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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.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Field to Vase Dinner

It Was A Magical Experience At 
The Flower Fields

Guests Enjoyed a Beautiful Evening At The American Grown
Field to Vase Dinner in Carlsbad


That pretty much sums up this year's American Grown Field to Vase Dinner experience at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Over 150,000 people will tour The Flower Fields this year, but only our sold-out crowd of 175 people were the lucky few who enjoyed a wonderful dinner by Chef John Miller of Bistro West while overlooking a sea of ranunculus that seemed to trail off into the Pacific Ocean. 

Up Next... We're heading to Destiny Hill Farm

After our dinner at The Flower Fields, we'll be headed to Washington, PA, on June 24, where you we will be surrounded by lush lavender at the beautiful Destiny Hill FarmLearn more here.

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Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest F2V news, special behind the scene moments and live stories! #AmericanGrown #F2V#OriginMatters

(Did you attend last year's tour? Share your stories and pictures by tagging us and help us spread the good news of this year's tour! We'll be watching for your posts!)


Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Bloomtube Bouquet Tales and Trends

Flower Parade, Bouquet Tales and trends
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Looking outside here in Holland you won’t think spring has started…

Looking outside here in Holland you won’t think spring has started… but April is running towards its end so spring can’t be ignored.
The Keukenhof in Holland is already half way it’s openings period with fantastic spring flowers fully blooming.
Get inspired! Have a look at our Floral trend "Harmonise"
The annual Flower Parade

Last weekend the annual Flower Parade has taken place in the bulb region of Holland, this years theme was Dutch Design and marked the 70th edition of this eye-catching event!

It has become almost a tradition that Jan de Koning takes beautiful pictures of this floral event that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, so also this year he was there as a floral reporter to registrar all the stunning creations.

Two of these creations where made by Joan Stam on behalf of the Dutch Central Bank, The Big money transport truck has won the first price and the security Jeep won 3rd price. For all the images have a look at our Facebook page.
Bouquet Tales

Last nut not least… the spring edition of the Bouquet tales paper is available! Again an inspiring edition with bouquets that are created by Brigitte Heinrichs from Germany, Cyrill Tronchet from England and Joan Stam from Holland. These three driven designers went wild with pastel tones and from them a large amount of tips & tricks where collected.
The newspaper can be downloaded on the bouquet tales page.
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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Florists Review tip of the week

May 1, 2017 

National Small Business Week officially kicked off yesterday, so highlight for your customers what a difference small businesses like yours make to the local community and the nation. 
Here are a few of the types of details you can share via social media, your blog, e-mail newsletters, or in-store signs and other materials. 
  • The number of years you’ve served your community 
  • The number of people your small business employs each year
  • The number of local organizations you support through charitable donations
  • The estimated dollar amount of your annual charitable giving (include cash, products, services, etc.)
For more about National Small Business Week events, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration at

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

flower magazine design inspiration

Plus a guide to Charleston, a Hamptons garden oasis, and decorating with fine art
These ten compositions from nearly a decade of Flower magazine show how to make floral arrangements that continue to inspire our staff and readers
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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Florists Review tip of the week

May 8, 2017 

As you are gearing up for Mother’s Day sales, keep in mind that research suggests that about 85 percent of buying decisions are based on emotion. Therefore, direct your staff to use evocative phrases and words, such as lush, gorgeous, opulent, classic, memorable, long lasting, etc. If you write sales scripts for your menu items, include such words in your descriptions, or create talking points and keep them near the phones.

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor

Monday, May 1, 2017

California Grown Field Notes

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F2V Sells Out in Carpinteria, Carlsbad

The second stop on the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour played to a sold-out crowd at Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria. 

Photo by Linda Blue Photography.

The magical evening included a tablescape and hands-on workshop with Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event - and of "Oprah Winfrey Show" fame. Guests enjoyed a farm-to-fork meal by Rincon Beach Club & Catering's chefs Ron True and Jose Garcia. Craft spirits were provided by Cutler's Artisan Spirits, and Captain Fatty's Craft Brewery provided the brew. The dinner was also accompanied by wines from Magerum Wine Company. 

Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event.
Photo by Linda Blue Photography.

Certified American Flower farmers and father-and-son duo Alex and Case Van Wingerden provided an hour-long tour of their farm to guests who wanted that extra time and experience with the flower farmer discussing orchid growing and answering questions.

Alex and Case Van Wingerden of Gallup & Stribling Orchids.
Photo by Linda Blue Photograhy.
The third stop for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour was The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. 

