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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 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

 

 

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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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    Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Jan. 22 and 23, 2013

    Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Jan. 22 and 23, 2013

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