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Make Someone Smile Week

One of the NC Unit’s three projects took place July 16-17 in Thomasville, NC. Bill McPhail, NC Unit President, worked with John Herron, Scott Jackson and Derrick Rice to produce 144 “Be Happy” mugs that were delivered, primarily, to Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Thomasville. It is a wonderful experience that brings smiles to many people who may never receive gifts of flowers.

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89th State FFA Convention

On June 20-22, 2017, North Carolina celebrated 89 years of excellence with the theme Transform. The annual State Convention is the highlight event of the year for FFA members. It is the culmination of a year’s worth of events where FFA members have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements,

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Floral Design Show 2016

There was an incredible turnout with Jodi McLeod leading the instruction and design evaluations. Our post has some incredible pictures taken at the show held at Mayesh Wholesale in Charlotte.

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Introducing Phase One

This is an archived version of a post that was put out to announce the launch of the new (older version) of the NCSFA website. All of the inactive links have been removed to prevent 404 error page warnings. The members were very excited about the new site launch.

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Art in Bloom 2017

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s third annual floral extravaganza. The floral showcase captivated guests with more than 50 designers’ impressive artwork. The both indoor and outdoor event took place at the museum Thursday through Sunday.

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Recap of the 2019 NCCPF Hands-on School

The graded design was a cascading bridal bouquet made in a holder. The final day of class was more relaxed and students were allowed to utilize their creativity and design floral jewelry. Great creativity!! We had rings, earrings, bracelets, flower crowns, necklaces! Awesome job by all in attendance.

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Rhythmic Fusion – Convention 2019

The adherent belief of techniques learned and practiced proved once again that NCSFA floral education allows oneself to rise above the average designs from mediocre florists strewn across our state. It creates an innate voice that automatically tells your brain where something goes and how to put it there. It allows a designers talent to reach a new level . . .

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2019 GTFA Designer of the Year Results

Education is so important in our industry. We are in an ever changing retail and wedding world, Being a part of this association and participating is part of how we learn and grow. It’s what keeps us “going!” I am constantly amazed by the exceptional creativity of designers in our state. Take advantage and learn. Your customers will thank you.

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2019 Fresh Affairs Workshop a Total Success

Education is so important in our industry. We are in an ever changing retail and wedding world, Being a part of this association and participating is part of how we learn and grow. It’s what keeps us “going!” I am constantly amazed by the exceptional creativity of designers in our state. Take advantage and learn. Your customers will thank you.

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NCSFA Convention 2018 Annuls

What a success! Good people produce good things and this year’s NCSFA Convention was a perfect example. Included are some great pics of a fantastic bunch of members at this year’s convention held at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro, NC.

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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.

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Look to the Future – Convention 2018

It’s that time again. What all association members look forward to after all the hard work during the busy parts of the floral industry season. A time to have fun, mingle with friends and peers, and also a time to learn from others. A time to test your skills in the many competitions offered to members.

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AIFD Guide to Floral Design Book Sale

The AIFD Guide to Floral Design is the floral designers ultimate reference guide. Everything from Plant Physiology to Design Elements to Cut Flower Care and Handling is covered in this meticulously complied compendium. Don’t expect a lot of pretty pictures, do expect the most complete collection of floral design information available in one book. This book is a must for every serious floral designer.

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Two Lucky Winners

Congratulations to two lucky winners of scholarships to attend the Teleflora Scholarship Academy. Each year Teleflora provides funds to the NC Unit to offer a scholarship to attend the Scholarship Academy. Through auctions at each Unit program, the Unit raises money to provide additional scholarships. Applications are available at each program and remain in effect for two years.

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Miniature Workshop Fun and Informative

. . . the Miniature Workshop was both fun and informative for attendees. Tammy Yow-Russell CFD NCCPF, the Queen of miniature competition, put together the workshop to enlighten attendees about miniature design and what fun they are to create. Twelve bold souls ranging in design experience from 1 month to more than 35 years, we won’t name

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The GTFA at this Years NC State Fair

What a great turnout for this year’s NC State Fair floral arrangement competitions. This was one of the biggest fundraiser for the GTFA while at the same time picking up some brand new members. A big thanks to Pat Murray and also a big thanks to the crew over at Cleveland Plant and Flower. There were 3 shows with five categories and we have a list of all the winners included . . .

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Why North Carolina – An Expose

Why would a talented floral designer pack all their belongings and head out to our state? Hopefully, through this expose piece we can allow that individual to let us know why. From all of us at NCSFA, we’d like to thank you Jaclyn for telling us your story.

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NC Certified Professional Florist School 2017

The highly acclaimed hands-on design school is a very detailed program where students learn principles and elements of design, design terminology, current design styles, sympathy design, and wedding design. During the course, our students learned proper technique and also learned to execute methods of design skills from beginning forms to other advanced applications.

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Fun Pics from the GTFA Wine Down

Fun mixed with education makes for a great design outing. The little things that are picked up and learned always filter to the daily design routines and benefit us as well as our customers. According to the pics, it looks like everyone had a fantastic time.

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The 2017 Floral Design Institute Scholarship

LATEST UPDATE: We had 13 total applications received for this scholarship. After board review, this was narrowed down to three, Joseph Barnes, Scott Jackson, and Bill McPhail. At the board meeting on Friday Aug. 11th, the vote came up at which time Bill McPhail left the meeting and did not cast a vote. The board vote was to award the scholarship to Bill McPhail.

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Autumn Inspirations 2017

On Sunday July 23, 2017 NCSFA presented AUTUMN INSPIRATIONS: a wedding design program at Mayesh Flower Distributors in Charlotte, NC. We got to see lovely designs by our two presenters: Brandi Dennison, NCCPF from Brandi’s Botanicals in Youngsville, NC and Carol Dowd, AIFD from Botanicals in Southern Pines, NC along with our President, Sherri Suttle, NCCPF, who was there on Saturday when they all designed for the program.

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Make Someone Smile Week

One of the NC Unit’s three projects took place July 16-17 in Thomasville, NC. Bill McPhail, NC Unit President, worked with John Herron, Scott Jackson and Derrick Rice to produce 144 “Be Happy” mugs that were delivered, primarily, to Pine Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Thomasville. It is a wonderful experience that brings smiles to many people who may never receive gifts of flowers.

Read More »

89th State FFA Convention

On June 20-22, 2017, North Carolina celebrated 89 years of excellence with the theme Transform. The annual State Convention is the highlight event of the year for FFA members. It is the culmination of a year’s worth of events where FFA members have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements,

Read More »

Floral Design Show 2016

There was an incredible turnout with Jodi McLeod leading the instruction and design evaluations. Our post has some incredible pictures taken at the show held at Mayesh Wholesale in Charlotte.

Read More »

Introducing Phase One

This is an archived version of a post that was put out to announce the launch of the new (older version) of the NCSFA website. All of the inactive links have been removed to prevent 404 error page warnings. The members were very excited about the new site launch.

Read More »

Art in Bloom 2017

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s third annual floral extravaganza. The floral showcase captivated guests with more than 50 designers’ impressive artwork. The both indoor and outdoor event took place at the museum Thursday through Sunday.

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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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