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

The event will take place in Santa Barbara, California on January 15-17, 2018 at Klentner Ranch. Flanked by rolling hills and the polo fields, Klentner Ranch offers stunning 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean.

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, Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, Alicia & Adam Rico of Bows + Arrows, Brian Watson of Myrtie Blue, Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs, and Sarah Collier of Taken By Sarah.

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

– Opening Night Meet & Greet plus Wine Tasting at the Fess Parker Resort, Sunday January 14th in the evening
– All cut flowers used during the event and design sessions
– 5 Unique Design Sessions (including all necessary materials)
– Professional photos of your curated designs
– Daily lunch and a wonderful closing dinner
– Tour of Florabundance including breakfast and networking opportunities
– Transporation from the airport provided by Fess Parker Resort (arranged with the resort)

Registration is now open for 2018!
Register for Design Days 2018 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 14th through the 18th 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. If you have any specific Reservation requests or challenges please contact Emily Wasem who is Fess Parker’s on-site Reservations Group Coordinator. Her e-mail address is and her direct line is 805-884-8587.

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

Adam and Alicia Rico, Bows and Arrows, Florabundance Design Days for Floral Designers January 2018
Adam and Alicia Rico (Dallas, Texas)

Bows + Arrows is dedicated to the creation of beauty via the art of floral design. The husband and wife team work with the environment, gathering inspiration from the landscape and working with seasonal flora. Their philosophy is found in nature and the couple’s work is a reflection of what is natural, lush, relaxed and overgrown.

Alicia Rico earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from TCU with an emphasis in Painting. Her formal art training informs decisions of composition, color, and texture and she gathers constant inspiration from nature, art, and everything beautiful. She worked with flowers in NYC for 3 years before moving back to Texas to open a studio with her husband.

Adam Rico earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute with an emphasis in Painting. During his undergraduate career, he studied intensive courses on color theory, sculpture, and ceramics. He worked as a photo shoot producer for 5 years in NYC + LA. He followed his wife back to Texas to start a business based around nature and art.


Kiana Underwood of Tulipina will be a speaker at Florabundance  Design Days 2018Kiana Underwood (Burlingame, California)

Kiana Underwood is the owner of Tulipina, a boutique floral design studio located in San Francisco, California. She is distinguished as a floral artist and teacher with her signature, garden-style designs that pop with color and texture. Kiana employs unique color combinations and floral varieties, including fruits and foliage, that set her apart from her contemporaries and draws admirers and floral designers from all over the world to her sold out workshops.

Since founding Tulipina in 2011, Kiana has quickly become recognized as one of the top floral designers in the world. In addition to chic local and destination weddings and events, Kiana has taught sold-out workshops to hundreds of students in locations around the United States, and in international locations including Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine.

She splits her time between California and New York with her husband, three children, and dog.

Kiana’s work can be seen in Brides, Elle Décor, Elle Spose, The Knot, Country Living, Design*Sponge, Style Me Pretty, Buzzfeed, Pottery Barn, Flower Magazine, Geraldine, Veranda, Livingly, CulturePop, Veter, Town and Country, Flutter, Utterly Engaged, Geraldine, Paste, and more.


Hitomi Gilliam AIFDHitomi Gilliam AIFD (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Hitomi Gilliam AIFD is a Japanese Canadian floral artist, 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 extensively throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Bermuda, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Belgium, Korea, Oman and India. Hitomi’s biggest pleasure in life is, ‘SHARING EVERYTHING I KNOW’!!

She owned and operated Satsuki’s Florist in Mission, British Columbia for 28 years. She currently works with her son, Colin Gilliam in an Event & Education business, DESIGN358 which was established 8 years ago. Hitomi has lectured at numerous flower shows, botanical gardens, and art galleries around the world, including Philadelphia Flower Show, Newport Flower Show and Singapore Garden Festival.

Hitomi is the founding organizer of the Annual ‘Survival of the Creative Minds’ Conference in Taos, New Mexico. 19th Annual Conference ‘EXTREME’ is scheduled for October, 2017.

Hitomi is a co-founder with Tomas De Bruyne from Belgium of ‘European Master Certification’ Program. EMC cycle 4 (2017/2018) is in progress with PART I Foundation completed in Italy and Belgium, with Mexico and North America (West Coast & East Coast) upcoming.

In April 2017 Hitomi launched her Youtube channel where she shares design videos and interviews.


Holly Chapple will be presenting at Florabundance Design Days 2018Holly Chapple (Lucketts, Virginia)

Holly Heider Chapple founded her wedding and event floral design business 25 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 30 years of marriage this January and are the proud parents of seven wonderful children ranging in age from 8 to 30.


Brian Watson - Myrtie BlueBrian Watson (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)

Brian was born in Rome, Italy and as a child travelled and lived in many parts of the world including Manila and Mexico City. The Free time of his childhood was consumed with creative playing and “making things” – including the making of “mud pie dioramas” (little landscapes from plants, twigs, moss, gravel, etc in tin pie pans and such). His education included studies in computer science and the arts. (college years were dedicated to studying Studio Arts and Digital & Imaging arts). After college, he started a garden design business and began working in the garden and florist industry. He opened a small retail and floral shop in 1998 called Floribunda!. Brian, then, found a calling for weddings and worked for various companies in the industry before opening Myrtie Blue with husband, Gene.

Brian’s work has been featured in many publications including Flower Magazine, Southern Living, Southern Weddings, Magnolia Rouge, Utterly Engaged, and Weddings Unveiled. His work has also been featured on countless blogs: Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink, Wedding Chicks, Junebug Weddings, Flirty Fleurs and many more.

Working along Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast (Watercolor, Seaside, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Carillon Beach), Brian has developed his own unique style and aesthetic reflective of a natural, dreamy, and relaxed coastal attitude. His wedding designs fit harmoniously into their surroundings and exude romance, warmth and intimacy – leaving a lasting impression. He is excited to share his love, knowledge and insight on working with flowers filtered through his perspective of nature, light, color, and atmosphere.


Alicia Schwede by Georgianna LaneAlicia Schwede (Seattle, Washington) |

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.







Sarah Collier, Taken By Sarah PhotographySarah Collier (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Sarah Collier is a fine art editorial and wedding photographer serving clients worldwide. She is the founder of The Film Photographer’s Workshop in California and co-founder of Composed Workshop in Dominican Republic. She has worked with the new Florists Review to photograph many cover stories and manages the quickly growing Florist Review Instagram account. Her long time passion for art and floral design led her to go back to her roots in film photography at the height of the digital camera era. She has spent the last few years learning floral design as a hobby and perfecting her approach to photographing flowers on film. Sarah has the unique ability to photograph floral designs in a way that speaks to what the designer wants to convey through their work. She spends most of the year traveling to photograph weddings and floral workshops and is currently working closely with select florist friends to develop an exciting new business that will provide florists with custom portfolio and website development. You can find her work on Instagram at @takenbysarah



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