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May 14th, 2015
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

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