Floral Design Institute to Award Student Scholarships

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FLORAL DESIGN INSTITUTE TO AWARD $30,000 IN STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

David and Leanne Kesler, co-owners of Floral Design Institute in Portland, Ore., are pleased to announce that they will be offering student scholarships to state and allied floral organizations throughout the United States in 2017. 

Says David Kesler, “As we approach the 50th anniversary of Floral Design Institute, we wanted to make a significant and lasting contribution to floral design education.” 
 
“The community of floral organizations and their support of floral design education in America has been critical to the success of the floral industry,” states Leanne Kesler. “Through the creation of this scholarship program, we seek to support floral organizations in their offerings of educational opportunities for their members and their member employees.” 

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Floral Design Institute was founded in 1969. In 1986, Leanne began teaching at the school, and she purchased the school in 1988. Her husband, David, joined her in the business in 1994, and together they have built Floral Design Institute into one of the most respected floral design schools in the world. Through their classroom and online certification programs plus advanced seminars and workshops, they now train hundreds of students each year. Their online floral design training videos are viewed by over 1.5 million viewers each year.

“It is so wonderful to be able to do this.” says Leanne. “Like so many floral designers, my career path hasn’t always been easy, and I know how hard it is for some students to come up with the tuition for school. When I bought the school, I was training only 45 students a year. I had to supplement my income with freelance design work and odd jobs. I lived in a single-wide trailer, ate a lot of ramen noodles and did all of my shopping at thrift shops. When times were hard, I used to tell myself, ‘At least I’m Doing Something I Love’, a phrase that I still use today.”

Floral Design Institute Portland Oregon - Green bridal bouquet

Education has been a cornerstone in Leanne’s life. Her mother was an elementary school teacher for 53 years. Leanne discovered her love for floral design in a high school horticulture class and was encouraged to excel by an inspirational teacher, Dave Lambert. ”Throughout my career, his example has driven me to be the best teacher possible, to help students set and achieve their highest goals.” 

Each selected state and allied floral organization will be given a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a member or member’s employee of the organization’s choosing. The scholarship may be applied to any Floral Design Institute class, seminar or workshop including certification programs and online programs.

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Contact:
Leanne Kesler, AIFD PFCI or David Kesler, AIFD PFCI
Floral Design Institute
Portland, Ore.
503-223-8089
www.floraldesigninstitute.com
leanne@floraldesigninstitute.com
david@floraldesigninstitute.com

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Upcoming Floral Design Classes in Seattle, Washington

Hey flower friends!

I have two floral design classes scheduled for Saturday, July 30, 2016. They will both take place at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

In the morning, starting at 10am I will teach a bridal bouquet design class.
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to design a lush bridal bouquet. We’ll start with a demonstration on how to design a bouquet and we will discuss mechanics. After my demonstration the class participants will be able to select the flowers for their bouquets — we’ll have a lot of luscious summer flowers on hand like dahlias, garden roses and all the other good stuff! After the bouquet is created we will embellish the stems with lovely ribbon.
Register for this class HERE.

In the afternoon, starting at 1pm I will teach a compote centerpiece design class.
We’ll create full and lush compote styled centerpieces. Compote styled arrangements beckons a loose, garden inspired designs. Everyone will create a beautiful arrangement to take home & enjoy!
Register for this class HERE.

Special Note! As noted above, I will be teaching two classes on Saturday, July 30th. In the morning will be the bridal bouquet class and in the afternoon there will be a compote centerpiece class. The bridal bouquet class is $250 and the compote centerpiece class is $175. However, if you’d like to sign up for both classes there will be a $75 savings! Both classes can be purchased for $350. Sign up for both classes HERE.

Hope to see you there!

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Playdate with Peonies – Floral Design Class

A FEW SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR CLASS THIS SATURDAY!!

Bella Fiori Washington State Floral Designer

Playdate with Peonies Floral Design Class
Saturday, May 21, 2106 | 9:30-Noon

Who wants to join me in playing with perfectly pretty Peonies?! Oh my word, so many adjectives are possible when we talk about this Queen of Flowers, right?! For this particular class we will have a bevy of these beauties to design with at our fingertips, along with some of their complementing flower friends. We’ll discuss the care & handling of the peony while designing a lush, garden style flower arrangement. Our vessel of choice will be a compote using chicken wire as the support structure.

