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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD
floral artist & instructor
10820 W. 64th st. suite 102B
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66203
Christina Burton-Fox AIFDfloral artist & instructor
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
If you love artichokes as much as I do, you'll love this awesome post about locally grown Arizona artichokes! When Sabrina saw these beauties in our Phoenix cooler, she couldn't not learn more. Keep reading to find out what she discovered!
Guest Blogger: Sabrina Mesa
When you think of Arizona this is usually what people think about…
Cacti, cacti everywhere!! Most people are pretty surprised that Arizona is more than just cacti and dirt. The Arizona desert is actually a very diverse ecosystem with more than just prickly plants. According to the National Park Service:
The Sonoran Desert is thought to have the greatest species diversity of any desert in North America, and that diversity occurs over relatively fine spatial scales. The Sonoran Desert is home to at least 60 species of mammals, more than 350 , 20 amphibians, some 100 reptiles, and about 30 species of native fish. More than 2,000 species of plants have been identified in the Sonoran Desert…
I am an Arizona native and I cannot believe that all these years Arizona can still surprise me. The biggest surprise came when I went to visit our Phoenix branch. In their cooler I saw these beauties:
This is one stem of an Artichoke Blossom. ONE stem with four massive artichokes!! I could not believe my eyes. The bloom was so large and the color of the artichoke leaves were such a beautiful shade of purple. As I looked at the rest of the inventory I noticed most of the stems were just as large and just as impressive.
Where did all these artichokes come from? I finally went into the office and asked the buyer and she was like “They are locally grown.” WHAT??????!!!! No way!! I kept telling her that there is no way those massive artichokes were grown in Arizona. Of course I was wrong and boy oh boy I was happy to be wrong. Check these out…
Not only are they locally grown but they are organic as well. The farmer uses only lady bugs as a means to keep the bad bugs away. What a great find! The farmer is an Italian born gentleman who is as passionate about his crop as the artichokes are large. He stopped by and gave me a little background. He said that he started out in Mexico with artichokes and asparagus, but the artichokes didn't do as well as he had hoped. He moved his crop to Phoenix, and lo and behold the soil gave him a big vibrant crop! He said that the soil in Arizona is by far the largest success factor.
From now on hopefully you all think of Artichokes and Cacti when you think of Arizona. They are both pretty great but one is a little easier to work into an arrangement ;)
Friday, June 10, 2016
10am to 1pm
6pm to 9pm
This class will explore designs in up-cycled shoes & handbags. Make yours absolutely stunning. We will be using fresh foliage’s that dry naturally with permanent materials, ribbons and accents. Your choice of design style….
You will design with fresh & silk flowers executing new design techniques. Just add your creative touch.
· Bring a pair of shoes
· Bring a small handbag/flat bottom
Handbag & Shoes can be selected from your favorite thrift store or closet.
Fresh foliage’s and silk flowers will be provided for the design.
Flower selection will be seasonal and all wire, tape, glue, etc. will be provided.
Registration & ALL Class Materials
Students bring shoes & handbags
This amount is due in full to reserve your design table. Payments can be made with any credit card or with Pay Pal. Copy and paste this link in your browser for payment.
Cancelation of your space in the class is allowed up to 14 days before class for a full refund. After that a credit will be applied for classes in the future.
If you have any questions drop me a line…