North Carolina State Florists Association

An Elite Community of Floral Experts

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.


Facebook Additions taken by our Members


.....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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