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Florabundance is pleased to announce our seventh annual floral design conference bringing the industry’s top wedding and event designers together here in the beautiful Santa Barbara area.

Our upcoming event will be held on January 13th ,14th, and 15th of 2020. We are excited to say that our venue is the Santa Barbara Hilton Beach Front Resort!

This conference will provide workshops focusing on inspirational designing, the industry’s latest trends, social media expertise, the business end of flowers, and more. Plus, an incredible bounty of exquisite flowers to design with at your fingertips!

If you would like to sign-up for the event and do not see the price or the quantity above, please sign in to your Florabundance Shopping Cart account.
If you have not created an online account with us, please follow this link to register for one.

If you would prefer a payment plan, please call or email your floral consultant for more information. There is an additional $250.00 fee for this option.

The three day event will feature the following Designers and Presenters:
– Paul Thomas Floral Design from London
– Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers (representing Syndicate Sales)
– Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, PFCI
– Katie Davis of Ponderosa & Thyme
– Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs
– Shawn Chamberlain of Full Bloom
– Shane Meehan of Oak & Fig
– Lerina Winters Photography
– Teresa Schafer for Alexandra Farms
– DesignMaster Color
– Chrysal USA care & handling of flowers session
 
This is an experience you cannot miss!
Come let the beauty of the American Riviera inspire your work to reach new heights!

Please Note:
– During the checkout process, choose January 15, 2020, for the Delivery Date.
– Choose the ‘Pickup’ option for the order.
– You must be signed in to your Florabundance Online Account to see the detailed event pricing.

Also Included with your Registration:
– All cut flowers used during the event and design sessions
– Seven Unique Design & Educational Sessions (including all necessary materials)
– Professional photos of your curated designs
– Daily lunch and a wonderful closing dinner
– Opening Night Meet & Greet plus Wine Tasting at the Hilton Beach Resort Sunday, January 12th in the evening.
– $250.00 flower credit to be applied to your first or next floral order with Florabundance, to be used after the completion of Design Days 2020.
– Tour of Florabundance including breakfast, product presentations, and networking opportunities
– Transportation from the airport provided by Santa Barbara Hilton beach (arranged with the resort)

Hotel Reservations:
A block of rooms will be reserved for the event from January 12th through the 15th at Hilton Beach Resort in Santa Barbara. The special room rate will be available through December or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please follow this link to access our dedicated website for Design Days.

You can now book your hotel room and receive our group rate. If you have any specific Reservation requests or challenges please contact Daisy Inda who is Hilton Beach Front Resort’s on-site Reservations Group Coordinator. Her e-mail address is Daisy.Inda@Hilton.com and her direct line is (805) 884-8508.

Cancellation Policies:
To obtain a refund for workshop registration fees, written notice of cancellation is required, to be received at the Florabundance office, by the dates noted below:
– By November 1, 2019 – for Full Refund
– By December 1, 2019 – for 50% Refund
– After December 2, 2019 – No Refund

Paid registrations are transferable to another floral professional.

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


Paul Thomas Florist London EnglandPaul Thomas (London, England)
www.paulthomasflowers.co.uk

Paul Thomas is one of the leading British florists of his generation with his distinct approach to floral work. Having trained with legendary floral artist/florist Kenneth Turner, Paul embarked upon his own business, and in 1989 Paul Thomas Flowers opened its doors in Mayfair, London. Thirty years later and the style for which he has become known is still enchanting Royal wedding guests, party goers and visitors to establishments such as The Ritz, Sotheby’s and Fortnum & Mason, to name just a few. Paul adores the romance of the Edwardian era and his floristry evokes the bygone glamour of the English Country House party. He splits his time between London and the Cotswolds, where he draws inspiration tending to his quintessentially English country garden.

 

 

 

 

 


Katie Davis of Ponderosa & Thyme will be a speaker at Florabundance  Design Days 2019Katie Davis (Salem, Oregon)
www.ponderosaandthyme.com

Katie Davis is an internationally acclaimed florist based in Salem, Oregon, the heart of the Willamette Valley. Since founding Ponderosa & Thyme in 2011, Katie has become known for her textural designs inspired by nature. Her floral designs use the most luxurious and beautiful flowers available while incorporating locally foraged, unique, and sensory plants into each arrangement. The result is a visually breathtaking experience.

