Events

Events

Florabundance offers a stunning array of unusual flowers in a beautiful range of color palattes to suit any themed event you may have. Our selection, pricing and quality will assist you immensely in having a spectacular event within budget.

No matter the special event, Florabundance fresh cut flowers will help you create the atmosphere you imagine. Arrangements that blend fruit with fresh flowers have been a time tradition dating back to the Renaissance Era. Florabundance has a range of branched fruits and ornamental cut flowers for lavish creations. The luxurious presentations seen here were designed by Florabundance customers.

Whatever your floral needs are, Florabundance has the variety and quality to make your event a success. From branched fruits, tropical flowers, cut vines and hand made garlands, we have the elements that will make your presentation the talk of the town.

We are delighted to announce the line-up and dates for Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2016!!

Once again, our yearly event will take place at a magical floral inspiring location – The Orchid Farm at Dos Pueblos Ranch! Three fabulous days will be filled with educational sessions filled with new methods and design techniques, networking, and fun in the California sun!

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2016

 

Register for Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2016 – Click Here

In the meantime, check out our exceptional group of presenting designers from around the country:


Hitomi Gilliam AIFDHitomi Gilliam AIFD (Vancouver, BC)
www.design358.com

Hitomi Gilliam AIFD is a Japanese Canadian floral designer, keynote lecturer, demonstrator, educator and a consultant in all aspects of the Art and Business of Floral Design. She is the Creative Director for DESIGN358 (2008). She has guest-designed throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Bermuda, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia.

She owned and operated Satsuki’s Florist in Mission, British Columbia for 28 years. And established an Event & Education business, DESIGN358 8 years ago.

Hitomi is the founding organizer of the Annual ‘Survival of the Creative Minds’ Conference in Taos, New Mexico. 18th Annual Conference ‘REDUCTION’ is scheduled for October, 2015.

Hitomi has collaborated with Tomas De Bruyne from Belgium to create a comprehensive ‘European Master Certification’ Program (EMC). We are headed into the third cycle in 2015/16 having just completed cycle 2 in Bruges in May, 2014.

Hitomi is the founding director of NEOflora, a non-profit association of forward-thinking floral designers (2012). The first project, NEOflora POP UP store in Vancouver, Canada was a resounding success in October, 2012

 


Kim Curtis of ToastKim Curtis (Santa Barbara, CA)
www.toastsantabarbara.com

TOAST, located in Santa Barbara, is a full-service event design, floral, production and coordination company. TOAST started out as a design and coordination company over 17 years ago with floral design becoming a key part of the business over the past 6 years.

Kim Curtis got her start in flowers while working a summer job in high school. Years later, after only doing coordination and design, she decided to add floral design to service offerings for TOAST. Having floral done in-house ensures that the event design is cohesive in all aspects of design.

 

 

 

 

 


francoisweeks2Francoise Weeks (Portland, OR)
www.francoiseweeks.com

Honing her talents through training with the florists of Antwerp, Françoise discovered her signature—a unique lush and textural style, heavily imprinted by her love of nature and art. Since 1996 she has translated her passion into creations of flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables and foliage in a way that the masters could only paint.

Her portfolio runs the gamut from elegant natural simplicity to the abundant and bountiful; she consistently delivers the unexpected. Françoise’s first priority is to realize the ideas and needs of her clients and bring to the process her attention to detail and unique creativity.

Recently her work has emerged into two distinctive styles: URBAN WOODLANDS—contemporary stylings of mosses, lichens, bark and forest floor gatherings and FLORAL FORWARD—exquisite botanical haute couture creations of purses, headpieces and shoes.

She shares her trademark style and vast knowledge of floral design and mechanics through teaching inspiring workshops hosted at her intimate studio in Portland, OR and at hosted locations throughout the United States and Internationally.

Françoise has been the subject of numerous magazine articles throughout the United States and Europe.


hollychappelHolly Chapple (Lucketts, VA)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

Holly Chapple founded her wedding and event floral design business 23 years ago as a way to earn a living while working from home as she raised her children. Over the years, the Holly Heider Chapple Flowers brand has continued to grow and gain national recognition as a result of Holly’s involvement in social media and the popularity of her blog, The Full Bouquet. Today Holly’s studio services weddings and events in the Washington DC area, as well as luxury destination weddings.

