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Where do you begin??

I was just like you until I began to take floral classes....creative, 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 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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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD
floral artist & instructor

10820 W. 64th st. suite 102B
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66203


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Engaging Brides at Bridal Shows

Engaging Brides at Bridal Shows
By Adrianna Duran-Leon AIFD, CFD
Recently we were at a show where we set up a "make your own floral ring" buffet. As a bride went down the buffet line they got to choose from a group of a ring base pre-made out of decorative aluminium wire that had been prepped with a Uglu Dash. Then in their choice
but compliments on the different take on flowers, inter-activeness of our booth and how excited they were to see what we could do with flowers from our digital portfolio! To help keep us in the forefront
of each bride's mind we encouraged them to follow us and tag us on Instagram with a picture of their floral rings. It was a great way to engage brides and create interest in our company.
By far this was the best wedding show we've done to date and the investment into the fresh product of the booth was a fraction
of what it normally would have cost. We are looking

forward to booking with lots of newly engaged couples who we met at this bridal show.
of color they got to clip off main flower, either a spray rose or button mum, pluck off a couple of hypericum berries and finally pick out some statice. They ended their journey in the buffet line where we glued all their selections together with Oasis floral adhesive. While they waited for their ring to be glued together
(about a 1-2 min wait) we could
and they could watch our digital portfolio scrolling on a screen right next to them.We had nothing but compliments on the different take on flowers, inter-activeness of our booth and how excited they were to see what we could do with flowers from our digital portfolio! To help keep us in the forefront
of each bride's mind we encouraged them to follow us and tag us on Instagram with a picture of their floral rings. It was a great way to engage brides and create interest in our company.
By far this was the best wedding show we've done to date and the investment into the fresh product of the booth was a fraction
of what it normally would have cost. We are looking

forward to booking with lots of newly engaged couples who we met at this bridal show. 

This is a fantastic idea that Adrianna has shared!  We learn to create floral rings in the classroom.  A few that students and myself have created.
Join a class to learn how to create these beautiful rings.

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Classes to Join in May & June

What classes are coming up in May & June to join???
Space in both classes, register soon!!

May 19th & 20th
10-6 with an hour lunch break

2 Day Floral Wedding Workshop    $475.00+tax

This class is for all skill levels.  Each day we will begin with processing flowers and then a lecture time to discuss the new skills, tips and tricks we can apply to weddings.  Each day we will explore new techniques that will give you confidence to create your very first wedding bouquets, or add a greater skill level to the weddings you are selling in today's wedding market.

All designs created are yours to take home and enjoy each day.  What types of designs will be working on??

~ Pintrest style hand tied bouquets with chicken wire forms
~ flowers to wear     including floral rings
~flowers for the hair   crown, halo's, single flower presentations
~cascading bouquets in floral foam holders

These are the designs that are in demand by your clients...learn to be more profitable with your weddings, learn new mechanics, we all love to learn new things and this class will not disappoint!

Students are enrolling me for questions and a pay pal invoice to register
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Explore Floral Design

June 5th to 16th     Monday to Friday for 2 weeks    10-6pm  with an hour lunch break
$2,114.50 inclusive of everything you need

This is a fantastic way to learn so many things we know as floral artists.  Many Students have reviewed this class on my blog.  Search this blog for: what are the students thinking? and in Raves & Reviews.

This is the last Explore Floral Design ( EFD) class I will be offering in 2017.  So if you have been on the fence about becoming a florist or learning something that you have always wanted to is the time to enroll.

Special Discount if you enroll by April 30th.  Save $300 
your enrollment becomes: $1,814.50
click here to enroll

If I can answer any questions about this class you can reach me at: 913-708-2988 or
click here to email

I can't wait to share my floral design passion with you to learn new tips and tricks.  We all love to learn new things and these 2 classes are a great way to start!

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Design Master Water Color Ribbon video

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Florists Review Newsletter

April 2017 
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Discover a creative new way to decorate a wedding cake with flowers without contaminating the cake. Click here to watch Leanne Kesler, AIFD, PFCI, director of the Floral Design Institute in Portland, Ore., demonstrate the novel technique.

… Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts in Grand Rapids, Mich. The shop, owned by Lori Haveman, is the winner of the prestigious 15th-annual contest, which is cosponsored by the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association (WF&FSA) and Florists’ Review. Watch for a feature article on Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts in our June issue, and see why they won!

