East coast flower bonanza vacation!

Good morning, good morning! First, may I apologize for the late post. I think this is the first time in an almost 2 year history where I posted late on Flirty Fleurs! My east coast flower bonanza vacation ended yesterday when I flew back to D-town. Unfortunately for me, it was a very long trip back! Delayed for hours in Dallas due to one ugly storm. Finally made it home at 1:30am which translated to sleeping in today. All better now and time to get back to work!!!

Philadelphia Flower Show - Daffodil Row

Ok, the flower vacation, where to start? It was awesome and amazing and much needed.
As Chuck mentioned yesterday, we started off in Philadelphia where we spent two days exploring the Philadelphia Flower Show. This was my first time experiencing the show and surely not the last. The theme revolved around Hawaiian flowers and orchids, anthirium, ginger, all varieties of heliconia were shown in abundance. I am an orchid lover so I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful selection exhibited. Just in case you are wondering, the theme next year is England.

Matthew Robbins Floral Design Studio

On Sunday I made the way to NYC with my mother who had joined in on the Philly fun. In NYC she went off to visit my brother and it was time for me to get down to business with the Chapel Designers crew. So good to see so many friends and to meet new ones, this is a very inspiring group. The first night we visited the beautiful floral design studio of Matthew Robbins. (we recently interviewed Matthew about his new book here) His studio is absolutely warm & inviting and decorated beautifully with fresh blooms provided by Florabundance. The owner of Florabundance, Joost, was in attendance and we were all happy to thank him for the gorgeous flowers — seriously, clematis, ranunculus, hellebore galore!! You’ll see photos soon!!

Anemones, Clematis and Hellebores by Florabundance

Monday was spent with Tara Guerard director of the award winning Soirée, a full-service destination weddings and event planning company headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina. This was my second time seeing Tara speak, the first was at Weddings 360 in San Francisco which I attended with Holly. Tara is awesome, she kept us all captivated for the day – telling us her story, detailing her process and taking numerous questions from the audience.

Tara Guerard

On Tuesday morning a large portion of the group went to visit the offices of Martha Stewart, Chuck & Robyn included. Since a few of us were able to visit her studios last year we opted out this year in effort to leave spots open to the new attendees. Cori and I cruised the flower district and dreamed of photoshoots! At one point Alex, Liz, Janice and I hit the subway so Liz could try out the NY City Subway and we visited Time Square and Magnolia Bakery. After that little excursion it was time to get back to the conference as we had afternoon filled with talks from fellow attendees – Isha, Jenn & Daevid plus, our leader Holly. Listening to our peers and learning about their successes and hardships was captivating. I know I learned a lot from them, I hope everyone else did too.

At the end of the day our group was presented with a box of fresh blooms provided by Mayesh – the crowd went crazy! Flowers were being unpacked, examined, passed around and photographed. Thank you, Mayesh, for your contribution, it was greatly appreciated and enjoyed!

Attendees checking out the flowers sent over from Mayesh Wholesale

Wednesday was another super-duper flower filled day! To start the day Chuck, Robyn, Cori and I trekked to the World Floral Expo 2012 – we were so lucky the expo took place the same week as our Chapel Designers Conference. Oh so many flowers on display, soooo many flowers. I was so happy! Lots of photos, lots of ideas flowing for future events and photoshoots.

Clematis display by Roseville Farms at the floral expo

After some time at the floral expo we visited some ribbon shops, Hyman Hendler may be my new favorite place to buy ribbons & buy I did!

Ariella Chezar at Flower School NY

Wednesday afternoon was a class with the veritable floral designer – Ariella Chezar! Oh, I’ve wanted to meet and study with Ariella for sometime and so pleased I finally had the chance! The class took place at Flower School NY (read our interview with them here) I look forward to taking more design class here – lovely space and Eileen is quite the gracious host.

Thursday was time to say good-bye to NYC, as usual, the days went by too fast and I could have used a bit more time! It was time to board a train to Springfield, MA.

Smith College, The Lyman Arboretum

My flower vacation did not end in NYC, Friday I spent time with Cathy Walsh of Sprout Flowers of Worcester, MA. Cathy took us to The Lyman Arboretum where a spring bulb show was taking place ~~ so beautiful! The grounds of the arboretum were beautiful as well as the flowers inside. The bulb show was quite impressive!! Just makes me crave spring even more.

Spring Bulb Show at The Lyman Arboretum

Saturday and Sunday were spent with my family, lovely weekend! Monday, as I mentioned earlier, was the travel day from XXXX. Oh well, it was worth it to have experienced 12 days of beauty!
Alas, I alone took 1200 photos and I have no idea how many photos Chuck took — get ready, this blog has a few more days of East Coast Flower Trip to be shared.

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