North Carolina State Florists Association

An Elite Community of Floral Experts

NC Future Farmers of America Convention 2018

This year’s NC FFA Convention was held at the downtown Raleigh convention center and again, we were able to make our presence known with a beautifully designed booth. A big thanks go out to those who donated their time with the initial setup and also with the four on-stage design presentations where we demonstrated different design techniques from basic to intermediate. Kudos go out to Sarah Callahan, Venetia Gentzler, Danny Hinton, Don Holmes, Bill McPhail, Carol Mills, Donna Pittman, Nelson Simpson, Sherri Suttle, and Teresa Watkins. Another big thanks go out to Lihmil Wholesale and Hardins Wholesale for their continued support and flowers.

Our booth this year was a little different. We had a huge tv on display where we played slides of last year’s convention along with a stage presentation from 2016 by Doug Odom. We’d like to thank our video team for composing the short video presentation. Along with being able to talk with hundreds of students, we were also able to talk to teachers and explain what our association represented. Interest from visitors was fantastic and we’re fortunate and very proud to be able to sponsor the winning “floral competition” team with a $1500 check that will help them with expenses as they travel to Nationals in Indiana. This is a wonderful way that we can share our talent and perhaps make a difference in a young entrepreneur’s life. Who knows which one of these exhuberant teens will become the next Designer of the Year in OUR association.

Interest was so huge, that we’re proud to announce our very first FFA workshop scheduled for July 18th and 19th at Starlight Meadows in Burlington. We already have 18 confirmed students with many teachers being interested in attending. There will be 2 days full of information, from basic principles of design to understanding the color wheel. If you’d like to attend also, register on the FFA workshop event page. Other plans may include a second workshop for FFA teachers which will actually be held on Friday afternoon at this year’s convention with Friday dinner included. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Thanks to our Great Sponsors

Thanks to our Great Sponsors

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!

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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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