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Fall Flower Shows and Festivals 2016

Are you a flower enthusiast? If you are, here are three flower events in the fall that you should know about! Grab some of your friends and plan a trip to see some beautiful flower displays.

Phipps PlayGardens – Pittsburg, PA

This garden show is perfect for families! The Phipps’ Summer Flower Show: Playgardens comes alive with the colors of summer with each room offering interactive features.

“From the brilliant red hibiscus to the eccentric Amaranthus tricolor, each plant has its own personality – and they all come together in awe-inspiring displays that offer something for everyone. A bronze statue of Mercury will stand prominently in Palm Court, where you can record memories of their visit in shared journals. Children will interact with the gardens like never before with Rube Goldberg-inspired machines in our winding Serpentine Room.”

The Summer Flower Show runs through October 2. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (2 – 18). Members and kids under 2 enter free.  

Visit Phipps PlayGardens website to learn more about their Summer Flower Show and how to plan your visit!

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FSN to Attend the NIA Florists 2014 Design Program

J-SchwankeAre you planning to attend the Niagra International Association of Florists Design Program?

The event will be held this Sunday, March 30th at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagra Falls, ON. They have a full day of events planned including talks from award-winning speaker J Schwanke AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI and a stellar lunch buffet. The theme will be “Trend Concepts for Everyday, Wedding & Special Events,” and at the end of the day, there will be Raffle Prize Drawings!

Come Visit Us!

This is the first time that Flower Shop Network has attended this event, and we are excited to make the trip! Be sure to stop by our booth and chat with Diane O’Rourke and Guy Laurin for all kinds of company info and some pretty nice free swag, if we do say so ourselves.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s no time like the present! Pre-registration is encouraged and tickets will be a bit more pricey at the door. So click over to the NIA Florists website, and we’ll see you on Sunday!

North Carolina State Florist Association Convention 2012

North Carolina State Florist Association Convention 2012 Tropical Tiki Flowers at the North Carolina State Florist Convention

We had the wonderful opportunity over the weekend to attend the North Carolina State Florist Association Annual Convention themed “Fantasies, Dream, Imagine and Create.” Florists took this theme to heart as they created imaginative and whimsical designs.

Attendees were treated a very unique competitions, including: Body-fashion flowers, headdress-hat competition, a mask contest, a miniature contest and also a talent contest! That’s just a few examples of the agenda at the NCSFA show.

Flower Shop Network booth - Fairy Flowers

Even the Flower Shop Network booth was in on the fantasy. Our booth flowers was one of the most unusual flower displays we’ve ever had. Derek from Young’s Florist from Kernersville, NC did an incredible job on this massive fairy garden. You can see the little mushrooms in the middle, butterflies, fairy houses and even fairies! (More detailed pictures of our fairy garden display will be featured in the very blog soon!)

See all the pictures we took at the North Carolina State Florist Convention below:

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South Carolina Florist Association Convention 2012

We had such a blast at the South Carolina Florist Association‘s annual convention this past weekend! The show was themed “Inspiration for Innovation” and it was just that. With great presentations, competitions and opportunities for networking, this was the place to be for florists.

Bernard of Rosewood Florist, Columbia SC Flower Shop Network Trade Show Booth

Check out the amazing floral design in the Flower Shop Network Booth! It was created by Bernard (pictured left) from Rosewood Florist in Columbia, SC. It was filled with lush hydrangeas, gorgeous gladiolus, bells of Ireland, roses and much more!

FSN Booth Arrangement

Here is a closer view of the FSN booth arrangement before it was put into the booth.

Streetlight Flowers For Competition Streetlight Flowers For Competition

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Spring Flower Shows & Conventions

Have you started planning your schedule for the 2012 flower shows and florist conventions?? It’s only January, but the list of great shows this year is filling up! If you want to see the most incredible floral ART possible, learn edge-winning design techniques, have a whole lot of fun and fill up on inspiration, attending a floral convention is a MUST!

Take a look at these great upcoming shows!

JANUARY 2012 — Floral Conventions and Flower Shows

January 22, 2012: The Florida State Florists’ Association Design Summit will be held this year at Oscar G. Carlstedts Co. Wholesale, Pensacola, FL. Florists and guests are welcome to attend.