Katie’s design aesthetic could be best described as playful, romantic, herb-y, and fragrant. In addition to creating florals for intimate weddings, Katie and her team host incredible workshops worldwide for florists and other creatives to explore the art of floral design. Ponderosa & Thyme continues to offer wedding and event services, specializing in intimate and heartfelt experiences.

With a heart for education, Katie has been teaching floral design since 2014, serving clients across the globe. Flowers are a language of their own, and while teaching in English, Katie is able to cross cultures with her thoughtful and emotional approach. Just as comfortable teaching the basics as she is pushing experienced professionals to expand their creative boundaries, Katie loves to help people grow, discover, and connect.

 


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 and have taught extensively throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Bermuda, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Belgium, Korea, Oman, India, N. Ireland and Costa Rica. Hitomi’s biggest pleasure in life is, ‘SHARING EVERYTHING I KNOW’!!

She began her flower career as a greenhouse grower. Satsuki Growers grew bedding plants, specializing in Fuchsias (over 350 varieties), Bedding Plants & Tropical Plants. She then opened and operated Satsuki’s, a retail plant store in Mission, British Columbia, which then later became a flower shop in its 28 years of retail business. She has been involved in floral education throughout her career, and took steps to focus on teaching after selling her retail store. She currently works with her son, Colin Gilliam in an Event & Education business, DESIGN358. Hitomi has lectured, taught and been awarded 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 founder of the Annual ‘Survival of the Creative Minds’ Conference in Taos, New Mexico.

Her company, DESIGN358 is the founder of the biennial ‘Trend Summit’ Conference. Hitomi actively promotes FLOWERS as the perfect educational tool for consumer awareness for Nature and Art, an essential connection necessary to the ongoing concerns for our environment.


Holly Chapple will be presenting at Florabundance Design Days 2018Holly Chapple (Lucketts, Virginia)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

Holly started her home based wedding and event floral design studio 24 years ago. Being a home based event designer allowed Holly the opportunity to stay at home and raise her 7 children. In August of 2011 her husband Evan joined the company offering lighting, drapes and event design support. Evan now develops many the props Holly designs. The HHC studio services weddings and special events in the Washington DC area, as well as destination weddings.

In 2010 Holly founded the Chapel Designers, a collective with members/designers all over the world. The Chapel Designer organization has received international recognition for its efforts to support and educate designers who service weddings and special events. Chapel Designer workshops and conferences are held throughout the year in several countries and across the United States. Holly has shared her expertise through these conferences in Russia, Australia, London, New York City, California and several other USA cities. Holly, along with several of the Chapel Designers, designed the flowers for

The Knot Dream Wedding in 2014 at the Biltmore Estate. In 2015 Holly Chapple was chosen as a Martha Stewart top wedding floral designer. In addition her work can be seen in numerous print and online publications. On July 30th 2015, Holly and Evan purchased a 25 acre farm that they named Hope. Hope Flower Farm is a flower art farm and Bed & Breakfast. Designers and educators from around the world will be gathering at Hope Flower Farm for educational workshops and art installations. Hope Farm is also available for weddings, special events and photo shoots.

In October 2017, it was announced that Holly and Syndicate Sales have partnered up to create a collection of products bearing her name. The Holly Heider Chapple Exclusively for Syndicate Sales collection brings Holly’s game-changing “egg” and “pillow” mechanics to the floral forefront, along with a signature collection of coordinating vases. The Holly Heider Chapple Exclusively for Syndicate Sales collection became available January 2018.


Alicia Schwede with David Austin Garden RosesAlicia 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 Better Homes & Gardens, Rocky Mountain Bride, Luxe Mountain Weddings, The Knot and Style Me Pretty and in her book Bella Bouquets.

Alicia joined forces with Shawn Chamberlain to create the flowers for Nikki & Pete’s Wedding in Utah, Nikki is the daughter of Florabundance owners, Joost and Alex Bongaerts. See Nikki & Pete’s Wedding featured in Luxe Mountain Weddings.

 

 

 

 

 


Shawn Chamberlain The Full Bloom Utah WeddingShawn Chamberlain (Park City, Utah)
www.thefullbloom.org

Shawn Chamberlain is the founder and director of The Full Bloom, a nonprofit organization who’s mission is to improve the mental and emotional health of individuals dealing with death, terminal illness, and other life changing illnesses and conditions. Shawn blends her two passions seamlessly in her work with the non profit – flowers and people. She loves to inspire others to share joy and kindness through her work. Shawn’s non profit has been featured on industry podcasts and sites such as CBS Inside Edition, USAtoday, upworthy.com and People magazine, to name a few. In addition to her non profit, she is also a floral designer and business owner of the design studio: Flower Bar Co.

