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NCSFA CONVENTION 2019
RHYTHMIC FUSION
THE EXPLORATION OF FLOWERS THRU MUSIC

2019 CONVENTION THEME

During this years convention competitions, team building, business strategy and fellowship will be experienced by all. In our ever changing industry being a part of such a forward thinking association is such a wonderful resource. I look forward to seeing all your faces at the Embassy Suites RDU/RTP in August. It is my goal to assist in creating a fun, educational and memorable experience for you all. Please take a moment to invite someone to join us and be on the lookout for all the opportunities available at this years celebration of music and floral art. To quote the O’Jays famous song “people all over the world, join in, start a Love Train…”  Let’s get on board and share our love of each other and the amazing industry of floral design.

Your NCSFA President and Friend
Danny Hinton

NCSFA CONVENTION 2019
RHYTHMIC FUSION
THE EXPLORATION OF FLOWERS THRU MUSIC

Boy, how time flies. It only seemed like yesterday that we were packing up our trucks and vans and heading out to the Embassy Suites in Greensboro. And this year’s convention is quickly speeding towards us. We are holding this year’s convention at another Embassy Suites, but this time it’s in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary location.  The location is right off the Interstate and easy to access. For those with private jets, it’s very near to the RDU International Airport.

The slogan for this year’s convention selected by our President Danny Hinton is “Rhythmic Fusion: The Exploration of Flowers thru Music and will lean towards a more musical theme with some amazing interpretations and fun varieties of music. The Friday night musical theme will pay homage to the Motown era. Come ready to enjoy our Mask, Body Flower, and Headdress Competitions while wearing your best Motown tribute fashion or accessory.

All the details on purchasing your tickets and booking your rooms are provided on this page, so make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it with just a few clicks on your computer or phone.

DATES: August 8th thru the 11th

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hilton RDU-RTP

DETAILS: Full schedule of all the events below

TICKETS: $275 - Member Early Bird discount has expired

RHYTHMIC FUSION

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Rhythmic Fusion

Friday, August 9th
Registration Desk Open 11am - 1:30pm
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

12:30 pm . . . NC Jim Treadaway Cup briefing (pre-function area by Mendenhall)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm . . . NC Jim Treadaway Cup Competition (pre-function area)

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm . . . Botanical Body Flower Workshop – Heather Miller — $25Click for Details

4:00 pm . . . NCSFA Board Meeting – Crescent Boardroom

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm . . . FFA Workshop – Sherri Suttle — $40Click for Details

6:00 pm . . . Headdress/Body Flowers/Mask Competitions in place for judging – Biltmore Room

6:15 pm . . . Practice walk-through for contestants

7:00 pm . . . Friday Nite Welcoming Reception / Motown Theme – Triangle Ballroom   (Heavy hors d’oeuvres)

  • Entertainment before, during, and after the Friday nite competitions by the Barbour & Hinton Band

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm . . . Headdress, Adv.Headdress/Body Flowers/Mask & Advanced Mask Competitions – Triangle Ballroom

Saturday, August 10th
Registration Desk Open 9am - 2pm
3:30pm - 5:30pm

7:00 am – 7:30 am . . . DOY room setup – Hope

8:00 am – 8:30 am . . . DOY briefing – Outside Bellamy

9:00 am – 12 noon . . . DOY Competition – Bellamy – Sponsored by Curtis Flower Farm

11:00 am – 12:30 pm . . . DESIGN I Program – “Wedding in the Woods”, a design demonstration showcasing easy techniques and how to’s for wedding work – Presented by Scott Jackson   Click for Details

12:30 pm . . . Miniature Contest placement – Registration area

12:30 pm . . . Dogwood Cup briefing

1:00 pm . . . Miniatures Judging

  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm . . . Dogwood Cup Competition – Chimney Rock
  • sponsored by Lihmil/Mino’s Inc. Flowers/Supplies

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm . . . DOY entries on display

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm . . . DESIGN II Program – “Will You Marry Me?“,  learn secrets that will help you to take a different approach to your consults and services you’re now offering. – Presented by Michael Whaley AIFD – Chimney Rock Room Sponsored by Hardin’s Wholesale   Click for Details

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm . . . Centerpieces Contest placement – Triangle ballroom

5:00 pm . . . Centerpieces Judging

6:30 pm – 7:50 pm . . . DINNER and AWARDS presentations (awards presented for Miniature, Centerpiece, Headdress, Body flowers) – Triangle Ballroom
Intermission 7:50 – 8:00 pm  . . .  Move to Blowing Rock Room for Design III

