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.

florabundance inspirational design days 2017
 

We are excited to announce that the FIFTH ANNUAL Florabundance Inspirational Design Days is now open for registration!

The event will take place in Santa Barbara, California on January 9, 10, & 11, 2017. And, we are absolutely thrilled to be returning to the magical Lotusland Gardens!!

This conference will provide workshops focusing on inspirational designing, the industry’s latest trends, social media expertise, the business end of floral, and more. Plus, an incredible bounty of exquisite flowers to design with at your fingertips!

The three day event will feature the following Designers and Presenters: Hitomi Gilliam AIFD PFCI, Amy Osaba, Francoise Weeks, Holly Chapple, Alicia Schwede, David & Leanne Kesler AIFD PFCI, Emily Carter, and John Daly.

Come let the beauty of the American Riviera inspire your work to reach new heights!

Included:
– Lotusland Tour and 3-Day Access to the property
– All cut flowers used during the event and design sessions
– 4 Unique Design Sessions (including all necessary materials)
– Professional photos of your curated designs
– Daily lunch and a wonderful closing dinner

Registration is now open for 2017!
Register for Design Days 2017 in our online store by clicking here.
If you need further information or have any questions please contact your floral consultant.

Hotel Reservations:
A block of rooms will be reserved for the event from January 9th through the 11th at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. The special room rate will be available October or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

You can now book your hotel room and receive our group rate. Just click here and you will be taken to the resort’s reservation page. If you have any specific Reservation requests or challenges please contact Ruthie Swanson who is Fess Parker’s on-site Reservations Group Coordinator. Her e-mail address is Ruthie.Swanson@hilton.com and her direct line is 805-884-8587.

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


Hitomi Gilliam AIFDHitomi Gilliam AIFD (Vancouver, British Columbia)
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

 


Amy Osaba Floral Designer Florabundance Design DaysAmy Osaba (Atlanta, Georgia)
www.amyosaba.com

Amy grew up in Atlanta watching her mother and grandmother work in the garden – her grandmother, to the age of 85 maintained a recognized Daylily farm in Arkansas; and her mother, an avid gardener and painter, always encouraged the creative process.

Surrounded by creativity, from an early age Amy has always been drawn to the arts. Having studied ballet since the age of five, when she turned 18, Amy moved to New York City to dance with the Joffrey Ballet. Over the next ten years, she danced for the Atlanta Ballet and the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, from which she retired.

Her strong theatrical background set the stage for a fusion of mixed-medium, dramatic statements in venues around the southeast.

Working with some of the industry’s most fiercely talented industry leaders, trendsetters, and widely acclaimed experts, Amy’s work was pushed to the forefront, which has allowed her work to be featured in publications including, Martha Stewart Magazine, Southern Weddings, Pacific Coast Weddings, Weddings Unveiled, Flower Magazine, Brides Magazine, NBC, HGTV, Southern Living, Utterly Engaged and blogs such as OnceWed, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Snippit and Ink, Design*Sponge among others.

Amy is excited to talk to the Florabundance design days attendees again this year, introducing some of her and her company’s innovative ways of bridging the art of business with the creative mind.


Francoise WeeksFrancoise Weeks (Portland, Oregon)
www.francoiseweeks.com

Françoise Weeks, born in Belgium, has infused her work with a quintessential European reverence for flowers and nature. Combined with creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystallized her singular style of Textural Woodland and Botanical Haute Couture pieces, garnering a global following.

Her innovation and love of teaching have brought her to the Flower School Cohim in China, The Academy of Floral Art in Exeter, England, studios in Australia, Canada, and Mexico, the La Jolla and Memphis Garden Clubs and the New York Botanical Gardens. And, of course, Florabundance Inspirational Design Days for four consecutive years. Françoise’s boundary pushing work has been published in Nacre, Fusion Flowers, Modern Wedding Flowers, Huffington Post, Flutter and Milieu.

Françoise’s generosity of knowledge and perspective in the use of floral material, structural architecture and the business of being a florist unite to create rigorous and exciting learning opportunities for her students to explore all that nature has to offer.


Holly Chapple - Megan Sorel PhotographyHolly Chapple (Lucketts, Virginia)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

Holly Heider Chapple founded her wedding and event floral design business 24 years ago. The business was home based and offered Holly an opportunity to make a living while raising her family. At the tine the studio primarily focused on weddings and events in the Washington DC area, as well as luxury destination weddings. Over the years, the Holly Heider Chapple Flowers brand continued to grow and gain international recognition. This was primarily a result of Holly’s involvement in social media and the popularity of her then active blog, The Full Bouquet. In 2011 Holly’s husband Evan joined the company and the studio saw another serious period of growth. Evan’s involvement allowed Holly the opportunity to focus on other aspects of the business while Evan started a lighting and drape division. Evan also began restoring the family cutting gardens which had been abandoned over the years due to Holly’s intense wedding schedule.