Her design work has been featured in: Rocky Mountain Bride, Luxe Mountain Weddings, The Florists Review and others.
She was the lead designer for the Flower Man himself daughter’s wedding in the Utah Mountains last fall. See Nikki & Pete’s Wedding featured in Luxe Mountain Weddings.

She will share with you the value of our work in the industry and the value, connection and compassion that service brings to those that receive it, but also those that are performing it.

 


Shane Meehan Oak and Fig FloralShane Meehan (Buckley, Washington)
www.oakandfigfloral.com

Shane has been the owner and lead designer of Oak and Fig Floral (formerly Diamond Event Planning and Floral) since 2007 and has expanded into two states (Washington and Montana).

A graduate of Floral Design Institute, Shane has quickly evolved into an awe-inspiring event designer. He is tireless in his search for unique materials, eccentric structures and unconventional venues perfectly fitted to his clients.

This year, Oak and Fig was awarded Best Florist by South Sound Magazine and Shane was named Top 35 under 35 by The Florist Review.

Shane’s work has been featured In The Knot, Seattle Bride, Rocky Mountain Bride, Luxe Mountain Magazine and Smitten Magazine.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Florabundance Design Days 2019 6th annual conference took place in Santa Barbara in January. A well attended event filled with designers from around the world, and those designers were surrounded by the most beautiful flowers available!
Design sessions were lead by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, Holly Chapple, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, and Brian Watson of Myrtie Blue. Sharing a few highlights below from the design sessions with Kiana, Holly and Brian — all of these photographs are by Corbin Gurkin.

Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

Upclose of the beautiful flowers attendees of Florabundance Design Days had the pleasure of working with — even in the winter month of January!

Joost Bongaerts Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

Joost Bongaerts, fearless leader of Florabundance, goofs around with Corbin while she photographs him in the light pouring in the window. Large scale floral design by Holly Chapple.

Hands-on floral design experience at Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

The attendees of Florabundance Design Days take to their design tables for creating their centerpieces following Holly Chapple’s presentation.

Floral arrangement by Kelly Jo Smith at Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

Lush arrangement designed by Kelly Jo Smith following the design presentation by Holly Chapple. For the base of the design the attendees had the chance to use Holly’s compote and pillow from her products line with Syndicate Sales.

Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin. Design by Sarah Drury.

Sarah Drury’s floral centerpiece following the presentation from Holly Chapple.

Kiana Underwood of Tulipina presenting at Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

Kiana Underwood of Tulipina discusses the details of her design philosophy with the workshop attendees while creating a floral arrangement.

Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin. Floral Design by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina in progress.

Kiana’s arrangement in progress and photographed on the design bench during her presentation.

Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin. Floral design by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina.

Kiana’s finished design from her presentation.

Floral Arrangement by Hetty Shurtleff Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

Hetty Shurtleff’s floral design following Kiana of Tulipina’s floral design presentation.

Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin. Floral Design by Tyler Speier.

Tyler Speier’s finished arrangement from the floral design presentation of Brian Watson of Myrtie Blues.

Floral arrangement by Holly Chapple at  Florabundance Design Days 2019, Santa Barbara, California. Photographs by Corbin Gurkin.

Holly Chapple’s large design photographed by Corbin. Holly demonstrated how to use the largest Pillow from her product line with Syndicate Sales.

This past September Nicolien “Nikki” Bongaerts, daughter of Joost & Alexandra Bongaerts married her love, Pete, in a beautiful, flower filled ceremony in Alta, Utah.

Florists’ Review Magazine shared the story of the wedding in their December 2018 issue. The article was written by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs who, along with Shawn Chamberlain of Flower Bar Co., were the principal floral designers of the wedding.

We are pleased to share the article with you here:

Florabundance Wholesale Flowers. Owner of Florabundance Wholesale Joost Bongaerts' daughter Nikki  gets married in Alta, Utah. Floral designers for the event are Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs and Bella Fiori and Shawn Chamberlain of Flower Bar. co.

Florabundance Wholesale Flowers. Owner of Florabundance Wholesale Joost Bongaerts' daughter Nikki  gets married in Alta, Utah. Floral designers for the event are Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs and Bella Fiori and Shawn Chamberlain of Flower Bar. co.  -- Alicia adds stock to the flower lined ceremony aisle. For rehearsal dinner orange tulips are on display to signify the family's Dutch heritage.

