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I was just like you until I began to take floral classes....creative, artistic...my passion was set on fire with floral design!

I am here today to tell you that floral design is for everyone!!

This changed my life & career path. My passion is stronger today....it wasn't always easy....but with practice everyday it became easier and prettier as well.

Compliments and sales for my floral designs also increased. I became a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers in 1992. What is AIFD?? A non profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of floral design as a professional career.

Then I found the best reward was sharing.... everything that was shared by my mentors and teachers!! How lucky I was to learn so many things about floral design.

Until today did you feel there is more to floral design & not finding the right information??? Join a class at the flower classroom...answers to all the questions in EVERY class.

No worries....all you have to do is begin. Classes for everyone, every month, convient times...

I provide: quality content
quality FLOWERS
quality design skills= a floral artist

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD CFD
floral artist & teacher

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Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66203

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Florist Review Tip of the Week

Feb 20, 2017 

Take Stock of Your Sales
After the harried rush of Valentine’s Day, it’s tempting to heave a sigh of relief, pack up and move on. Instead, though, take some time this week to list:
• Everything that worked well this Valentine’s Day
• The top things that you’d like to adjust or eliminate for future Valentine’s Days and, possibly, other holidays
• New ideas you want to try next year
You don’t have to solve the problem areas right now, but do write them down with enough detail to help you recall and revise your tactics when Valentine’s Day 2018 rolls around.

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Florists' Review E-newsletter

February 2017 
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DESIGN IDEA: KNOW YOUR ROOTS
Leanne Kesler, AIFD, PFCI, director of Portland’s Floral Design Institute, shares a creative idea for whimsically incorporating root vegetables into floral designs to mimic bulb flowers.

Click here to discover her design techniques and watch the three-minute how-to video.
BARBARA “BOBBI” ANN BRUNSTEIN ECKER BLATCHFORD, AAF, AIFD, PFCI 
August 24, 1931 - February 3, 2017
Bobbi Ecker Blatchford, celebrated floral designer and mentor extraordinaire, is being remembered by her florist friends around the world.

Click here to read more about Bobbi’s remarkable life and career.
If you’ve caught any episodes of Netflix’s family drama Bloodline, you’ve probably noticed that the Rayburn family has a penchant for flowers.

Click here to read about the florist who creates the arrangements for the show — Darenda Darnell-Garbarz, AAF, AIFD, FSMD, owner of Designs by Darenda in Homestead, Fla. — and read about her fun gig.

THAT’S A LOT OF PLANTS!
Check out how a Spanish company in Lisbon, Portugal, is using 1,000 plants to enliven it employees’ workspace, increasing productivity, lowering stress and improving morale.

Click here to check out the amazing office photos and to read more.
Scientists at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands explain how plants purify the air of toxins.

Find out how it happens here.
Thanks to the marketing efforts of many floral industry organizations, including the Society of American Florists and The Sun Valley Group, Women’s Day (March 8) is growing as a flower-giving holiday. 

Check out these websites to obtain free promotional materials:
https://safnow.org/trends-statistics/consumer-research/womens-day-resource-center/

http://www.thesunvalleygroup.com/thesunvalleygroup/WomensDay.cfm
FTD ANNOUNCES 2017 EDUCATION PROGRAMS
FTD University has announced its 2017 education offerings designed to help FTD Florists strengthen their business and design skills.

Click here see FTD’s entire schedule of classes and to register.
RETAIL SALES FORECASTED TO INCREASE IN 2017
The National Retail Federation recently released its 2017 economic forecast, projecting that retail industry sales will grow between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016.

Click here to get more details.
MOTHER’S DAY BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY?
In Norway, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are often only a couple of days apart, and sometimes, they fall on the same day! Find out how Norwegian florists handle the holiday blitz.

Read all about the craziness here.
POLLINATING DRONES
Japanese scientists are studying the use of robotic “bees” to pollinate flowers as the number of real bees declines.

Click here to learn more and watch a 50-second video.
VALENTINE FLOWER GIVEAWAY IN KENYA
The Kenya Flower Council delivered joy to patients at a women's hospital in Nairobi on Valentine's Day.