In 2010, Holly founded The Chapel Designers, an international collective of wedding and event floral designers. The organization educates, supports and mentors creatives while encouraging the authenticity of each designer. In recent years, Holly has developed extensive cutting gardens on her Virginia property as a supporter of the American Grown Slow Flower movement. She enjoys drawing inspiration from the cutting gardens and including the locally grown flowers in her work.

Holly and her husband Evan celebrated 28 years of marriage this January and are the proud parents of seven wonderful children ranging in age from 6 to 28.


Susan McLearySusan McLeary (Ann Arbor, MI)
www.passionflowerevents.com

Susan is an Ann Arbor, Michigan based floral designer, artist and instructor who creates unusual, boundary-pushing floral art including elaborate headpieces, flower crowns, and her signature succulent jewelry.

Her soulful, seasonally-inspired creations and floral wearables have been described as innovative, exquisite living artwork.

Considered one of the country’s top designers of floral wearables and living jewelry, Susan received one gold and three silver medals and placed second overall in the 2014 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition.

A passionate teacher, Susan offers private design instruction for professional florists in her studio and through destination workshops.

Susan’s work has been featured on the cover of Fusion Flowers Magazine and in leading industry publications and websites including Modern Wedding Flowers, Flowers&, Style Me Pretty, Field to Vase, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, and The Knot. Susan is a member of Chapel Designers, Slow Flowers and Style Me Pretty’s “Little Black Book.” A frequent featured designer on Etsy, her designs and living jewelry has been praised for its originality, sustainability and style.

 


aliciashwede2Alicia Schwede (Seattle, Washington)
www.flirtyfleurs.com | www.bellafiori.com

Designer and blogger Alicia Schwede is the founder of the leading floral design & industry blog and magazine Flirty Fleurs. She regularly lectures on design and social media at workshops and events around the country. She is also the creative mind behind Seattle-area floral design studio Bella Fiori. Her work has been featured in The Knot and Style Me Pretty and in her book Bella Bouquets.

Alicia will be joining the workshop to present on all things digital media: blogging, social media, website tools and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 


eleanor clevengerEleanor Clevenger (Miami, Florida)
www.davidaustinrosesusa.com

Director of Cut Flowers for David Austin Roses, Eleanor Clevenger, will be sharing care & handling tips for their exquisite garden roses. Eleanor will address the varieties they offer and share wonderful information about designing and everyday gifting of the roses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Florabundance Design Days


Hotel Reservations:
A block of rooms have been reserved for the event from January 10th through the 14th at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. This special room rate will be available through December 10th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Book Your Hotel Room by clicking here and visit our special event page.
If you have additional questions about accommodations at the Fess Parker resort, you can call direct to reach Christine Heinrich (Sales Manager) at 805-884-8522. As part of your hotel stay, you will get free parking – free WiFi – free pickup and drop off at the Santa Barbara Airport.

Florabundance Design Days 2015

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2015

January 2015 marked the third annual Florabundance Inspirational Design Days here in Santa Barbara, California. We were thrilled to invite floral designers from across America, Canada and Australia to the conference this year!
This year we started off the conference with a welcome breakfast which took place at our headquarters in Carpinteria. The designers were treated to a preview of all the flowers which they’ll be designing with in the coming days + a demonstration by Shannon of Flourish on how to enhance the colors on flowers using Design Master Paints.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Welcome!

Welcome!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - The Florabundance Crew!

The Florabundance Crew!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Flowers for Amy Osaba's design session.

Flowers for Amy Osaba’s design session.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - More luscious flowers for designers to play with during the workshop!

More luscious flowers for designers to play with during the workshop!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Shannon of Flourish sharing how to enhance colors with Design Master paints.

Shannon of Flourish sharing how to enhance colors with Design Master paints.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Joost with Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens. The beautiful floral design featured on Florabundance Postcards was designed by Amy!

Joost with Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens. The beautiful floral design featured on Florabundance Postcards was designed by Amy!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Brittany of Hana Style Designs chatting with Tracey of Ella & Louie at the welcome breakfast.