Click here to subscribe to the new and completely revamped Florists’ Review, or request a free trial issue.

The Society of American Florists (SAF)makes promoting prom flowers a snap with social media graphics and suggested posts with an interactive quiz on prom flowers on SAF’s consumer website, To find their “Prom Flower Personality,” users answer nine questions about their personality, style and prom plans to help them pick the perfect prom flowers to fit their style.

Check out SAF’s Prom Resource Center to get all kinds of ideas and assistance for marketing prom flowers in your shop.

Click here to read how Greenville, S.C. florist Staci Bryant is taking prom seriously — and having a lot of fun on Facebook and Instagram, to the delight of her customers.

Martha Stewart Weddings has identified 11 wedding color palettes for spring 2017 that don’t include pink, noting that while “pink hues are beautiful and classic for springtime weddings,” not every bride will want this color. Click here to see Martha’s top color picks for this season’s weddings — that, no doubt, will carry into summer and fall.

A drone has captured amazing images of the 7 million tulips now blooming at Netherlands' famed Keukenhof gardens. Click here to see photos of some of the incredible tulip beds.


The country’s largest flower-and-garden show was held in March, in Philadelphia. Click here to see spectacular photos of the event.

AND watch for your May issue of Florists’ Review to see our exclusive coverage of a spectacular cut flower display at the show designed by Schaffer Designs (as well as coverage of flower shows in Boston and Chicago and at Macy’s Herald Square store in NYC!).

Click here to subscribe to the new and completely revamped Florists’ Review, or request a free trial issue.

On March 20, The New York Times published an article, “What Happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets,” in which author Deborah Needleman wrote:

• “Most of our cut flowers are imported from Latin America, where labor is cheap, working conditions harsh, regulations lax and chemicals prevalent … .”

• “Imported flowers are jacked up on fungicide, dunked in vats of preservatives and jostled and manhandled for about a week,” before arriving in retail flower shops.

Peter Moran, CEO of the Society of American Florists (SAF), responded to what SAF called “inaccuracies” in the article. Read his response here.

The International Floriculture Expo (IFE) has launched an online social media campaign called “Happy Healthy Flowers”(#happyhealthyflowers) to promote studies that show the health benefits of giving and receiving flowers — and they want your help to spread the message.

Learn how your shop can participate at

A virtual floral trade show? Yes, from May 24 to 26, 2017, Colombian ornamental growers will come together with buyers by logging onto Cyber Flora Show, billed as the world’s first ornamental product trade show. Read more about it here, or click here to find out how to “attend” or “exhibit.”

Martha Stewart shines a spotlight on this year’s Certified American Grown Field to Vase Dinners, giving the events national exposure.

You also can check out the first dinner of 2017, which was held March 11 at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minn., in your May issue of Florists’ ReviewFR also will be your source for info and photos from all seven dinners this year.

Click here to subscribe to the new and completely revamped Florists’ Review, or request a free trial issue.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicted that Easter coming late this year could have resulted in consumers spending more money than ever — a record $18.4 billion this year (6 percent more than last year), including $1.2 billion on flowers and plants. Click here to find out what else consumers bought for the holiday, and email to give us a report on your Easter sales.

FTD Member Florists now have the opportunity to identify and implement “greening” opportunities and initiatives at their shops thanks to a new partnership with the Green Business Bureau. Participants complete an assessment that validates their current sustainability efforts; identifies areas where their businesses could be more environmentally friendly; and work toward reaching their goals with assistance from the Green Business Bureau’s online library of step-by-step plans, activities and links to vendors. To learn more, visit

Hot off the presses, this brand-new book showcases the range of 14 English garden roses that David Austin has been perfecting for weddings and special events since the 1990s. Each of the rose varieties is featured in a number of spectacular floral designs, making this glorious book a must-have for the coming wedding season.

Click here to check out a selection of the design ideas and to order the book.

Softcover. 96 pages.
DAW217 – ONLY $20
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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

AIFD 2017 Symposium Register NOW

Who will be the Xceptional Designers Xhibiting their skills at Symposium "X"...

