Stem Forced Into Penetratable Holder Patents (Class 47/41.12)
  • Patent number: 9676511
    Abstract: A foldable packaging which may include a liquid-resistant paperboard form that is foldable to provide an attractive stackable container that resists water leakage, can be assembled without fastening hardware and has concealed gussets. The packaging can be folded into overlapping flaps and wings which are folded and interlocked to define a generally trapezoidal packaging which can receive a variety of different pot sizes and types. The die cut pattern forming the packaging can be of a universal shape but formed in a variety of different sizes to accommodate different sized potted plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MULTI PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Kaltman, Richard C. Thibault, John R. Widener, Carol J. Moore
  • Patent number: 9642977
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a filled hollow structure, preferably a cushion for a breathing mask. According to said method, a hollow structure of a first material having a cavity is produced, wherein the hollow structure has an inlet to and an outlet from the cavity. The hollow structure is positioned on a tool for holding the hollow structure. Subsequently a second material is inserted through the inlet into the cavity, while gas present in the cavity can escape through the outlet. Finally, the inlet and/or the outlet is sealed. During the step of inserting the second material through the inlet into the cavity the outlet resists flow of said second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Johannes Nickol, Jens Rothfuss, Sebastian Burz, Robert Eibl, Bernd Lang
  • Patent number: 9179606
    Abstract: A floral display comprising a frame for securing water retaining florist foam in a decorative shape that may be hung for display. The floral display frame provides for simple securing of the foam and allows access to the foam for complete floral coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Jolly Blossoms LLC
    Inventors: Maryam Mowla, Siavash Hozhabri
  • Patent number: 9096366
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an apparatus and method of use to facilitate storing, conserving and exhibition of fresh flowers particularly where the flowers originate in country such as Columbia and are internationally shipped to a country such as the United States and doing so while the flowers are maintained completely hydrated. Hydration is accomplished by placing fresh flowers stems into florists' foam which is soaked to make hydration continuously available to the fresh flowers during storage shipment and exhibition. Thus there is no water to leak from the packaging and no need to maintain the shipping container in a vertical upright position. The packaging further includes perforations so the fresh flowers can breath while being stored and in transit and the packaging includes a stand for exhibition of the flowers at a convenient and attractive height of about waist high when the fresh flowers arrive at a retailer having no special equipment or personnel for the care of perishables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Sabogal
  • Patent number: 8567119
    Abstract: A support structure is configured to be pierced by stems of flowers to hold the flowers in place and to retain moisture. The support structure extends along a longitudinal path and has front and rear surfaces and two opposite side surfaces. A backplate overlies the support structure's rear surface. A frame overlies the support structure and is attached to the backplate to hold the support structure against the backplate. The frame includes longitudinal bands that extend along the longitudinal path along the support structure. The frame further includes cross bands that extend about the support structure's front and side surfaces in directions that are perpendicular to the longitudinal band. Each cross band crosses the longitudinal bands at crossing points at which the longitudinal band is perpendicular to and adjoined to and underlying the respective longitudinal band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: George Kepes, Fang Jianping
  • Publication number: 20130269245
    Abstract: A composite floral sphere to receive and maintain fresh cut vegetation in a floral arrangement is presented. The composite floral sphere includes a core of a first hydrophobic material, such as urethane foam. That core is fully encased by a shell bonded to the core, the shell being made of a hydrophilic or wettable material such as a wettable phenolic foam. A support rod including an enlarged head at one end and a receiving hook or ring at the other passes diametrically through the sphere. Fresh cut flowers or other vegetation have their stems cut to a length which is less than the thickness or depth of the shell of wettable material, the cut stems being inserted into the shell and receiving moisture therefrom when the shell is hydrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Mario Humberto Lozano Cavazos
  • Patent number: 8474182
    Abstract: A planter capable of being hung from an elevated support includes an open-topped container for containing dirt or potting soil placed therein and a plurality of suspension elements, or cords, which are disposed about and are attached to or act upon the container for suspending the container from an elevated support. The suspension elements extend upwardly from the peripheral edge of the container top and are joined together at a common point disposed above the container for suspension of the planter from the elevated support. In addition, a spacer member is arranged and spaced above the top of the container and cooperates with the suspension elements for preventing the suspension cords from converging toward one another for a distance above the container which corresponds with the spaced distance between the container top and the spacer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Felknor Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Wilson A. Felknor, Benjamin James Ferron