Brittany of Hana Style Designs chatting with Tracey of Ella & Louie at the welcome breakfast.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Brittany and Emily checking out all the flowers we'll be using in the workshops!

Brittany and Emily checking out all the flowers we’ll be using in the workshops!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - The ladies getting to know each other before the flower fun starts!

The ladies getting to know each other before the flower fun starts!

After the welcome breakfast everyone climbs onboard buses to be transported to the beautiful gardens of Lotusland, located in Montecito, California. The next 2 1/2 days will be spent on the amazing, lush grounds of Lotusland – where the designers will learn design techniques from Amy Merrick, Amy Osaba, Sarah Winward, Holly Chapple, Francoise Weeks, and Tricia Saroya. Plus, Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs will give a talk about the latest in Social Media. We were thrilled to have Kim Wiseley of Flutter Magazine present to plan and coordinate all photoshoots.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - The bus we rode from the hotel to LotusLand.

The bus we rode from the hotel to LotusLand.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Lotusland

Lotusland

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Lotusland

Lotusland

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Lotusland - one of the cactus gardens.

Lotusland – one of the cactus gardens.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Katie Noonan AIFD showing off the cute aprons we had at the conference, and a beautiful bouquet!

Katie Noonan AIFD showing off the cute aprons we had at the conference, and a beautiful bouquet!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Joost with Sarah Winward

Joost with Sarah Winward

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Joost with Kim Wiseley of Flutter Magazine.

Joost with Kim Wiseley of Flutter Magazine.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Joost, Sarah Winward, Leanne Kessler, and Eleanor of David Austin Roses talking about flowers, of course!

Joost, Sarah Winward, Leanne Kessler, and Eleanor of David Austin Roses talking about flowers, of course!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - David Austin Garden Roses by Alexandra Farms.

David Austin Garden Roses by Alexandra Farms.

The first design session of the conference was taught by Holly Chapple, she shared how to design loosely styled floral bouquets.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Mum's Flowers sharing her bridal bouquet from the Holly Chapple design session.

Mum’s Flowers sharing her bridal bouquet from the Holly Chapple design session.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Jeeryn of Tanjeeryn Designs sharing the bridal bouquet she created during the Holly Chapple Design session.

Jeeryn of Tanjeeryn Designs sharing the bridal bouquet she created during the Holly Chapple Design session.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Eileen of porch

Eileen of porch

Tuesday morning started with two design sessions which were taught by Amy Merrick and Sarah Winward. The designers got to try their hands at two versions of the compote floral design.

Here are the designs by Amy Merrick –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Amy Merrick sharing her love of citrus branches.

Amy Merrick sharing her love of citrus branches.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 -

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Oh, the flower options!

Oh, the flower options!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Gorgeous David Austin Garden Roses from Alexandra Farms. Did I mention they are gorgeous?!

Gorgeous David Austin Garden Roses from Alexandra Farms. Did I mention they are gorgeous?!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Robyn of Bare Root Flora enjoying design time with Tracey of Ella & Louie.

Robyn of Bare Root Flora enjoying design time with Tracey of Ella & Louie.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - The lovely ladies of Mum's Flowers working on a design from Amy Merrick's session.

The lovely ladies of Mum’s Flowers working on a design from Amy Merrick’s session.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Eileen of porch and Jeny of Visual Narrative Design Studio having a good time designing!

Eileen of porch and Jeny of Visual Narrative Design Studio having a good time designing!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Diamant of Blue Ladder Design.

Diamant of Blue Ladder Design.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - The lovely designs from Amy Merrick's demonstration.

The lovely designs from Amy Merrick’s demonstration.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Rebecca Raymond snapping a quick pic!

Rebecca Raymond snapping a quick pic!

Sarah Winward shares her thoughts on loose floral designing –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Sarah Winward sharing her designing techniques.

Sarah Winward sharing her designing techniques.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 -Sarah Winward sharing her designing techniques.

Sarah Winward sharing her designing techniques.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - So many beautiful flowers to select from for the design session with Sarah.

So many beautiful flowers to select from for the design session with Sarah.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - A design from Sarah Winward's demonstration.

A design from Sarah Winward’s demonstration.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - A design from Sarah Winward's demonstration.

A design from Sarah Winward’s demonstration.

