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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Students Wedding designs from the Professional Wedding class

These designs were created by the students that attended the Professional Wedding Class.  They are working with the new square and round Euro bridal bouqet holders.  As you can see these designs are not traditional, but very oppulent and stylish.  Everyone in this class had under 1 years experience in the industry.

This was the first time for all os them to design in this style of foam bouquet holder.  They also created a small carry design for mothers or flower girls.

The last assignment of the day was to create a unique ring bearers design.

The day also contained valuable information about how to be profitable in event and weddings.  The 8 students did a fantastic job with this design challenge.

Enjoy the beautiful flowers!!

Explore Floral Design begins Monday April 21, 2014

Looking for 10 fantastic Mondays…this is where you will want to be for the next 10 Mondays…learning to work with FLOWERS.

We learn all about floral design, caring for flowers, profitability with design work…and so much more!

The class still has a few design tables open….join me in the classroom where the 10 Mondays you spend with me, will be FUN & FANTASTIC.


Explore Floral Design

Maximum 6 students
April 21,28,May 5,12,19,June 2,9,16,23,30
9-5 daily with a 1 hour lunch break
70 class hours of hands on training and lecture


This 10 day Exploration Floral Design class will teach the basic principals of floral design, and so much more.  Each day will have a morning lecture and afternoon of hands on designing.  Students will participate in the processing and handling of fresh flowers each day for the lab session.   The students will be trained to execute all basic forms of design to apply for a floral designer position.  This is a required class for job placement.  The class offers business information on pricing for profit, daily sales, floral delivery expenses, tracking flowers that have expired.  The students will have a final exam on materials covered during lectures.  And every class day will be more fun than you can imagine and the amount of flowers to work with and industry information is fantastic!
FLOWERS are beautiful creations, the curiosity and enthusiasm for information on FLOWERS is contagious.  Take yourself somewhere new….to the Flower Classroom.  Learn to be a FLOWER expert.
This class enables you to become a FLOWER expert!   Having so much fun every class session.


·       Introduction to design
·       Color terms and theory
·        Processing and handling of fresh flowers
·       Flower & Foliage identification
·       Blooming and Green Plants for interiors
·       Hands on design of basic forms of design
·       Techniques in design
·       Wedding Bouquets
·       Flowers to wear
·       Sympathy Tributes
·       Every day designs
·       Pricing of floral products
·       Salesmanship with FLOWERS
·       Handling Customer complaints


Each student will have materials provided to execute all designs.  The classroom also has additional books, supplies and flowers for purchase.  This allows students to practice additional designs at home.
We will cover the Principles, Elements & Techniques of Design
·       Balance, Emphasis, Harmony, Proportion, Rhythm & Unity
·       Color, Form, Line, Space & Texture
·       Bailing, Banding, Binding, Bunching, Clustering, Detailing, Facing, Framing, Grouping, Hand Tying, Kubari, Lacing, Layering, Mirroring, Pave, Pillowing, Sequencing, Sheltering, Stacking, Terracing, Tufting, Veiling, Wrapping & Zoning.

Floral Design Tools

The Flower Classroom provides a Notebook of Floral information, Color Wheel and a California Flower Selection guide.
 Students should bring something for note taking and a hand held calculator.  The classroom has assorted tools available to use, new floral tools are available in the classroom to purchase.  Any other tools necessary for the class will be available.


A certificate of completion of this class will be available with a passing grade on the final exam.
Students that have enrolled and passed the Explore Floral Design and wish to enroll in the Advanced Floral design class that follows will be given a ½ off discount on that class price when combining these 2 classes.
Christina Burton-Fox   AIFD   instructor

FLOWERS are beautiful creations.  The curiosity and enthusiasm for information about flowers is contagious.  Enroll in the Flower Classroom for the most up to date information….when the ordinary won’t do…take yourself somewhere new!


Fresh flowers and foliage’s and the containers will be provided for all the designs.  These designs are yours   to take with you at the end of each class day.  You will not take apart your designs to execute the next floral design.
Flower selection will be seasonal.  The classroom will have a wide selection of flowers to choose from for design execution.  You will have permanent materials and all wire, tape, glue, etc. will be provided.
Styles of Design
·      Botanical
·      Circular Mass
·      Formal Linear
·      Line-Mass
·      Triangular
·      Vegetative

Class Registration

70 hours classroom time
Registration & Class Materials for a       10-day class or 2 evenings for 10 weeks.             

