Come ice or come sleet, on Valentine's Day, florists conquer all!
Click here to read the article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featuring Cheryl Bakin, owner of Parkway Florist.
At G20 Summit, Saying it with Flowers is a Welcome Logistical
ASIAN INFLUENCE Parkway Florist in Pittsburgh made this wreath for the South Korean State Department during the G20 Summit. The red and blue proportions had to be exact to balance the ying and yang.
She turned to fellow florists to get feedback and shared
behind-the-scene details, including a goose bump-raising
salute from Korean War veterans and a handshake with Korean
Karen Farrell of Chris Puhlman Flowers told the Post-Gazette that her shop assembled arrangements for Air Force One and for delegations from India, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, France and South Africa.
She handled the orders through airline caterers, and like Bakin, didn’t get the first one until a day before the summit began.
Farrell, too, had to meet specific cultural and décor preferences, including the Indonesian’s desire to have everything pink and white and the Indian delegation’s request to have flowers in each of its
When the U.S. delegation’s order didn’t come, Farrell offered one anyway. When she got the go-ahead from the military, she and her staff scrambled to make another tight deadline, sending two floral arrangements "and a note … thanking the president and first lady for bringing the world to Pittsburgh."
One arrangement was red, white and blue. “The other arrangement was — of course — black and gold with sunflowers and two Steelers teddy bears for the president's daughters, Sasha and Malia,” the paper reported.
Bakin kept her pals updated throughout the summit, with arrangement descriptions and some other colorful moments. She particularly liked seeing the flight crews leaving the hotels to board their jets with supersized American provisions: Philadelphia cream cheese, jumbo jars of peanut butter and Craftsman leaf blowers.
“I did not do anything great or wonderful that any of you would not have done,” she wrote. “In the end, it was all about providing service to some pretty neat customers, (and) isn't