Held among the ranunculus fields, the event included a tour with flower farmer Mike A. Mellano and a hands-on design workshop with "The Flower Chef" Carly Cylinder, who also designed the breath-taking tablescapes.

Photo by Carrie McCluskey Photography.

This stop attracted our largest crowd in the history of the dinner tour and they were wowed by the blooms, the informative farm tour, the artisanal meal and the spectacular weather that greeted them. 

Jim and Nancy Cameron of Destiny Hill Farm
In addition to our popular Facebook LIVE videos, the dinner garnered lots of media attention, helping spread the word about America's flower-farming families and why origin matters.  Read more about our Carlsbad dinner here.

The dinner tour stops next in Washington, Pennsylvania, June 24. Join us at Destiny Hill Farm where you'll meet flower farmers Jim and Nancy Cameron who transformed their family's farm into a lush lavender, cut flower and berry farm in 2011 and became a Certified American Grown flower farm in 2014.

Floral designer Francoise Weeks of European Floral Design willadorn the dining table with woodland-inspired centerpieces featuring branches, buds, seedpods, succulents, herbs and seasonal flowers. Known for her unique use of floral materials and awe-inspiring designs, Francoise's global perspective will elevate this event to a new level.

Tickets for this unique experience are going fast.  Save your seattoday!

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California Grown Flowers Month is Almost Here! What's Your Plan? 
In 2017, the California Senate declared June to be California Grown Flower Month.

When announced, the resolution noted the designation was designed to recognize and honor the flower farming families of California for their dedication and productivity.

The resolution also recognized the flower industry's impact on the state's economy: creating 145,665 jobs, generating $12.2 billion in business activity and creating $1.1 billion in additional taxes.

With June fast approaching, what do you have planned to celebrate or recognize California Grown Flowers Month?

CCFC has several promotions in the works in conjunction with retailers. We'll also be spreading the word through various Commission communication channels and on social media. 

Tell us what you have planned and we'll help spread the word! 
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And Then Comes American Flowers Week 

As June winds down, American Flowers Week starts. Why not design a promotion around the week - set for June 28-July 4,
American Flowers Week is an advocacy, education and outreach campaign co-produced by the Slow Flowers Podcast with Debra Prinzing and


Now in its third year, American flowers advocate and journalist Debra Prinzing created the U.S. version of the domestic flowers promotion campaign with inspiration from British Flowers Week. 

The week seeks to heighten the attention to the importance and value of American Grown Flowers. 

Use the #americanflowersweek hashtag to draw attention to your efforts during this exciting week and help spread the origin matters message.  
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Use These Tips to Streamline Mother's Day Efforts 

The countdown to the largest flower-giving holiday is upon us. Mother's Day is May 14 - but there's no need to panic!

Turn to these tips to prepare for success:

Hire extra help now. This might include designers, drivers and support staff. Also, let current employees know if their schedules will change leading up to Mother's Day.

Double-check your flower orders. Be sure you have enough flowers and foliage coming, and increase your order if the season is looking particularly promising. Also, be sure you have enough of the most popular flowers for moms, and remember that this holiday isn't about a single day - it tends to expand to a week.

Update your web and social. Update your website with any special Mother's Day promotions, hours or special events. While you're at it, why not schedule a significant number of social media posts now so you don't forget during the rush?

Prep your space. Make sure your location is looking good to impress any new visitors. And get your workspace organized so it's super efficient during this busy time. 

Work ahead. If possible, work a day ahead on orders so you are able to help last-minute customers. After all, you never know how many new contacts you'll be making and who will become your best new "regular."

Tell us what you have planned! We'd love to feature your efforts.
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Free Public Tours Garners Awareness For Why Buying American Grown Flowers Is Important

The flower farmers of Carpinteria held their 9th annual Greenhouse & Nursery Tour on April 1st. The tour is annual effort to welcome the public into greenhouses and learn about the process of growing cut flowers for the market. 

Click to watch interview with David VanWingerden of Westland Orchids.

The annual even coincided with the AmericanGrown Field to Vase Dinner Tour's stop at Gallup & Stribling Orchids earlier in the week and helped to draw great media coverage and attention on the importance of the Carpinteria Valley's flower farms. The flower farmers in Santa Barbara County make up for more than 50% of California's production value. 

More information on the annual tour can be found at

The free tours include opportunities for people to go home with arm loads of fresh California Grown Flowers.
To see more photos from this year's tour, visit our Flick page here

Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor