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Big Christmas Sale Week 2017

 

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Get ready for this year's Big Christmas Sale!
Save 15% on all supplies next week from September 5th to 9th at the San Jose and San Francisco supply stores. Discount for walk-in purchases only. 

It's our best sale of the year, do not miss out! 

Establishment of the Yoshimi & Grace Shibata Family Fund

 

Establishment of the Yoshimi & Grace Shibata Family Fund

Last October, our family, company and the floral industry lost an industry icon – Shimi Shibata, the owner of Mt Eden Nursery Co. (Now Mt Eden Floral Co.)  He was 100 years old.  Shimi is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Grace, and their three children, Naomi, Robert, and Michael and their respective families.  

Yoshimi & Grace Shibata

Yoshimi & Grace Shibata

 

At the age of 31, Shimi became the president of Mt. Eden Nursery, a position he held for 55 years.  With Grace by his side, he went on to lead Mt. Eden Nursery through accelerated phases of growth, expansion and vertical integration.  Shimi’s son, Rob, and grandson Alex continue Mt Eden’s legacy into its fourth generation.

An acknowledged floral industry visionary and leader, Shimi served on the AFE Board of Trustees, as President of the Wholesale Florists & Florists Suppliers Association, and on the boards of nearly every national floral industry organization.  Shimi was inducted into the SAF Hall of Fame in 1976, and most recently received CalFlowers’  Distinguished Service Award in 2015

In 2006, Shimi published his autobiography:  “Across Two Worlds: Memoirs of a Nisei Flower Grower.”  Not to be outdone, in 2014, Grace published her biography, “Bend with the Wind:  the Life, Family, and Writings of Grace Eto Shibata”.

We created a video to honor Shimi and Grace’s legacy of giving back to the floral industry.  It also tells us the reason that the ” Yoshimi and Grace Shibata Family Fund” was established.

 

 

Yoshimi Shibata: A Modern Day Samurai

 

With several generous contributions from the Mt Eden companies and the Shibata family, then bolstered by gifts from friends and industry members, this fund has reached more than $200,000.  The earnings from this fund will be used to fund floral research projects and industry internships through AFE.  Shimi and Grace can continue giving back to the industry they loved so much through the establishment of this fund.



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2016 Christmas Show feat. J. Keith White

Mark Your Calendars

Back by very popular demand, we are pleased to announce the designer for our upcoming Christmas Show will be J. Keith White, AIFD, CFD! We have a whole new exclusive Christmas collection that we are excited to share with you. You definitely don't want to miss this show.

 

Mark your calendars for Mt. Eden Floral’s Annual Christmas  Show September 11-12, 2016 at Mt. Eden’s wholesale flower location in San Jose, CA.

  

Sunday 09.11.16

  •          Design Show | $45 or $35 for early registration* | 10:00am-2:30pm, includes lunch
  •          Vendor Fair | See the latest products from our top fresh and supply vendors
  •          Semi-Annual Supply Sale | Be inspired as you roam through fresh displays full of inspiration & ideas, and score great deals on floral supply and decor items during Mt. Eden’s biggest sale of the season!

 

Monday 09.12.16

  •          Workshop #1: Woodland Holiday | birch bowl project + hand-tied bouquet | 9:00-11:30am | $140 or $125 for early registration* 
  •          Workshop #2: Nature by Design | glass vase project + hand-tied bouquet | 1:00-3:30pm | $140 or $125 for early registration*

 

*Early bird registrations must be received by 08.31.16.

*Workshop materials will be provided, however, students must bring their own tools.

*Please note: no guests, regardless of age, allowed during the show and workshops.

 

Interested in joining the event? Get all the registration details here.

Meet the Designer: Donald Yim AIFD, CFD

Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably already been inspired by Donald’s work. His designs have been featured in international publications including: Canadian Florist, Floriology, Nacre (France), and Fusion Flowers (UK), among others. Or perhaps you’ve seen his work in internationally renowned shows, such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and the AIFD National Symposium. You’re also likely to have crossed paths with some of the design work Donald has done for Accent Decor over the years. (Speaking of which, keep an eye out for his designs for Accent Decor’s 2016 collection!)

 

In any case, Donald Yim AIFD, CFD’s vibrant designs and gorgeous aesthetics have grabbed our attention, and we are excited to welcome him to the Bay Area this coming March as the featured designer for Mt. Eden’s Annual Wedding Floral Design Series March 6-7 in San Jose, CA.

