North Carolina State Florists Association

An Elite Community of Floral Experts

Every year our membership and their guests get to venture away from home to a nice hotel located somewhere in the great state of North Carolina to spend a weekend of fellowship with other members and floral wholesaler representatives. Some may compete in the many design competitions or just watch and hopefully learn something new that they can take back to their shop and share with their customers. This year we were lucky to feature some talented designers and watch in amazement at how they constructed their products. Some of the design competition entries showed us just how much talent is spread across the state. Below we're gonna share with you some of these creations while at the same time show the fellowship among the ticketholders and guests. Grab a seat and beverage and reminisce while browing thru the many image selections below. Most of the images featured were provided by our members by just using their phones. We don't mind if you share any of these images but just give some type of mention to where they came from. We decided to go ahead and post images as we process them. Bookmark the page and come back over the next couple weeks and see the new additions.

A BIG THANKS GOES OUT TO ALL OUR GREAT SPONSORS

SYMPATHY DESIGN PROGRAM featuring Jerome Raska, AIFD AAF PFCI CF
Sponsored by Teleflora

GENERATIONAL DESIGN PROGRAM featuring Jackie Lacey, AAF AIFD CFD PFCI
Sponsored by BloomNet and the Floriology Institute

Saturday Night's Awards Banquet Table Decorations and Stage Design
Flowers provided by Lihmil Wholesale in Kernersville, NC

Miscellaneous Image Contributions by our Members
More Images will be Added over the coming Month

Our Design Program III - HORIZONS: Celebrating Life's Precious Moments
Featuring 2022-2023 Designer of the Year Ellen Meachum

More Miscellaneous Images taken during the Weekend
Competition Final Entries, Assorted Arrangements, etc.

CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR MORE IMAGE ADDITIONS
Here's a Motley Crew Tease
Doug Odom, Scott Jackson, Jaclyn Pline, & Janet Blackard

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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

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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