Florabundance Wholesale Flowers. Owner of Florabundance Wholesale Joost Bongaerts' daughter Nikki  gets married in Alta, Utah. Floral designers for the event are Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs and Bella Fiori and Shawn Chamberlain of Flower Bar. co.  After the wedding celebrations conclude floral designer Shawn of Full Bloom repurposes the flowers into vases and delivers them to Hospice Care Hospitals.

 

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 14-16, 2019. We are excited to share our venue is the Santa Barbara wedding destination location, the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club, with outdoor patios, rustic & historical architecture, fireplaces, and a full stage. The area is lush and green with much local flora and fauna. There is plenty of room for us to work and play with our flowers.

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: Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, PFCI, Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Brian Watson of Myrtie Blue, Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs, and Jessica Zimmerman.
*Celebrated as an industry TOP PHOTOGRAPHER, Corbin Gurkin will be joining us during Design Days 2019. This is an experience you cannot miss!

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

Included:
– All cut flowers used during the event and design sessions
– Seven Unique Design & Educational Sessions (including all necessary materials)
– Professional photos of your curated designs
– Daily lunch and a wonderful closing dinner
– Opening Night Meet & Greet plus Wine Tasting at the Fess Parker Resort, Sunday, January 13th in the evening.
– $250.00 flower credit to be applied to your first or next floral order with Florabundance, to be used after the completion of Design Days 2019..
– Tour of Florabundance including breakfast, product presentations, and networking opportunities
– Transportation to and from the Fess Parker Resort to the event locations (by bus)
– Transportation from the airport provided by Fess Parker Resort (arranged with the resort)

Registration is now open for 2019!
Register for Design Days 2019 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 13th through the 17th 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:


 
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, an internationally renowned floral design studio that specializes in creating bespoke experiences for luxury weddings and events. Her use of unique color combinations and floral varieties draws admirers and floral designers from all over the world to her sold-out workshops. Her debut book, Color Me Floral, covers the secrets to designing show-stopping monochromatic arrangements for each season. She splits her time between California and New York, with her husband, Nathan, and their three children.

Kiana’s work can be seen in NY Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Elle Spose, Country Living, Marie Claire, Flower Magazine, Couture Flowers, French Country Style, California Homes, Town and Country, 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.

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.

 


 
Holly Chapple will be presenting at Florabundance Design Days 2018Holly Chapple (Lucketts, Virginia)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

Holly started her home based wedding and event floral design studio 24 years ago. Being a home based event designer allowed Holly the opportunity to stay at home and raise her 7 children. In August of 2011 her husband Evan joined the company offering lighting, drapes and event design support. Evan now develops many the props Holly designs. The HHC studio services weddings and special events in the Washington DC area, as well as destination weddings.

In 2010 Holly founded the Chapel Designers, a collective with members/designers all over the world. The Chapel Designer organization has received international recognition for its efforts to support and educate designers who service weddings and special events. Chapel Designer workshops and conferences are held throughout the year in several countries and across the United States. Holly has shared her expertise through these conferences in Russia, Australia, London, New York City, California and several other USA cities. Holly, along with several of the Chapel Designers, designed the flowers for

The Knot Dream Wedding in 2014 at the Biltmore Estate. In 2015 Holly Chapple was chosen as a Martha Stewart top wedding floral designer. In addition her work can be seen in numerous print and online publications. On July 30th 2015, Holly and Evan purchased a 25 acre farm that they named Hope. Hope Flower Farm is a flower art farm and Bed & Breakfast. Designers and educators from around the world will be gathering at Hope Flower Farm for educational workshops and art installations. Hope Farm is also available for weddings, special events and photo shoots.

In October 2017, it was announced that Holly and Syndicate Sales have partnered up to create a collection of products bearing her name. The Holly Heider Chapple Exclusively for Syndicate Sales collection brings Holly’s game-changing “egg” and “pillow” mechanics to the floral forefront, along with a signature collection of coordinating vases. The Holly Heider Chapple Exclusively for Syndicate Sales collection became available January 2018.

 
 


 
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, Flutter, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jessica Zimmerman of Zimmerman Events, Arkansas Wedding PlannerJessica Zimmerman (Conway, Arkansas)
www.zimmermanevents.com

Jessica Zimmerman is the founder of ZIMMERMAN. Jessica’s design work has been featured in People, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Southern Living, and many more. While Jessica is known for her organic and unrestrained design style, she is best known in the floral industry for her business skills. Her course, The Business Behind the Blooms, has helped turn thousands of floral designers into profitable business owners!