 

Despite a busy work and travel schedule, Donald took a moment to answer a few questions to help us get to know the artist behind the designs:

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Mt. Eden: How did you get started in the floral industry?

Donald: My sister owned a flower shop in Hong Kong, and I was her delivery boy. I liked to see how people were so happy to receive flowers and began to show an interest. My sister taught me some things, and then I took some classes, went into some competitions, and did well; it just fuelled my design passion bug!

 

Mt. Eden: Who has been one of your biggest fans or supporters?

Donald: John Haines AIFD. I worked with John early in my career and he really changed my perspective and showed me the passion in the floral industry.

 

Mt. Eden: In 2-3 words, how would you describe your design style?

Donald: Fusion. I have an Asian background, European influence, and North American experience all rolled into one!

 

Mt. Eden: What are some places that you find design inspiration?

Donald: Social Media, books, international travel.

 

Frequent travel and continued involvement with the floral industry keep Donald on the forefront of design and trend developments, which he then translates into eye-catching arrangements and displays. In addition to freelance work for various companies and projects, Donald’s experience in the industry includes: Creative Director at West Van Florist in Vancouver, Canada, Education Specialist at Floriology Institute in Jacksonville, FL, showroom set-up, organization, management, take-downs, photography, and serving on the AIFD NW Region Board of Directors.

 

With a body of design work that demonstrates a passion for floral artistry, Donald credits his enthusiasm as having been fueled by a genuine passion for sharing and exchanging ideas. He loves making connections with new students and fellow designers, and we can’t wait to have him in San Jose this March!

 

Register today to save your spot.

2016 Wedding Floral Design Series: Floral Design Show and Hands-on Workshops

Black and White Donald Yim Wedding Show

 

Mark your calendars for Mt. Eden Floral’s Annual Wedding Floral Design Series March 6-7, 2016 at Mt. Eden’s wholesale flower location in San Jose, CA.

 

 

Sunday 03.06.16

  •          Design Show | $45 or $35 for early registration* | 10:00am-2:30pm, includes lunch
  •          Vendor Fair | See the latest products from our top fresh and supply vendors
  •          Semi-Annual Supply Sale | Be inspired as you roam through fresh displays full of inspiration & ideas, and score great deals on floral supply and decor items during Mt. Eden’s biggest sale of the season!

 

Monday 03.07.16

  •          Workshop #1: Wedding Sampler | bouquet, centerpiece, corsage, jewelry | 9:00-11:30am | $140 or $125 for early registration* 
  •          Workshop #2: Bouquets 2 Ways | textural hand-tied + succulent bouquet | 1:00-3:30pm | $140 or $125 for early registration*

 

*Early bird registrations must be received by 02.26.16.

*Workshop materials will be provided, however, students must bring their own tools.

*Please note: no guests, regardless of age, allowed during the show and workshops.

 

The featured designer for Mt. Eden’s 2016 Wedding Floral Design Series is Donald Yim, AIFD, CFD.

 

Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably already been inspired by Donald’s work. His designs have been featured in international publications including: Canadian Florist, Floriology, Nacre (France), and Fusion Flowers (UK), among others. Or perhaps you’ve seen his work in internationally renowned shows, such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and the AIFD National Symposium. You’re also likely to have crossed paths with some of the design work Donald has done for Accent Decor over the years. (Speaking of which, keep an eye out for his designs for Accent Decor’s 2016 collection!)

 

In any case, Donald’s vibrant designs and gorgeous aesthetics have grabbed our attention, and we are excited to welcome him to the Bay Area this coming March to showcase top wedding trends during Sunday’s show, and teach two hands-on floral design workshops the following day.

 

Interested in joining the event? Get all the registration details here.

Yoshimi Shibata: A Floral Industry Pioneer

Update: Yoshimi "Shimi" Shibata, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 31, 2015. He was at home, with family present. We are grateful that he had a distinguished and fulfilling career in the flower industry that he loved so much. 

 

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In May, family and friends joined together in Palo Alto, CA to celebrate Yoshimi Shibata’s upcoming 100th birthday.*

Floral Industry Pioneer Yoshimi Shibata celebrates 100

The celebration was a heartfelt reunion of people from various walks in Shimi’s life, some connected by family ties, others through friendships forged in the earlier days of working in the floral industry. But all have been similarly touched by Shimi’s life, career, and friendship.

Shimi celebrates 100

Formerly president of Mt. Eden Floral Company, Shimi has always been passionate about flowers and business. Even though he’s been retired for many years now, sometimes you can still catch him at Mt. Eden Floral’s store in San Jose taking a look at the flowers in the cooler, or catching a peek at one of Mt. Eden’s design shows. Work, for Shimi, was always more than just a job.

In celebration of Yoshimi’s career and friendships formed through his involvement in the floral industry, we’ve put together a short video looking back at highlights from his career. The video also touches on some of the intricacies of the floral industry that still come into play today.  

This video was first screened at the CalFlowers Fun ‘N Sun Conference in Monterey, CA when Shimi was awarded the CalFlowers 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

 

Chronology of the life of Yoshimi “Shimi” Shibata

Floral Industry Pioneer Shimi Shibata life chronology

1916 January 25. Born to Zenjuro and Koyuri Shibata in Oakland, California.

1917 December. Yoshito “Jerry” Shibata, Shimi’s second brother, is born.

1918 Zenjuro Shibata, Shimi’s father, buys Mt. Eden property.

1921 September. Yoshiye “PA” Shibata, Shimi’s third brother, is born.

1920 August 20. Oldest brother Yoshio is killed in an accident involving another child in the neighborhood. Shimi becomes the oldest son.

1920 Mt. Eden Corporation is formed in the names of the Shibata children.

1923 April. Yoshikuni “Kuni” Shibata, Shimi’s fourth brother, is born.

1923 Shimi enters Mt. Eden Grade School.

1925 October. Shibata family visits Japan for two months.

1931 March. Yayoi “Yatch” Shibata, Shimi’s only sister, is born.

1931–35 June. Attends Hayward High School.

1932 The Shibata family visits Japan for three months.

1935–39 Attends UC Berkeley with a brief break between 1937 and 1938

1939–40 Attends Ohio State University.

1940 Works at Ohio State Department of Greenhouses, earning $25 a month for four months.

1940 April–July. Helps conduct tests at Ohio State Experiment Station for $200.

1941 Returns to UC Berkeley for four months.

1941 December 7. Pearl Harbor is attacked by Japan.

1942 February 19. Executive Order 9066 is signed, leading to the eventual forced removal of Japanese Americans from certain areas on the West Coast.

1942 March. Shimi leases his land and business to William Zappettini, one of his customers. The Shibata family then “voluntarily” relocates to Marysville to avoid being interned. Shimi and the family begin working in the fruit orchards.

1942 July. The Shibata family is interned at Tule Lake War Relocation Center. Shimi begins working as high school teacher at Tule Lake, earning $16 a month and becomes secretary to the City Council.

1942 December. Begins job as the assistant general manager of Tule Lake Cooperative Enterprise.

1943 June. Granted indefinite leave clearance after declared “loyal” by the government. Moves to Des Plaines, Illinois, to work for Premier Rose Garden for $35–$40 a week.

1943 July. Shimi’s parents and siblings join him in Des Plaines for three months.

1945 Returns to take back Mt. Eden Nursery; family eventually follows.

1945 June 25. Drafted into the U.S. Army.

1946 March 10. Honorable discharge from the Army.

1947 May 17. Shimi’s father Zenjuro dies at the age of 67.

1947 September 28. Marries Grace Eto of San Luis Obispo in the Japanese garden at Mt. Eden in Hayward, CA.

1948 Active in Civil Rights Defense Union.

1949 Forms rose pool and joins Roses, Inc.

1950 March. Naomi Shibata is born to Shimi and Grace. She is their first child and only daughter.

1951 Experiences nervous breakdown and spends several months in Soquel, California.

1952 November. Robert Shibata is born to Shimi and Grace. He is their second child and first son. Shimi starts driving off to the hospital across the San Mateo Bridge and forgets to take Grace.

1955 July. Michael Shibata is born to Shimi and Grace. He is their third child and second son.

1956 Moves his immediate family across the San Francisco Bay to a small house in Mountain View. Decides to form the mum pool with chrysanthemum growers. California-Florida Plant Company (CFPC) is established to grow mum cuttings year round.

1958–59 Shimi and Grace buy a plot of land, design a house, and move their family to Atherton.

1960 Takes extended trip to see South American flower production. Reports findings to rose growers.

1963 Shimi starts Salinas Greenhouse Company with eight partners from Kagoshima Prefecture. The 540,000 square feet of greenhouse is built for the cultivation of carnations and mini-carnations.

1968 January 25. Shimi’s mother, Koyuri, dies at the age of 73.

1968 Monterey Greenhouse is built; a 500,000 square foot greenhouse is designed to produce cut roses. Mt. Eden starts using computers.

1972 Elected president of the Wholesale Florist & Floral Suppliers of America. Carmel Greenhouse is built to produce cut carnations. Mt. Eden enters the floral supply business. Takes trip to South America with brother Jerry to evaluate the Colombian flower industry.

1973 Plans the first WF&FSA trade fair with John Van Hanford. Appointed chairman of the second World Kendo Individual Championship in San Francisco.

1976 Carmel Greenhouse stops growing carnations and starts producing roses.

1977 Shimi’s youngest son, Michael, joins the company for six years. 

1980 GM Floral Co., a joint venture between Growers Wholesale and Mt. Eden, is established in the Southern California Flower Market. Mt. Eden International begins exporting to Japan.

1983 Shimi’s son, Robert, joins Mt. Eden. Expands into California Flower Market in San Francisco.

1984 September 5. Graduates from University of California at Davis along with his son Michael.

1985 Shimi’s daughter, Naomi, joins Mt Eden for ten years.

1987 Receives a medal—Order of the Rising Sun, Fourth Class—from the Japanese government. It is the highest civilian award given by the Japanese government.

1988 CFPC Fremont is closed due to highway expansion.

1989 CFPC Salinas is opened in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation.

1994 The buildings at the original Mt. Eden Nursery site are torn down, including the white house, packing shed, and greenhouses. The Japanese garden and teahouse are preserved.

1994 February 13. P.A. (Yoshiye), Shimi’s brother, dies.

1994 April. Shimi undergoes open heart surgery for a valve replacement and a double bypass.

1995 Shimi, Jerry, and members of PA’s family, decide to separate the majority of their business interests. Following the separation, Shimi and his immediate family restructure Mt. Eden Floral Company.

1998 The Mt. Eden Nursery site is leased to a commercial developer. High-tech R&D buildings are built, but the Japanese garden and tea house are preserved.

2001 Carmel Greenhouse stops growing roses and is retrofitted and leased to CFPC. 

2003 Salinas Greenhouse is sold.

2004 August. Kuni, Shimi’s youngest brother, dies.

2006 June 25. Celebration at the Japanese garden for Mt. Eden’s 100th anniversary, Shimi’s 90th birthday and release of Shimi’s memoir, Across Two Worlds: Memoirs of a Nisei Flower Grower.

2011 The fourth generation of Shibatas officially join Mt Eden. Shimi’s grandson, Alex, starts working for the company. After 56 years, the Mountain View operations move to San Jose.  The intellectual property of Cal-Florida Plant Co. is sold to Snow Brand of Japan and CFPC operations cease.

2014 October. Daughter Naomi Shibata completes Grace’s biography, Bend with the Wind

2015 May 30. Celebrates 100th birthday with family, friends, and flower industry colleagues in Palo Alto, CA.

2015 July. Shimi is awarded the CalFlowers 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Honorees of this award are recognized for the highest levels of leadership, strategic thinking, and contributions to the floral industry in California.  

2015 October 31. Yoshimi "Shimi" Shibata passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was at home, with family present.

 

*Shimi's 100th birthday is in January of 2016, however in kazoedoshi (数え年), a traditional Japanese age system, Shimi was already 100 at the time of his birthday celebration in May of 2015. 

Fall Floral Events

The next several weeks are a busy time for Bay Area floral events! If you're interested in attending a flower workshop, demo, or getting certified, be sure to check out these events that are just around the corner, many of which are right here at Mt. Eden Floral Co.

 Christmas Floral Design Show at Mt. Eden Floral San Jose

Kristine Kratt AIFD, PFCI presented at Mt. Eden's 2014 Holiday Show. Find out what's in-store for 2015!

  • First Week of September: Holiday Display Installs Be sure to take a peek inside Mt. Eden's San Jose floral supply store this week to catch a glimpse of our new holiday offerings and track the progress on this year's Christmas displays. Featured designers: Kristine Kratt AIFD, PFCI and Bill Schaffer AIFD, PFCI, AAF.
  • September 13, 2015: Holiday Floral Design Show Featuring Corey Harbour AIFD, PFCI, CFD, NAFD Take home great ideas from Corey Harbour's presentation at this year's holiday-themed design show. Details here. Also happening on 9/13: 15% off supply sale, vendor fair (including: D. Stevens, UCI, CamFlor, and more!), and a pre-show breakfast with BloomNation.
  • September 14, 2015: Hands-On Workshops Corey Harbour AIFD, PFCI, CFD, NAFD will be teaching two hands-on workshops on Monday. The first will focus on hand-tied bouquets, the second will explore current trends in wreaths for holidays and events. Details here
  • September 19, 2015: CCF Exam Prep Class (Nor Cal) If you're planning on taking the CCF exam at the Calif Flora event in October, make sure you know what to expect on the exam! Join Kay Wolff AIFD, CFD, CCF for a comprehensive prep class held at Mt. Eden Floral's San Jose store. Details here
  • September 29, 2015: FAB Meet-Up Featuring Coni Oakson, AIFD We love FAB! Floral Artists of the Bay Area is a fun and welcoming community of flower professionals and enthusiasts who host floral demos and workshops throughout the year. FAB's next event will be held at Mt. Eden Floral's San Jose store. Get the details here.
  • October 10-11, 2015: CSFA's Calif Flora 2015 This year CSFA's annual convention is back in Nor Cal at the CA State Fair expo Center in Sacramento! CSFA puts together a flower-filled weekend featuring a variety of events including: hands-on workshops, design competitions, new variety displays, and the CCF exam. For a detailed look at the schedule and registration info, visit: www.calstatefloral.com. Featured designers include: Randy Wooten AIFD, PFCI, GMF, Rene Van Rems AIFD, PFCI, CFD, CCF, Anthony Alvarez AIFD, CCF, EMC, Darlene Montgomery CCF, and more!
Closed for Labor Day 9-7-15

Mt. Eden Floral's wholesale flower and supply stores in San Jose and at the San Francisco Flower Market will be closed for Labor Day on September 7, 2015. The admin office will also be closed. 

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Wishing you a fun and safe holiday weekend!

The Christmas Show and Workshop Series

Registration now open!

flower workshop and design show san jose bay area

Registration is now open for the Bay Area's favorite holiday flower show! Join us this September 13-14 for two days of floral design, including hands-on workshops, lots of inspiration, and our biggest supply sale of the season.

Sunday 09.13.15 Holiday Design Show
10:30am-3:30pm ~ Includes lunch break
Show Special: 15% off regular-priced supplies
Learn about the pre-show breakfast! (RSVP required)

Monday 09.14.15 Hands-On Workshops
Workshop I ~ 9:00am-11:30am ~ Hand-tied Bouquets: The Spirit of Giving
Students will take their hand-tied bouquet technique beyond weddings as they learn how to create and present high-end European style hand-tied bouquets. Applications: everyday flowers, corporate work, hostess gifts, table décor. This technique can also be applied for Valentine's day bouquets and wedding bouquet work.

Workshop II ~ 1:00pm-3:30pm ~ The New Wreath: #workit
Learn techniques for styling wreaths that have the versatility to span event and home decor. During this class, students will create two projects: one using a permanent wreath base, the other using fresh materials. Applications: event decor, flower installations, home and holiday decor. 

Register by August 31 to receive early-bird pricing and save up to $40 off registration costs!

 

Meet the Designer
Corey Harbour AIFD PFCI design show at Mt. Eden Floral wholesaleFor Mt. Eden Floral’s upcoming Christmas-themed floral design event, we’ve tracked down a talented designer who we believe will inspire you with fresh perspectives, as well as equip you with great ideas and tools to incorporate into your own floral design work. Corey Harbour AIFD, PFCI, CFD, NAFD got his start in the floral industry during high school when he worked for a florist delivering and processing flowers. Soon, he found himself behind the workbench, and hasn’t looked back since! In addition to his freelance work, Corey is sought after for his discerning eye for product design. 

Inspired by the work of Tomas De Bruyne and Els Teunissen, Corey describes his own style as clean and natural. Due to the nature of his work in product development, Corey deals with a lot of novelties as well, and is no stranger to incorporating a touch of flair and accents in just the right places. In short, we think he’s the perfect designer to bring us fresh inspiration for the holidays!

Though he'll be fresh to the California stage, Corey's experience in the industry and knowledge of floral design runs deep. It's not every day that we have a local opportunity to learn from someone like Corey, so be sure to sign up now to save your spot at the show and workshops!

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