Florabundance Design Days 2016

Hello Flower Friends!
I feel like I’m coming off a flower high from this past week in Santa Barbara for the fourth annual Florabundance Design Days! Once again the team at Florabundance blew the event out of the water! The first two days of the conference were held at a former Orchid greenhouse, fascinating place with fun nooks and crannies to take photos in. Plus, a cocktail hour that took place on the bluffs where we watched the sun go down! On the third day we moved the conference to Rincon Beach Club. The teachers this year included Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Francoise Weeks, Holly Chapple, Susan McLeary, and Kim Curtis of TOAST. OH, and me! I gave a presentation on Social Media.

Thought I’d share some photos here that I took over the 3 days. Sometimes I think I have as much fun taking photos as I do designing flowers!

Bella Fiori - Floral arrangement with David Austin Garden Roses with Hellebores

I got to make two floral arrangements during the conference this year! Usually, I don’t make anything as I stay busy walking around visiting with everyone and photographing the days’ events. Eleanor of David Austin Roses asked if I could make up something for the blog, and I happily obliged! I loved making this centerpiece — as many David Austin Roses as I wanted! Plus, hellebores, blackberries and tinus viburnum.

Bella Fiori - Bouquet of David Austin Roses

Another pretty little bouquet that I got to put together for David Austin Roses.

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - floral designers making large arrangements

A view of the students at work during Holly Chapple’s design session on creating large arrangements.

Florabundance Design Days 2016  - Students set up in the Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm greenhouses

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A close up of the gorgeous David Austin Roses and peonies that the students worked with during Holly Chapple’s design session.

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Yoshi from Floral Fete holds a large arrangement

Yoshi from Floral Fete waits to get her floral arrangement photographed by Meg Sorel

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Holly Chapple’s design session of floral centerpieces was the first session of the conference. Here’s a line-up of 4 arrangements made by the students.

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Mindy Rosenberg with her floral arrangement

Mindy Rosenberg designing a large floral arrangement with gorgeous David Austin garden roses!

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Irene Seamen from Academy Florist

Irene of Academy Florist works on her arrangement.

Florabundance Design Days 2016

All the students’ work was photographed by professional photographers – so great for their portfolios!

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Not sure who designed this arrangement, but it sure looks pretty at the entrance of the greenhouse!

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Heather of Eclectic Sage and Heather of Bramble and Bee

Heather of Eclectic Sage and Maggie of Bramble and Bee

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Tracey of Ella and Louie

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Bright Inc, Santa Barbara

Amy of BRIGHT flowers and events with her design

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Joost Bongaerts at a table designed by Holly Chapel

Oh, and at one point during the conference Holly setup this table for a photoshoot – Joost took the opportunity to have a seat at the table!

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Holly Chapple taking a place at the table that she set

Holly Chapple enjoying the California lifestyle.

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - the school bus

Check out our cute School Bus ride, love the hashtag on the side of the bus!

Florabundance Design Days 2016 - Sunset during cocktail hour

Most amazing sunset while we stood on the bluffs and watched the sun go down.

Oh my goodness, I have so many photos — better split them up into a few posts! I’ll be back tomorrow with some images of bridal bouquets and other goodies!


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