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AIFD National Symposium 2020

AIFD is once again offering our association a complimentary General Registration (non-refundable/not-transferable) to attend their annual symposium.  This year, it’s located in the grand city of Chicago.

Here’s a note from one of their directors, “Thank you for your association’s leadership within the floral industry.  It is AIFD’s pleasure to help support your association again this year with a gift of general registration to attend the AIFD National Symposium 2020 “VISION” in Chicago, IL.

The dates for the symposium is July 2-7, 2020.  You must be an active NCSFA member to apply for this gift and you will be required to stay at the hotel of the event.  Once we receive the complete details, we’ll update this page.

ENTER BELOW - Deadline to enter ends January 15, 2020

YOU MUST AN ACTIVE MEMBER AND LOGGED IN TO ENTER

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Recap of the 2019 NCCPF Hands-on School

The NCCPF Design School was held September 18-21 at Cleveland Plant and Flower Company in Raleigh, NC. At the beginning of 2019, the NCSFA Board of Directors approved scholarship money for both the Design School and online class program. Three lucky students won scholarships: Antoinette Graves, JJ Sweat-Pritchard and Jose Delgado Garcia. We had an additional 11 students register for the class.

Each day, the students learn techniques and procedures in floral design and then are required to recreate a design made by instructor Nelson Simpson, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, NCCPF. On the first day of class on Wednesday, all students decorated plants by creating an armature and enhancing with other items. In the afternoon, they learned how to create a formalinear design, and this was their first graded project. On the second day of class, the students learned about sympathy designs and were required to recreate an interpretative funeral spray in a crescent style. The last two days of the class were spent learning and creating body flowers, wedding bouquets and floral jewelry. 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.

 

I would like to thank everyone on the Education Committee for their dedication all year in awarding the scholarships and assisting at the Design School. The committee members are: Susi Gordon, NCCPF Vice Chair; Stephanie Garrett, AIFD; Donna Pittman, AIFD; Jeff Freeman, Mary Matherly, NCCPF; John Herron; Janice Rhinehart; and Pat Murray, AIFD!

Thanks also to Cleveland Plant and Flower Company for hosting the Design School and to Triad Foliage for the beautiful plants.

Bill McPhail
Education Committee Chairman
Past NCSFA President

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Recap of the 2018 NCCPF Hands-on School

Events like the NCCPF Design School don’t happen without teamwork! Thanks to all the Education Committee members who have been able to help!  The NCCPF Design School took place August 22-25, 2018 at Lihmil, Inc. Flowers and Supplies in Kernersville, NC. Eleven students were ready to take on the challenging classes which began at 9:30 Wednesday. Nelson Simpson, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, NCCPF began the classes with positive words. He continued to praise students and push them to higher levels of design ability throughout the week.

The students began each day going over information from their textbooks referencing design styles and how to create them. Nelson would then meticulously demonstrate a design for them to recreate. Then it was up to the student to duplicate the design as closely as possible. They are graded on three designs in this manner: a formalinear arrangement, a funeral spray and a bridal bouquet. In between these graded designs, students created a wired and taped corsage, a parallel centerpiece, decorated a plant and created hairpieces using cold glue. Creating all of these items is to prepare students for what they may encounter in a retail environment. The knowledge is also useful for those who primarily work in events and weddings. Learning the correct mechanics for creating any design is of utmost importance, regardless of what sector of the diverse floral industry in which a person may work. 

The final day of class was relaxed when students were able to “play” with different types of wire and accessories to create body flowers of their choice. After this, each student was called up to present their design and received their certificate of completion. Happily, all the students in the class passed the Design School. Now on to completing the online classes to receive their NCCPF certification!!

Many thanks to the Board of NCSFA for voting to allow scholarships to the schools classes, both the Design School and the online classes. Also thanks to the Education Committee for their help throughout the year and also during this week of Design School. None of this is possible without your dedication to NCSFA and to educating its members! Members of the Education Committee include: Susi Gordon NCCPF Vice Chair, Pat Murray AIFD NCCPF, John Herron, Stephanie Garrett AIFD CFD NCCPF, Jeff Freeman, Mary Matherly NCCPF and Donna Pittman AIFD CFD NCCPF.

Bill McPhail
Education Committee Chairman

Instructor: Nelson Simpson, Aifd Pfci Cfd NCCPF

Student Reviews

At the end of every class, we pass out an evaluation form that allows students to critique the class and instructor.  Below are some excerpts from the students unedited and the names are kept private.

