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Sunflower Season is in Action!

Here we are. The dog days of Indiana have arrived. Dropped right in the mid-summer heat with no sign of relief any time soon. But in the flower business we like to say, when life gives you sun, you make sunflowers! So today we are showing off some of JP Parker’s beautiful 2018 farm-raised sunflowers from the early stages, to the present day product you can find in our shop.

In the early process of growing sunflowers its important establish irregular, but deep watering schedule to encourage the plants to develop deep roots. The picture below is a great example of the claw-like formation that is a sure sign the sunflowers will be ready to bloom within the week or as soon as the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once harvested, sunflowers have a strong shelf life of about a week and a half to 2 weeks. These big beautiful flowers were harvested today and will be available immediately! Feel free to stop by our two retail locations in Franklin and Downtown Indy to pick up these seasonal giants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to hear more about the farm and harvesting process tune-in to Indy Style next Tuesday, July 3rd on WISH-TV. Pam Parker, the mind behind the whole operation, will be getting into the weeds on how the JP Parker farm has ran successfully for the past 30 years. Have a wonderful summer of sun and from the JP Parker crew!

 

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JP and the Ginormous Week

JP Parker locally owned award-winning flower company, dedicated to serving the Indianapolis and Franklin communities.

 

Meeting Professionals International known as MPI, the largest meeting and event industry association in the world, responsible for training thousands of small business owners, event planners, and meeting gurus of all sort.

 

The two worlds came together to create a magical atmosphere for the visitors of the national conference held in our very own Indianapolis this weekend. JP Parker was proud to provide table centerpieces and a variety of assortments for 3 different events put on by the MPI with a plenty of colorful themes and expressions. We hope to continue the relationship in the future and look forward to more exciting opportunities this summer!

 

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Flowers In Flight

The team at JP Parker is proud to be a part of a historical weekend this summer! Indianapolis Airport kicked off the commencement of the state’s first year-round nonstop transatlantic airline partnership with Delta. The Paris to Indy flight plans will bring an estimated 50 million dollar economic impact to the Indy area annually. The airline celebrated with Mayor Joe Hogsett, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch along with Deputy Consul General of France in Chicago Frederic Chole and President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce Juan-Luis Goujon in the send-off ceremony.

 

Our mission was to come up with a beautiful, French-inspired, send-off for the gate at the ceremony. We landed on some lovely, radiant red begonia pots paired with lots of lush shrubs and various greens to bring the strip altogether. It was a win for the team at JP and a win for the city of Indianapolis! We say, “Bon Voyage” Indy travelers and “Bienvenue” French travelers to our wonderful city.

 

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Pamela Parker – 2017 Winner of the Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award

Small Town Floral Designer Wins Big City Award

Franklin, Indiana. From a flower-loving farm girl, Pam Parker grew into a strong, business-savvy floral designer with big visions for her blooms. Now in her 30th year as the owner of JP Parker Flowers, Parker recently won the 2017 Annual Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award.

“At first, I didn’t even hear my name,” Parker said of the event, which took place at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis. “I was sitting there, thinking about my employees and all the places they were working that day. I was truly shocked that I won. I am so honored.”

Founded by Marti Starkey, the award highlights Hoosier women who start and operate their own successful business ventures. In the mid-1980s, Parker’s story began.       

She established her company based at her family farm. The first brick and mortar store was based in Franklin.                                

Immediately, she made a much bigger name for herself when she was hired to provide Christmas décor at Union Station.

Since those beginning years, Parker has added a second shop downtown Indianapolis. She has provided floral design for the NFL during 2012 Super Bowl. Locally her company services many hotels, restaurants, and major events.

Pam Parker Tucker Farm

Those opportunities are important to her. However, longtime local customers, many of whom she has known for years, still mean the most, Parker said.

 At home on the family farm, acres of peonies bloom every spring. By fall, rows and rows of sunflowers are ready for harvest.

Beautifully preserved, the family barn is now the icon of Indiana agriculture. Hosting farm to table events plus what Parker calls field to vase gatherings.

“Most of the time, flowers, families and friends go together,” Parker said. “At least in my world they do. Dirt under my fingernails goes with all of that, too.”          

Writer: Sherri Coner sherriconer.writer@gmail.com

CONTACT INFO

Pam Parker, owner of JP Parker Flowers, llc

Locations:

801 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis IN 46225    317 624-0500

377 E. Jefferson St., Franklin IN 36131          317 738-9837

940 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis IN 46225   317-624-0500     

 

 

Photo as listed in News Entry of Harrison Moberly, llp Attorneys June 12, 2017.
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Fall is Here 2017

As our 2017 Summer Season comes to a close, we want to share our appreciation for all our Field to Vase workers that helped us on the farm this Summer.  Especially our Lead Flower Farmer Larry.  He dedicates himself and his workers to providing the most beautiful JP Parker Sunflowers, Zinnias, Coxcomb, Amaranthus and many other FIELD TO VASE Flowers from our farm.  We graciously kick off our 2017 Fall Season with gorgeous pumpkins from our JP Parker Farm.

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Prom Prep 101

Styles change with the times.  This applies not only to prom dresses but also to prom accessories, and the most important accessories are the flowers!   Girls, it’s 2016!  We know it’s traditionally the responsibility of your date to pick up the flowers, but we know you want the flowers to match your dress and it’s even better if your flowers coincide with your date as well.  Don’t worry…we are here to help!  Corsage wristlest or armband, flower crown or hair flowers?  We have the 101 on the styles that will work with your attire and a boutonniere for him to match.  Mark your calendars for our Prom Prep Open House at our Franklin store on Saturday April 16th from 10am to 1pm.  Bring a picture or fabric swatch of your dress and our team of designers will work with you to pick out flowers, ribbon and bling!  We can deliver the flowers to your school or you can pick them up at our store.  Let us help you cross one more thing off of your prom to-do list!boutonnierre Bottom of Home Page y

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Ladies! Listen!

KarenLadies! Listen! Yearly mammograms save lives! I am one of them! In December of 2013 I went in for my yearly mammogram and received a phone call at work the next day requesting I come back as they detected a mass in my left breast. At the second viewing it was confirmed a mass was present and on December 17, 2013 a biopsy was taken. A few days later my husband Bret and I were asked to come in for a consultation. I was in denial. Me! There was no history of breast cancer in our family! How did this happen?!
Our family Christmas that year took on a different feel. I just wanted the tumor to be gone and out of my body. But surgery was not scheduled until January 8, 2014. I was a little frantic as we had already purchased tickets to London, England for our daughter Katie’s wedding in March of 2014.
After surgery in January there were 3 weeks of recovery before I could start radiation. I took one week off of work and went back into designing at the shop to keep my mind off of the upcoming treatments and the wedding. The doctors were very supportive of my situation and agreed to start radiation each day starting the 1st of February and be done by the end of the month giving me a few weeks to recover before leaving for England on March 18th. The last week of radiation was the most intense and left my strength and energy level zapped. I truly feared I would not make it to Katie’s wedding.With much support and prayers of many friends, co-workers and family, God enabled my strength to come back the weekend before I left for England.
After the wedding and many check-ups later, I am still a breast cancer patient. I will be taking hormone treatments for 5 years and will hopefully be cancer free! Ladies! Early detection does save lives!

-Karen, Floral Designer at JP Parker Flowers

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