8:00 pm . . . DESIGN III Program – “A Measure in Time through Floral Fashion”,  music through the decades expressed by the many facets of head to toe Florals. – presented by Derek J. Wood – Blowing Rock Room Click for Details  sponsored by Lihmil/Mino’s Inc. Flowers/Supplies

Sunday, August 11th
Registration Desk Open 9:00 - 11:00 am
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

9:30 – 11:00 am . . . . Design IV Program – “Modern Remembrances”,  a modern spin on classic sympathy – Sponsored by Teleflora – presented by Tom Bowling AIFD PFCI – Bellamy   Sponsored by Mayesh  Click for Details

11:30 am . . . Business Luncheon and Memorial Service – Triangle Ballroom

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm . . . Table Competition — Pre-function area

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm . . . Placement of entries for Bridal Bouquet Competition — Pre-function area

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm . . . POLLS OPEN — Please Vote

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm . . . Vote for People’s Choice / NC Jim Treadaway Competitions

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm . . . Decorate-a-door Competition — Pre-function area

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm . . . DESIGN V Program – “Profitability, a Business Seminar”, presented by Clark Goodin NCCPF   Click for Details

4:30 – 5:30 pm . . . Election Run-off if necessary

5:30 pm . . . Past Presidents Function – Sponsored by Danny Hinton and Nelson Simpson (inquire at registration desk for details)

6:30 pm . . . Fellowship Time – Come and enjoy the ambiance of the Members’ Gala – Carolina Ballroom

7:00 pm . . . Members’ Banquet – Awards, Recognitions, Installation of Officers – Carolina Ballroom Sponsored by Cleveland Plant & Flower

New Presidents Welcome – Hospitality Suite Room #225

Monday, August 12th

8:00 am  . . . . . . . . Clean Up

9:00 am . . . . . . Board Meeting

THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT IN THIS YEAR'S CONVENTION. WITHOUT YOU, THE MEMBER, THERE WOULD BE AN EMPTY VOID FOR NORTH CAROLINA FLORISTS AND DESIGNERS

All DESIGN Programs are “Free” to attend for the “All Pass” Ticketholders

If you’re an Active member and want to grab a Design Show ticket for your guest, there are some discount coupons in the MEMBER ZONE. (must be logged in)

Voting is Now Open for the Wholesaler and Florist of the Year. The Nomination forms are in your Member Zone.

2019 Convention Competitions

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Designer of the Year Competition

The number of contestants may not exceed 24. Entries will be determined by the order in which their entry was received by the contest Chairman. There will be five categories of design. Surprise Package, Sympathy Design, Buffet Design, Wedding Design and Designer’s Choice Design. Contestants may not use any materials or supplies other than what is provided by the committee. Only fresh and/or natural flowers and/or foliage is allowed.

Extension cord, glue and glue pan, oasis corsage glue, stem tape , knife, scissors, a couple of chenille stems, wire cutters or snips, bind wire if possible, wire (2 different gauges), and zip ties. No Green GLO or spray adhesives are allowed.  *Also an extra bucket so you can sort your flowers and greenery.*  Also, there will be a briefing before we start. Be there at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

This year’s Chairperson is Sarah Callahan

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NC Treadaway Cup Competition

The first 14 entries on or before August 4, 2018 will be accepted for this competition. Contestants must be full-time employees of a voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest not limited to one voting member shop. Full-time is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member shop. There will be a pre-briefing at 12:30pm on Friday, Aug. 9th. This year, entrants will interpret a artwork piece (image copy seen below) chosen by our current president with a fresh and/or dried material floral design within a four foot square area for display. Each entrant will be responsible for all materials needed for the display including props, tables, etc. The entries will be on display to the public. Entries will be judged on interpretation, scale, color harmony, and design mechanics. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony on Sunday evening, August 11th, 2018.

Chairperson is Tammy Yow-Russell, Aifd Cfd Nccpf

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NC Dogwood Cup Competition

Last year’s on-stage Dogwood Cup competition went over so well, we have decided to stick with that format for this year’s competition. This year’s event will be a real test for our entrants. Instead of interpreting something they can actually view and touch, this year they’ll be interpreting a “Classic Song Title”. (see below)  Each contestant is able to choose which title that they’d like to interpret.  (Only one)

Each competitor will be provided with their own 30″ x 72″ table to work and create their design. The height of their design must not exceed 48″. There are no other restrictions. The design must be displayed on their table when completed and may spill over and downward but not touch the floor. Each competitor will be provided with the same exact flowers. All hard goods, container or containers will be provided by the contestant. You may preset your foam but no insertion in any manner may be applied until time is called to start. Each designer may bring 5 items of their choosing to enhance their design for creativity and uniqueness. No silk or permanent product of any kind may be used. No hot glue, cold glue or spray aerosol may be used when designing. When time has been called you may not touch your board or design in any manner. The contestant will have 15 minutes to clean their table and floor area and remove product, tools etc. (You may have one person assisting you.) Each contestant MUST dress as a professional stage designer, black and white attire preferably required.

