Floral Design Institute to Award Student Scholarships

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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.”

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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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Leanne Kesler, AIFD PFCI or David Kesler, AIFD PFCI
Floral Design Institute
Portland, Ore.

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Fleur Friday

Hello Flower Friends!
Well, I sure hope you all enjoyed the David Austin Rose week on Flirty Fleurs!
Here’s a recap of what was featured –
Monday – A Rose Study of David Austins – including vase life & information on how they open up
Tuesday – Photographs of the David Austin Workshop which I hosted a few weeks ago
Wednesday – Wedding Wednesday featuring bouquets with David Austin Roses
Thursday – A care & handling video by Leanne Kesler of Floral Design Institute
And, today I share one more picture of these beauties!

Miranda, Tess, Kate and Keira - David Austin Roses

Miranda, Tess, Kate and Keira – David Austin Roses

I really hope you all enjoyed David Austin Rose week as much as I did!
Meanwhile, I’m afraid I don’t have any links from around the www to share with you all today, I haven’t been at my computer much these past two weeks. Seriously love spring time in Washington state – everything is blooming and I’ve been out visiting farms!! Will share more of those pictures in coming weeks – and you can always get a glimpse on Instagram.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday. OH .. Alison Ellis is with us on Monday with one of her great videos!!

Care & Handling of Garden Roses

Hello Flower Friends,
Today I’m sharing a video from Leanne Kesler of the Floral Design Institute with all of you! This video is packed full of information on how to best care for garden roses, check it out –

Sympathy Floral Design Classes

I’ve been searching high & low for floral design classes and workshops focusing on Sympathy Designs. Wow, this has not been an easy project! I think our industry could use a few more classes and workshops focusing on this type of design, it’s wanted and needed!

These are the classes and workshops that I was able to find so far… Please keep in mind that most of them are only taught once per year and usually during the winter season, I would suggest contacting these schools/workshops directly to get their information for upcoming classes.

Flower School NY: Saying Goodbye with Grace and Beauty, NYC, NY
Saying Goodbye with Grace and Beauty’ is a workshop focused on celebrating and honoring the recently deceased through floral designs, with considerations for appropriateness, logistics, and beauty in comforting the bereaved. The seminar will be taught by Lewis Miller of LMD Lewis Miller Design and will be hosted by Lewis at his downtown studio.

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Lewis Miller Design (LMD) will be teaching a sympathy class through Flower School NY

Cass Flowers : Florist and Design School, Watertown, MA
In this class you will learn how to create sympathy pieces that are not your standard funeral pieces. Students will create a lush European Garden Style casket cover then turn this into contemporary linear arrangement suitable for memorial services and a wreath using non-traditional choice flowers and foliages. Students will also learn how to incorporate ribbons and items to uniquely personalize sympathy designs.

Orange County Floral Design School: Funeral Floral Design Class, Santa Ana, CA
In this class students will learn the fundamentals of designing funeral and sympathy flower arrangements. In this class we will also focus on international and patriotic funeral designs, as well as cultural and traditional funeral arrangements. We will incorporate colors and designs for various countries and cultures. We will work on different design and shape such as spray on easel, or easel arrangement, wreath, heart ( open or closed), arrangement, casket pieces for open or closed casket, ribbon and banner making we also cover traditional blanket and patriotic flag.

The New York Botanical Garden: Basics of Sympathy Design, NYC, NY
Sympathy arrangements are not a floral designer’s easiest job. There are details to be discussed with a bereaved family, special etiquette to be observed, and unlimited designs that make an appropriate statement of final tribute. Construction and mechanics of funeral baskets, casket sprays, and set pieces associated with a diversity of cultural traditions are emphasized.

Floral Design Institute: Advanced Sympathy Design, Portland, OR
The floral design world of sympathy tributes is growing and changing at a rapid pace. The industry analysts are forecasting it to expand into the number two income category (second to wedding) for occasion floral purchases. This advanced class will explore updated designs through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on projects.
In addition to the art of floral design, we will discuss the role of sympathy flowers in the memorial service, funeral customs, conducting a funeral consultation, delivery procedures, and design coordination for a unified presentation.

my teleflora : Sympathy Tributes, Oklahoma City, OK
Sympathy flowers still represent a significant part of the flower business – but the styles, forms and types of remembrances are changing quickly. Memorial services are often more frequent than traditional services with caskets. Explore what this means for your business – and learn the all about the new generation of Sympathy Tributes. You’ll see all the classic designs you need to know how to create – casket sprays, baskets, easels, set pieces – in lively sessions of lecture and demonstrations. And you’ll also see some of the new ideas consumers demand – and practice them in hands-on workshops. Learn how to conduct a sympathy consultation and tastefully market your services and floral offerings.

Cork Flower School: Sympathy Flowers, Cork, Ireland
Learn how to make a range of sympathy floral arrangements.
Funeral sprays, wreaths, posies, sympathy bouquets.
Suitable for funerals and anniversary remembrances.
Contemporary & traditional styles.

Please let us know if you know of any other workshops or classes focusing on Sympathy Floral Designs!