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April Event: J. Schwanke at Greenleaf
April 5, 2008
News PictureGreenleaf in Portland sponsored a great show on April 6 with J Schwanke, flower personality. You can see J's show, JTV on the web site uBloom, a free website about flowers.

About 200 people attended the show, an overview of prom and wedding flower tips. J promoted the use of some new products such as a special foam and bouquet holders which he helped to design.

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A lot of familiar folks in the crowd, such as Marty from Burkhardts and some of her crew, Garside folks, Gretchen and others from Luepke, Liane from the Floral Design Institute, and Mary from Mary Jeans.

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J used the example of his parents' flower shop in Nebraska, where things are done pretty much as they've been done since the 70s, to gently urge florists to update their businesses. He especially encouraged folks to value their time and make sure they are being compensated for what they do.

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After he showed an arrangement, with lots of attention to how you can add things like wire and jewels to make them really special, we got to touch and smell everything as it was passed through the crowd. Here's Leslie from Country Floral with an especially wild bouquet with dyed orchids from Thailand.

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It was fun to see our friends and customers Ann from Prissy Winks and Kelly and Linda from Blooming Bouquets.

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I sat next to Suzy from Forget Me Not Flowers who told me she learned some tricks today in designing. You never know what you might pick up when you go to a design show, whether it's how to keep water clear in a vase where the water is part of the design, or hearing J dispel misinformation about keeping flowers fresh.

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Here is Sharon from Bales Thriftway displaying a beautiful bouquet in purple tones, which J made in less than three minutes!

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Peggy and Selena from Floral Dreams were listening avidly to the presentation.

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Did you know that a monochromatic color scheme will calm a nervous bride? I didn't either! Here's a little heart which J sells to the groom as a special gift to the bride...very nice.

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Our thanks for all the work to the Greenleaf crew, led by Melinda, and the lunch was great also!

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Remember to check J's video on uBloom.com!!!!

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