2020 Convention Cancelled

2020 Convention Cancelled

2020 Convention Cancelled

North Carolina State Florists Association

An Elite Community of Floral Experts

AIFD 2018 National Symposium

AIFD is offering a free gift of (1) one General Registration (non-refundable/non-transferable) to NCSFA to attend the 2018 Symposium “Discover” in Washington, D.C. on the dates of June 30th to July 4th.  The individual selected will be responsible for all other expenses involved, including transportation, hotel, food, and any fees to attend programs/workshops at the Symposium.  The individual selected must stay at the AIFD Headquarters’ Hotel (Wardman Park Marriot).  The selected individual must register to attend the Symposium “Discover” by May 1st, 2018.

The NCSFA Education Committee will evaluate all applications submitted and make their recommendation to the NCSFA Executive Board and Board of Directors regarding its selection.  The deadline date to submit your application is Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at midnight.  The winner will be announced on or about March 10th, 2018 which will give you ample time to register for the event and make your travel plans.


Jennifer Childers

Congratulations to Jennifer Childers, NCCPF for being awarded the AIFD free general registration to Symposium in July! Applications were accepted via the old NCSFA website. The Education Committee evaluated each application carefully and recommended Jennifer as the winner. A motion was made to approve the committee’s choice at the board meeting held on March 11, 2018 and the board approved the motion unanimously! We look forward to hearing about Jennifer’s experience at “Discover” later in the year!

Jennifer Childers, NCCPF
Owner/Designer, Midway Florist
Kannapolis, NC

The registration for the free entry has ended but you can still attend by clicking the image below.  All the details are outlined on their website.

The Symposium is a five day event that will feature high-level stage presentations from the most talented designers in the industry.  The Symposium also includes a welcome reception, a celebratory dinner and two luncheon events, education sessions, hands-on workshops, and a Partners’ Expo. Events will take place in the Marriott Wardman Park.

Before May 15th
General: $629
Premium: $829
Single Day (Education Only) $279

Before May 15th
General: $699
Premium: $899
Single Day (Education Only) $299

** Several other registration options are available including hands-on workshops, July 5th workshop, additional dinner tickets, etc.


Jun 30 2018 - Jul 04 2018


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Marriot Wardman Park
2600 Woodley Road Northwest, Washington D.C., DC, USA


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Hello Members, Friends and Guests,

For the safety and well being of all concerned, we regretfully have decided to postpone this year’s convention in August. If things go as planned, we will maintain the Anniversary theme for next year’s convention.  Remain positive and try to look forward to next year’s 100th Anniversary celebration.  Together with love and prayers, we’ll get through this.  God Bless…..

Nelson Simpson, NCSFA President

                              …. more details posted in Member Zone

.....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.


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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