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AV Nice With Chris Spicher at the Senior Expo 888.948.6006 Chris Spicher is simply a man who cares about people and events in the Antelope Valley. We will send anywhere in the USA. Voted the BEST FLORIST and since 1952 bringing love to all who call.


October 13, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley flowers, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, palmdale florist | Leave a comment

Chris Spicher demonstrates how to make a Poodle out of 18 carnations.

August 24, 2011 Posted by | 1800 flowers, av fair, av florist, chris spicher, lancaster florist | , , , , | Leave a comment

Florists For Change 888.948.6006 As the summer season of 2011 began, a group of about 30 florists began discussing issues centered about how imbalances in sending and receiving wire orders are impacting their customers and their businesses. Most expressed frustration with the current system, namely:
– the typical 80/20 split,
– the 7% wire service fee,
– declining wire-out orders relative to wire-in orders,
– the lack profitability of wire-ins,
– the loss of market share to non-traditional “florists”, many of whom aren’t florists ,
– the recognition that the current system is not only unfair, but unsustainable for the brick and mortar (“B&M”) florists

In the initial email flurry, there was widespread consensus on a common goal, the need to address the existing commission structure in the floral industry. Questions were asked:


– Do florists today need wire services at all?
– Can a solution be crafted that improves value for the consumer and the florist and heightens the relevance of the florist to the consumer should florists abandon wire services?
– What exactly are the common interests shared by florists and wire services?
– Where do they diverge, and why?
– Can florists and wire services restructure their relationships to their mutual benefit, or is that simply impossible?

In the discussions, all felt that if we do not address these issues now, we will revisit them again next year under worse industry conditions. Some would say that if we can’t or won’t answer these questions and solve the problems they engender, our inaction will hasten the deterioration of our industry.


Following the initial discussions, a smaller group of us continued working behind the scenes to assemble a meeting of like-minded florists that for now we call Florists For Change. We are independent florists. We are NOT working with ANY wire service. Perhaps they can be part of the solution, and we are willing to discuss our concerns with them, and we will listen with open minds, but we recognize that we may have to solve these problems on our own. Time will tell, but we’re under no illusion.
WE REALLY WANT AND NEED YOUR INPUT! We believe that florists are intelligent, hard-working business people that are adaptable, and used to change. If that weren’t true, you’d probably have been out of business long ago! So, join us in Las Vegas on August 17. Let your voice be heard. Be impactful! Let’s induce positive change! Thanks for your consideration. Please contact any of us for info:
Dirk Lorenz, Fremont Flowers, Fremont, CA: — 510-378-8195
Betsy Hall, Hall’s Flower Shop and Garden Center, Stone Mountain, GA: — 404-292-8446
Keith Hill, Beaverton Florists, Inc, Beaverton, OR: — 503-849-2626
Mike Fiannaca, Sparks Florist, Inc, Sparks and Reno, NV: — 775-690-7120

August 11, 2011 Posted by | chris spicher, florists for change, goldleaf florist, lancaster florist | , , , | Leave a comment

Fathers Day

Gary and I are very lucky, blessed, we have a great Dad.  He also was a wonderful husband, amazing that a guy with no college could do and be so much.  So today Dad I am still in awe, Love you always…

June 20, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley dads, antelope valley flowers, av best flowers, flowers in palmdale, lancaster florist | , , , , | Leave a comment

is it working?…

Does that form of advertising, marketing work for you? Since AV Florist has joined ilivetoday we have been able to tell our flower story so well through dozens of videos that have been sent out into the web, tagged with our contact info. I am so much more excited about business and life than just one year ago, and how many people have I met? Jim, Ben, Mark, Stokely thank you!!!

June 2, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley flowers, flowers in lancaster, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, palmdale florist, Palmdale flowers | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chris Spicher Loves Sheep and Lancaster Flowers

My daughter eva lives in seattle.  Eva was born and raised in lancaster, so she came back to visit last weekend.  Eva and I went to Bex, , saw the bikini dancers, the coool bowling alley. Next day we came down and met Jim Greenleaf on the BLVD@ the ilivetoday cafe{ actualy theblvdtodaycafe}… , then we went to look @ the wildflowers, thats when we saw the lambs, that are in this video.  .  Yesterday we took our time going back to the airport, lunch @ elephant bar…eva @….

May 18, 2011 Posted by | flowers in lancaster, friendly florist lancaster, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, nice flowers lancaster | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster’s Florist Keeps running into old friends!

Sat for coffee the other day, a familiar face, “hi Mr Long”, you were my sunday school teacher @ Grace Lutheran , 3rd grade…Richard Long, 89 yrs old, retired from the Gas Co 1967!, I would often see him walking to work. Hey Mr Long, good news despite the kid I was in school, I grew up , you efforts are appreciated, “thank you”

A few weeks ago I met up with  Bill Whites, AVF driver  from 1973-77 at the Lemon Leaf 🙂

May 18, 2011 Posted by | flowers in lancaster, flowers in palmdale, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers | , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Keep Flowers Fresh – Lancaster/Palmdale

Making flowers last longer.  Begin with fresh flowers.  Remove the leaves and clean the portion of the stem that will be under or near the water in a clean vase.  Clean, clear water @ room temperature is best.  Remember to change the water daily, and when you do, also recut the flower stems.  Give all flowers a fresh cut with a knife or snippers, woody stems can be pounded. Flowers normally only intake water at the bottom of their stems.  This increases water intake.  Flowers like conditions, cool, dark, no breeze, moisture.  Some types of flowers last a day, some last a couple weeks, this is nature, even though man has attempted to jump in and improve it…questions call us @888.948.6006, AV Florist 

April 30, 2011 Posted by | av best florist, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, palmdale florist, Palmdale flowers | , , , , | Leave a comment

Antelope Valley’s Best Florist 2011

The loyal readers of the AV Press have again voted AV Florist the best florist of the Antelope Valley Region. There are several great shops here, but overall the readers who voted chose us! We are well known, we have been here since 1953, we are very active and involved in the Community. AVFlorist is humbled to be chosen again this year, it will keep us on our toes, also we were awarded the FTD Top 500 plaque, which you can come by and visit @ our shop 1302 West J, @ Lowtree.

p.s. You can also find our flowers on the BLVD, in BLVD Flowers 749 W. Lancaster BLVD 🙂

April 30, 2011 Posted by | av best florist, best flowers in the av, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, Palmdale flowers | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Buddy Luciano

I first heard of Luciano last year when I was lurking on ilivetoday. I joined ilivetoday and made the acquaintance of Ben Dragoncow and Luciano Santini. I have had the chance to get to know both of these fellows. Luciano has made a great presentation to the Happiness club, as well as a weekly radio program. Luciano and I have sat and drunk the good coffee together. Luciano stopped by the blvdtodaycafe to chat about life, the future, etc…Luciano Santini wants to be a big speaking success, RIGHT NOW, I told him he is, already. Just keep at it.

ANTELOPE VALLEY FLORIST 661.948.6006 California Wild Flower Maps pick one up or Download Here

April 13, 2011 Posted by | lancaster florist, local florist, palmdale florist, spicher | , , , , | Leave a comment