  • Publication number: 20120297672
    Abstract: A kit includes non-floral components necessary for producing a customized shaped floral arrangement. The kit for creating a floral arrangement includes a substrate having a sculpted shape, a base connectable to the substrate, at least one non-floral component securable to the substrate, the substrate may be adapted to receive flowers to create the floral arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: MICHAEL MURPHY
  • Publication number: 20120247014
    Abstract: A support structure is configured to be pierced by stems of flowers to hold the flowers in place and to retain moisture. The support structure extends along a longitudinal path and has front and rear surfaces and two opposite side surfaces. A backplate overlies the support structure's rear surface. A frame overlies the support structure and is attached to the backplate to hold the support structure against the backplate. The frame includes longitudinal bands that extend along the longitudinal path along the support structure. The frame further includes cross bands that extend about the support structure's front and side surfaces in directions that are perpendicular to the longitudinal band. Each cross band crosses the longitudinal bands at crossing points at which the longitudinal band is perpendicular to and adjoined to and underlying the respective longitudinal band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: George Kepes, Fang Jianping
  • Patent number: 8166703
    Abstract: A conical container that is stable includes a cup adapted to contain liquid and/or one or more selected item(s) and a frustoconical skirt depending therefrom. The container may further include a plurality of removable and interchangeable inserts operable with the cup and/or one or more tray operable with the skirt. The container may advantageously be used as a vase for an arrangement of fresh cut flowers, and may optionally be converted for use with one or more additional selected item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel G. Driscoll
  • Patent number: 8069609
    Abstract: A floral arrangement assembly for efficiently creating a customizable arrangement of flowers and vases. The floral arrangement assembly generally includes a base unit having a plurality of receptacles, a plurality of tubular members removably positioned within the plurality of receptacles, a plurality of vessels positioned within the plurality of tubular members, and a plurality of retainers for securing the plurality of vessels to the plurality of tubular members. The tubular members and vessels are retained in a substantially upright position. The vessels are adapted to receive and retain a plurality of decorative flowers. The assembly may also be used without the base unit in one embodiment or without the vessels and retainers in another embodiment. The tubular members may additionally hold a plurality of decorative objects below the vessels for added d├ęcor. Further, a light may be positioned below the tubular members within the base unit for illuminating the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Larry A. Towne, Rebecca L. Towne
  • Publication number: 20110036001
    Abstract: A monument floral holder that can be mounted to various widths of stones, and allows for flowers arrangements to maintain their position during most wind conditions. The bracket is designed in a way that it can be install and removed without damaging the monument. The bracket is aesthetically pleasing, and can be used repeatedly by the family members that maintain the flower at the cemetery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Melissa Blair Aker
  • Patent number: 7832141
    Abstract: A flower supporting device. A plurality of rotatable beads are connected by connection means having elasticity so that a support body is formed. A plurality of support bodies are arranged to be staggered up and down with each other so that a stem of a flower can be inserted between adjoining supporting bodies to be supported by them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Young-Sil Yu, Byung-Soo Yu
  • Publication number: 20100154300
    Abstract: A hydroponics plant growing assembly (10) that is comprised of a plant-root expansion structure (12), a moisture retaining upper pad (26), a moisture retaining lower pad (48), a structure and pads sleeve (62) and a structure and pads retaining enclosure (72). The upper and lower pads (26,48) are dimensioned to be placed respectively over and under the structure (12). The sleeve (62) is dimensioned to be placed over the structure and the pads to prevent mineralized water that is poured into the upper pad (26) from spilling over the sides of the upper pad (26) and the structure (12). The enclosure (72) includes a plurality of trays (76) that are each dimensioned to receive and secure the expansion structure (12) with the attached upper and lower pads (26,48).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: John C. Wiersma
  • Patent number: 7739832
    Abstract: A floral arrangement assembly according to the present invention embodiments provides protection and maintenance of a floral arrangement during display, transport and/or shipping. The floral arrangement assembly includes a floral retaining structure, a base to secure the floral retaining structure and a cover. The floral retaining structure includes a floral holding material secured to a platform via a suitable adhesive. A plurality of prongs may further be secured to the platform and utilized to engage the floral holding material. The floral retaining structure may further include a plate secured to the assembly base with the platform secured to the plate via a plurality of ties. Alternatively, the floral retaining structure may be secured directly to the assembly base via the plurality of ties. The floral arrangement assembly may be placed within a water proof bag or other containers, where optional cooling and absorption materials may be placed underneath the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Irit Elazar-Mittelman, Shai Mittelman
  • Patent number: 7707769
    Abstract: The bouquet holding device includes an outer ring, a plurality of inner rings, a door attached via hinge to the outer ring, a locking clasp, and a track. The track runs along the interior periphery of both the door and the outer ring, and engages a grooved notch located on each end of each inner ring. The hinged door locks in place with respect to the outer ring to ensure that the inner rings are enclosed within the track. The inner rings are capable of rotating freely about the outer ring. The inner rings are capable of securing a single or a plurality of flowers or objects associated with the bouquet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Frank Courter
  • Patent number: 7690149
    Abstract: The embodiments of Fan Fold Support employ a foam sheet with folds and apertures formed by the foam sheet. The apertures are formed by the foam sheet at alternating folds so that every other fold has an aperture. The final end shape is formed by folding in an accordion-like manner the folds and secured with a compression band. When folded the foam sheet folds are oriented at the top of the folded structure and the apertures are located at the bottom of the folded structure. The sheet may be of various geometry so as to accommodate a variety of final folded end shapes such as a block form, an oval shape, a square, a cylindrical, a cone, a cubic, hexagon, a pentagon, and other multi-sided structures. Objects to be supported are then placed between the folds formed by the foam sheet in the Fan Fold Support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: U.S. Metalcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Janice A Barlow
  • Patent number: 7640694
    Abstract: A headstone flower mounting system includes a headstone that has an upper edge, a front side and a back side. A block has a top side, a bottom side, a first end, a second end, a first lateral side, a second lateral side. The bottom side of the block abuts the upper edge of the headstone. The block is comprised of a material capable of receiving flower stems. A plurality of hook members is extended into the block. A pair of eyebolts extends into the upper edge of the headstone. Each of a plurality of bands is attached to and extends between one of the eyebolts and one of the hook members. A plurality of flowers is extended into the top side of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Gregory R. Cantrell
  • Publication number: 20090293351
    Abstract: A container, in which a quantity of water can be accommodated, comprises a base, a peripheral wall that is upright with respect to the base, a water barrier provided within the peripheral wall and extending towards the base, an insertion opening in which the stem or stems of plant products, such as flowers, can be accommodated in such a way that these have access to the quantity of water, as well as retaining means for retaining the stems. The retaining means are designed for holding the stems pressed down in the direction of the base under preloading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: PAGTER & PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Janus Adriaan Willem De Pagter, Simon Eduard Niekolaas, Jeroen Johan Bruijns
  • Publication number: 20090223122
    Abstract: A hand-held floral bouquet holder is presented. The hand-held floral bouquet holder comprises a handle, a collar, a body connected to the handle and the collar, the body configured to define a volume, a removable material positioned in the volume, a cage arranged such that an edge of the cage contacts the collar; and a cage locking arrangement configured to lock the cage to the collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Lisa Ghiotti
  • Patent number: 7562492
    Abstract: A device and method 10 for arranging flowers include a flower chart 12 for determining stem lengths for primary and secondary flower 14 and 16, a flower holder 18 for securing end portions 20 of stems 22 of the primary and secondary flowers 14 and 16, and a stem template 24 for marking portions of the flower holder 18 such that the disposition of each primary and secondary flower 14 and 16 in a flower arrangement 26, is predetermined by inserting an end portion 20 of a stem 22 of each primary and secondary flower 14 and 16 into a cooperating marked portion of the flower holder 18.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Elaine Mueller
  • Publication number: 20080190018
    Abstract: A flexible vase for transporting and displaying cut flowers comprising a flexible walled waterproof container that is capable of standing upright when partially filled with water. A block of floral foam sized to fit into the container and fill a bottom portion of the container secures the bases of the flower stems. A tie for cinching the walls of the container provides a mouth of the container of reduced effective size from the opening of the container. The container being capable of supporting the stems of the cut flowers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Outside the Vase. Inc.
