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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!

Included:
– 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 emily.wasem@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:


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

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)
www.tulipina.com

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)
www.design358.com

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)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

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)
www.myrtieblue.com

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)
www.flirtyfleurs.com | www.bellafiori.com

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)
www.takenbysarah.com

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

 

 


Florabundance Design Days 2017 - Welcome Sign

 
The fifth annual Florabundance Inspirational Design Days took place January 8-11, 2017 at the beautiful LotusLand Gardens in Montecito, California.

Attendees were treated to three full days of floral design classes and an amazing assortment of flowers with which to create their flower arrangements. Five world-renowned floral designers gave demonstrations; Ariella Chezar, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Francoise Weeks, Holly Chapple, and Amy Osaba.

In addition to the headlining floral designers who taught hands-on design sessions we also had a variety of other speakers. Jodi Duncan AIFD shared how to work with Design Master, Emily Carter shared her event floral planning program Lobiloo, Gayle Smith shared how to use Chrysal in the care & handling of flowers, David & Leanne Kessler shared how to use Facebook Live, and I, Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs, gave a talk about what’s new in Instagram.

All the photographs in this blog post were taken by Lerina Winter of Winter Creative Co. and Sarah Colliers of Taken By Sarah Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2017 - Jodi Duncan AIFD

Jodi Duncan AIFD demonstrates how to use Design Master paints.

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2017 - Gayle Smith of Chrysal

Gayle Smith talks about how to use Chrysal products in the care and handling of fresh flowers.

 

Amy Osaba was the first floral designer to present at FDD this year and she demonstrated how to create a bridal bouquet-

 

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Amy Osaba leads a design session featuring a bridal bouquet

Amy demonstrating how to create a bridal bouquet

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days -  bridal bouquet designed by Amy Osaba

Bouquet designed by Amy Osaba

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - a selection of flowers available from Florabundance

A snippet of the beautiful flowers that the attendees got select from to create their bridal bouquets

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - attendees select from a plethora of flowers to create their bouquets

Ladies selecting from a plethora of flowers to create their bridal bouquets

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days -  ladies designing bouquets

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days -  ladies designing bouquets

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days -  ladies designing bouquets

Shawn and Alex share a laugh as they create bridal bouquets

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days -  bridal bouquet designed by  Lorelle Boak of Banff Flower Girl

Bouquet designed by Lorelle Boak of Banff Flower Girl

 

Holly Chapple started off Tuesday morning jumping right into creating a large tablescape where all the designers were able to contribute their own touches. It was a fast paced morning and was fun to watch all the attendees participate in creating this design!

 

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Design Session with Holly Chapple where attendees created a lush tablescape

The completed tablescape

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Design Session with Holly Chapple where attendees created a lush tablescape

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Design Session with Holly Chapple where attendees created a lush tablescape

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days - Design Session with Holly Chapple where attendees created a lush tablescape

Holly Chapple

 

After Holly’s morning design session and before our lunch break we were given a tour of Lotusland Gardens. There are so many words to describe these gardens – magical, one of a kind, unique, amazing .. just to name a few! The attendees were broken into small groups and headed out with docents to tour the 37 acres. Here are a few shots of what we saw-

 

Lotusland Gardens in Montecito, California. Photograph by Lerina Winter

Cactus Gardens at Lotusland Gardens, Montecito, California. Photo by Taken by Sarah

Cactus Gardens at Lotusland Gardens, Montecito, California. Photo by Taken by Sarah

 

After our lunch break we entered the afternoon design session with Ariella Chezar. Oh, I should mention that each breakfast and lunch was catered by Rincon Events, and they do an absolutely wonderful presentation.

 

Florabundance Design Days 2017 - Ariella Chezar - Floral Design Workshop

 

On our third morning of conference we moved over to the Rincon Beach Club. This last inspiring day began with a demonstration by Francoise Weeks. Francoise worked with attendees on creating bridal bouquets which featured the most detailed tid-bits.

 

Florabundance Design Days - Francoise Weeks

 

After an enjoyable lunch we headed back into the tent where Hitomi Gilliam finished off the three day event with a fantastic demonstration packed with clever mechanical information! You can see in the photos below that Joost got in on the action, I’m not exactly sure what they are working on but I know it involved a drill & yarn!

 

Florabundance Design Days - Hitomi Gilliam

 

Here’s the whole crew at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2017, at Lotusland Gardens in Montecito, California –

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2017

 

This blog post is brought to you by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs Flower Blog. OH, I should mention that I did give a presentation on using Instagram for building up your online presence. I am happy to say that this was my 5th Florabundance Design Days and each year it is a fantastic event. The perfect way to celebrate the beginning of a new year! I do hope you mark your calendar to attend this awesome event next year — January 14-17, 2018 to join in on the fun!!

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)
www.design358.com

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)
www.toastsantabarbara.com

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)
www.francoiseweeks.com

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)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

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)
www.passionflowerevents.com

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)
www.flirtyfleurs.com | www.bellafiori.com

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)
www.davidaustinrosesusa.com

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.

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