Once again our schedule worked out to allow us to attend the Northeast Floral Conference and Expo last weekend. This year it was held in pretty Sturbridge, MA and the hotel there did a great job tending to all the crazy florists who blew in! As you can see, the expo volunteers did a great job leaving the floral mark every where you turned. the above arrangements we over 6 feet tall and really got us in the mood to meet, greet, learn and share with our floral peers.
The weekend was chock full of seminars, demonstration's, lectures and even a vendor fair. Below, J Schwanke AAF, AIFD PFCI instructs our design class in new and fun techniques for wearable flowers. J is always inspirational and entertaining! To see more of J's wonderful ideas check out www.UBloom.com
Below Delaware Valley Wholesales very own Laurie Lemek AIFD also showed us new ideas for prom and wedding floral designs.
No conference would be complete without a cocktail and dinner party and this one was great fun. A chance to hang out with other florists in a relaxed atmosphere, it's the best! This year theme for the Presidents dinner was "Beyond the Wonder" which had an "out of the world" feel to it!
And of course, it's all about the flowers like the Clematis below. A chance to see our favorite product in action is what inspires us to go to a Floral Conference in the first place. The folks at the Connecticut Florists Association do an amazing job and we can't wait for next years show to be held in Boston!