer Garden. A walking tour of The Garden is offered Thursdays through Sunday, and is included with admission.In The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, thousands of short blooming wildflowers will create a dazzling display. Fairbanks Park is open daily and free to visit. The spring celebration continues indoors at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Visitors can explore how spring is captured on canvas and learn how the works of art inside connect to the blooming landscape outside with the Hello Spring Gallery Tour, offered Tuesday through Fridays at 2 p.m.Apr 20, 2018
PARK VIEWS: Flowers, Weeds and Birds
Saturday was a very good day. The spring football game at The Ohio State University went on as planned as did the wildflower walks at Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park. Wildflower walks at the park are rewarding because volunteers have cleared large areas of invasive honeysuckle from the woods allowing the sun to reach the forest floor. Spring wildflowers must grow and mature quickly to take advantage of the sun before the trees leaf out. A photo, taken in the park about eight years ago, was posted on the Ohio State Forest Service web site as an example of a woods completely over run with invasive bush honeysuckle. Not a wild flower or a sapling could be seen. Saturday, visitors saw an example of a woods undergoing restoration with many wildflowers and small trees returning.Remember when bush honeysuckle hid the vernal pool? Today the pool is visible, it’s surrounded by wildflo...