AIFD announces registration for ‘Awaken’ symposium

FOREST HILL, USA: Floral designers from across the world can embrace the opportunity to grow their floral design knowledge and businesses at the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) National Symposium entitled “Awaken”  to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 6 – 11, 2019.

The five-day symposium  will provide extraordinary educational, networking and design opportunities for floral designers. This year promises to be a new symposium experience with even more learning  opportunities. The schedule includes not only the expected main stage programs and hands-on education sessions but also the newly added enhanced education sessions and a Las Vegas market experience. Everyone is invited to “Awaken” the possibilities for learning atthis year’s symposium!

The high-level main stage presentations are crafted by the most talented international and American designers in the industry.

  • Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD, CFD will present “Battle of the Principles & Elements,” with a cast of 15, you will not want to miss the battle!
  • “Winter Fantasia” presents the harmonious use of rustic and elegance with natural elements,presented by Lana Chernyavsky AIFD, CFD.
  • Denise Gehrke AIFD, CFD will look at sympathy designs in a whole new light in “Forever Remembered.”
  • Prepare yourself for a floral explosion as Harijanto Setiawan presents a twist to wedding and event floral design in “WTF! What The Flower!”
  • Join Michael Derouin AIFD, CFD to explore sophisticated wedding designs from concept through to execution in “Weddings: An Innovative Vision.”
  • Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD and Galina Mihaleva will “BLUR” the lines and bend the rules of floral and fashion turning the two art forms into one.
  • “A Wake to Remember” with David Powers AIFD, CFD will enlighten you with a multitude of sympathy tributes of days gone by and inspire you to keep memorial traditions alive.
  • Renowned across the globe in the field of international floristry, Gregor Lersch will astound attendees with “Displacements…Creating Asymmetrical.”

“Our love of flowers and the demand to design every day often needs a reboot or just a little inspiration. “Awaken” is just that. Reaching deep into our inner creativity and reconnecting again with the love of flowers is what this national symposium is all about. The educational opportunities are  developed for each and every aspect of today’s floral industry. Whether it is from the stage or in an intimate classroom setting, influential floral designers will present our craft in a whole new light.  This 2019 AIFD National Symposium is the place to be withfriends, to create networking opportunities and to be surrounded by common passions that drive us all to be better floral designers and business people.  You have to “Awaken” with us,” said 2019 symposium coordinators Joyce Mason-Monheim AIFD, CFD, PFCI and Brian Vetter AIFD, CFD, PFCI.

The handson education sessions will be taught by four talented instructors – Sharrai Morgan-Faulkner AIFD, CFD teaching “Fun With Foliage,” Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD, ICPF teaching “Partners in Motion: Line & Rhythm,” Sharon McGukin AIFD, CFD, PFCI teaching “Design a Trendsetting Bridal Bouquet in Floral Mesh,” and Wendy Andrade AIFD, CFD teaching “Unique Techniques With Wire.”

More information on symposium workshops, enhanced education sessions, and “Awaken Bright and Early” sessions can be found

AIFD Symposium is also a time when aspiring designers, endeavouring to achieve AIFD’s Certified Floral Designer (CFD®) designation and ultimately an invitation to become an accredited member of AIFD, will participate in the AIFD Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE). The PFDE will take place on Thursday, July 4.

For the greatest value AIFD highly recommends the premium registration. This includes all programs, seminars (except for those indicated otherwise, such as the hands-on workshops) and all meal functions. However, there are other options designed to fit everyone’s budget and time restrictions. A general registration includes all general sessions, the opening reception and partners’ showcase. Attendees may opt for a single day registration and view only the programs and activities on the day(s) of their choice. The partners’ showcase only option is for  local florists who want to take a few hours to view the fabulous products being displayed during the partners’ showcase.

Helping to make the symposium spectacular are a team of AIFD Elite Partners who contribute significant products and financial support. These include Premier Elite Partner Smithers-Oasis; Diamond Elite Partners Accent Décor, Floriology, Las Vegas Market and Syndicate Sales; Platinum Elite Partners CalFlowers, DesignMaster color tool inc., FTD, and Teleflora; Gold Elite Partners Floral Supply Syndicate, Florists’ Review, Green Point Nurseries/Hawaiian Tropical Flower Council, The Queen’s Flowers, and Vasesource; Silver Elite Partner The Elite Flower and; Bronze Elite Partners Details, The Floral Greens Farmers of Florida, and Mayesh Wholesale Florist.

Full details are available online at  Registration to attend the symposium is open to all floral designers and early registration is encouraged.

The mission of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is to advance the art of professional floral design through education, service and leadership, and to recognize the achievement of excellence in this art form. Established in 1965 AIFD is, today, the floral industry’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design. AIFD and its accredited members are in the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for events worldwide. Find more information:

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