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.

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

ONLY 7 LEFT
$89.95
$ 69
95
NCSFA MEMBERS ONLY PRICE
Includes Shipping
  • 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.

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

Miniature Workshop Fun and Informative

Held on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 1-4 in the afternoon at the Airport Embassy Suites in Greensboro, the Miniature Workshop was both fun and informative for attendees. Tammy Yow-Russell CFD NCCPF, the Queen of miniature competition, put together the workshop to enlighten attendees about miniature design and what fun they are to create. Twelve bold souls ranging in design experience from 1 month to more than 35 years, we won’t name names…, arrived promptly at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Tammy was well prepared with handouts and brought in some of her miniature designs, both those that won awards and those that were “disasters” in her words. She also provided lots of items to use in the creations. Registrants were asked to create a spaceship or something futuristic to go along with the theme of the 2018 convention. After some time to create the designs, each person presented theirs and said a few words about it. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and somewhat like a reunion for many who were there. The Education Committee provided snacks and small sodas and NCSFA was very gracious to sponsor the room. In Tammy’s words, “It is always so fulfilling to share the things you are passionate about with those who encompass the same curiosities and desire to learn! To explore and experiment in the realms of various designs is very rewarding to all!”

Author:  Bill McPhail, Education Committee

Here’s some great pics grabbed from a cellphone…