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Florabundance Inspirational Design Days Floral Design Conference In Santa Barbara California

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2020

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 2020. We are excited to announce 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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) |

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)

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, 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)

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.

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