The lineup of main stage designers for Symposium "X" is like a 
"Who's Who
of the Floral Industry:

  • Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD and Frank Blanchard CFD - "Side X Side: The Northwest Experience"
  • Ania Norwood AIFD, CFD and Aniko Kovaks AIFD, CFD - "Xcel With Armatures"
  • Alex Torres AIFD, CFDNicola Parker AIFD, CFD, and Gail Terril AIFD, CFD - "Are You Faux Real?"
  • Arthur Williams AIFD, CFD - "Outside the Box - Artist in Residence"
  • Donald Yim AIFD, CFD - "Materialistic"
  • Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD - "Xceptional Color and Texture Trends in Weddings"
  • Jon Robert Throne AIFD, CFD - "Merry Xmas"
  • Yutaka Jimbo AIFD, CFDMayra Agustina de la Garza Cueva AIFD, CFDJuan Roberto Rivera Almaguer AIFD, CFDSo Hyoung Oh AIFD, CFDSolomon Leong AIFD, CFD, and Ibragim Chupalaev - "X: The Meaning of Cultural Friendship Through AIFD"
  • Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz - "Xuberant! Minimalism"
  • Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD - "Floral Art: Living with Flowers"
  • Phil Rulloda AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI - "Xpose the Xtraordinary Magic Within"

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Slow Flowers April Newsletter

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Welcome to APRIL! I hope the information shared in this month's newsletter is useful and thought-provoking, Warmly, Debra
Slow Flowers, Green Weddings: Inspiring and Sustainable Floral Ideas for 2017 Ceremonies
Designed by Betany Coffland, Chloris Floral (c) Paige Greene Photography
Our New Slow Flowers Editorial Look Book went live today over our wire service PR Web and it is also posted on the Slow Flowers Journal. Thank you to all who participated! 
The SLOW Flowers/GREEN Weddings image package features 18 inspiring ideas and styles that best reflect the 2017 Wedding Season with a environmentally and locally-conscious aesthetic.
This report has been distributed to the press for their use in editorial content and blog posts.
Thank you to our members who shared images of their flowers and bouquet/boutonniere/wedding designs for inclusion in this campaign. 
Click here to read the full report on Slow Flowers Weddings 2017►
Read our latest article from 


Spring Mason Jar Bouquet by Hillary Alger of Johnny’s Selected Seeds
If you’ve attended any Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers 
(ASCFG) Conferences or Growers’ Schools in the past few years, I bet you’ve met Hillary Alger. 
Hillary is passionate about growing flowers and she works tirelessly on bringing information and resources about what her company is doing to the community. She is the Flowers Product Manager for Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
But I didn’t know she was a passionate floral designer, too! In this week’s newsletter from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, this cool video and post popped into my feed. It showcased the “Spring Mason Jar Bouquet,” designed by Hillary.
Click here to read the full post►
Slow Flowers Creative Workshop #4 with Floressence
On March 6th, Anne Bradfield of Seattle-based Floressence and I teamed up to teach an intimate session at her studio in Georgetown. 
This was the fourth Slow Flowers Creative Workshop (SFCW) that I’ve offered since our first one in August 2016.
Five students gathered and brought their inquisitiveness, a sense of adventure and a fearless desire to take risks using new tools for their floral branding and messaging.
We had designers, a flower farmer and two veterans of retail floristry – and everyone was experienced in weddings and events as part of their business models. 
Check out the post-workshop report and see the beautiful florals and floral designers as photographed by Dyana Zweng of a bit of earth.
Click here to read the full post►
April 23-25, 2017

Join Susan Mcleary of Passionflower EventsDebra Prinzing of Slow FlowersKaleb Norman Jamesof Kaleb Norman James Design, and Tobey Nelson of Tobey Nelson Events & Design at a cozy Pacific Northwest island winery for an inspirational getaway designed to help you develop your creative voice, refine and update your floral design skills, perfect your tablescaping game, and get hands-on experience creating a large floral installation without foam.  
During the course of the workshop we will discuss sourcing, pricing, creative challenges, staying renewed and inspired, working with your farmer, and more.  Each student will have hands-on experience and all work will be professionally photographed with professional models to be used by students in their portfolios, websites, branding etc.  We will work with only the most luscious, locally-sourced and American grown product including lots of spring treasures grown right here on Whidbey Island.
Check Out all Details & Register Here ►
Get your Tickets Now!