Jessica loves what she does in her studio, because it gives her the opportunity to invest in what she loves outside of her studio. Her husband, Brian, is her partner in all things life. Together they have a daughter, Stella, and twin boys, Perry and Zeke – a full home and even fuller hearts! Jessica is also a passionate traveler, a lover of the adventure it brings along with the chance to be exposed to all this beautiful world has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 


 
Corbin Gurkin - PhotographerCorbin Gurkin (Charleston, South Carolina)
www.corbingurkin.com

Corbin Gurkin will be joining Florabundance Design Days as the official photographer.

Corbin has photographed weddings in places as diverse as California’s wine country, the striking beaches of Thailand, beloved Paris, country estates in Ireland, and the hillside villages of Tuscany. Her work has been regularly featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Town & Country, and she’s captured PDN’s Top Knots Wedding Photography grand prize award. True to her wanderlust spirit, Corbin shares her time between Charleston, South Carolina, Southern California, and New England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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!!

florabundance inspirational design days 2017
 

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: Ariella Chezar, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD PFCI, 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!

Included:
– 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.

Hotel Reservations:
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:


Ariella Chezar will be a speaker at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2017 which will take place at Lotusland in Santa Barbara CaliforniaAriella Chezar (Berkshires, Massachusetts)
http://ariellaflowers.com

Ariella Chezar grew up in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Her mother was an avid artist and encouraged her and her sister to appreciate the natural world, and to see and seek beauty in everything.

Ariella Chezar is the author of “The Flower Workshop” and “Flowers for the Table”; she is a master floral designer whose work has graced the covers and pages of Martha Stewart Living, O Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Town and Country, and many more. She is a sought after teacher and lecturer and has designed flower arrangements for the Obama White House. A leader in the “farm-to-flower” movement, Ariella has a flower farm in Ghent, N.Y. where she grows blossoms for herself and leading N.Y. floral designers.

 
 
 
 
 
 


Hitomi Gilliam AIFDHitomi Gilliam AIFD (Vancouver, British Columbia)
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

 


Amy Osaba Floral Designer Florabundance Design DaysAmy Osaba (Atlanta, Georgia)
www.amyosaba.com

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.

Working with some of the industry’s most fiercely talented industry leaders, trendsetters, and widely acclaimed experts, Amy’s work was pushed to the forefront, which has allowed her work to be featured in publications including, Martha Stewart Magazine, Southern Weddings, Pacific Coast Weddings, Weddings Unveiled, Flower Magazine, Brides Magazine, NBC, HGTV, Southern Living, Utterly Engaged and blogs such as OnceWed, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Snippit and Ink, Design*Sponge among others.

Amy is excited to talk to the Florabundance design days attendees again this year, introducing some of her and her company’s innovative ways of bridging the art of business with the creative mind.


Francoise WeeksFrancoise Weeks (Portland, Oregon)
www.francoiseweeks.com

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 - Megan Sorel PhotographyHolly Chapple (Lucketts, Virginia)
www.hollychappleflowers.com

Holly Heider Chapple founded her wedding and event floral design business 24 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 29 years of marriage this January and are the proud parents of seven wonderful children ranging in age from 7 to 29.


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 Photography & Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Emily Carter Floral Design Maine
Lobiloo Software for FloristsEmily Carter (Maine)

www.lobiloo.com

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.


David and Leanne KesslerLeanne & David Kessler (Portland, Oregon)
www.floraldesigninstitute.com

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.

 

 

 

 


We are thrilled to have our 4th Annual Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2016 featured in the April issue of Flowers& Magazine.

This featured article captures the spirit of Florabundance Design Days and supports our goal to inspire and educate floral designers from around the world! Florabundance Design Days is all about bringing students together with world renown designers in fabulous venues to apply different design techniques using the most spectacular cut flowers available.

The 2017 Florabundance Inspirational Design days will be held January 9-11 at beautiful Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA. If you would like to attend or register an employee please follow this link to the item in our online store.
We guarantee that our 5th Annual Florabundance Design Days will fill up fast!!

