In less then 3 months World Floral Expo will open its doors at LACC, the Los Angeles Convention Center, for its next edition after a successful show last year in Chicago. The trade show already has a total of 104 exhibiting companies at this moment and the projected 150 national and international participating companies is still the expected final number, according to the organizers. Although international flower growers are the biggest component of the trade show exhibitors, the number of US (Californian) participating growers and traders is growing fast and is already touching 25.

“It is not more than logical that the Californian flower industry has a trade show of its own where growers and buyers meet, like in every other important flower producing nation. Actually I am surprised that there was no specialised international cut flower trade show until now in a state where so many flowers are being produced. I am glad that we had the chance to team up with CalFlowers, the Californian Flower Growers & Shippers Association, which for sure will contribute to a much higher participation of Californian, as well as other US states, based flower growers ”. For this purpose a large area has been set apart in the exhibit hall, which will be allocated especially to US floral companies. I see it as a challenge, but also as my job to develop a trade show especially created for the US cut flower industry”.

The number of pre registered flower buyers is higher then ever. Until now almost 250 specialised buyers signed up already to attend, while traditionally most registrations take place after Valentines. “There is a sense of enthousiasm and excitement that California is getting its own international flower trade fair ”. “That, together with having most of the US flower growers in its backyard, will certainly increase the success factor of the show”, concludes Dick van Raamsdonk, spokesman of the fair.

Register here

Flirty Fleurs Workshops

clematis and lilac bouquet The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop
Saturday, January 24, 2015 / 10am to 1pm
The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to design lush hand-tied bouquets. After we design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs. All instruction and fresh flowers are included, please bring your own tools.

Location: 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $250.00 per person
Register Here

Bella Fiori, Wristlet Corsage of a garden rose and piers japonica

A Hands-On Boutonniere & Corsage Design Workshop
Saturday, January 31, 2015 / 10am to 1pm
Would you like to learn more about designing Corsages & Boutonnieres? Then join us for this 3 hour hands-on class where we will focus on wiring and gluing techniques!! We will practice wiring a variety of flowers and use various finishing techniques on boutonnieres. Corsages – we will work on Pin-ons and Wristlet corsages for a variety of looks.

Location: 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $150.00 per person (this class is normally $200, it is on sale for the month of January!)
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Bella Fiori, Pink and Peach Floral Design in Silver Compote

The Compote Floral Arrangement Workshop
Saturday, February 7, 2015 / 10am to 1pm
In this class we’ll discuss how to design a lush, garden style flower arrangement in a compote vessel using chicken wire as the support structure. After the discussion each student will create their own floral arrangement masterpiece using a gorgeous variety of flowers.

Location: 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $250.00 per person
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Bella Fiori, flower crown

A Hands-On Flower Crown Workshop
Saturday, February 21, 2015 / 10am to 12pm
Flower Halos and Hair Pieces are all the rage right now! In this hands-on design class we’ll review ways to construct flower halos with a variety of fresh, seasonal flowers. All instruction, fresh flowers and hard goods are included, please bring your own clippers.

Location: 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $150.00 per person (this class is normally $200, it is on sale for the month of February!)
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Hands-On Two Day Wedding Workshop
Saturday, February 28 & Sunday, March 1, 2015 / 10am to 5pm
Two full days filled with flowers, designing and discussions! In this hands-on workshop we will have design sessions where we will create bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. In addition to design work we will also discuss the business side of booking weddings – including reviewing how to conduct a consultation, how to write a wedding estimate, and details of contracts. We will also discuss websites, blogs and social media. Hand-outs for the business side of the workshop will be included.

Location: 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $500.00 per person
Register Here


Additional Spring 2015 Floral Design Classes are currently being planned.
I will be scheduling a Chuppah & Arch Design Class for either May or June – stay tuned for the date announcement.

If you have a special request please do email and let me know!

{ Questions? Send Alicia an Email }


Christmas Vacation …

Hello dear flower friends,
Well it’s that time of year, time for my two week holiday blogging break. I am taking an extra day this year, hope you don’t mind! I’ll be back here blogging on January 5th.
I will keep sharing pretty pictures & other floral industry news on our facebook page during my blogging break, so be sure to pop by there to get your flower fill!!
Also, I am working on the spring schedule for floral design classes – will be posting those classes soon.

And if you are looking for a treat for yourself or another flower friend — order a copy of our first magazine here
floral design magazine

Amaryllis Inspirations

White Amaryllis Centerpiece

Southern Living - Amaryllis Setting

Red Amaryllis Table Setting

Red and White Amaryllis

Peach Amaryllis

Ken Marten - Amaryllis

Ken Marten

Amaryllis setting on a mantle

Amaryllis Arrangement

Flirty Fleurs Magazine, cont…

Hi Flower Friends,
Yesterday was a big day for Flirty Fleurs with the announcement of our Special Edition Magazine, so big that I feel the magazine garners another post!

