AIFD – Denver – 2015

This past July I attended the AIFD Symposium which was held in Denver, Colorado.
Today and tomorrow I will be sharing some of the highlights –

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I was pleased as punch to receive a PRESS pass! We do not have enough floral events in the USA with a press pass, if you ask me!! It does say Arlington, VA instead of Arlington, WA .. oh well.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and Joost of Florabundance

Joost from Florabundance was in attendance and we had a great chat with Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Hitomi will be presenting at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days this January in Santa Barbara, so it was really great to get to know her and talk about the show in January!!

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I took this picture to give you an idea of the whole setup. The symposium took place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. The room was setup with about 700 chairs. Well, about 700 people were in attendance is what I was told by one person. The programs take place up on the stage and they have quite the elaborate lighting system for the presentation. They also have videographers on stage so closeups of the designs in progress can be viewed on two screens which are at both sides of the stage. If you decide to attend an AIFD symposium in the future I would highly recommend bringing a sweater – I got quite chilly sitting still in a ballroom.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

Jenny Thomasson AIFD takes to the stage and presents on “Plants: The Road Less Traveled”. I quite enjoyed the wall she created.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 -  Wall of plants designed by Jenny Thomasson AIFD

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Here’s an overview shot of Susan Ayala AIFD stage setup. She did a program on “Legacy … A Sympathy Tribute of Designs”. This is one of the three vignettes she had designed.

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Quite an interesting shawl, right?
I believe this was designed by John Haines AIFD, please do correct me if I’m mistaken!

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AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

My favorite program was given by Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, “Sudachi”. He designed beautiful, artistic pieces that I found quite inspiring.

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

AIFD Symposium Denver 2015 - Yoshimi Nakayama of Japan, "Sudachi"

Also, I would like to give a shoutout to my friend Ellen Seagraves! Ellen resides in Maryland. Ellen and her friends from Maryland invited me to lunch each day and it was so fun to chat with the ladies about all we had seen at symposium!!

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  1. Such fun to see you there Alicia!