    Inventor: Anne CAO
  • Publication number: 20080148632
    Abstract: A wrap having a wrap opening formed through a portion thereof for wrapping a floral grouping having a bloom end and a stem end. The stem end of the floral grouping is inserted through the wrap opening in the wrap and the wrap is formed about the floral grouping and encompasses a substantial portion of the floral grouping while a portion of the stem end of the floral grouping remains extended through the wrap opening in the wrap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Publication number: 20080072485
    Abstract: A device and method 10 for arranging flowers include a flower chart 12 for determining stem lengths for primary and secondary flower 14 and 16, a flower holder 18 for securing end portions 20 of stems 22 of the primary and secondary flowers 14 and 16, and a stem template 24 for marking portions of the flower holder 18 such that the disposition of each primary and secondary flower 14 and 16 in a flower arrangement 26, is predetermined by inserting an end portion 20 of a stem 22 of each primary and secondary flower 14 and 16 into a cooperating marked portion of the flower holder 18.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Elaine Mueller
  • Patent number: 7310910
    Abstract: A device and method for helping a floral designer create a floral arrangement that is well balanced in its distribution of flowers and greens. The device includes a three-dimensional foam structure that has a plurality of different levels. Each of the different levels is of a different size, thereby creating an overall tapered foam structure. Areas of equal size are demarcated on each of the different levels. The areas of equal size are evenly distributed around a plurality of different levels. The demarcation of the various equal sized areas are created either by using an external grid work that lay over the foam structure or shaping the foam into protrusions on each level. Using the equal sized areas as a distribution grid, a floral designer can quickly and easily place flowers and greens throughout the three-dimensional foam structure in a manner that is evenly distributed and well balanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventors: Terry Miller, Marlin S. Miller
  • Patent number: 7305794
    Abstract: A flower mounting assembly for a headstone includes a block that has a top side, a bottom side, a first end, a second end, a first lateral side, a second lateral side. Each of a plurality of hook members is extended into the block. A plurality of discs is provided. Each of a plurality of fasteners is attached to one of the discs for securing a respective one of the discs to a front side, back side or top edge of a headstone. Each of a plurality of clasps is attached to one of the discs. Each of a plurality of bands is attached to and extended between one of the hook members and one of the clasps so that the bottom side of the block is abutted against and secured to the headstone. A plurality of flowers is extended into said top side of said block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Gregory R. Cantrell
  • Patent number: 7296773
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stand for holding silk floral arrangements that includes a substantially-tubular piece having a longitudinal axis and defining a first cross-sectional interior area at a first position along the longitudinal axis and a second cross-sectional interior area at a second position along the longitudinal axis. The stand also includes a base piece attached to an end of the substantially-tubular piece, the base piece configured to support the substantially-tubular piece in an upright alignment. The stand further includes a first area-adjustment piece configured to engage the substantially-tubular piece at the first position along the longitudinal axis, the first area-adjustment piece defining a third cross-sectional interior area that is smaller than the first cross-sectional interior area defined at the first position of the substantially-tubular piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Golden State Silk Flowers, Inc.
