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Recap of the 2019 NCCPF Hands-on School

The NCCPF Design School was held September 18-21 at Cleveland Plant and Flower Company in Raleigh, NC. At the beginning of 2019, the NCSFA Board of Directors approved scholarship money for both the Design School and online class program. Three lucky students won scholarships: Antoinette Graves, JJ Sweat-Pritchard and Jose Delgado Garcia. We had an additional 11 students register for the class.

Each day, the students learn techniques and procedures in floral design and then are required to recreate a design made by instructor Nelson Simpson, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, NCCPF. On the first day of class on Wednesday, all students decorated plants by creating an armature and enhancing with other items. In the afternoon, they learned how to create a formalinear design, and this was their first graded project. On the second day of class, the students learned about sympathy designs and were required to recreate an interpretative funeral spray in a crescent style. The last two days of the class were spent learning and creating body flowers, wedding bouquets and floral jewelry. The graded design was a cascading bridal bouquet made in a holder. The final day of class was more relaxed and students were allowed to utilize their creativity and design floral jewelry. Great creativity!! We had rings, earrings, bracelets, flower crowns, necklaces! Awesome job by all in attendance.

 

I would like to thank everyone on the Education Committee for their dedication all year in awarding the scholarships and assisting at the Design School. The committee members are: Susi Gordon, NCCPF Vice Chair; Stephanie Garrett, AIFD; Donna Pittman, AIFD; Jeff Freeman, Mary Matherly, NCCPF; John Herron; Janice Rhinehart; and Pat Murray, AIFD!

Thanks also to Cleveland Plant and Flower Company for hosting the Design School and to Triad Foliage for the beautiful plants.

Bill McPhail
Education Committee Chairman
Past NCSFA President

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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.
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NC Certified Professional Florist School 2017

This year’s NCCPF Hands-On Design School . . . was held on September 27th – 30th. Our gracious host was Lihmil Wholesale Flowers in Kernersville, NC. With thirty plus years of experience, Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF, the instructor for the course is a member of the NC State Florists Association since 1991, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Professional Floral Communicators International, and a NC Certified Professional Florist.

The hands-on design school is a very detailed program where students learn principles and elements of design, design terminology, current design styles, sympathy design, and wedding design. During the course, our students learned proper technique and also learned to execute methods of design skills from beginning forms to other advanced applications. The subject matter of the day ended with the student creating their own design with instructional oversight. Along with a grade for their design, the student is given a daily exam. Upon completion of the 3-day course, the student is eligible to begin or finish the online courses portion of the certification. The final goal is to pass the Final Certification examination and proudly earn their NCCPF certification.

This year’s NCCPF Hands-On Design School . . . was held on September 27th – 30th. Our gracious host was Lihmil Wholesale Flowers in Kernersville, NC. With thirty plus years of experience, Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF, the instructor for the course is a member of the NC State Florists Association since 1991, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Professional Floral Communicators International, and a NC Certified Professional Florist.

The hands-on design school is a very detailed program where students learn principles and elements of design, design terminology, current design styles, sympathy design, and wedding design. During the course, our students learned proper technique and also learned to execute methods of design skills from beginning forms to other advanced applications. The subject matter of the day ended with the student creating their own design with instructional oversight. Along with a grade for their design, the student is given a daily exam. Upon completion of the 3-day course, the student is eligible to begin or finish the online courses portion of the certification. The final goal is to pass the Final Certification examination and proudly earn their NCCPF certification.

Pat Murray, a lifetime NCSFA member who originated the NCCPF School Program in 1986

Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF

NCCPF 2017 Instructor

Nelson Simpson, AIFD PFCI NCCPF

NCCPF 2017 Instructor

Congratulations to all of this year’s students for exhibiting hard work and determination and in successfully completing and passing the hands-on portion of the NC Certified Profession Florist Design Program. This year’s roster included:

  • Joan Caudle – Young’s Florist, Kernersville, NC
  • Megan Purcell – Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Shauna Bailey – Asheville, NC
  • Robert McGhee – Purple Poppy Florist, Wake Forest, NC
  • Melanie Murdock – Raleigh, NC
  • PangKou Xiong – PK Floral Design, Huntersville, NC
  • Frances Watson – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Jane Utley – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Nicholas Anders – S. Alamance High School, Burlington, NC

Congratulations to all of this year’s students for exhibiting hard work and determination and in successfully completing and passing the hands-on portion of the NC Certified Profession Florist Design Program. This year’s roster included:

  • Joan Caudle – Young’s Florist, Kernersville, NC
  • Megan Purcell – Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Shauna Bailey – Asheville, NC
  • Robert McGhee – Purple Poppy Florist, Wake Forest, NC
  • Melanie Murdock – Raleigh, NC
  • PangKou Xiong – PK Floral Design, Huntersville, NC
  • Frances Watson – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Jane Utley – The Wedding Woman, Durham, NC
  • Nicholas Anders – S. Alamance High School, Burlington, NC
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BOTANICAL BODY FLOWER WORKSHOP
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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

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DESIGN II PROGRAM - "Will You Marry Me"
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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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