Dogwood Cup entrants MUST be a past winner of the NC Jim Treadaway Competition and a past Designer of the Year to be eligible to compete. Designers will be judged during stage presentation and on their completed design. The competition will be commentated as the designs are being created. This year’s competition is limited to the first ten (10) entrants. No entry fee is required.

Competition Head – Nelson Simpson, AIFD, PFCI, CFD, NCCPF

Please select from one of the following song titles.

“Peaceful Easy Feeling” by the Eagles

“Take it to the Limit” by the Eagles

“True Colors Shining Through” by Cindi Lauper

“Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan

Headdress Competition Rules

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Limited to the first 15 entries. Headdress may consist of fresh flowers and foliage, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of both. The design must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the headdress committee. Must be worn by one person with NO added assistance. Height must not extend more than 3 feet above the models head and diameter must not exceed 3 feet. Completed headdress must not weigh more than 10 pounds. No neck braces allowed. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Susi Gordon, NCCPF

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Advanced Headdress Competition Rules

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Limited to the first 15 entries. Headdress may consist of fresh flowers and foliage, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of both. The design must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the headdress committee. Must be worn by one person with NO added assistance. Height must not extend more than 5 feet above the models head and diameter must not exceed 5 feet. Completed headdress must not weigh more than 12 pounds. Neck braces will not be allowed. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Susi Gordon, NCCPF

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Body Flowers Competition

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. In case of a tie, the highest score in “Technical Execution/Mechanics Concealed” will produce the winner. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.

Chairpersons: Susi Gordon, NCCPF

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Advanced Body Flowers Competition

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. In case of a tie, the highest score in “Technical Execution/Mechanics Concealed” will produce the winner. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.

Chairperson: Susi Gordon, NCCPF

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Mask Competition Rules

Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. No monetary limit on the floral products used. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used. Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, ie:  3 little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit. May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.

Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Susi Gordon, NCCPF

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Advanced Mask Competition Rules

Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. No monetary limit on the floral products used. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used. Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, ie:  3 little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit. May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.

Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Susi Gordon, NCCPF

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Miniature Design

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Contestants must provide a physically stable and secure means of displaying their design and all accessories in a professional manner.  No part of the display should protrude into the walk areas.  Any display creating a walkway obstruction or tripping hazard will be removed. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any of these items. Entries shall be constructed on site. Contestants will have 3 1/2 hours to complete their displays and thirty minutes to clean up immediately following the competition.  4 hours total.

Competition chairperson is Janice Rhinehart

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Miniature Design

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Design must fit within a five inch (5″) square. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any of these items. Each person may enter one design. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given if at least 5 entrants. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Lynn Wilkerson

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Centerpiece Design

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. The centerpiece entry must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh flowers and foliage, dried and natural materials or a combination of these may be used  Contestants must provide their own flowers, materials, props and accessories for this competition.  There is NO price limit on any of these items.  All items used must be stable and physically secure at all times.  NO live animal props may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Lynn Wilkerson

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Decorate a Door

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter.  Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any items. There are no limits to the style of the door or décor, unless specified by the Competition Chairman. There is no price limit on any materials or accessories used in this competition.  Entries may be constructed by one person or a group registered together. CONTESTANTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN DOOR to not exceed 36″ wide and the display should not exceed a depth of 24″. No limit on height, but must not touch the ceiling.  Contestants must provide a physically stable and secure means of displaying the doors and accessories in a professional manner. Doors must be self-standing and must not protrude into the walk area. Any display creating a tripping hazard will be removed.Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given if at least 5 entrants. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.  A minimum of 3 entrants are needed for this competition.  

Competition chairperson is Janice Rhinehart

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Bridal Bouquet Competition

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter.  Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any items. There are no limits to the style of the bouquet unless specified by the Competition Chairman. There is no price limit on any materials or accessories used in this competition.  There may be only one entry per person.  Contestants must provide a physically stable and secure means of displaying bouquets in a professional manner, such as a type of vessel or bouquet stand. There is NO set theme for the entry unless specified by the Competition Chairperson. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given if at least 5 entrants. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Janice Rhinehart

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This Year’s People’s Choice Fashion Flowers

Bill McPhail of Flowers by Crenshaw will be overseeing this year’s People’s Choice Fashion Flowers. Anyone registered for the Friday night function at this year’s convention is more than welcome to participate and compete. There is no age limit, so you kids be coming up with some good ideas. Your ideas may be constructed ahead of time and brought to the convention or you can construct them from the design bar provided by the generosity of donations. If you’re a sibling of one of our members, get them to register you by using the form below. Make sure to print out the rules so you’ll know exactly what’s required and/or needed.

