Where do you begin??

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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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What are the students thinking about the flower classroom?

What are the students thinking???

I ask each student in the Explore Floral Design class to evalute the class and myself...I am always looking for ways to improve what and how I teach floral artistry.

These ladies were in the 12 week 2- evening class of EFD.  They worked so hard and did have so much FUN, as I did.  The reward of sharing what you love is seeing the spark and passion it ignites in the students....this make me smile.  As I always acknowledge...I was given a great gift of working and learning from Mr. Bill Harper AIFD...the best!

And now I share this floral passion....

The students give you great insight into this 12 week class.  Enjoy what they have to say, thank you ladies for taking the time to answer these questions!!




*Please tell me about your experience:

Maggie:  I really enjoyed the class because it gave me a chance to explore my creativity with flowers but also provided structure that taught me about design and designing for specific events/occasions.

Claudia: Really enjoyed leatning about the day to day reality of running a flower shop-amazed at the skill, creativity and variety required.

Pat:  Awesome!  Totally out of my realm of education but I learned so much I can scarcely take it all in.  But its a good anxiousness.  I am so happy to have had this opportunity Christina to have you as an instructor.
Opening up a floral shop is a little frightening to me, but you have given me good basic tools to begin with.  If I didn't live 3.5 hours away I would take every class you could proivide.  I am hoping I can do at least another class with you.  Thank you for your unwavering patience and guidance.  Your flowers were beautiful.





Did the class hit the mark for you?  Did it miss the mark?

Maggie: Deffinately hit the mark.  I found it very informative & provided even more infoormation then I could hope for and was a lot of FUN!

Claudia:Definately hit the mark!  I learned so much and gained a whole array of new skills (now for the practice!!)

Pat:  The class provided me with the basics of flower design with lots of extra tips.  It is difficult to get it all down in a night or an hour and a hlf.  I , muself could have used maybe more time on certain designs, but hopefully I can pick up another class or two.
It's a lot of information in the amount of time we have & you did a fantastic job-



*Did the cost of class = the value?

Maggie:  Yes, it provided both design and the business information that I was looking for.

Claudia:  Great value for money-  I worried that you wern't making money after the cost of buying all those amazing flowers!!

Pat:  YES-



*What was the best day of class for you?  

Maggie:  I really enjoyed Tropicals because I felt like I was really beginning to get a handle on my designs skills by then & the tropical flowers were vibrant and very fun to work with.  I also enjoyed "business week" because it gave me a lot of insight into the day to day operations of a floral business.

Claudia:  I enjoyed the business day and also the foam arrangements and hand tied bouquets.  I enjoyed having to work to time challenges set on a number of occassions.

Pat:  I didn't have a "best day" I sincerely enjoyed every class.  I always looked forward to the next design.




* What was the most challenging day of class?   

Maggie:  Funeral work was the hardest for me because there were many insertions & the placements of the insertions was also new.  Specifically, I thought casket sprays were most challenging.

Claudia:  I found the floral jewelery class quite a challenge, especially trying to design a floral necklace!  It also took a bit to get my head around hand tied bouquets and I have yet to really master ribbon making!!

Pat:  Wedding bouquets, jewelry.




*Write a review:

Maggie:  Explore Floral Design is a great class for begginners looking for insight into the floral industry, design and business.  Christins is an excellent teacher full of knowledge and helpful advise. This class is an excellent investment in your floral education.

Claudia:  "Christina is a fount of knowledge when it comes to all things floral.  She is an incredibly gifted teacher who is passionate about passing on her knowledge and learning.  This was a "hands-on" class with lots of time to learn, practice and create- Christina was great at offering tips and advice always encouraging and maintaing a good sense of humor!"

Pat:  Christina, thank you for a wonderful learning experience.  Before signing up for classes Dyana talked to other florists in the Kansas City area.  They had nothing but praise for your program.
I learned so much about color, texture, designing, not just how to put flowers in a vase.  Thank you for encouraging us to experiment & create.  Your critiques were always positive, helpful an appreciated.
The flowers were always beautiful.  Your classroom showed quality, class and a lot of thought was put into every detail fo your program.  Kansas City and the surrounding area is lucky to have a program such as this.
Thanks again for such a great learning experience.  Pat






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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fall Door Decor 2015 Class




Fall Door Decor  2015

Maximum 8 students
10am to 2pm                           1/2 hour lunch          
October 17th
November 6th




Overview

This class will explore designs for your front door.  Make your door stunning.  We will be using fresh flowers that dry naturally and permanent materials, ribbons and accents.  We will hand tie a wreath form with fresh foliage’s that dry naturally, or a vertical presentation of curly willow branches with fall accents for your door.  Your choice of design style….   

Objectives

You will design with fresh & silk flowers executing new design techniques.  Just add your creative touch.
·       Wire wreath form
·       Curly willow branches

Activities

Each student will have all materials provided to execute the design.


Floral Design Tools

All tools necessary for this project are provided in the classroom.  If you have floral design tools and wish to use your own…bring them along to class.

Evaluation

A certificate of completion of this class will be available upon request.


Materials

Fresh flowers and foliage’s and the wire wreath form will be provided for the design.  All designs are yours to take with you at the end of class.
Flower selection will be seasonal and all wire, tape, glue, etc. will be provided.