Florabundance Design Days featured in Flowers& Magazine

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Featured in Flowers& Magazine, David Austin Garden Roses, Alicia Schwede with Flirty Fleurs Blog

Florabundance Design Days and Flowers& Magazine, Holly Chapple of the Chapel Designers, Francoise Weeks, and Hitomi Gilliam AIFD

Florabundance Design Days and Flowers& Magazine, Francoise Weeks and Susan McLeary

Florabundance Design Days featured in Flowers& -  Hitomi Gilliam AIFD

 

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 -
CalFlowers
David Austin Roses
Design Master
FedEx
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
CallaCo
Central California Flower Growers
David and Leanne Kessler AIFD
Dream Foundation – Flower Empower
Elan Event Rentals
Fresca Farms
Green Valley Floral
Groflowers
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.

Florabundance Holland Design Days 2016
Florabundance Design Days Holland

 

 

We are excited to announce a Holland Inspirational Design Days Event!

Here at Florabundance we believe in making the learning process of floral design fun and interesting by hosting events in spectacular locations that encourage inspiration, creativity and collaboration. We would like to invite professional floral designers to join us April 22-27, 2016 for an unique and unforgettable experience in the world’s flower capital – Holland.

We will arrive in Amsterdam on Friday,  April 22, 2016. That evening be treated to a sunset cruise around the famed Amsterdam canals while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

Rise and shine the next morning and be whisked off to view the Bloemen Corso (flower parade). Yes, a flower parade! The annual Bollenstreek Flower Parade takes place thru the bulb fields and often includes 20 floats and 30 wagons richly decorated with flowers. The 2016 theme is Flowers & Fashion.
Next we visit the Black Tulip Museum and learn about the introduction of the tulip to the Netherlands in 1594. At one time tulip bulbs were worth more than gold!
We will visit with Master Floral Designer Els Hazenberg AIFD and enjoy a private exhibit of her botanical oil paintings. Well known floral designer, Els, has been a Rose Parade judge and an active floral designer in the US for over 35 years in AFS.

 

Bloemen Corso - Els Hazenberg AIFD

 

 

Sunday we will enjoy a day strolling around the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, filled with beautiful display gardens and floral design installations. For those of you that have dreamed of riding a bike thru the tulip fields, your dream will come true on this day! An optional bike ride will be available!

 

Keukenhof Hyacinths

 

 

Monday will be every Floral Designer’s dream! We hit the ground running with a visit to the must-see Aalsmeer Flower Auction! Visit the trendy supply house PTMD and be inspired by the latest in Dutch hard goods. And, enjoy a personal tour and lunch with Dutch Flower exporter, Holex.

 

Holex, Aalsmeer, and PTMD

 

Monday afternoon we will begin our design sessions with the amazing floral designer Ariella Chezar! Ariella will be presenting a hands-on floral design workshop of Bridal Bouquets, A Dutch Masters inspired table arrangement, and a large scale floral arrangement.

 

Monday evening we will dine in a converted greenhouse – Restaurant De Kas. The greenhouse had been abandoned and was slated for demolition when top chef Gert Jan Hageman took over the property and turned it into a beautiful restaurant which specializes in working with local ingrediants.

 

De Kas Restaurant in Amsterdam

 

On Tuesday our hands-on design time continues with Ariella Chezar. The day will be spent at the converted greenhouse Arendshoeve, the perfect location to be inspired in! Ariella will continue her demonstration of Bridal Bouquets, A Dutch Masters inspired table arrangement, and a large scale floral arrangement.

 

Arendshoeve Greenhouse in Holland

 

The Details:

  • 6 Days/5 nights at the 4 star boutique hotel – Sir Albert Amsterdam
  • Hands-on floral design classes with Ariella Chezar
  • Private Canal Cruise at Sunset
  • View the Flowerbulb Parade – Bloemen Corso
  • Visit the Black Tulip Museum
  • Private showing by Els Hazenberg AIFD Botanical Paintings
  • Visit and tour Keukenhof Gardens
  • Optional bike ride through the bulb fields
  • See the Aalsmeer Flower Auction in action
  • Visit to trendy supply house PTMD
  • Tour and lunch with Holex Flower Export
  • Dinner at Restaurant De Kas
  • All transportation while in Holland is included
  • Optional Day – Wednesday, April 27th is Kings Day and everything in the Netherlands is decorated in the color Orange.

 

Join us in the Netherlands this April 22-27, 2016 and be sure to be inspired, for more information and to register please click this link.

Have questions? Email the host, Joost directly at joost@florabundance.com

 

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!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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