Just before Evan joined the company in 2010, Holly founded The Chapel Designers, which is an international collective of wedding and event floral designers. The organization educates, supports and mentors creatives while encouraging the authenticity of each designer. Holly and Evan host the Chapel Designers workshops internationally and at their new farm, Hope Flower Farm. Hope farm is a registered bed and breakfast as well as a flower school. Holly is a supporter of the American Grown Slow Flower movement.

Holly and her husband Evan celebrated 29 years of marriage this January and are the proud parents of seven wonderful children ranging in age from 7 to 29.


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 Photography & Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Emily Carter Floral Design Maine
Lobiloo Software for FloristsEmily Carter (Maine)

www.lobiloo.com

After launching Emily Carter Floral Designs: a floral design studio specializing in weddings and events. I quickly started to see a change in the needs and wants of clients with regards to their correspondence, communication and relationship with me as a florist. They wanted images, more knowledge and a better way of conveying the product that florists were giving them. Therefore, I partnered with a dear friend and phenomenal software guru, Dan Piltch of Freeport Metrics, and we began work on Lobiloo. In 2012, we launched Lobiloo: a software application that simplifies floral planning and communication with the client. First to the market of its kind, we simplified and streamlined image based estimates and the behind the scenes work with cost outs, order forms and design recipes all with the click of a button. Pinterest compatible imagery of flowers, price saving of stems and rental inventory, client payment tracking and so much more was available for not only ECFD, but for other florists as well.

Years later, we continue to grow, educate and work with florists on ways to strengthen their businesses with the use of Lobiloo, making them more profitable, while saving them time and making them more efficient.

I feel so fortunate every day that I was given this opportunity to be an artist for a living and with Lobiloo, I spend less time in front of my computer and more time being creative for others, which is the root of where this all began.


David and Leanne KesslerLeanne & David Kessler (Portland, Oregon)
www.floraldesigninstitute.com

The name Floral Design Institute is synonymous with excellence in floral design education. Founded in 1969 and purchased by Leanne Kesler AIFD and David Kesler AIFD in 1988, Floral Design Institute has grown into one of the leading floral design schools in the world.

Both Leanne and David have been active designers, speakers, educators and floral business consultants for over 30 years. They have created and maintain a wonderful learning atmosphere where both the complete beginner and the most advanced floral designers feel comfortable, and are able to develop their individual skills and talents to the maximum potential. Floral Design Institute is licensed to conduct a private vocational school by the Oregon Department of Education. Floral Design Institute is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Educational Partners and is an Approved Educational Pathway to AIFD Certification and Accreditation.

 

 

 

 


John Daly EventsJohn Daly (Santa Barbara, California)
www.jdalyinc.com

Since 1982, John Daly, Inc. International has been creating internationally renowned corporate, social and experiential marketing events. JDI is considered one of the elite Corporate Special Event Planners.

Recognized as the industry leader of ingenuous and innovative style and substance, JDI’s corporate event solutions and total event management strategies continuously win awards for excellence in design, decor and originality.
Mr. Daly’s corporate client list reads like a who’s who of the business elite. In fact, 25% of the Forbes Global Top 50 companies are current and repeat clients.


We are thrilled to have our 4th Annual Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2016 featured in the April issue of Flowers& Magazine.

This featured article captures the spirit of Florabundance Design Days and supports our goal to inspire and educate floral designers from around the world! Florabundance Design Days is all about bringing students together with world renown designers in fabulous venues to apply different design techniques using the most spectacular cut flowers available.

The 2017 Florabundance Inspirational Design days will be held January 9-11 at beautiful Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA. If you would like to attend or register an employee please follow this link to the item in our online store.
We guarantee that our 5th Annual Florabundance Design Days will fill up fast!!

Florabundance Design Days featured in Flowers& Magazine

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Featured in Flowers& Magazine, David Austin Garden Roses, Alicia Schwede with Flirty Fleurs Blog

Florabundance Design Days and Flowers& Magazine, Holly Chapple of the Chapel Designers, Francoise Weeks, and Hitomi Gilliam AIFD

Florabundance Design Days and Flowers& Magazine, Francoise Weeks and Susan McLeary

Florabundance Design Days featured in Flowers& -  Hitomi Gilliam AIFD

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.

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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.

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