2020 Convention Cancelled

2020 Convention Cancelled

2020 Convention Cancelled

North Carolina State Florists Association

An Elite Community of Floral Experts

Introducing REFLECTIONS 2020

Welcome to the 100th year centennial anniversary of the NC State Florists Association. Our goal for this once in a lifetime celebration is to bring all our florists, designers, wholesalers and growers together to work in tandem to deliver a convention that will reflect the past while at the same time enjoying the present and also envisioning the future.

The theme for this year’s convention will be REFLECTIONS . . 100 years, Ponder the Past, Celebrate the Present, and finally, Envision the Future. The event will be held at the Airport Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro during the weekend of August 14-16. We have acquired a discounted room rate just for our members but you have to book your rooms early before they run out. Convention ticket prices will be $235 for members and $285 for guests. We will have some one-day and individual event tickets available right up until the week of the convention and also have tickets at the registration desk for late walk-ins and guests.

Since our first recorded annual convention in 1988, the journey has been a pilgrammage that has overcome many challenges and setbacks while at the same time being able to also enjoy many successes. With continued focus and determination from our many members, we have established a solid base for future growth and success. What we all must thrive to achieve is to provide a solid backbone that will serve as a guiding tool for upcoming florists and future professional designers. We strive to be a beacon of success, and also to be a blueprint for the floral industry.

During this year’s special milestone, let us never forget where we arrived from and keep persevering to reach our final goal. To be the best that we can. And most of all, to have fun doing it. Remember that an investment in yourself will have a lasting effect on the future you experience. Testing your skills, artistic strengths, gifts, and talents are the key to expressing your inner value and how you see yourself. This self-investment is the key to creating leaders and also seeing the realization that nothing is off limits when it comes to reaching your maximum potential. We hope to teach all of you to become leaders in the industry. By using your skills, strengths, and talents, you will learn to make your future visions manifest. I look forward to seeing all of you, our NCSFA family and their guests. Let’s celebrate and honor this anniversary and make it memorable for all those that attend.

Nelson Simpson, President

Welcome to the 100th year centennial anniversary of the NC State Florists Association. Our goal for this once in a lifetime celebration is to bring all our florists, designers, wholesalers and growers together to work in tandem to deliver a convention that will reflect the past while at the same time enjoying the present and also envisioning the future.

The theme for this year’s convention will be REFLECTIONS . . 100 years, Ponder the Past, Celebrate the Present, and finally, Envision the Future. The event will be held at the Airport Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro during the weekend of August 14-16. We have acquired a discounted room rate just for our members but you have to book your rooms early before they run out. Convention ticket prices will be $235 for members and $285 for guests. We will have some one-day and individual event tickets available right up until the week of the convention and also have tickets at the registration desk for late walk-ins and guests.

Since our first recorded annual convention in 1988, the journey has been a pilgrammage that has overcome many challenges and setbacks while at the same time being able to also enjoy many successes. With continued focus and determination from our many members, we have established a solid base for future growth and success. What we all must thrive to achieve is to provide a solid backbone that will serve as a guiding tool for upcoming florists and future professional designers. We strive to be a beacon of success, and also to be a blueprint for the floral industry.

During this year’s special milestone, let us never forget where we arrived from and keep persevering to reach our final goal. To be the best that we can. And most of all, to have fun doing it. Remember that an investment in yourself will have a lasting effect on the future you experience. Testing your skills, artistic strengths, gifts, and talents are the key to expressing your inner value and how you see yourself. This self-investment is the key to creating leaders and also seeing the realization that nothing is off limits when it comes to reaching your maximum potential. We hope to teach all of you to become leaders in the industry. By using your skills, strengths, and talents, you will learn to make your future visions manifest. I look forward to seeing all of you, our NCSFA family and their guests. Let’s celebrate and honor this anniversary and make it memorable for all those that attend.

Nelson Simpson, President

REFLECTIONS of Past Convention Themes and Presidents

Note:  Click on the Theme Name to see the actual convention program cover if we have it.

YEARCONVENTION THEMEPRESIDENT
1988The Greatest Flower Show on EarthSophia West
1989Floral Tributes to HollywoodCarlton Long
1990Reaching for the StarsGlenna Dawson
1991Back to the FutureCathryn Harwood
1992Floral Signatures InternationalJacque Penny  *  
1993Rhapsody in FlowersJoe Davoli  *  
1994Weekend En ParisLynn Wilkinson
1995Diamonds are ForeverKandy Kinlaw
1996United for Tomorrow     + Jack Yarbrough  *  
1997Nature's BountyPrice Davis
1998Paradise in Bloom     + Charlie Jordan
1999Floral Tributes to the Music of Broadway     + Nancy Lawhern
2000Mardis Gras 2000     + Clark Goodin
2001Through the Looking Glass     + Robert Huff
2002Viva Las Vegas     + Bud Cardwell
2003Classic Creations - A RenaissanceTeresa Everhart
2004Catch the Wave, A Tropical Illusion     + Rick Arrington  *  
2005Star SearchDavid West
2006Fantastic Voyage, A Journey through the Decades     + Jeff Freeman
2007Enchantment - A Floral AffairWanda Taylor
2008Changing Habitat - Our Marvelous WorldMichael Trogdon
2009Over the Rainbow     + Cindy Tole
2010International Art     + Jody McLeod
2011Under the Sea     + Brian Hyde
2012Fantasize, Dream, Imagine, Create     + Carol Mills
2013The Hidden Beauty of the Wild West     + Wayne Burchett
2014Hooray for HollywoodGary Corsi-O'Connor
2015Passport to a World of Design     + Lona McKinney
2016Regards to Broadway     + Bill McPhail
2017Earth, Wind, Fire & Water     + Sherri Suttle
2018Look to the Future     + Don Holmes
2019Rhythmic Fusion     + Danny Hinton
2020Reflections - 100 yearsNelson Simpson
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Earth, Wind, Fire & Water

Look to the Future

Rhythmic Fusion

Regards to Broadway

Paradise in Bloom

Floral Tributes to the Music of Broadway

United for Tomorrow

Fantastic Voyage

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

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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