    Inventor: Rong Teai Yang
  • Patent number: 7260914
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for packaging a horticultural product, especially cut flowers, for transportation, one or more stems are inserted through a flexible foam block formed from a low density, low compression force material disposed in an opening of container such that the foam is compressed. The compression of the foam forms a water-tight seal around each stem to prevent water or other liquid inside the container from leaking during shipment of the horticultural product and insulates each stem from each other stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Floral Transport Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremiah O'Connor
  • Patent number: 7165356
    Abstract: A flower holder having a base shaft and an upper shaft with a disc disposed therebetween, the upper portion of the upper shaft being enlarged, multiple flexible extensions extending from outwardly from the base shaft, and the upper shaft adapted to receive a foam insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: David J. Broel
  • Patent number: 7059082
    Abstract: The instant invention allows the reuse of the insert to replace old flower arrangements with new ones. The instant invention is comprised of foam that is fan folded with folded edges on the topside insert. This fan folded foam is firmly inserted into the insert. Artificial flowers are inserted into the instant invention by placing floral stems between the foam layers that are capable of holding various sizes of floral stems and wooden or metal dowels for decorative ornaments such as flags. Artificial flower stems can be removed and reinserted into the foam layers without placing holes in foam layers making multiple reuse practical. The instant invention is superior to floral and craft foam which is traditionally used. The use of medium and large sleeves allows the vase insert to fit various sizes of memorial vases. The instant invention also provides a convenient and novel means of holding helium balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Janice Barlow
  • Patent number: 7020946
    Abstract: A method of making a decorative arrangement includes providing a wet foam, securing a plurality of decorative elements which may, for example, consist of live flowers or other live vegetation, dried flowers or other dried vegetation, artificial flowers or other artificial vegetation and additional ornaments. A plurality of decorative elements are secured to the wet foam and the wet foam is subsequently permitted to dry or dried. The wet foam may be applied to a release surface or to a support structure. Portions of the decorative arrangement may be made by sequential applications of wet foam, if desired. The wet foam, after partial curing, is shaped to provide a nodule within which the decorative elements are placed. The surface of the foam may be wet, as by spraying water thereon prior to shaping and partial curing, and may also be sprayed thereafter as by spraying water thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Camillo Mele
  • Patent number: 7017298
    Abstract: A flower supporting device. A plurality of rotatable beads are connected by connection means having elasticity so that a support body is formed. A plurality of support bodies are arranged to be staggered up and down with each other so that a stem of a flower can be inserted between adjoining supporting bodies to be supported by them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Young-Sil Yu
  • Patent number: 7013549
    Abstract: A method of making a decorative arrangement includes providing a wet foam, securing a plurality of decorative elements which may, for example, consist of live flowers or other live vegetation, dried flowers or other dried vegetation, artificial flowers or other artificial vegetation and additional ornaments. A plurality of decorative elements are secured to the wet foam and the wet foam is subsequently permitted to dry or dried. The wet foam may be applied to a release surface or to a support structure. Portions of the decorative arrangement may be made by sequential applications of wet foam, if desired. The wet foam, after partial curing, is shaped to provide a nodule within which the decorative elements are placed. The surface of the foam may be wet, as by spraying water thereon prior to shaping and partial curing, and may also be sprayed thereafter as by spraying water thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Camillo Mele
  • Patent number: 7000347
    Abstract: A device and method for preparing a vase or other container to receive a floral arrangement. The device includes a grid cover that is placed around the open end of a vase or similar container. The grid cover has a flat top surface and a peripheral wall that extends downwardly from the edge of the top surface. The grid cover is made of elastomeric material and is initially smaller than the open top of the vase. The grid cover is stretched over the open top of the vase, wherein the peripheral wall of the grid cover passes over the edge of the vase's open top and retains the stretched grid cover element in place. A plurality of openings are distributed throughout the top surface of the grid cover. As the grid cover is stretched over the top of a vase, the openings become positioned across the open top of the vase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Linda Roskin
  • Patent number: 6957512
    Abstract: A method for the propagation of and aeroponic growing of plants comprises transplanting a living plant into a vessel of polymer foam having at least one cavity distal to the plant; applying water to the foam sufficient to saturate the foam, whereby roots of the plant extend into and grow within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Smithers-Oasis Company