Class Registration


To register for this class:
Registration & ALL Class Materials
                    $125.00
This amount is due in full to reserve your design table.  Payments can be made with any credit card or with Pay Pal.  Copy and paste this link in your browser for payment.
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Cancelation of your space in the class is allowed up to 14 days before class for a full refund.  After that a credit will be applied for classes in the future.
If you have any questions drop me a line…
flowerclassroom@gmail.com




These designs are both trans - seasonal so they can be up for a longer time frame.

Your design can be more fall element driven or trans - seasonal.  Every designer will chose the materials to work with in their design.




Sunday, July 26, 2015

40 ways to keep creativity alive

40 ways to keep creativity alive....# 3 get your colors out floral artists....



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Heart succulent wreath

 I made this heart shaped succulent design for my garden....all succulents are anchored in the oasis small heart.  I water them as needed....they do not sit in direct sun.  The reindeer moss fills the gaps and gives great color and texture.  As the design is watered it remains plump and soft.

This is the close up....




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Wedding Bouquet designs from AIFD Journey Symposium


 This is am amazing cascading hand tied bouquet....

 These designs were from floral artists that had attended the hands on workshop early that morning. I was so impressed with the designs I asked to photograph them.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Florists Review Magazine Tip of the week

July 20, 2015     Florists Review Magazine tip of the week

Spread Summer Smiles

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There’s nothing like beautiful blooms to spread some sunshine during the dog days of summer.

Spread a little joy this week by making a plan to share a few of your extra blooms – your plans don’t have to be big or complex. There are many fun and easy ideas to make customers’ day brighter:

     • Take a day and simply offer a free bloom to everyone entering the store that day.

     • In a high-traffic area, have a staff member offer free blooms to passers-by “just because.” Or, set out a small sign encouraging passing drivers to stop by for a free floral pick-me-up.

     • Send customers on their birthday a note with birthday well wishes and a small offer to stop in for a free bloom. Just start with a single week, and if things go well this is a program that could be expanded and would be a nice personal touch throughout the year.

     • Stop by area businesses with some fresh blooms for their lobby or reception areas. Any large employers are potential corporate accounts, with needs for staff recognitions, birthday gifts, sympathy flowers and other occasions.

     • Make a surprise visit to a nearby senior center, community center, or local nonprofit. Deliver a free floral arrangement to brighten the location, or just bring a bunch of individual blooms to pass out to anyone there.

If you talk to your wholesaler ahead of time, they can help you get a great price on flowers for promotions such as these over the summer.

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www.floristsreview.com                    July 2015                                 800-367-4708
BAMBOO VASES

Click here to find out how to make this unique flower vase inspired by the ocean and the tropics.

PROBLEM SOLVED

A reader asks for advice on which kinds of bridal bouquet holders to use for various types of bouquet styles.

Click here to discover what Florists’ Review’s floral design coordinator, Lori Zirkle McNorton, recommends. 
HOLIDAY PREP: TAKE THIS MIDYEAR SELF-ASSESSMENT
By Bob Phibbs, The Retail Doctor

Not sure how you will make your sales goals by the end of this year? The first six months of the year are over, so now is the perfect time to assess how you and your business are doing relative to your sales projections. Take this quick inventory to find out how you’re doing and where you can make adjustments before the fall and winter holidays arrive.

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AIFD'S DENVER "JOURNEY"

Nearly 900 floral design artists took an inspirational “Journey” together to Denver, Colo., in early July for the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) 2015 National Symposium. The event, themed “Journey,” celebrated 50 years of AIFD Symposia with five days of amazing floral art, inspiring educational presentations and entertaining events.

Click here to see images of the incredible floral art seen at this year’s Symposium.
X-MASTERPIECES

by Björn Kroner, Manuela Ostertag and Jürgen Herold

Three master floral designers from Germany — Björn Kroner, Manuela Ostertag and Jürgen Herold — present a full spectrum of new Christmas floral design ideas, including table decorations, wall hangings, Advent wreaths, candle arrangements and much more, with styles to appeal to all types of consumers. The designs in this new 160-page, large-format book span six themes and reflect current lifestyles and the latest Christmas trends. Masterful!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Terrarium & Kokedama Class









Terrarium & Kokedama Class

Learn to plant a Terrarium and create a Kokedama
Terrarium: is a tightly closed or open, clear glass or plastic container filled with small plants for growing.

Kokedama: an old Japanese art inspired by bonsai.  It uses moss as a vessel to hold the roots of a plant, which can be suspended in air.

This class will get your hands into the dirt & moss creating green & growing plantings.  The Kokedama for outdoors/indoors and the Terrarium for indoors.



Both designs will be yours to take with you at the end of class to enjoy or give as a wonderful green growing gift!

 
Kokedama

Kokedama


Saturday August 29, 2015

10 am to 1pm

Maximum 8 students

Flower Classroom

10820 W. 64th st.  # 102B                  Shawnee, Ks.  66203
913-708-2988
Christina Burton-Fox AIFD    instructor


All plants and containers for the planting of the terrarium.  Moss and twine for the creating of a Kokedama.  These plants will be seasonal and able to thrive in the Midwest zone for outdoors and the indoor plants will be small tropical plants.

Some succulents will be available.

Class Registration

$100.00


To reserve your space at a design table a full payment is required.

Payment can be made with Pay Pal the link is provided below. 

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Unsure how to view the class schedule or how to sign up for a class.....email me at: flowerclassroom@gmail.com I will be glad to answer any question at: 913-708-2988 thanks! Christina Burton-Fox AIFD