Tuesday afternoon we switched gears away from loose compotes and were treated to a fantastic demonstration by Francoise Weeks. Francoise instructed students on how to create woodland inspired centerpieces –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Francoise Weeks shares her love of woodland floral designs.

Francoise Weeks shares her love of woodland floral designs.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Sadie of Sadie Gordon Designs selecting elements for the design session with Francoise Weeks.

Sadie of Sadie Gordon Designs selecting elements for the design session with Francoise Weeks.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Teresa Fung's woodland design.

Teresa Fung’s woodland design.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Designed by Carol of Wolf Neck Farm for the Francoise Weeks design segment.

Designed by Carol of Wolf Neck Farm for the Francoise Weeks design segment.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Margaret Lloyd's design from the Francoise Weeks' design session on Woodland Arrangements.

Margaret Lloyd’s design from the Francoise Weeks’ design session on Woodland Arrangements.

Wednesday morning the designers reconvened at Lotusland and started the day off with a design session led by Amy Osaba. Amy shared with us how to create one of her loose and lush bridal bouquets –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Garden Roses for miles!

Garden Roses for miles!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Robyn Rissman's design from the Amy Osaba's bouquet design session.

Robyn Rissman’s design from the Amy Osaba’s bouquet design session.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Amy Osaba's design session featured loose bridal bouquets. This bouquet was designed by Holly Chapple.

Amy Osaba’s design session featured loose bridal bouquets. This bouquet was designed by Holly Chapple.

The afternoon session saw a Bold and Bright color palette, and a session on creating tablescapes which was lead by Tricia Saroya –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Bright and Bold - that's how Tricia Saroya designs!

Bright and Bold – that’s how Tricia Saroya designs!

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Love these jewel tones for Tricia's design session.

Love these jewel tones for Tricia’s design session.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Beautiful jewel toned flowers for Tricia Saroya's Design session.

Beautiful jewel toned flowers for Tricia Saroya’s Design session.

Since so many of the designers attending Florabundance Inspirational Design Days fly in from other states, and other countries, they are unable to take all the lovely flowers home with them. Of course, we want these flowers to be enjoyed by people for days to come so we share them with The Dream Foundation. The Dream Foundation will go on to redistribute all these flowers to hospitals and nursing care homes in the Santa Barbara area –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - The flower arrangements are donated to The Dream Foundation of Santa Barbara!

The flower arrangements are donated to The Dream Foundation of Santa Barbara! Joost welcomes Valerie Banks to the event and helps coordinate the loading of the donated flowers.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Loading up the flowers which will be delivered to hospitals and nursing care homes for more enjoyment!

Loading up the flowers which will be delivered to hospitals and nursing care homes for more enjoyment!

Alas, another Florabundance Inspirational Design Days Event comes to an end. We close out the three days of floral design fun with a joyful farewell party –

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Joost and Debbie with Amy Cason at the farewell party.

Joost and Debbie with Amy Cason at the farewell party.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - David and Leanne Kessler

David and Leanne Kessler

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Katie, Stacey and Shannon with Joost.

Katie, Stacey and Shannon with Joost.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Nancy of Destiny Hill Farm and Kris of KRISanthemums.

Nancy of Destiny Hill Farm and Kris of KRISanthemums.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 - Amy Merrick with Joost at the farewell party.

Amy Merrick with Joost at the farewell party.

Florabundance Design Days 2015 -  Niki from Destiny Hill Farm and Casey Murdough from The Elegant Petal with Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Blog.

Niki from Destiny Hill Farm and Casey Murdough from The Elegant Petal with Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Blog.

Would you like to join in on the fun next time?
Stay tuned, the details for Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2016 will be released soon!!

We would like to thank the following photographers for the lovely images displayed in this post:
KT Merry
Lacie Hansen Photography
Mary Jane Photography
Megan Sorel Photography
David Kessler AIFD

Thank to our suppliers and sponsors for Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2015-
Alexandra Farms
David Austin Roses
Smithers Oasis
Fedex
Classic Party Rentals, Santa Barbara
Rincon Events Catering
Syndicate Sales
Design Master
Holex, Holland
Agrinag
Choice Farms
Eufloria
Green Valley
Myriad Roses
Ocean View Flowers
Pyramid Flowers
Qualisa
Resendez Brothers
Wafex

 
Great news for anyone who would love to experience a once in a lifetime trip and get behind the scenes access to amazing floral industry places! Joost is leading a trip to Holland this November!
Arrival in Holland on Monday, November 3rd and return to the USA on Saturday, November 8th.
 
