Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Farmington Hills Nature Center hosting Maple Sugaring workshops

Farmington Hills Nature Center is hosting a workshop, Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard, which will take place on 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9 and March 23 at the Farmington Hills Nature Center. The workshop features information to identify and select a maple tree, collect the sap, boil it down, and turn it into syrup. A pure maple syrup treat and resources to start maple sugaring will be provided. All ages are welcome. The cost for each class is $7 per person or $21 per family of four. All materials are provided, as well as take-home resources. A portion of the program is outdoors. Registration is required at recreg.fhgov.com or at the Costick Center. The Farmington Hills Nature Center is in Heritage Park at 24915 Farmington Road, between 10 and 11 Mile Roads. Call 248-477-1135 or email asmith@fhgov.com.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Roses: Tips to make them last longer

Red is not the only color of rose that people can send – it depends on what message one is trying to convey. Jon Gerych of Gerych’s Graziella in Birmingham says it’s absolutely okay to give roses other than red to someone you love, respect, or admire.
“Red roses are typically sent to someone you love, pink roses are sent to those you admire or someone who brings you joy, yellow roses are given in friendship, white roses symbolize innocence and purity and are used a lot at weddings, orange roses mean passion and excitement, and lavender roses are a perfect symbol of enchantment.”
Gerych says that knowing a few tricks for caring for roses can keep them vibrant longer.
·        Keep them in a place with a constant temperature and out of sunlight
·        Give them a fresh cut every day
·        Change the water frequently
·        Put an aspirin in with the water, or even add some 7 UP to the water

Gerych’s offers flowers and floral arrangements, gifts, innovative events, and party rentals. Gerych’s Graziella is at 2005 Cole Street in Birmingham and also at 713 Silver Lake Road in Fenton. Call 248/723-5650.