Convention 2022 a Success

Successful conventions are a result of many factors. This past convention, BLOOM, was the epitome of what can happen when dedicated individuals come together with a focus on one outcome, SUCCESS. This year’s convention was a demonstration of that dedication in overcoming the past two years of adversity and health emergencies. These dedicated individuals were not going to let a two year pandemic get in the way of their FOCUS. All of the additional hours, all the sacrifices and restless evenings and mornings paid off and are the example of what this dedication and hard work can produce.

People often ask if achievements bring happiness. I’d have to say that achievements not only bring happiness, but also reflect dedication to one’s goals. The toil and grind of learning and mastering a design skill will eventually lead to these achievements. And the end product is a mirror to hours of practice and work. Success comes only to those that believe in themselves. And when you believe, be prepared to win in your chosen profession. Sometimes actions are much more important than dreams in order to achieve something really great. Take a Chance !

To all of you NCSFA members, let’s celebrate this past successful convention and let’s look forward to what’s just over the horizon for the 2023 convention. One thing is to never lose confidence in your chosen path. Hard work and talent will meet together and produce a masterpiece again, I’m quite confident. All of you inspire with your brave actions and we look forward to seeing what comes from all of you in the future. We’ve included many image reflections below for those that didn’t get to attend the 2022 convention. We hope that you’ll join us in 2023 for a chance to share your own memories for us to record.

We’ll first begin with the results of all the floral competitions.  If you happen to run into any of these winners, congratulate them in person.  I’m sure they’ll appreciate your uplifting gesture.

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Rhythmic Fusion – Convention 2019

Again, we’ll begin with the results from all the convention competitions in an image format that can be downloaded for printing.  Just click anywhere on the below image to download a pdf for printing. Then we have a few words from our past President Danny Hinton, and we’ll end with a whole bunch of pics that were taken at the convention. Please click on the share links in the middle of the page and post to all your social pages.

Convention 2019 – Rhythmic Fusion, The Exploration of Flowers thru Music was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC this year. Our turnout was average, but the enthusiasm was tremendous as expected. The food was incredible with bountiful snack stations scattered throughout the entire weekend. Our annual convention design competitions produced incredible designs proving once again the unlimited talent of our state-wide floral designers. 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 and gives the designer the needed confidence to excel in their profession. Everyone that knows Derek Wood can attest to that premise. Derek’s like a young flower bud that was allowed to blossom to it’s fullest potential.

We were able to take some still shots during the convention and have included them throughout the page. We’re currently combing Facebook for other additions and will be adding those after proper optimization edits for size, sharpness, and color ranges. I want to thank my convention co-chairs, Stephanie Garrett and Jodi McLeod, my Soul Train Gang for all their work and a big thanks to all the NCSFA Board members for their help and guidance. Another big thanks goes out to all our valued wholesalers who without them we couldn’t have these conventions. Lihmil Wholesale, Cleveland Plant & Flower, Cyn-Mar Wholesale, Hardins Wholesale, Mayesh, Curtis Flower Farm, and many others. Also, thank you to all the members who attended and took a ride on the Love Train, congratulations to our new President, Nelson Simpson, and we hope to see all of you next year for our 100th Centennial Anniversary Convention. It’s shaping up already. In closing, never forget why we are members and why we continue to succeed because of our passion for the industry.

Past President and Chairman of the Board,
Danny Hinton


Pictures taken at this year's convention.


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Floral Design Show 2016

NCSFA shining star Jodi McLeod puts on a dazzling instructional show at Mayesh Wholesale

Here are some pictures from the April 2016 Design show which was held at Mayesh Wholesale in Charlotte, NC. There was an incredible turnout with Jodi McLeod leading the instruction and design evaluations. Click any image to see a larger view.

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Art in Bloom 2017

The 3rd-Annual "Art in Bloom" Festival of Flowers Shines

A bountiful, multicolor rose ensemble, a tropical floral creation featuring large rainforest-like leaves and a glittering gold vase overflowing with bright-white calla lilies enthralled floral enthusiasts upon entering “Art in Bloom,” 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.

The ever-popular phenomenon of floral art has been in existence for years, stemming the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ decision to blend art and flowers in the first-ever floral art showcase 40 years ago. Ever since, art museums across the country have followed suit. NCMA has seen much success with their adoption of this fairly modern trend, as “Art in Bloom” proves a true crowd favorite. The floral show’s project manager, Laura Finan, worked to ensure the much-anticipated event was, once again, a success.

by Sarah Gallo, Staff Writer at Technician Online

  • Credits:  Will Skinner, Photo
.....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 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.


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


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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