Flower arrangements at International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair (IFTF) Expo
 

What you’ll experience:

  • Visit International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair (IFTF) Expo
  • FloraHolland Trade Fair
  • Visit various flower growers, including the Rose breeder De Ruiter
  • Visit behind the scenes at Aalsmeer – the world’s largest flower auction
  • Visit Cultra and view a plethora of new floral design products
  • See Holex in action – Holland’s market leader in the export of fresh-cut flowers to distant destinations serviced by airfreight
  • Visit Zuidkoop, the floral designers for The Netherlands’s Royal Family
  • Dinner at De Kas, where a greenhouse has been converted into a restaurant
  • Optional Hands-On Design Class
  • First class transportation and hotels included
  • Most meals are included
  • Private touring van with Joost, a Dutch native and floral industry expert, as the guide

 
Aalsmeer Flower Auction in Holland
 

It is simply amazing to think how many people are involved in every step of the floral industry: the breeders, the farmers, the airlines and shipping companies, the mind-blowing Aalsmeer auction operation, and the wholesale houses around the world. To experience this first hand is an eye-opening experience, and one that will make anyone appreciate the floral industry even more than they already do!

Take advantage of this one in a lifetime opportunity to experience Holland!

 
Joost Bongaerts visiting DeRuiter Roses in Holland
 

The cost is $2,900 + airfare.
Limited spaces available.
Reserve your space with a deposit by August 1, 2014!

 

For more information, please contact Joost directly:
joost@florabundance.com
http://www.florabundance.com/
P: 805-456-5919

 

Florabundance Inspiration Design Days & Chapel Designers in Santa Barbara, California

In January, 58 floral designers from around the world descended upon the quaint seaside town of Santa Barbara, California. The floral designers gathered for 3 flower filled and information packed days at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2014
 {An Official Chapel Designer Event}. We gathered to learn more about building and operating our floral businesses and to push our creative talents with a plethora of flowers at our fingertips.

This year Florabundance combined efforts with The Chapel Designers to pull off a lovely affair!
Holly Chapple, Owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers and Founder of The Chapel Designers, gathered together an impressive list of presenters to teach alongside her – the UK’s hottest young designer, Joseph Massie; the Queen of Woodlands design, Francoise Weeks; San Francisco’s much sought after designer and lover of all things beautiful, Nancy Liu Chin; and the four of them lead 2 days of splendid hands-on floral design workshops. On the business discussion day I led a discussion on Online Presences (including websites, blogs & social media) and Courtenay Lambert led a fantastic discussion about the ordering & pricing of wedding flowers.

The event took place at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez Valley, with lovely views of the valley – the perfect location to get our creative juices flowing! Holly instructed the participants on how to design a loosely styled hand-tied bridal bouquet. Francoise taught how to create awe-inspiring head pieces. Nancy designed four tablescapes to share a variety of styles with the designers, and then got everyone involved in designing with her. Joe designed an art installation with the purpose of building and emphasizing the unity between all the designers that participated in the conference.

Of course, Joost and his team at Florabundance provided us with the most gorgeous flowers. We had the pleasure of designing with gorgeous Poppies, Anemones, Lisianthus and the prettiest Garden Roses! Plus, textures galore – Pieris Japonica, Chocolate Lace, and Privet Berries to name a few. Thank you to Joost and all the staff at Florabundance for your hard work and beautiful flowers!

Enjoy the photos!
xo, Alicia

Joost Bongaerts Francoise Weeks

Joost and Francoise

Florabundance Purple Anemones

Purple Anemones

Holly Chapple Demonstration

Holly demonstrating how to create a loosely gathered bridal bouquet, Susan & Julia assist by wiring garden roses.

Joseph Massie

Joseph blending moss, of course!

Joost Bongaerts Florabundance

Joost matches the Icelandic Poppies!