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Location: Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, 5840 Airport Way S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Time: 9:30-Noon
Investment: $225.00 per person
Register: Click Here

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Floral Design Class in Seattle Washington - Flower Design class about Peonies

Flirty Fleurs Workshop + David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

A Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class where David Austin Garden Roses are the featured flower – the room is filled with the heavenly scent of these beauties, the designers attending the workshop are excited to work with these gorgeous blooms. Oh my, we had so many roses to play with and the designers could use as many as they wished (I could also use as many as I wished in an arrangement for myself!). To top it all off, an amazing photographer who specializes in flower photography happens to reside right here in Seattle and luckily for us she was able to stop by and photograph the arrangements. Thank you, Georgianna Lane, for these lovely shots capturing student’s work –

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Breanna

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Keita

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Molly

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Oriana

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Sabrina

David Austin Garden Roses + Flirty Fleurs Floral Design Class

Designed by Sandy

I find it amazing how six students (I keep my class size small on purpose to make sure each attendee receives plenty of attention) can be given the same foliages and flowers to select from and will each design a completely original design. Truly enjoyed this floral design workshop and spending time with these lovely ladies!

David Austin Roses http://davidaustinrosesusa.com
Grown by Alexandra Farms http://www.alexandrafarms.com
Photographed by Georgianna Lane http://georgiannalane.com

Party Prep Styling Workshop – Seattle, Washington

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Party Prep Design Workshop in Seattle, Washington

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Party Prep Seattle Workshop

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Party Prep Workshop in Seattle

For more information and to register for this event Click Here.

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Flirty Fleurs Workshops

Bella Fiori Washington - Floral Arrangements in footed vessels
The Compote Floral Arrangement Workshop
Saturday, February 7, 2015 / 10am to 1pm (Class is tomorrow! Join us!)
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: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $250.00 per person
Register Here

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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: Floressence Design Studio, 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!)
Register Here

Bella Fiori Washington - Elevated Floral Arrangements
Hands-On Elevated Centerpiece Workshop
Saturday, March 28, 2015 / 10am to Noon
Elevated floral designs can be daunting at first, how many flowers will you need? How will you create a base that can hold so many flowers? How will you transport these pieces from your studio to the reception?
In this workshop you will learn how to create elevated floral designs!
We will discuss the mechanics behind these big arrangements and after I give a demonstration on how to create a piece each student will then create their own arrangement. We will discuss pricing as well as transporting these arrangements. Students will be able to take how their arrangement, sans candelabra/vase!
Class is limited to 6 students.

Location: Floressence Design Studio, 5628 Airport Way South #240, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $250.00
Register HERE


flower arches for weddings, designed by Bella Fiori Events

Hands-On Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop
Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 10am until done, this is an all day class!
Arches brimming with flowers is my absolute favorite piece to design — gotta love a happy bride standing underneath her flower arch! In this hands-on Floral Arch & Chuppah Workshop we will work together to create an arch & chuppah as part of the demonstration. Then students will work in groups of two to design an arch from start to finish. We’ll have a lot of flowers on hand, and will work on different techniques for building chuppahs and floral arches. This class will take place outside where we’ll have plenty of room to spread out our floral projects! (Please come prepared to work outside)
Class is limited to 10 students.

Location: Flirty Fleurs World Headquarters, also known as my home & property in Arlington, Washington
Investment: $500.00
Register HERE

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Additional Spring & Summer 2015 Floral Design Classes are currently being planned.

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

{ Questions? Send Alicia an Email }

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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!)
Register Here

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
Register Here

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!)
Register Here
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

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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 }

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Eye Candy and Class Announcement with Karen Tran

Have you seen the beautiful, glamorous, and captivating floral designs created by Karen Tran? Both Chuck and I have gushed over her work for a while now–it is all so perfect and gorgeous. So I have a real treat for you today! We’re featuring Karen’s lovely designs and announcing a 3-day master class she’ll be teaching this June in San Diego, California. For any of you who would like to learn large-scale design, I would highly recommend taking this class with Karen! The opportunity to learn how to create a large-scale ceremony canopy or Chuppah, not to mention the extravagant tablescapes she creates, is rare. I had the chance to meet Karen while attending the Chapel Designers Conference in NYC and watching her teach & design a large-scale piece was quite impressive. Here is the information about her master class; to register or for more information, contact Karen at Karen@KarenTran.com

Karen Tran Master Design Class

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Designing with Francoise Weeks at the Woodland Design Workshop

Janet of Floral Verde and I spent three glorious and inspiring days designing with Francoise at her adorable studio. It was a perfect experience in beautiful Oregon.
Francoise shared with us how she creates her designs, the intricate and sturdy mechanics behind the various pieces and the inspiration she finds in her Pacific Northwest surroundings.
You will notice that Janet had a theme with all of her designs, can you tell what it is? Meanwhile, I’m all over the board, each design was different.

