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Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market 2008

Florists, designers and gift shop managers should get excited as the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is set to take place once again from July 8-16, 2008. Make plans to attend as the permanent and temporary exhibits provide excellent ideas for fashioning new floral designs, providing creative home décor in your store or home, and allow a convenient time to network with other Atlanta florists and local designers.

More information can be found at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market website.

No Rest For The Weary – Florists Are Busy With Conventions

Although Valentine’s Day 2008 is over, the next two weeks is a busy time for many florists. Several florists’ conventions are taking place February 29th through March 9th.

The Northeast Floral Expo will be celebrating its 75th year, February 29th –March 2nd in Hartford Connecticut. Florists attending have the opportunity to attend workshops, programs and a trade fair. Some of the Flower Shop Network staff have their bags packed and are ready to go.

Florists from Georgia attending the Georgia State Florists Association Convention February 29th – March 2nd in Atlanta Georgia. Florists will have the opportunity to network with others from across the state.

Florists from Michigan can attend the Michigan Florists’ Association Spring Conference and Great lakes Floral Expo February 29th – March 3rd in Grand Rapids Michigan. Florists will have the opportunity to enjoy many activities all revolving around the “Visionary Concepts For A Bright Future” theme

Florists from Illinois can attend the Illinois State Florists Association Conference March 6th-9th in Springfield Illinois. Florists will have the opportunity to attend workshops, competitions and other useful programs.

Although many florists are exhausted from the Valentine’s Day holiday, they can’t pass up the excellent opportunity to network and learn the latest floral trends. So for all of you attending these great conferences, remember its not all work at the conventions – you get to play quite a bit, too.  For those of you attending the Northeast Floral Expo our network coordinators look forward to seeing you. In fact if you stop by the Flower Shop Network  trade show booth, we have a great totes bag to give you.

Imagine That! Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta Georgia.

2008 is just around the corner and with it comes a new year of flower and garden shows. Kicking off the fun filled year are the flowers in Atlanta, Georgia at the Southeastern Flower Show, starting January 30th and ending February 3rd. For more than two decades, the Southeastern Flower Show has been an inspiration to flowers lovers and garden enthusiasts alike; this year will no doubt be exceptionally inspirational with the theme: Imagine That.

The Southeastern Flower Show is an extravaganza of professionally landscaped gardens displays, floral and gardening demonstrations, speakers, family activities and a retail marketplace. During the show competitions will be held in floral design, horticulture, landscape and photography. Highlights of the 21st annual Southwestern Flower Show are the floral and gardening demonstrations, amateur and professional floral designs, and the speakers. These nationally acclaimed and local speakers will offer their expertise on landscaping, cooking, flower arranging, recycling and more.

There are many exceptional speakers and demonstrations on tap for the show. Here are a few of the ones I think would be interesting:

  • Mimi’s Mechanics by Mimi Brown, floral designer for Flower Magazine
  • Jean Stanback Brumley Memorial Lecture:”Behind the Scenes at Chelsea” by Richard Beales, Show Designer for Peter Beales Roses and designer of fifteen Gold Medal-winning gardens at Chelsea Flower Show
  • Cooking from the Garden: Chef Richard Roettgen of Via
  • Peter Loewer, author of The New Landscape: Gardening in Containers
  • “Arranging Fabulous Flowers” by Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes of Parties to Die For
  • “Phenomenal Flower Arranging” by Darryl Wiseman of Darryl Wiseman Flowers
  • Celebrity Floral Arranging Competition
  • Linda Chapin, author of Field Guide to Rare Plants of Georgia

If you live in the Atlanta GA area or plan to visit the area during January 30-February 3, Check out The Southeastern Flower Show. I am sure it will be a delightful way to spend the day. I, unfortunately, will not be able to attend and must live vicariously through others. So, send me pictures and comments if you attend and I’ll post them on the blog. That way those of us who can’t attend can still enjoy the wonders of the Southeastern Flower Show.

Ticket Information for the Southeastern Flower Show