Holly Rutt of Sweet Pea Floral Design

Holly of Sweet Pea Floral Design working on her floral head piece

Holly Chapple Joost Bongaerts Joseph Massie

Holly Chapple, Joost Bongaerts, Joseph Massie

Francoise Weeks Icelandic Poppies

Francoise Weeks peeling Icelandic Poppies

Florabundance Purple Lisianthus

Purple Double Lisianthus

Florabundance Wholesale Flowers, Hot Pink Garden Roses, Plum Tulips, Romantic Antik Garden Roses, Pink Peonies, Dusty Miller, Pink Sweet Peas

Florabundance Icelandic Poppies

Icelandic Poppies

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Bridal bouquet of Astilbe, Pieris Japonica, Pink Mink Protea, Juliet Garden Roses, Sweet Peas, Agonis and Chocolate Lace, Privet Berries, Jasmine Vine

Bridal bouquet of Astilbe, Pieris Japonica, Pink Mink Protea, Juliet Garden Roses, Sweet Peas, Agonis and Chocolate Lace, Privet Berries, Jasmine Vine

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Bridal bouquet of Astilbe, Pieris Japonica, Pink Mink Protea, Juliet Garden Roses, Sweet Peas, Agonis and Chocolate Lace, Privet Berries, Jasmine Vine,

Bridal bouquet of Astilbe, Pieris Japonica, Pink Mink Protea, Juliet Garden Roses, Sweet Peas, Agonis and Chocolate Lace, Privet Berries, Jasmine Vine

Katie Noonan Floral Designer

Katie of Noonan Floral Designs

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Nancy Liu Chin Florabundance Conference

Nancy leading a discussion on creating tablescapes

Thank You to all of the California Cut Flower Growers who participated in making product available at special pricing and donations for the this event.
Thank You to Holex for donations of specialty Dutch flowers.
Thank You to Alexandra Farms for donating many of the Garden roses we used for designs.
Thank You to Oregon Roses, Fedex, Fitz design, Design Master and Westerlay Orchids
Thank You Smithers Oasis for the great products.

Guest Post Written by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Floral Blog

Holly & Joost


Welcome to Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2014

{An Official Chapel Designer Event}

Last year Florabundance organized its first ever Inspirational Design Days event, which took place at Dos Pueblos Ranch. The event was a huge success and we are thrilled to announce the dates for our next designer conference taking place right here in Santa Barbara, California!

January 20, 21 & 22, 2014
Hilton Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, CA

This year Joost, Owner of Florabundance, and Holly, Owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers and Founder of The Chapel Designers, will be combining their resources and experience to produce a fantastic West Coast Floral Designer event to kick off 2014 in style!

What’s on Tap!
The conference will unofficially start with a welcome “get together” on Sunday evening at The Fess Parker Resort’s hotel lobby bar – meet us there at 6pm, we cannot wait to Welcome you!

Monday we will convene in the hotel’s conference room, where the day will be filled with guest speakers and open discussion sessions. {Bring your questions; we’ll be discussing the business side of the industry}

Joost of Florabundance

Joost gives a tour of Florabundance to attendees of Florabundance Inspirational Design Days

Tuesday and Wednesday we will be designing gorgeous flowers {provided by Florabundance, of course!} at the lovely Sunstone Villa in Santa Ynez. Transportation to and from Sunstone Villa is included.

This year’s speakers and floral designer extraordinaires include:
Holly Chapple, the founder & leader of The Chapel Designers

Wedding Trend Setter & Lover of all things beautiful – Nancy Liu Chin
The UK’s hottest up & coming designer – Joseph Massie
The Queen of Woodlands Design – Francoise Weeks
Alicia Schwede will brief us on the latest in Social Media.

UK Floral Designer Joseph Massie

Joseph Massie Creative

We do highly recommend you stay at Fess Parker Resort, as the conference is at its best in the “after hours” when we gather together and continue networking, sharing and laughing!

Accommodations
Our “home base” is the Fess Parker Hilton located at 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. We have reserved a block of rooms for our event at a discounted rate (available until December 31). We cannot guarantee room rates after this block has been secured. For reservations call (805) 564-4333 or Click Here.