I love learning and this class was so informative! I am a hands-on learner and this class was perfect for me. Nelson was very thorough and great at reinforcing the techniques you need to know.
I enjoyed gaining a better understanding of floral techniques, tips, and skills. The instructor was very encouraging and I also liked the various floral professionals that came through the class. The ladies were more encouraging and helpful.
Very informative and educational. I really liked the teaching atmosphere and the sponsoring facility was very nice. Would be great to have mats to stand on. The cement floors were rough on the legs.
I really loved the hands-on experience and quality instruction, constructive criticism, and honest feedback. Nelson was knowledgeable and methodical in all facets of instruction.
I really liked how the class was structured around hands-on skills. A nice photo booth to take pictures of our designs would be fantastic. I would love to see the school offer an advanced class.
What I liked about my experience were all the tips and tricks that I learned. Would be nice to have some coffee furnished and Nelson was extremely thorough with his teaching.
The main thing that I liked was being challenged. The instruction was very thorough but I would have liked to have had more hands-on instruction on sympathy arrangements and especially casket sprays.
I loved meeting new people and the instructors and helpers. I'd like to see more basics of design that I could use every day in my business especially more tips and techniques.
I'd like to see the addition of a beginner's class. Instructor was extremely accomplished and having other industry professionals visit was a plus. The curriculum was challenging yet very competition-based.

Student Reviews

At the end of every class, we pass out an evaluation form that allows students to critique the class and instructor.  Below are some excerpts from the students unedited and the names are kept private.

I love learning and this class was so informative! I am a hands-on learner and this class was perfect for me. Nelson was very thorough and great at reinforcing the techniques you need to know.
I enjoyed gaining a better understanding of floral techniques, tips, and skills. The instructor was very encouraging and I also liked the various floral professionals that came through the class. The ladies were more encouraging and helpful.
Very informative and educational. I really liked the teaching atmosphere and the sponsoring facility was very nice. Would be great to have mats to stand on. The cement floors were rough on the legs.
I really loved the hands-on experience and quality instruction, constructive criticism, and honest feedback. Nelson was knowledgeable and methodical in all facets of instruction.
I really liked how the class was structured around hands-on skills. A nice photo booth to take pictures of our designs would be fantastic. I would love to see the school offer an advanced class.
What I liked about my experience were all the tips and tricks that I learned. Would be nice to have some coffee furnished and Nelson was extremely thorough with his teaching.
The main thing that I liked was being challenged. The instruction was very thorough but I would have liked to have had more hands-on instruction on sympathy arrangements and especially casket sprays.
I loved meeting new people and the instructors and helpers. I'd like to see more basics of design that I could use every day in my business especially more tips and techniques.
I'd like to see the addition of a beginner's class. Instructor was extremely accomplished and having other industry professionals visit was a plus. The curriculum was challenging yet very competition-based.
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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. 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

AIFD Guide to Floral Design Book Sale

AIFD is offering “The AIFD Guide to Floral Design: Terms, Techniques & Traditions, 2nd Edition.” This “GUIDE” is a must-have reference source for the professional floral designer.

  • Features over 400 illustrations of design concepts and botanical terms
  • A glossary of terms and guides relevant to designing for special events, including funerals and memorials, weddings, etc.
  • Flower and foliage identification charts that classify a variety of cut flowers and foliages based on color, form, fragrance, line, texture, size, and silhouette.
  • Chart of linen sizes and calculations for fitting round, square, serpentine, or rectangular size tables.
  • Charts outlining the suggested wiring techniques and wire gauges recommended for use with various flowers.

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 and retail florist.

AIFD Guide to Floral Designs

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95
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  • Non-Member Price $94.95
    (Includes shipping)
SALE

Sells for $109.95 on Amazon.com and does not include shipping

One of our fabulous lifetime members, Pat Murray began this deal for us with a bulk purchase of 10 copies and we sold those out within a month.  We liked this idea so much that we decided to do it again and handle it through our Education Committee.  We have received our 1st shipment of books and they went fast. We have just ordered (Sept. 2018) a new shipment and there now ready to distribute to members and non-members.  All proceeds will go into our Education fund that provides scholarships to deserving members for our hands-on classes and online courses.

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Two Lucky Winners

WINNERS OF TELEFLORA'S NC UNIT SCHOLARSHIPS

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. 

The lucky winners for 2018 are Samantha Brady and Charita Walker. Congratulations to each of these deserving ladies!!  Both are eligible to attend any of the classes available which are outlined below.

