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We are pleased to share a glimpse of the fun that was had at our successful Fourth Annual Florabundance Design Days. The event took place in Santa Barbara, California January 11-13, 2016.

Our presenters this year included:
Hitomi Gilliam AIFD who taught a design session on creating “Floral Structures – Arches, Chandeliers, and Hangings”.
Holly Chapple led a design session titled “Sexy Centers” – you’ll see the pink and yellow compositions in the photos below.
Francoise Weeks and Susan McLeary combined their talents and taught a session on designing “Artful Purses and Botanical Jewelry”. Gorgeous necklaces and bracelets were created and worn by attendees!
Plus, Kim Curtis of TOAST shared how to design romantic blush bridal bouquets – check out those ranunculus!
We also had presentations by BJ Dyer AIFD on creative ideas using Design Master paints, Eleanor Clevenger of David Austin Roses taught us proper care & handling when working with garden roses, and Tom Bowling AIFD shared his experience of judging the 2016 Rose Parade. Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs presented on Social Media and all things online.
Susan Silverberg shared her calligraphy skills with us, and The Grapeseed Company created a few lovely concoctions for everyone to enjoy. And as with every year at Florabundance Design Days, our leftover flowers were donated to the Dream Foundation, Valerie Banks told us about Flower Empower and how the flowers would be distributed to brighten someone’s day.
Bruce of Flowers & and David and Leanne Kessler AIFD all joined the conference to photograph and video the happenings, stay tuned as the conference will soon be featured in Flowers & Magazine and on Floral Design Institute website.


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Attendees are introduced to new flower varieties

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This year our event took place at Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

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Joost and Tom Bowling AIFD

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Holland stops to smell the roses

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Arrangements from the Holly Chapple design session

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Bouquet by Tracey of ella & louie

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Jose and Nancy sharing a laugh

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Katie designing a bouquet

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Wristlet designed by Mindy Karl

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Floral purse by BJ Dyer

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The photographers at working getting the shot and Cari posing with a bouquet designed by Holly Chapple.

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Joost and Holly enjoying the tablescape that Holly just finished creating for a photoshoot

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Our ride to and from the Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

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Hitomi admires the work of the students

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Garden roses and hydrangeas create a floral wall


We hope you enjoyed the glimpse into all the fun that was had by presenters and attendees!
Be sure to mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Florabundance Design Days which will take place January 9-11, 2017 at Lotusland in Santa Barbara, California!!


A Special Thanks to our Sponsors -
David Austin Roses
Design Master
Smither’s-Oasis North America
Syndicate Sales

Also, thank you to the following companies which provided their goods and talents to our event -
Alexandra Farms
Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs
Aspen Enterprises
California Pajarosa Floral
Central California Flower Growers
David and Leanne Kessler AIFD
Dream Foundation – Flower Empower
Elan Event Rentals
Fresca Farms
Green Valley Floral
Holex Flowers
Holex USA
Model – Cari Funkhouser
Ocean View Flowers
Photographers – Amanda Dumouchelle, Mary Jane, and Megan Sorel
Rincon Catering
Susan Silverberg Calligraphy
Sunburst Farms, Inc.
The Grapeseed Company
The Sun Valley Group
Underhill Ferneries
Zest International
Artemis, a distributor of Hanah Silk

All photographs in this post provided by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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) |

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)

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 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

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

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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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