Flower Shop Network at the Texas State Florist Convention 2011FEBRUARY 2012 — Floral Conventions and Flower Shows

February 3 – 5, 2012: The Kentucky Florists’ Association 55th Annual Convention will be held at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort, KY. Florists and guests are welcome to attend.

February 8 – 12, 2012: The Northwest Flower & Garden Show will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Florists and guests are welcome to attend.

February 9 – 12, 2012: The Maymont Flower & Garden Show will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA. Florists and guests are welcome to attend.

February 23 – 26, 2012: The Road Island Spring Flower & Garden Show will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. Florists and guests are welcome to attend.

MARCH 2012 — Floral Conventions and Flower Shows

March 2 – 4, 2012: The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show will be held at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, AR. Florists who are members as well as non-member florists are welcome to attend.

March 2 – 4, 2012: The 2012 Great Lakes Expo will be held at the DeVos Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Florists and other industry professionals are welcome to attend.

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Great Lakes Floral Expo – We’ll See You There!

Great Lakes Floral ExpoThe Great Lakes Floral Expo

Friday March 4th — Sunday March 6th, 2011

DeVos Center – Grand Rapids, MI

Just a reminder, the Great Lakes Floral Expo is coming up THIS WEEKEND!

The Great Lakes Floral Expo is one of the nation’s premier floral shows. Hosted by the Michigan Floral Association and held at the DeVos Center in Grand Rapids. This show is a must attend event to those in the floral industry. This event is unique in the floral industry because it is held in conjunction with the West Michigan Home and Garden Show and there are events for the general public.

The Michigan Floral Association brings together the TALENT of floral industry experts to showcase today’s top trends and the up-to-date information all florists need to know. Come join us and see every show! For more information, visit their website.

The Flower Shop Network crew will be there!
Be sure to visit our booth at the trade show! We can’t wait to meet you!

Flower Shop Network Is On The Road Again!

Unique Christmas Decoration from the AIFD Boston Symposium

Flower Shop Network is on the road again! This weekend, August 6-8th, we will be at the TSFA/CTPFA Convention in Franklin, TN. The Tennessee State Florists’ Association and Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association have came together to produce this fabulous show!

It will be the Tennessee State Florist’s Association’s 58th annual convention, and the Central Tennessee Professional Florists’ Association’s 35th annual Christmas show.

We expect to learn lots and get in the mood for Christmas! (Ahh!) As always, we will pass along all we learn to you, the florists!

We’d love to meet you! Let us know if you’re going to be there, post a comment below..

Photos from the 2010 Texas State Florist Association Convention

This past weekend, July 23-25, Flower Shop Network had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Texas State Florist Association Convention in San Marcos, Texas. The theme was “The Green Life” and we learned a lot about what it means to be ‘green’ in the floral industry.

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Interview With MNSFA President Kym Erickson at the TSFA Convention
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Interview With Kym Erickson At The Texas State Florists Association Convention — “The Green Life”

Mandy Maxwell, FSN and Kym Erickson

Mandy Maxwell, from Flower Shop Network, sets down Kym Erickson at the Texas State Florists Association Convention to discuss her take-aways from the floral show. Lots of great presenters, and fantastic new info for even the most veteran florist.

Kym also talks about her work with the Minnesota State Florists Association and their upcoming conference in October. Maybe you were too far from Texas to attend this one, but there is sure to be a floral convention in YOUR area! It is important to attend these shows, not only for you as a designer, but also for the floral industry all together.

Interview With Patrick Berry At The Texas State Florists Association Convention — “The Green Life”

Mandy Maxwell from FSN interviewing Patrick Berry, Upcoming Texas State Florists Association VP

Over the weekend, Flower Shop Network attended the 2010 Texas State Florist Association‘s conference “The Green Life.” We had the wonderful opportunity to catch a quick interview with the upcoming TSFA Vice President, Patrick Berry. Here he talks about this years theme and what it takes to put on such an incredible show. He also stresses the importance of coming to shows like this for local florists. We hope to see you at next years event!

Or, watch on Flower Shop Network’s YouTube Channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!