    Inventors: Roxanne E. Bakula, R. Alexander Masson, Charles F. Walton
  • Patent number: 6907692
    Abstract: Spinning vase comprising a hollow member and an inner member inserted within the hollow member, the inner member comprising an ornament receiving top end for receiving a ornament such as a floral upwardly emanating beyond the open upper end of the hollow member, and a tapered bottom end terminating to a point gravity biased against a bottom interior surface of the hollow member for providing limited frictional engagement therewith such that the inner member rotates and/or spins about the point for rotating and/or spinning the floral as a function of an applied torque provided by vibration to the device or by a differential air pressure acting on the floral. A pliant bumper circumscribes the inner member for deflecting the inner member away from a sidewall of the hollow member to help sustain the rotation and/or spin of the ornament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Karan Mari Hintze
  • Patent number: 6862841
    Abstract: A hand-held floral bouquet holder is presented. The hand-held floral bouquet holder comprises a handle, a collar, a body connected to the handle and the collar, the body configured to define a volume, a removable material positioned in the volume, a cage arranged such that an edge of the cage contacts the collar; and a cage locking arrangement configured to lock the cage to the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Lisa Ghiotti
  • Patent number: 6779298
    Abstract: A flower cup having a flared bell-like shape has a flared rim, tapered sides and a substantially flat base. The rim, sides and a portion of the base have a plurality of perforations running from the rim to the base, where the perforations meet a plurality of lines which radiate from the center of the base. The plurality of side perforations can be six and the plurality of base lines six. The side perforations align with the base lines. The plurality of base lines are partly perforated and partly cut, or half of the base lines are fully cut and the other half of the base lines are partly cut and partly perforated. The flower cup can have a stippled finish. A flower-stem protector has a straw sized to accommodate flower stems and having at least one rib on its proximal end, and a collar affixed to the proximal end of the straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Lone Wolf Trading Company, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Ann Domes, William Joseph Domes, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040111961
    Abstract: A holder for floral arrangements, in particular, the type of floral holder commonly referred to as a casket saddle, and which is particularly useful for positioning the floral arrangement on top of a casket. The floral holder may further be used for holding floral arrangements for display under any other public or non-public occasions, such as weddings. The floral holder includes a body portion that includes a water-confining basin therein. Water is poured through an opening disposed on an upper portion of the body portion into the water-confining basin. A cap is positioned in sealing contact with the opening to prevent water spillage from the opening during handling or moving of the floral holder. The floral holder further includes a foam block that rests on a top surface of the body portion, and a wicking cloth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Leigh Ann Cooper
  • Patent number: 6688040
    Abstract: A flower saddle includes a base adapted for securing the flower saddle to a supporting structure. A foam block is located on the base, and is adapted for receiving stems of flowers and for holding the flowers in a desired position for display. A cage includes openwork covering the foam block. The openwork defines access points through which the stems of the flowers are received into the foam block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: Rong Teai Yang
  • Patent number: 6681519
    Abstract: A self-clamping Christmas tree stand provides a stable platform for a Christmas tree that allows simple installation and adjustment of the tree angle without having to be positioned under the tree to perform the adjustments. The tree stand uses the weight of the tree to firmly clamp the tree's trunk. A clamping mechanism provides a constant grip that will not loosen unless an upward force is provided by the user. The adjustment range of the tree trunk angle with respect to the vertical plane may be varied to accommodate tree trunks of different shapes. Lastly, the tree stand includes a large liquid reservoir to maintain the tree's moisture content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Richard E. Cone
  • Patent number: 6678975
    Abstract: A decorative apparatus comprising a frog, a frog holder, a decorative attachment, and a means of attaching, positioning and orienting the decorative attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph Francis Renosky
  • Publication number: 20030150158
    Abstract: Flower arranging apparatus for arranging a bunch of flowers including a sheet of substantially flexible material; a plurality of penetrations through the sheet adapted to receive therethrough elongate items of the bunch of flowers to be arranged; gripping means operatively associated with each penetration whereby one or more elongate items may be passed through one or more of the penetrations and gripped thereby with a predetermined force, the penetrations being reinforced against failure of the flexible material about the penetration by thickening of the flexible material and/or one or more round apertures operatively associated with each penetration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventor: Dale Kathleen Wright
