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Floral Design classes by appointment

Call to make your appointment to learn floral techniques and styles of design.

Class size: 2 students
daytime-evening-some weekends

Payment by pay pal invoice
with any credit card, check or cash


Class topics:

Consumer Bunch of Flowers
3 hours training
includes flowers, container & handouts
$65 per person

Tropical or succulents
2.5 hours training
includes plants & containers
$75 per person

Spring/Summer Door Design
3 hours training
all silk & dried materials included
$125 per person

Flowers to carry/Weddings
6 hours training
2 sizes & styles
$200 per person

Flowers to wear/Weddings
8 hours training
ring, necklace, wrist & pin on
$200 per person

Holiday table design
St. Pat’s Easter Mothers Day
Memorial Day 4th of July
4 hours training
fresh and permanent materials
$150 per person

Hand tied table garlands
4 hours training
fresh foliages & flowers
$175 per person

Have a topic that's not listed you are interested in learning more about....Contact me for pricing and set your appointment for 1 or 2!


I am looking forward to meeting you in the classroom and sharing my floral passion and knowledge with you!! I love to learn new things....Hope you do too!!

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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD
floral artist & instructor


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Rio Roses Valentines Special Issue


Friday, January 22, 2016

Oasis Valentine Designs

Smithers-Oasis North America Design Director Sharon McGukin, AIFD, AAF, PFCI, is a speaker and author known for her "edutaining" floral design tips and Southern charm. She has four decades of design experience, is past president of AIFD and lives in Carrollton, Georgia. 
Valentine's Day can easily be the busiest day of the year for a floral designer. Almost everyone has a potential Valentine - someone they'd love to surprise.

Lucky for us, flowers are the favorite gift of this exciting sweetheart's holiday. It's easy to postpone prep and dread the day due to all its craziness, but that isn't a good idea. Careful planning in advance is the insider's secret for organizing this chaos into a successful day of sales and customer satisfaction.

Florists already know to prepare for the traditional phone-in orders for delivery of dozens of red roses or bouquets of red tulips. Let's look at 6 tips for planning your Valentine's Day sales we can take to inspire more non-traditional sales and impulse buys.

Prepare in advance
To appeal to everyone's wallet, develop recipes for arrangements in a range of prices. Offer similar designs in at least three price points-budget, moderate and exceptional. 

Concentrate on flower combinations that feature long-lasting flowers such as alstroemeria, carnations, mums or liatris. Include designs with less fragrant flowers like anthurium. protea or green plants to suggest for those who have allergies. Ask about allergies when making a sale.

Create each of the designs in your menu to determine the cost of labor and materials. Take photos of these mock-up designs to use in sales sheets with customers and your advertizing media. Make your procurement lists from these recipes. Showcase the designs in your cooler and begin taking advance orders.

Suggest upgrades
Use interesting materials as upgrades to basic arrangements. In this design, Snakeskin Wire was wrapped around the foam, inside the vase, to add a pop of color in the first design. Midollino Sticks were added to the second design to expand the space for the arrangement giving it more perceived value.

Offer a hands-on floral design class

In advance, offer a DIY class showing attendees how to use one of the Smithers-Oasis heart forms to create their on heart-warming designs for the holiday. Using poms, carnations or roses offer varied priced 'heart & flowers' packages they can purchase to create their own design and 'give their heart' to a loved one.

Make it easy to buy flowers
Advertize that you have gifts to suggest for all ages and relationships: fun gifts that children can enjoy including balloons, candy and stuffed animals; inexpensive flower designs for parents and grandparents; small floral thank you gifts for teachers, co-workers or friends; and glorious bouquets of specialty flowers for that 'special someone'.

Offer exclusive customized designs for a premium price. Display eye-catching 'grab and go' impulse buys for last minute shoppers. Post photos of your Valentine Flower Collection on Social Media. Accept walk-in orders to be picked-up via Facebook private messaging. Tweet and post photos of the arriving abundance of fresh flowers.

Inspire a passion for flowers
Tell the story of where your flowers are grown, how to care for them or any other interesting information you have to share with your customers. They will enjoy retelling the story as they give their gift.

Ask for specifics about the recipient and offer suggestions that will help meet their needs or preferences. Talk up the 'treasure' (the value points) of the gift they are choosing for their loved one. Make it feel good to buy flowers, so they will want to return.

Utilize fragrance and color
Create impulse sales by clustering flowers that are really fresh and just opening around sales counter to be seen and touched. Be sure to include some really fragrant blooms like stems of Oriental lilies, hyacinths or roses. Use signage to offer the name and price of the flowers. Group flowers together that would arrange well for DIY buyers.
Preparing your shop for Valentine's Day sales?
Watch this quick video of Valentine planning tips  from OASIS Floral Design Directors Frank Feysa, AIFD, PFCI and Neville MacKay, AIFD, CAFA.

"Have you started your plans for Valentine's Day?"
Sharon McGukin
Every OASIS Floral product, completely described has the complete information you need, including sizes and colors, on every OASIS Floral product available. You can create a list and order where you prefer, including from the site. Just shop as you normally would, adding items to your cart. When you're ready to check out, transfer your cart to the participating distributor you select. The distributor will process your order, ship and bill you directly. It's that easy!
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