Let’s face it, we live in an ever changing world where technology is rising, trends are always changing and you must keep up with your education if you do not want to be left behind. In particular within floristry there is always a new technique to learn, the safest way to secure an arrangement, memorizing the principles and elements of floral design, how to work with clients from those looking for a sympathy arrangement to a wedding and so much more.
I’m fortunate enough to have learned from two AIFD designers while studying at The Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk, MD; Adrienne Schaffer Summers, AIFD & David Shover, AIFD. After college I sought out any designer who was AIFD because I thought and they are some of the best designers ever. Later, I learned that a designer doesn’t just have to be AIFD but that I can learn from anyone. Without the guidance of my teachers in college, I would not be where I am today. So I thank you!
Below are my top 5 floral educators that are my “Go-To” sources whenever I find myself in a bind, need critiques, want to learn a technique or about a specific variety of a flower.
Leanne Kesler, AIFD & David Kesler, AIFD
Looking for one of the best floral schools ?? I hear nothing but good things about The Floral Design Institute and look forward to the day I sit in their classroom. They offer in class and distance learning.
What can I say ? I love J ! I’ve been watching his videos since I lived in Baltimore, MD and even competed in one of his uBloom contests for designing with DecoBeads. J travels all over the world speaking to designers, going to flower farms and educating us with the top floral information anyone could ever want.
Any question about plants, David is my go – to person.
I recently did an interview with David about his career and outlook on education. Find out more here!
Jeremy Trentleman, AIFD
Jeremy pays attention to detail and whenever I think of intricate wire work, I think of him. He has been helping me through my journey as I prepare to take the Florida State Master Designer test in January.
Looking for a mentor ? Jeremy is nothing but amazing and gives honest critiques so one is able to learn and come back better than before.
Janet Frye, AIFD
Owner of The Enchanted Florist, Janet Frye, AIFD, The Mother of Floral Design as I like to call her is one special designer and educator. Anything from a question about how to approach a client, how to position a bouquet to capture the best angle, write a proposal, color palettes, critiques on any arrangement – Janet is always there to answer honestly.