This amount is due in full to reserve your design table.  Payment can be made with any major credit card or with Pay Pal.

PayPal link for payment of Class

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.

Hotels & Restaurants are located in the Kansas City downtown area.  A short commute to the Classroom.  Call for more information.  913-708-2988

Floral Tip of the week from Florists Review Magazine

April 7, 2014

Tips for Gerbera care

Sunny Gerberas are a spring and summer favorite for consumers, but bent stems lead to disappointment. American Floral Endowment (AFE) funded researchers at the University of Florida offer the following tips to avoid such bending.

  • Avoid storing Gerberas, and never store them in boxes.
  • Unpack Gerberas immediately, cut stems, and place into freshly made hydration solution, preferably one formulated for Gerberas.
  • Support the stems during hydration, and don’t let stems touch the bottom of the container. You can cover your buckets with chicken wire and suspend the Gerberas through this grid for the necessary support.
  • Keep the flowers hydrating or displayed at 42 F for no more than two days.
  • Give customers flower food packets and educate them on the importance of using the food.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Oasis Idea Mail for April

Smithers-Oasis IDEAMail


Let Smithers-Oasis send you off to a great wedding season! Ensure all your summer events are profitable by utilizing the business resources, flower care information and design trends and recipes found in this Wedding issue of IDEA Mail!

Business Resources

Color Trends 2014
As you're consulting on events that are happening in the coming year, make sure to take a look at our Color Trends for 2014. We work with designers in various industries and across the continent to help us track emerging trends - and we're sharing those colors, textures and looks with you!
Download 2014 Color Trends (PDF)
New Glassware, Perfect for Events!
Whether you need smaller vases for accents, or larger vases for show-stopping event pieces, Smithers-Oasis has the glassware to fit your needs.
See Our 11 Newest Pieces (PDF)

Flower Care

Floralife Showdown
What finishing spray is best for your wedding designs? Do you know the differences? Use our tip sheet to discover if Floralife® Finishing Touch Spray or Floralife® Crowning Glory® Solution is the right choice for you. Also, learn what you can expect from Floralife® Leafshine.
Download Tip Sheet (PDF)

Design Showcase

OASIS® Floral Foam Stakes
OASIS Floral Foam Stakes are the perfect height for table centerpieces - the wooden stake measures 20" plus the foam sphere or brick, allowing for guests to enjoy conversation without an obstructed view from each other during the event.
Learn More
At 36", RAQUETTES holders are perfectly sized for large, economical designs such as banquet tables, head tables or hedgerows. Made with Deluxe OASIS® Floral Foam Maxlife and then wrapped in perforated green poly film to limit evaporation, RAQUETTES Holders allow your flowers to stay hydrated for the entire event.
Learn More
OASIS® Wedding Belle® Bouquet Holders
If your bride is looking for a hand-tied bouquet, this can easily be achieved with the Wedding Belle Bouquet Holder as shown here. The new clear handle is easy to camouflage with stems! And it is filled with OASIS® Floral Foam Maxlife, providing a continuous water source, so you can be confident your "hand-tied will stay fresh. Watch Loann Burke, AIFD, PFCI walk you through the many bouquet holders available and tips on achieving a hand-tied look.
Learn More   |   Watch Loann's Video
Looking for more inspiration? Visit our Wedding & Prom Resources page for design ideas, recipe cards, how-to videos, and more!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Students create FLORAL ART

 Students create Floral ART for the DWF Wholesale trade show.

Denver Wholesale Floral offered a footprint and the flowers for students at the classroom to create designs.  The design challenge for some was they only had 10 days of training….but wow did they do a fantastic job with the challenge.

I created some basic structures for them to interpret, some they cam to me with inspirational ideas from the classroom library.  And a few of the students are very experienced in flroal design and have attended many of my Advanced professional classes.

The students were able to meet flower glrowers and vendors to the industry.  A design show that gave them additional ideas, tips and techniques for floral design.  Overall a fantastic evening for everyone!

A special thank you again to DWF…the beautiful flowers… and the support for the classroom.

Christina Burton-Fox  AIFD