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: Hitom Gilliam AIFD, PFC, Amy Osaba, Francoise Weeks, Holly Chapple, Alicia Schwede, David & Leanne Kesler AIFD, PFCI, and Emily Carter.
Come let the beauty of the American Riviera inspire your work to reach new heights!
– 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.
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 AIFD (Vancouver, British Columbia)
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 (Atlanta, Georgia)
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. Her passion is to make every event extraordinary, exquisite and authentic. She is driven by the creative process from beginning to end, down to every last detail, making dreams into realities. The only thing she loves more than the process is to hear her clients tell her, “it was even more beautiful than I ever imagined.”
Amy lives outside of Atlanta with her three handsome boys and their dog Cloe.
Francoise Weeks (Portland, Oregon)
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 (Lucketts, Virginia)
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.
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.
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 (Maine)
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.
Leanne & David Kessler (Portland, Oregon)
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.