Click here find out more about the event.
BRANCHES & BLOOMS
A step-by-step guide to creating magical centerpieces, wreaths, garlands and other unexpected arrangements.

by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo

This newest book from the wildly creative owners of Studio Choo in San Francisco and authors of the wildly popular The Flower Recipe Book and The Wreath Recipe Book features 100 inventive floral arrangement projects to design with flowering and leafy branches throughout the year. Included are detailed ingredients lists, clear instructions and hundreds of step-by-step photos — plus tutorials covering basic techniques, sourcing and flower care information. Softcover. 272 pages. BAB217 – ONLY $19.95

Click here to order or learn more about this must-have instructional guide.

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

# Origin Matters ~ California Cut Flower Commission


And The Rain Just Keeps Coming

Last weekend, I took my son down to the Nimbus Dam to show him something I hope he remembers forever.


I wanted him to see the water roaring through the dam near our house. The water situation in Northern California has become pretty extreme, with the situation in Oroville making national news. So, to go to our nearby dam to see just how high the river has risen was pretty incredible.  (Read more here.)

Martha Stewart Features the American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour
National Dinner Tour Highlighted on Marthastewart.com



Over the past couple year's, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has enjoyed some remarkable publicity. The Wall Street Journal highlighted it in the "Top 50" things for the summer of 2015Food and Wine Magazine called it the "Ultimate Al Fresco Dinner Party" and Sunset Magazine has made a number of mentions of the tour, including co-hosting one of our dinners in Sonoma last year.

Now add this month's mention by Martha Stewart to the list of examples of national media attention the tour is creating for our farms.  (Read more here.)
One Week Until Washington
Largest Flower Farmer Delegation Ever
 
A week from today, a delegation of American flower farmers will descend on Washington,D.C., for an action-packed, issue-filled couple of days.

As is our tradition, every farmer will don an American Grown boutonnière to help highlight our cause as we walk the halls of Congress next week.
This will be the largest delegation of flower farmers we've ever had for our annual fly-in. Of course, it isn't just the number of farmers that makes this year's trip so impressive, it's the "who" is joining us.  (Read more here.)

2017 Farm & Flower Guide Is Underway
This Will Be Our Best Year Yet!


The botanical look of our new online directory i
s based off of our annual Farm and Flower Guide.
This guide has been a tremendous resource for wholesalers, designers and floral educators who seek out and count on the updated information, design ideas and farm profiles. A survey of readers was recently done and the response was amazing. Respondents told us that they'd like to see the guide twice a year! (Read more here.)
Kasey Cronquist, IOM                                               
CEO & Ambassador
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1415 "L" Street, Suite 460
Sacramento, CA 98514 

Note: CCFC's mailing address remains PO Box 90225, Santa Barbara, CA 93190

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Register Now for AIFD's 2017 Symposium

 
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Registration Open for 2017 AIFD Symposium "X"

AIFD's National Symposium "X"July 1-5, 2017 *Full day workshop also offered on July 6Washington State Convention CenterSheraton Seattle

Get ready for Xceptional inspiration and Xciting events in "The City of Flowers!" Join your fellow floral designers at the 2017 National Symposium "X" in Seattle, Washington from July 1-5.

"X" is a five day event that will
feature high-level stage presentations from the most talented international and USA designers in the industry.

Symposium also includes a welcome reception, two celebratory dinner events, education sessions, hands-on classes, and a Partners' Expo. Events will take place in the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Reserve your hotel room now!
Rooms are filling up fast so don't wait, click here to book your hotel room now.

Tell your friends you
are going!
Go ahead, brag a little and get your friends to join you! Share on social media that you will be in Seattle this summer and don't forget to use #AIFDX2017.

Registration Tuition (before May 15)
 
MembersGeneral: $599Premium: $749Single Day (education only): $250

Non-MembersGeneral: $649Premium: $799Single Day (education only): $250

*Several other registration options available including hands-on workshops, July 6 workshop, additional dinner tickets, etc.

       
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