We Welcome You to the NC State Florists Association
An association dedicated to the past, present, and future floral designers in the state of North Carolina.
Access to Floral Education
Annual Membership gives you discounted tuition fees for professionally instructed hands-on classes and also online courses that teach all the basics right down to running a successful florist.
The Perfect Association for Anyone Tied to the Industry
Not a florist. Not a designer. But a person or business that is closely tied to the industry. This association is your stepping stone to close interactions with hundreds of state-wide florists.
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OVERALL, CONVENTION 2019 A BIG SUCCESS
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our mission

at the North Carolina State Florists Association is to help the floral industry BLOOM to its fullest potential, GROW in strength and numbers and SHARE design skills and knowledge.

As a professional organization, we invite individuals and businesses interested in the fields of Floriculture, Horticulture and Agriculture, as well as other supportive entities, to join in the enrichment of this association. Exploring the realms of art and the principles and elements of design, purchasing and growing of floral products, running successful floral related businesses, networking with associates in cross-over fields of interest and strengthening the sustainability of naturally grown materials pertinent to the success of all, are just a few examples of what we offer and strive to achieve.

 

our object and purpose

of this Association shall be to promote the love of floriculture in this State and to promote and to encourage the development of their industries, to classify their products. to hold meetings and exhibitions, to cooperate with the National and State Governments on all antitrust laws, and with horticultural bodies in disseminating horticultural knowledge, to encourage and foster business ethics and friendly understanding in and among the various branches of the industry, always remembering the interest of the ultimate users of its products and in general to assume responsibility as the Trade Organization of the Florist Industry within the confines of the State of North Carolina.

We welcome all members to enjoy the multitude of hands-on workshops, informative design programs, business seminars, design competitions, educational and career building opportunities. True enjoyment at social gatherings including our annual convention, where we meet life-long friends and business associates, while making new acquaintances alike, all who know that working together will benefit all. We hope you’ll join us in this exceptional organization and truly reap the bountiful harvest of the floral industry.

WHAT ONE PROSPECTIVE MEMBER HAS SAID:  I am located just outside the state and did my research on NCSFA to discover that it was the best floral organization in the southeast and actually one of the best in the entire nation.  I plan on moving to the state in order to study, learn, grow, perfect, network, and ultimately reach my highest level of floral design.

Features to start, learn, and grow

Workshops

  • Interact with other florists to share ideas
  • Interact with other designers to share ideas
  • Stay abreast of local events near you
  • Have great fun and learn at the same time
  • Face to face connections with your local vendors
  • Network at workshops if you're looking for a job

Competitions

  • Show off your creative work
  • Learn different designs from other designers
  • Enter competitions to win design scholarships
  • Learn through competing helps your business
  • Access to up and coming star designers
  • Experience comradery among like-minded people

and the most important of all

Design is an opportunity ...

We want to create something that does more than just look nice on our work table.  It has to be a product that wows our customers as well. The opportunity to learn designs that our customers may have never seen before while creating a business that definitely brings them back for more.

EXPERIMENT

We all shun away from it with customer product, but to actually improve, we have to take chances with our daily designs.

CAPTURE

Take snapshots and keep an album of your creations so you can monitor your progress as well as to point out your mistakes.

John Hosek at the NC Arboretum – 2017

Design is an opportunity ...

We want to create something that does more than just look nice on our work table.  It has to be a product that wows our customers as well. The opportunity to learn designs that our customers may have never seen before while creating a business that definitely brings them back for more.

EXPERIMENT

We all shun away from it with customer product, but to actually improve, we have to take chances with our daily designs.

CAPTURE

Take snapshots and keep an album of your creations so you can monitor your progress as well as to point out your mistakes.

BECOME A MEMBER

NCSFA Membership

Active Type
$ 95
00
Renewed Annually
  • Full Access to Member Zone
  • Full Member Discounts
  • Discounted School Pricing
ACTIVE

NCSFA Membership

Associate Type
$ 75
00
Renewed Annually
  • Full Access to Member Zone
  • In-State Tuition Pricing
  • Discounted Events Pricing
Associate

TRIAL REGISTRATION

LIMITED ACCESS

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00
45 Days
  • Full Access to Blog
  • Non-member tuitions
  • Join our Newsletter
$ 5 bucks

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BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP
.....artistic design in real time with a unique perspective
3:00 - 4:30 pm Inquire at Registration table

This hands-on workshop will give you mechanical concepts and skills to easily construct intricate and impressive floral accessories to offer beyond corsages. These techniques will set you up to create designs that are updated, fashion-forward and artful while remaining mechanically strong and wearable.
* Please bring your own tools, i.e. clippers, scissors, wire cutters, and knives.

Heather Ann Miller, NCCPF is the creative director of Eclectic Sage, a Raleigh based event design and floral studio. While spending many years working in the interior architectural design field, Heather also explored product and textile design. During these explorations, she realized she loved the studio experience and started contributing her artistic eye for colors, trends, and design to a wide variety of projects. Her venture with Eclectic Sage bridges her various art forms and allows her to lend a unique perspective to every design. To see some of her work check out her website www.eclecticsage.com and follow her on Instagram where she often shares behind the scene stories. @eclecticsage

Sponsored by the NCSFA Education Committee

FREE to observe for Weekend Ticket Holders - $25 to Participate
Please pre-register so we'll know how many flowers to provide.

CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP

FFA WORKSHOP - Impress your AG Department
presented by former NCSFA President
Friday   4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Mendenhall Room
Sherri Suttle, Bostic, NC

Whether you are making arrangements for an FFA banquet , prom, etc. , learn how to make designs with an unexpected twist that will leave students and teachers alike in awe of what just came from the Ag Department! We will be using a variety of flowers, floral products and non traditional design products to create beautiful centerpieces that are sure to be a hit. Sherri will be showing you design tips, tricks and ideas, but this is a hands on class as well. So……. let your creative juices start flowing now!

$15 Discount Coupon for Members in the Members Zone

CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY FFA WORKSHOP CHECKOUT

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DESIGN II PROGRAM - "Will You Marry Me"
secrets will be revealed from a pro .....
Saturday - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Chimney Rock Room

Flowers are much more than flowers in the 21st century, and to separate yourselves from the competition, you need to do much more than just flowers.  This program will open your eyes to possibilities that have worked well for Fresh Affairs and Michael will share some of their secrets that will help you take a different approach to your consults and services that you should be offering!

Michael Whaley Aifd Cfd has over three decades of experience in the floral industry and has been involved with every aspect during his career. He has a passion for continuing self-education and, more importantly, sharing that acquired knowledge with other designers in the industry. Over the years he has studied with some of the greatest designers in the world including Gregor Lersch, Hitomi Gilliam, Tomas De Bruyne and Per Benjamin among others.  Michael has been awarded NCSFA Designer of the Year and Southern Retail Florist Association Designer of the Year.  His love of interpretive design led him to The Jim Treadway Cup for interpretive design and after winning this coveted competition three times he was inducted into the Jim Treadway Hall of Fame.  He was also a regional representative for Americas Cup, Great American Design Competition.  Michael was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers and has been heavily involved with programs presented at AIFD National Symposium. He is currently the chairman of the National Education Committee, serves as vice president of the Southern Chapter of AIFD, and is an AIFD certified evaluator/judge.  Michael currently works as Creative Director for Fresh Affairs, an upscale wedding and special events studio based in Raleigh, NC. 

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