has been called a "TED Talk for Flower Lovers." 
Developed and produced by Debra Prinzing and Slow Flowers LLC, this one-day event is designed to celebrate AMERICAN FLOWERS WEEK (June 28-July 4, 2017) and bring together creatives, thought leaders and change agents with a lecture series featuring leading voices in the progressive American-grown floral community. 
Many of our speakers are past guests of the Slow Flowers Podcast. Find links to their interviews here:
Amy Stewart, author of "Flower Confidential" (May 2014, Episode 140)
Riz Reyes, RHR Horticulture (October 2015, Episode 214)
Teresa Sabankaya, Bonny Doon Garden Co. (April 2015, Episode 187)
Emily Ellen Anderson, Lola Creative/Lola Floral Design (November 2014, Episode 168)
Lisa Waud, pot & box (February 2015, Episode 181)

Future interviews with our other speakers and panelists are in the works! Watch for news about them soon!
Check Out all Details & Register Here ►
Slow Flowers in the News
Conservation Watch/Garden Clubs of America

At the invitation of Garden Clubs of AmericaDebra Prinzing contributed an article to the Spring 2017 "Conservation Watch" publication -- which is distributed to all 18,000 members of GCA nationwide. 
According to editor Molly Jones, "you spoke so convincingly at our club about the importance of sourcing close to home that I would love to include your information about the importing, spraying, customs houses, and other issues related to the huge market for roses in this country as well as emphasize the benefits of keeping our flower purchases close to home."
The article features two Slow Flowers members, Danielle Hahn of Rose Story Farm and Sandra Laubenthal of Peterkort Roses, who generously shared their time and expertise.
Click here to read the article and see the full issue►
Growing for Market

Andrew Mefferd, editor and publisher of Growing for Market, commissioned an article about local flower branding for the March issue. Thank you to everyone who contributed details about their logo and branding programs -- your personal take on the topic is inspiring!

"Make your mark with local branding" features the following Slow Flowers members: Pamela and Frank Arnosky of Texas Specialty Cut FlowersNicolette Irving of Flourish Flower FarmMichael Genovese of Summer Dreams FarmKathleen Barber of Erika's Fresh FlowersAdam and Jennifer O’Neal of PepperHarrow FarmJessica Hall and Chris Auville of Harmony Harvest Farm, and Diane Szukovathy and Molly Sadowsky of Seattle Wholesale Growers Market.
Click here to read the full article►
Click here to subscribe to Growing for Market►
Garden Design Magazine
Slow Flowers founder Debra Prinzing and several of our members are quoted in "Flowering Branches," a beautiful article in the new Spring 2017 issue of Garden Design magazine.
Charles Little from Charles Little & Co. offered his expertise on growing magnolias, flowering cherries and more.
Diane Szukovathy from Jello Mold Farm shared her expertise on growing Prunus, Syringa and Cornus as cut flowers.
The story and entire issue are beautiful -- check it out!
Click here to see the entire article►
Click here for a special subscription offer from Garden Design►
Slow Flowers on the Road
We're so pleased to share special opportunities with our members -- to speak, be published and build your Slow Flowers brand and personal platform.
In March, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show featured three of our members. The presentations showcased local flower farming, floral design and event design. Congratulations to each for being included in the seminar program -- and thank you for representing Slow Flowers!

Beth Barnett of Larkspur Chicago, "Floral Designer to Farmer Florist, a Journey into the World of Floral Farming"

Jeanie McKewanBrightflower Farm, "Choosing Local Flowers for Your Special Event"

Andrea K. GristAndrea K. Grist Floral Art, "Color in Bloom - a Floral Journey"
LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcasts for March
Voices of the Slow Flowers Movement 
Each week the Slow Flowers Podcast releases a new episode featuring timely interviews with flower farmers and floral designers whose wisdom and insights will inspire you! In March, we broke our all-time record for listener downloads -- with more than 11,000 downloads during the month! Check out the wide range of guests we've heard from this month: 
Click here to subscribe to our FREE weekly Podcast►
Welcome to our New Slow Flowers Members

March welcomed the following new members -- flower farmers, florists and farmer-florists -- to! You'll want to follow and connect with them on social media. Introduce yourself!

Anne E's Garden Fresh, Scottsdale, AZ
Bluegreen Gardens, Columbus, OH
Blue Sky Flower Farm, Lakeville, MN
Cape Lily, Harlem, NY
Down the Road Flower Farm, New Lexington, OH
Grace Flowers Hawaii, Honokaa, Hawaii
Queen City Flower Farm, Cincinnati, OH
The Petal Truck, Charleston, S.C.
Click here to Create Your SLOWFLOWERS.COM Listing►

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor