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Building Bridges

Designer: Jasmine Farris, JP Parker

A week ago today we had the privileged of creating a Ikebana inspired display for the Japan-American Society of Indiana (JASI). The temperature was below zero but the warm atmosphere in the Skyline room of Indianapolis was far from such. For the center display, created by our very own Jasmin Farris, was a Japanese Ikebana container of history and great sentimental value that symbolized a woman’s hard work to help create bridges between two countries she once called home, America and Japan. Her name, Yuriko Ling. Yuriko and her husban Yu-Long Ling was in the forefront of connecting our city of Franklin to Japanese Industries.

One of Yuriko Ling’s Ikebana Container


She grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Komaba High School in Tokyo, Japan and studied at Tokyo Women’s Christian University earning a degree in English and American literature. She immigrated to the United States and received a Masters degree in Folklore from Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she met her husband, Yu-long Ling. While in Bloomington, IN they married and had their only child, Tony. She moved to Franklin, IN where she raised Tony, taught at Franklin College and IUPUI and became an adviser to KYB Industries. She was an accomplished and successful women.

She helped bring the first Japanese company to Franklin, IN, KYB Industries. She also established a sister city exchange between Franklin, IN and Kuji, Japan. For her accomplishments, she received the Woman of the Year Award from the Franklin Chamber of Commerce as well as numerous Mother of the Year and Grandmother of the Year awards from Tony and her granddaughters, Hana, Mei and Kei.


Yuriko was an author and wrote several children’s books, most notably, “The Little Tiny Bell,” dedicated to her son, Tony. She was also an avid collector, amassing a collection of hundreds of dolls and baskets. On top of all this, and more, she enjoyed the expressive art of flower arranging, Ikebana.


Yuriko is survived by her husband, Yu-long, her son, Tony (Anna)of Chicago, IL; her granddaughters, Hana, Mei and Kei and her brothers, Satoshi and Kunio. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a proud and doting grandmother. She is loved and will be deeply missed.[1]


So, here we stood; Pam Parker, Jasmine Farris and Jenny Sampson with Dr. Ling at the JASI Conferral of The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays upon a gentleman who too has made great contributions to building bridges between Japan and America, Larry Ingraham. Larry Ingraham has been a leader in Indiana’s economic development initiatives with Asia since the early 1980s. As a top aide to Governor Robert Orr and Lieutenant Governor John Mutz, he played a crucial part in Indiana’s successful efforts to build a bridge for Japanese investment. Congratulations from all of us.




Left to right: Yu-long Ling, Jasmine Farris, Pam Parker

Award Ceremony

Left: Yu-long Ling & Right: Larry Ingraham


Yuriko may not have physically been present with us on this special evening, but she definitely stood in spirit with us that night and continues to be with us as relations grow and deepen between two nations an ocean apart but connected by bridges her, Yu-long Ling, Larry Ingraham, and all of those trying to make the world a better place. There’s a song that was made back during the recovery of the Fukushima Earthquake and we would like to dedicate in memory of Yuriko Ling to her family, friends, and all the lives she touched during her journey here on Earth.


Flowers Will Bloom


My heart goes out to you,
When the winter snows give way to spring.
My heart is longing now,
Longing for the town where happiness had been.
Been a place of hope and of dreaming too,
Been a home where my heart always went back to you,
But for now I only dream of the people who I loved and knew.
Someone is singing, I can hear singing now,
Someone is weeping, I can feel their tears,
Someone is smiling, showing me why
and how to go on living for years and years.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
My heart goes out to you,
When the morning sun lights up the pale blue sky.
My heart is heavy now,
With the grief I tried so often to deny.
But I know our love will never fade
and that you’ll live on instead of me,
And that you will have whatever love can be.
Someone is thinking, I can read every thought,
Someone is shedding tears for all that was lost,
Someone is leading you to love that they sought
asking you to love all that you love the most.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
Yes they will
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
You’ll live and remember and love us forever more.
And love us forever more.

Songwriter: 菅野よう子 (Kanno Yoko)

Flowers Will Bloom (English Version) 
Flowers Will Bloom (Japanese Version) 

Also, we’d like to make a special thank you to Theresa Kulczak, the director of JASI, for contacting us upon recommendation to be part of such a memorable evening. Once again, congratulations to Larry Ingraham and the awarding of the Rising Sun Medal presented by the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago, Naoki Ito.

Designer: Jasmine Farris, JP Parker



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Planning a Spring Wedding? Learn About Our Favorite Spring Bridal Flowers!

Spring brides have the option to use a variety of local seasonal flowers defined by bright, cheerful flowers in a vast array of perfect pinks, pretty purples and calming


Spring Wedding Flowers

Spring is the time for new beginnings, so what better time to get married and start your new life together? Flowering bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinths come into season. Peonies are available from late spring to early summer.  The JP Parker farm supplies our stores with hundreds of stems of gorgeous peonies in all colors; they are the favorite flower of many brides. Another popular spring wedding flower is the Hyacinth. The fragrant flowers of the Hyacinth come in shades of red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet, or yellow.

Many of the spring seasonal flowers are known for their fragrance, choose flowers with pretty fragrances that are not overpowering. Just a few stems of Oriental lilies can fill the air with a strong sweet perfume, so they are best used in larger ceremony locations. Stephanotis, freesia, stock, tuberoses, sweet peas and English Garden Roses bring the outdoors in and are truly a pleasure for the senses. They have a light sweet fragrance and are perfect for mother-of-the-bride and groom corsages and bridal bouquets.

Spring seasonal flowers are the most economical for weddings held in March, April and May. You can mix the local seasonal flowers with flowers that are available all year round, such as roses, lilies, gerbera daisies, orchids, anthuriums, and other tropical flowers.

List of Flowers Available in Spring…(most of which are native to Indiana!)

Apple or cherry blossoms, Daffodils, Dogwoods, Forsythia branches, Hyacinths, Hydrangeas, Iris, Larkspur, Lilacs, Lilies, Lily of the valley, Lisianthus, Mini Calla Lily, Pansies, Peonies, Roses, Sweet peas, Tulips…below are some great closeups of some of our favorite spring blooms (many are available year round upon request)!


delphinium Delphinium
iris Iris
tweedia Tweedia
cybidium orchid Cybidium Orchid
pink gerbera Pink Gerbera
peony Peony
pink ranunculus Pink Ranunculus
pink rose Pink Rose
sweet pea Sweet Pea
anemone Anemone
calla lily Calla Lily
hyacinth Hyacinth
purple hydrangea Hydrangea
lilac Lilac
lisianthus Lisianthus
purple tulip Purple Tulip

Filler stems round out a bouquet and come in a variety of exciting colors. Stems that are available year-round include:

queen anne's laceQueen Anne’s Lace
montecasino asterMontecasino Aster
statice sinuataStatice Sinuata
**Blog Courtesy of Teleflora**