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2012 AIFD Symposium – An Unforgettable Experience

One of the florists in our network had the marvelous opportunity to attend the AIFD National Symposium in Miami and has shared her story with us. Lori Himes, AIFD, CFD from A’Bloom LTD in Walkersville MD tells us all about this once-in-a-lifetime floral experience.

AIFD Fun Arrangement Interesting Floral Design, AIFD 2012 Symposium

“Caliente means Hot, it was in Miami.. but it was hotter here [Maryland] than in Miami,” Says Lori.

“My first [symposium] was in California. And that was what… 5 years ago?” Lori has been hooked every since. And why not? The AIFD Symposium is one of the biggest floral design shows in the world. Lori not only attended this year’s conference, but also helped out behind the scenes.

WOW - AIFD Symposium

“We did probably $100k worth of decor before we were done. That’s something I’ll never get to help with again in my life. [Read more…]

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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Trend Alert: Sushi Flowers!

Sushi lover or not, you have to appreciate the care, artistry and composition a sushi chef puts into their work. Sushi is quickly becoming one of the trendiest foods around! Even if you don’t like eating the raw-fish rolls, you can still get your hands on cute sushi gear — from stuffed animals to jump drives — sushi is invading pop culture!

Don’t forget our favorite way to use sushi — in trendy floral designs! Check out these great sushi-themed flowers we saw at floral shows this summer:

This dynamic design uses greens and flowers as sushi rolls. They recycled stems and wired them on as chopsticks! This design is very impressive and so easy to do! Great way to get some use out of those to-short, scrap flowers! The tray he selected works great for the presentation. You might also consider inexpensive plates (especially in unique shapes), lined box lids, bamboo-style place mats, simple wooden blocks and almost any container with an Asian-theme.

This design takes sushi flowers in a completely different style! You can see the little box of sushi, but also individual rolls are on the bamboo place mat. The rolls are very simple to do too — just wrap your flower heads in leaves (water pick or use a small block of floral foam for water source). This designer used chopsticks for this sushi floral design. These sushi roll flowers make GREAT hostess gifts! Plus your computer guy’s nerdy girlfriend would love these geek flowers (I would)!

Not familiar with sushi? Do a quick Google image search for sushi and you will see hundreds of styles you can interpret into floral designs!

Florists, sushi designs are easy and small. Try a sushi flowers promotion! Send a couple of little example arrangements to areas you know will be frequented by teens to college students, perhaps a college student center, movie theater lobby, or your local sushi bar! Display with a card telling about your promotion. (Also, promote it on Facebook!) To really hit with the young people, offer several size and price options.

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2010 Southern Retail Florists Convention Promo Video

Over the weekend, Flower Shop Network attended the 61st annual Southern Retail Florists Convention in Concord, North Carolina. While there, we saw hundreds of unique and creative floral designs, learned lots at the symposium presentations and hands-on workshops, and were inspired by the design interpretations of the prestigious Harwood Cup Competition.

I will be posting blogs all this week highlighting some of the great ideas we got to see and learn about at the event — bridal bouquet trends, sushi flowers, mini arrangements — Plus great coverage of the unique Harwood Cup Floral Design Interpretation Competition, and much, much more!
These events are very important for florists to come out and enjoy! Get in touch with YOUR industry – support your floral shows!

2010 Louisiana State Florists Convention

Recently, the Louisianan State Florists wrapped up their latest convention in Alexandria, LA. This is the 71st annual Louisiana State Florists Convention! (Wow, great job guys!)

The theme of the show was “Survivor” and everyone did a little monkeying around. Attendants had a blast with the hands-on workshops and contests. Congratulations to all the winners!

Check out some of the photos from the Louisiana State Florist Convention:

Find more photos on the Louisiana Florists Association’s Facebook Page

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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..

AIFD National Symposium Photos, Boston MA

Flower Shop Network is proud to show you photos from our latest adventure! AIFD’s National Symposium in Boston MA gave us the opportunity to photograph some of today’s greatest floral artist’s designs! Check them out and be sure to comment!
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