Here’s my first design, the long Woodland inspired centerpiece. I used so many little trinkets .. moss, lichens, mushrooms, leaves, twigs:
woodland arrangement

woodland centerpiece

Janet’s first arrangement, she picked out the wood slab and then designed around it – so very intricate & interesting:
wood centerpiece

centerpiece by floral verde

Next we both selected a piece of drift wood and designed around it.
This is the piece of wood I selected and the arrangement that I designed:
drift wood

branch arrangement

The beautiful piece of drift wood that Janet selected, I couldn’t wait to see what she would design with it!:
drift wood

branch flower arrangement

icelandic poppy

Designing in Francoise’s style for bridal bouquets was very interesting. I usually design loose hand-tied bouquets so it was a good learning experience to use a holder and cover the mechanics:
making bridal bouquets

My bouquet:
bridal bouquet

bridal bouquet

Janet’s bouquet, I love the bottom of her bouquet with the eucalyptus leaves:
flower bouquet

woodsy bridal bouquet

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The boutonniere I designed with furry leaves & succulents with a twig:
succulent boutonniere

Janet’s boutonnieres:
succulent and orchid boutonniere

succulent boutonniere

Two more of Janet’s bouquets, be sure to check out the stem wrap, it’s created out of bark pieces – impressive!
woodsy bridal bouquet

succulent bouquet

woodsy bouquet

Love this cute little flower basket that Janet designed:
woodsy flower basket

The wreath that I created, there are so many little and intricate bits in it:
woodsy wreath

woodsy wreat

How gorgeous, simple and elegant is this orchid arrangement that Janet designed?!:
lady slipper orchid arrangement

I felt like designing something big! I was crushing on the maiden hair fern, had to have it in this arrangement:
green flower arrangement

green flower arrangement

I had fun with the colors in this one, combined begonia leaves & fuzzy succulents with maiden hair fern:
woodland flowers

What do you think? It sure was fun and different .. so glad I took Francoise’s Workshop! I’m such a fan of studying with others, learning new techniques and opening my eyes to different thoughts. I do really look at all foliages now!!

Thank you, Francoise, for a lovely time at your studio!

Visiting with Francoise Weeks, Portland, Oregon

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a three day Woodland Design Workshop with the one and only Francoise Weeks! Tomorrow I will post the designs that I got to create in her class, today I just want to tell you a bit about Francoise and why I wanted to take her class.
I’ve followed Francoise for years, her work is so intricate, natural, different and unique. I’ve considered studying with her for awhile, it was a matter of deciding which workshop would push me out of my normal designing. Her website has a few different workshops profiled, but it was the Woodland Design Workshop that caught my eye. Using branches, sticks, moss, lichens, leaves, pods, mushrooms, berries to create an arrangement is so intriguing:

flower classes portland oregon

Jamie Bosworth Photographer

So it was decided, I would take her Woodland Design Workshop, plus it just seemed so right for the Pacific Northwest! I drove up the California Coast into Oregon, feeling inspired by the towering Redwood trees, ferns growing alongside the road, and waves crashing into the coast. I arrived in Portland on a Sunday and stayed at the Bluebird Guesthouse (recommend!), awaiting the arrival of my friend, Janet of Floral Verde. I felt so lucky to be taking Francoise’s class with Janet, Janet is the Queen of designing with succulents!

succulent and rose bouquet

Designed by Janet of Floral Verde

Janet and I quite enjoyed the neighborhood we stayed in, just a few blocks from Francoise’s studio. We patronized the local small restaurants and found the shopkeepers to be so friendly and enjoyable. We’d walk to Francoise’s studio and stopped at each yard to look at the mosses, flowers and trees growing, such a pretty neighborhood.
Walking up to Francoise’s studio was awesome! I couldn’t wait to see it in person and I have decided that I want to build a studio just like her’s!

flower studio
floral design studio

Stepping inside her studio was absolutely delightful, on one wall were benches filled with buckets full of an assortment of flowers, branches, and foliages:
assortment of flowers

assortment of foliages

Plants and foliages

Little bits to use in our designs, so much to look at & so inspiring:
mushrooms and brussel sprouts

furry succulent

I thought this was really cool, Francoise’s husband created this for her – it’s a corsage design bar!
corsage bar

Francoise showing us how she starts her designs, Janet and I were enthralled watching Francoise work. Her mechanics are impressive, these arrangements are not going to shake out of place during transport!
florist at work

This was just a little tidbit of my time in Oregon and spending time with Francoise .. tomorrow I will share the arrangements that Janet and I designed!