Thank you to everyone who ordered the magazine – I am so excited for you to receive your copy and I’m sure you’ll love reading it cover-to-cover and get ready to see jaw-dropping gorgeous flower arrangements!
Thank you to everyone who sent me emails, text messages, Facebook messages, called, left comments on the blog, left comments on Facebook & Instagram – You all made my day :) .. such a reminder of why I do what I do, and why I love the floral community so much!

Thank you to the team that made this magazine what it is – Robyn, Kim & I worked very hard on this project, producing a print magazine definitely comes with a learning curve! Many of you know Robyn as the designer behind Bare Root Flora in Denver, luckily for us she has a background in editorial work! Kim’s work as a graphic artist is often seen here on Flirty Fleurs and quite a few of you have worked with her on branding for your own floral businesses. Kim came on board with this project as the Art Director creating beautiful editorial layouts. thank you, thank you, thank you to these two lovely ladies!

For clarification, the magazine is available for purchase through MagCloud. All orders are placed with them and they use Print-On-Demand technology to print up your copy when your order is received, they then ship the magazine directly to you. The finished magazine is lovely as MagCloud does use a high-quality paper! Also, MagCloud offers a digital version of the magazine which is a nice option.

If you’d like to order a copy – click here!

Flirty Fleurs Screenshot of Magazine Cover

Introducing – Flirty Fleurs Magazine

Flirty Fleurs Magazine

For the love of flowers, and for the love of floral designers, that’s the ‘why’ behind this special magazine edition of Flirty Fleurs!

For the past four and a half years we have delighted in curating a wide variety of topics of interest and importance to the floral industry on the Flirty Fleurs blog. And it thrills me beyond belief to bring you a magazine brimming with gorgeous floral designs and interviews chock full of advice from leading floral designers around the world.

On these pages you’ll learn how to create a flower crown, be inspired with a selection of sensational bridal bouquets, discover the power of the #FarmerFlorist movement, learn why teaching classes can be great for your business, and take a trip to the London gem that is Neill Strain Floral Couture. Save room for the feast for the eyes that is the amaryllis-inspired styled shoot by the one and only Nancy Teasley of Oak and the Owl. And since rose studies are one of Flirty Fleurs’ signature features, we’ve brought you the best yet—a study of David Austin garden roses, plus much more!!

The purpose of Flirty Fleurs has always been to encourage and inspire floral designers, and I hope what you find on these pages does just that for you. You and your love of flowers is why I love what I do.


Flirty Fleurs Magazine is Available in a Print Edition and an Online Version – visit HERE to order your copy!

Fun Flower Shops!

Eye Candy – Max Gill Design

Max Gill Design- clematis arrangement

Max Gill Design- peach bouquet

Max Gill Design- white centerpiece

Max Gill Design- peach bouquet

Romantic winter wedding flowers Iceberg, Pieter B, and Swan garden roses, huechera foliage, Guincho Purple elder foliage, white and pink snowberry, green toyon berries, sweet autumn clematis, and Asian pears

Max Gill Design- urn with orange flowers and kumquats

Max Gill Design- orange floral bouquet

Max Gill Design- pink and white bridal bouquet

Max Gill Design- bridal bouquet with ivory and copper flowers

Max Gill Design- centerpiece with flowers in an urn

Max Gill Design-large centerpiece with autum flowers

Max Gill Design- succulents, orchids

Max Gill Design- hot pink centerpiece

Max Gill Design- Bridal bouquet

Max Gill Design
Berkeley, California

The Designers behind the Flowers

Caroline of Passiflora

Caroline of Passiflora

Melbourne florist Melanie Stapleton

Melanie of Cecilia Fox

Floral Artistry by Alison Ellis

Alison Ellis of Floral Artistry

Della Blooms

Dana of Della Blooms

Bernadette - Diamond Custom Floral, Washington

Bernadette of Diamond Custom Floral

Jean-Pascal Lemire

Jean-Pascal Lemire of Bouquet Fleuriste

Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral

Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral

Eye Candy – Ken Marten

Ken Marten - Agapanthus

Ken Marten - Allium

Ken Marten - Amaryllis

Ken Marten - Black Callas

Ken Marten - eremerus

Ken Marten - blue hydrangea

Ken Marten - allium and clematis

Crown Imperial Fritillary, Ken Marten

Ken Marten - red dahlias in black vases

Ken Marten - eremerus

Ken Marten - green hydrangeas

Ken Marten - green hydrangea

Ken Marten - green hydrangea and allium

Ken Marten - hydrangeas and bittersweet

Ken Marten - hydrangeas and orchids

Ken Marten - purple and silver

Ken Marten - red peonies & gloriosa

Ken Marten - red ginger

Ken Marten - serracena

Ken Marten - sunflowers