For more information and to Register for the Event, please visit the Chapel Designer Website – Click Here

Francoise Weeks

elegant white wedding reception

Nancy Liu Chin

 

 

Download Event Flyer | Register For Event | Book Your Hotel Room | Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic is hosting an intimate flower workshop this coming Saturday, Nov 2nd hosted by Flutter Magazine.  Come enjoy the best seasonal flowers, food, and design.

Details:

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Where: 110 West Mission Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cost: $250

Includes:

– 3 hours of guided instruction
– All the tools (apron, sheers, vases, etc…) that you get to keep!
– A gorgeous array of fall flowers to play with and take home!
– Lunch prepared by Le Petit Chef
– Seasonal refreshments + libations
– Gorgeous photos of your final arrangements by Joel Serrato
– Lots more goodies + surprises!

Limited to 10 students. Purchase tickets HERE.

I’m excited to share my love of flowers, teach some design principles, and help you get inspired for the upcoming holiday season, see you there!

Photo: Anna Costa

This past January we hosted the Florabundance Design Days here in Santa Barbara, California. You can read a wrap up of the workshop here.
Now we would like to showcase the beautiful work of the Florabundance Design Days attendees. Florabundance provided beautiful wholesale flowers for attendees to play with, each arranging a unique bridal bouquet. From lush garden roses, spring tulips, winding clematis and orchids, attendees created so many beautiful bouquets!

Above, from left, Katie Noonan of Noonan designs, Nicole Chapman of Hint of Chic, and Rebecca Raymond of Sunnybrook Floral.

From left, Peggy Meyer & Carol Young of Celebration Florals, and Melody King of Fleurish Floral.


Jenna Hanson and Christine Cater of Christine Cater Wedding & Events.


Amy Schoenbaum of Bride and Bloom Wedding Flowers, Denise Benda of Flowers by Denise, Leslie Armendariz of Pixies Petals.


Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora, Erin Hornstein of Plum Sage Flowers, and Margaret Lloyd of San Roque Florist.


Shannon Neels of Ruby + Romeo, Cheryl Brill and Jennifer Stout of Royer’s Flowers.


Jill Elmore of Royer’s Flowers, Crystal Schachter and Davida Buggs of Flowers by Lady Buggs.


Catilin Caldwell of Plum Sage Flowers, Laurie Garza of Fleurie, and Sheri Jentsch of Blumen Meisters Flower Market.


Kate Minelian of Kaleco Design, Laura Cogan of Passion Flowers, and Tricia Jones.


Ingrid Sarrat of Bloemen, Sarah Selzer of Santa Barbara Wedding Flowers, Jenny Kleven of Maven Floral & Event Styling.


Holly Heider Chapple and Joost Bongaerts, owner of Florabundance

dos pueblos ranch santa barbara
Tricia Fountaine welcomes everyone to Dos Pueblos Ranch and kicks off the design show!


Ian Prosser AIFD talks to the designers about his business, Botanica.


Ian Prosser AIFD with Chuck Graham in the background.

Florabundance Flower Show
Holly Chapple discussing the business side of things.


Chuck and Alicia of Flirty Fleurs discussing Social Media for floral design businesses.


Ian and Jordan Prosser of Botanica preparing for presentations.


The last evening the attendees enjoyed a lovely dinner at Dos Pueblos Ranch!

We hope you can come next year to this amazing, hands on, flower workshop.

Photographs by Genevieve Leiper Photography.

tulip fields in holland

Great news for anyone who would love to experience a once in a lifetime trip and get behind the scenes access to amazing floral industry places! Joost is leading a trip to Holland this April!
Arrival in Holland on April 25 and return to the USA on May 1st.

What you’ll experience:

  • April 30 the Queen of The Netherlands, Queen Beatrix will be succeeded by her son, the Prince of Orange, Prince Willem-Alexander. Just ahead of her 75th birthday, Queen Beatrix announced she will become a princess instead, abdicating in favor of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, who, at 45 is to be inaugurated (the Dutch do not “crown” their monarchs) at the end of April as only the fourth king of the Netherlands, and the first male in the top job since 1890. Being in The Netherlands during this time will be very exciting
  • Design session with Pim Van den Akker, learning European design techniques
  • Visit Keukenhof, the world famous tulip garden open only 8 weeks each year!
  • Visit the blooming tulip fields and stay in the beach town of Noordwijk
  • Visit various growers
  • Visit behind the scenes at Aalsmeer – the world’s largest flower auction, Cultra and Holex
  • First class transportation and hotels included. Most meals are included
  • Private touring van with Joost, a Dutch native and floral industry expert, as the guide
  • The cost is $3,500 + airfare.
    Limited spaces available.
    Reserve your space with a deposit by February 27th, balance due March 15th.
    For more information, please contact Joost directly:
    joost@florabundance.com
    http://www.florabundance.com/
    P: 805-456-5919