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Convention Competitions NOW OPEN for Entries
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Design is an opportunity

Every year at Convention time, we want to create something that does more than look nice on our work table.  We want to experiment with our designs.  We want to let it all out and take a chance with designs that are a step above our daily safe designs.  We want to create something from our heart that’s never been seen before.  TAKE A CHANCE.  ENTER WHAT MAY BE YOUR FIRST COMPETITION.

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Members Tickets $225 
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DESIGN V Program - Presents Clark Goodin NCCPF

"Profitability, a Business Seminar"

Sunday August 11th    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

. . . . is your flower shop making a profit?

A very important question to be asking yourself. If the answer is no, this session will be a must learning tool for you. I will be discussing profitability in a casual format. I will show examples of everyday designs and plants to help lead you down the path of success and increasing your bottom line. We’ll discuss the little things that will add to your yearly bottom-line. Pricing varies with locations. Size of the city, overhead prices, supplier prices and more. And never underestimate your labor-intensive designs. Be fair to yourself and your customer.

Clark Goodin, NCCPF
Plants & Answers, Greensboro, NC

Clark Goodin is co-owner of Plants & Answers in Greensboro, NC for 36 years. During this time has served as President of Greensboro Triad Florist Professional Florist Assoc. President of NCSFA, Completed the NCCPF certification program and FTD Master Designer.

DESIGN III PROGRAM - 2018 DOY Winner Derek J. Wood

"A Measure in Time through Floral Fashion"

Saturday August 10th – 8:00 PM  Blowing Rock Room

Head to Toe Floral Fashion expressed and inspired by music throughout the decades, with Body Flowers, Headdress, Bouquets, Floral Jewelry and accents.
DEREK J. WOOD
2018 NCSFA Designer of the Year Winner

Derek has been in the floral industry now for about 23 years, starting out by helping to set up weddings and learned the trade by watching and experimenting on his own. Competitions have brought Derek out of his shell and comfort zone.  Former President and DOY winner for the Winton-Salem Florist Association, Derek vows that he couldn’t have come as far as he has without the constant support from his family and friends.  He will bring together his two passions for this show, Fashion and Floral Design.

DESIGN I PROGRAM - "Wedding in the Woods"
. . . showcasing easy techniques and how-to's for wedding work
Saturday - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm inquire at desk

Scott Jackson
NCSFA Designer of the Year  2014-2015

Scott Jackson . . .Thirty-seven years of floral design adventures have shaped and inspired Scott’s unique artistry. “Everything we need to create extraordinary art is found in nature.” Vines, stumps and branches frame a picturesque atmosphere of enchantment.  Teleflora Education, Floriology Classes and Local training from the industry’s finest has enriched Scott’s distinctive floral and interior designs. His technique is found from coastal to mountain homes, party events and weddings, HPU, Steel Magnolias, Linbrook Heritage Estates, the Historic Bouldin House and Married Life Events.

Upcoming appointment: VP of Greensboro-Triad Professional Florist Association

CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP

DESIGN IV PROGRAM - Modern Remembrances
a modern spin on classic sympathy
9:30 am - 11:00 am in the Bellamy Room

Tom plans to do a traditional sympathy collection with flair, a Celebration of Life collection, and also some stylings for the home.  He will be doing some designs on the stage to enhance the techniques for better audience viewing. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI is now in his 40th year in the floral industry. He owned his retail flower shop for 20 years, worked in the floral wholesale business, is a consultant for some of the major growers, and is the Director of Education for Syndicate Sales.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters of Education from Miami University of Ohio.

Tom is a Past President and member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). He is also a member of Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI), the Society of American Florists
(SAF) and numerous state and allied associations. Tom is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Tommy Bright Award for outstanding commentating.

Tom has been a featured main stage presenter twice for AIFD’s national symposium. His floral career also includes working as assistant floral director for the Academy Awards for 15 years and 20 years for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade. Tom was one of three judges for the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2016. He has designed and commentated at numerous local, regional, and national floral events, having designed for presidential inaugurations as well as many society events around the country. He is a member of Teleflora’s acclaimed Education Specialist Team and serves as coordinator for the Teleflora Design Academy.

Sponsored by Teleflora

FREE for Weekend Ticket Holders - $25 for the General Public
Walk-ins can get their tickets at the Registration table. (Does not include any meals)
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

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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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