Information regarding upcoming NC Unit programs will be announced soon. Attend the programs, get great education and fill out an application. You never know if you could be a scholarship winner!

Bill McPhail,  NC Unit President

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NC Certified Professional Florist School 2017

This year’s NCCPF Hands-On Design School . . . was held on September 27th – 30th. Our gracious host was Lihmil Wholesale Flowers in Kernersville, NC. With thirty plus years of experience, Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF, the instructor for the course is a member of the NC State Florists Association since 1991, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Professional Floral Communicators International, and a NC Certified Professional Florist.

The 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. The subject matter of the day ended with the student creating their own design with instructional oversight. Along with a grade for their design, the student is given a daily exam. Upon completion of the 3-day course, the student is eligible to begin or finish the online courses portion of the certification. The final goal is to pass the Final Certification examination and proudly earn their NCCPF certification.

This year’s NCCPF Hands-On Design School . . . was held on September 27th – 30th. Our gracious host was Lihmil Wholesale Flowers in Kernersville, NC. With thirty plus years of experience, Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF, the instructor for the course is a member of the NC State Florists Association since 1991, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Professional Floral Communicators International, and a NC Certified Professional Florist.

The 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. The subject matter of the day ended with the student creating their own design with instructional oversight. Along with a grade for their design, the student is given a daily exam. Upon completion of the 3-day course, the student is eligible to begin or finish the online courses portion of the certification. The final goal is to pass the Final Certification examination and proudly earn their NCCPF certification.

Pat Murray, a lifetime NCSFA member who originated the NCCPF School Program in 1986

Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF

NCCPF 2017 Instructor

Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF

NCCPF 2017 Instructor

Congratulations to all of this year’s students for exhibiting hard work and determination and in successfully completing and passing the hands-on portion of the NC Certified Profession Florist Design Program. This year’s roster included:

  • Joan Caudle – Young’s Florist, Kernersville, NC
  • Megan Purcell – Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Shauna Bailey – Asheville, NC
  • Robert McGhee – Purple Poppy Florist, Wake Forest, NC
  • Melanie Murdock – Raleigh, NC
  • PangKou Xiong – PK Floral Design, Huntersville, NC
  • Frances Watson – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Jane Utley – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Nicholas Anders – S. Alamance High School, Burlington, NC

Congratulations to all of this year’s students for exhibiting hard work and determination and in successfully completing and passing the hands-on portion of the NC Certified Profession Florist Design Program. This year’s roster included:

  • Joan Caudle – Young’s Florist, Kernersville, NC
  • Megan Purcell – Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Shauna Bailey – Asheville, NC
  • Robert McGhee – Purple Poppy Florist, Wake Forest, NC
  • Melanie Murdock – Raleigh, NC
  • PangKou Xiong – PK Floral Design, Huntersville, NC
  • Frances Watson – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Jane Utley – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Nicholas Anders – S. Alamance High School, Burlington, NC
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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.

congratulations bill mcphail

Bill McPhail

Submit Your Entry for a $1,000 Scholarship from the Floral Design Institute

The North Carolina State Florist Association has received a $1000 scholarship from the Floral Design Institute. NCSFA will award the scholarship to one lucky individual at this year’s convention in Asheville, NC on the dates of August 11th, 12th and 13th. Any member of the NCSFA may apply to win. The Board of Directors and the Executive Board will read the entries to determine the winner at the board meeting in Asheville.

DETAILS:

The scholarship must be awarded within the calendar year of 2017 and the recipient must register and complete their training within the 12-month period following the date of the award. Once awarded, the scholarship may not be transferred.

The scholarship may be used for any class or classes offered by the Floral Design Institute. This includes all of our certification programs, advanced workshops and business seminars. It includes both our classroom programs and online classes. Scholarship winners will have a wide range of classes to choose from, appropriate for the beginning designer, the experienced designer and the advanced designer.

The scholarship may not be used for the purchase of floral supplies, DVDs, tools, or books.

There is no cash value to the scholarship and there will be no cash refunds.

If the $1,000 value of the scholarship is more than the cost of the class chosen, then the winner may select an additional class or classes up to the amount of the scholarship.

If the tuition of the class exceeds the $1,000 value of the scholarship, then the winner or your organization will pay the difference between the cost of the class and the amount of the scholarship.

FDI does not guarantee that space will be available in a chosen class. We recommend that the winner make decisions and select classes as far in advance as possible.

Fill out the entry form below to enter. DEADLINE TO ENTER IS AUGUST 7 @ 11:59 PM

** sorry, but the time period for entries has closed. **

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

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