    Joost of Florabundance in Holland

    orange tulips fields in holland

    Florabundance welcomed 38 guests to the beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara, California and treated everyone to two days of flower filled fabulousness!  Wow, was it ever absolutely fantastic!!

    Day one greeted participants with a tour of Florabundance’s Carpinteria based location. After a tour of their location the participants boarded a trolley and headed out to Dos Pueblos Ranch.
    This is what greeted them upon arrival:

    Dos Pueblos Ranch Santa Barbara

    Dos Pueblos Ranch Santa Barbara

    Amazing interior of the Dos Pueblos Ranch barn, filled with rows and rows of gorgeous floral product by Florabundance.

    Once the participants were settled into place the presentations begun; Holly Chapple and Ian Prosser treated everyone to inspirational and information packed talks about their business models and the floral design industry.
    Holly led a class on how to create beautiful bouquets, the students were able to pick from the overflowing buckets of flowers.
    floral design class Santa Barbara

    After presentations, design session and a yummy catered lunch it was time for Chuck and I to present about Social Media! Chuck & I are co-bloggers on Flirty Fleurs Blog. Kelly Oshiro from SB Chic Blog also had some hints & tips about blogging. Really fun helping floral designers learn more about the social media options.

    Chuck Graham Flirty Fleurs

    Chuck Graham of Flirty Fleurs Blog prior to the Social Media presentation. That chandelier in the barn was gorgeous!!

    The day ended with cocktails on the beach, what a treat to be in beautiful Santa Barbara in January! Joost and Katie Noonan welcoming the students with a glass of wine from the Tolosa Vineyard .. and that’s the bridal bouquet that I created with garden roses and clematis!

    The fun continued the next day with more presentations from Ian & Holly, they are so awesome for being open and sharing what they’ve learned and experienced as business owners.
    The day was filled with two design sessions.
    Ian broke the students into groups with the goal of creating two ceremony sites. Very impressive how the ladies were given directions and how they jumped right in to create two completely beautiful, yet very different vignettes!

    Flower covered arch for a wedding

    The Elegant Ceremony Team showing off their creation – WOW, ladies!!

    Rustic flower chuppah

    The Rustic Chuppah Team – gorgeous use of color, ladies!!

    Holly lead the ladies in a session on how to create a tablescape for a farm style long table. All of us got to enjoy the creation later that night when we all gathered at the table for a fantastic dinner.

    farm table floral design

    farm table floral design

    Joost Bongaerts

    Joost thanking everyone for participating in the first Florabundance Inspirational Design Days.



    Florabundance would like to thank all of our participants in helping to make this event a huge success!:
    Special Thanks To:

    Tricia Fountaine & Dos Pueblos Ranch

    Zohe Felici & Event Production

    Presenters:

    Holly Heider Chapple, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD

    Ian Prosser AIFD, PFCI, Botanica Events

    Alicia Schwede & Chuck Graham, Flirty Fleurs

    Kelly Oshiro, SB Chic

    Graphic Design by Christine Cowles

    Our Sponsors:

    Alexandra Farms Garden Roses

    Floral Supply Syndicate

    Holex

    Katie Noonan / Tolosa Vineyard

    Mon Cheri Bridal Wear

    Myriad Flowers

    Pyramid Flowers

    Roseville Farms

    Sunburst Farm

    Absolutely Fabulous…Glamour on the Go!
    Makeup – Adrienne Esposito

    Partial sponsors:

    Ambient Event Design

    Anthony Ybarra, Guitar Music (Tuesday evening beach reception)

    Music by The Aurora Ensemble (Wednesday evening)

    Pure Joy Catering

    Town & Country Event Rentals


    Post and photos by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs

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