  • Publication number: 20030084608
    Abstract: A floral display includes small pieces of colored foam positioned within a vase, enabling the vase to hold more water than prior displays and allows easier insertion of weak flower stems. In addition, the floral display enhances the decorative nature of the floral display by facilitating easy use of color foam pieces that coordinates with the flower colors used in the display. The foam elements are small in comparison to the size of the vase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventors: Pete F. Garcia, William R. Palombo
  • Patent number: 6543175
    Abstract: A portable folding stand for camouflage includes a generally flat base with a generally flat camouflage holder portion foldably hinged thereto. The camouflage holder portion is generally semicircular, with a straight attachment edge and a circular periphery having a series of branch holder sockets disposed therealong. The base includes a pair of opposed passages therethrough, for accepting a set of spikes or the like for anchoring the device to the ground. The hunter, photographer, wildlife observer, etc. deploys the present camouflage stand by inserting the two spikes through their passages and driving the spikes into the underlying terrain, unfolding the camouflage holder to deploy the holder generally perpendicular to the base, cutting a series of tree or shrub branches or the like, and inserting the freshly cut branches into the camouflage holder sockets to deploy the branches radially generally in a single plane, in a generally fan-like array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Brian Tucker
  • Patent number: 6447813
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the in situ manufacture of plant extracts from living plants. Since the plant remains intact, a flower or other component of the plant can be extracted one or more times. Following the extraction process, the plant is typically able to continue with its lifecycle. Such extracts have a variety of uses including use for, but not limited to: herbal and homeopathic medicines, hair and skin treatments, and cosmetics. The present invention also relates to apparatus useful for manufacturing plant extracts from living plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Brent W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6421955
    Abstract: A rock arrangement having a plurality of foliage. The arrangement includes a rock and a plurality of foliage. The foliage may include flowers, plants, and feathers. Each of the plurality of foliage includes a stem. A rigid polystyrene material is formed and affixed to a portion of the rock. In addition, a segment of moss material is affixed to a top portion of the rigid polystyrene material. Each stem of the foliage is embedded into the polystyrene material. The moss is used to conceal the polystyrene material, thereby providing an appearance of the plurality of foliage growing from the rock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Ellen A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6393762
    Abstract: A portable bouquet holder comprises a head including a cup and a rim. The cup has an upper edge defining an opening and further has one or more apertures. The rim is adjoined to the upper edge of the cup. The portable bouquet holder further comprises a peg including a shank having one or more holes extending therethrough. The shank is adjoined to the cup. The peg further includes one or more walls adjoined to and extended from the shank. The walls are spaced on the shank to facilitate access to the holes of the shank. The portable bouquet holder optionally comprises a block of foam partially disposed within the opening of the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Syndicate Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Trent A. Harshman, Mary M. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6289631
    Abstract: A bouquet holder apparatus comprises a head including a cup and a rim. The cup has a first aperture, a second aperture, and an upper edge defining an opening thereto. The rim is adjoined to the upper edge. The bouquet holder apparatus further comprises a block of foam partially disposed within the opening of the cup. The bouquet holder apparatus further comprises a first handle having a first gripping surface. The first handle is adjoined to the cup. The bouquet holder apparatus further comprises a second handle including a ring, and a shank. The ring has a inner diameter surface serving as a second gripping surface. A proximal end of the shank is adjoined to an upper portion of the ring. A middle portion of the shank is extended through the apertures of the cup and disposed within the portion of the block of foam disposed within the opening of the cup with a proximal end of the shank being adjacent the first aperture and a distal end of the shank being adjacent the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Syndicate Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: Trent A. Harshman, Mary M. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6269611
    Abstract: A decorative assembly for a floral grouping comprising a floral holding material and a sheet of material. The floral holding material is constructed of a material capable of receiving a portion of a floral grouping and supporting the floral grouping. The sheet of material is extended about a portion of the floral holding material and a crimped portion is formed in the sheet of material with the crimped portion cooperating to hold the sheet of material about the floral holding material to provide a decorative covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Southpac Trust International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Weder, William F. Straeter