Master Event participants will travel from all over the globe to spend a day, or two, with featured celebrity floral designers. The Master Events are open to anyone but are catered most especially to those wishing to take their floral creativity and ability to the next level.
We will sweep you off to a beautiful setting that will fill your soul and mind with new inspired floral dreams.
We will feed you delicious food, and offer you a steaming cup of tea, or a sparking glass of wine. Here, you will experience the sights, the sounds, the smells of floral design at its best.
Master Event with Kelly Shore
of Petals by the Shore
Designing an American Grown Wedding
Before the hustle and bustle of fall event season and before the kids go back to school come join me, Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore for a full day of learning how to grow your sourcing confidence in your retail or event business.
No matter what stage of your business you are in there is always room to grow, learn and evolve! Where we are sourcing our flowers as designers is an area that is a hot topic right now. We have many options when it comes to sourcing beautiful products. The place I love to start first is in my community! I love my designs to reflect sense of place & regionality as much as possible. However, because event floral design is a year round endeavor for me on the East Coast I had to learn how to source outside my region in the winter months when my growers were not growing. I’ve spent years connecting with farms and talking with wholesalers about the products they are shipping and selling. And I’ve learned there is always something blooming here in the U.S. 12 months a year. It’s important to me that I’m supporting America’s flower farmers as much as possible and I believe you can do the same.
Join me Sunday, August 25, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for a full day of learning how to source local and American grown for your weddings with confidence and success. Let's debunk the fear that you can't design a real wedding with domestically grown flowers and foliage 365 days a year!
As a leader in the locally grown and American grown flowers movement I’ve been featured multiple times for my unique year-long studies where I’ve focused on how to source 365 days a year successfully. Supporting and sourcing from America's flower farmers has become a growing and focal part of my brand and mission. I’ve served as lead designer for two of the Certified American Grown sponsored First Lady's Luncheons, a guest designer at the Field to Vase dinner in Homer, Alaska at Scenic Place Peonies and earlier this summer at Bloomia tulip farm in Virginia and also co-presented at the 2018 Slow Flowers Summit.
In addition to my year-round wedding and event business I also launched The Floral Field Trip which is a U.S. floral sourcing experience for floral designers to connect with flower farmers around the country that can provide them with botanicals for their events through direct shipping or through wholesalers January - December. My main goal through my two businesses is bringing visibility to America's flower farmers.
In my one-day workshop I will walk you through inquiry to execution of how I work with my clients and plan ahead for my events throughout the year knowing where to source and what to source. I will create a small wedding mock-up designing a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, and lush garden style centerpiece to demonstrate a typical wedding she produces. Attendees will also have the opportunity to help me create a foam free floral ceremony install. The flowers I will be designing with will come from 90% local flower farms in the Portland area and the other 10% from other domestic flower farms that I source from 12 months a year.
My goal is to empower you by connecting you with new suppliers to buy your products from, the opportunity to see the botanicals used in real applicable designs as well as connect with the flower farmers who will be on-hand to discuss their farms and answer questions about their products. You will also have the opportunity to design with the products to create something of your choosing there at the end of the event or to take home and experience at a later time. It will be a great exercise in experiencing new botanicals and noting their vase life. In addition to the demonstration, there will be a catered lunch and a cocktail happy hour to follow.
I hope you will join me for this jam packed day of learning and being inspired that will take you into the fall season with a renewed sense of excitement for flowers and where they come from!! One day course is $350 – all flowers and food included!
Designing an American Grown Wedding
Coming in Spring 2020
~ Previous Workshops ~
with Kailla Platt
Gardner Florist Design Workshop
I have loved flowers all my life. As a child the high desert wildflowers taught me to look and notice, however fleeting or subtle the seasonal gift might be. I remember the first glimpse each summer of the slender stemmed and elusive Mariposa lily, rising pale purple from the sandy soil. And just once, a white one, my step mom found the morning she and my dad were married.
In the lush green of the Willamette Valley I fell further under the floral spell. My grandmother Jane K. Platt filled my young heart with a love of gardens, plants and flowers. She would generously send me out into her amazing garden with a basket and clippers, telling me I could pick anywhere. Then, as we selected flower-frogs and filled vases, she would tell me the names and the stories of all these beautiful flowers. Her garden was a fairy land to me as a child and it continues to inspire me and influence my work today. I have also had the very good fortune to study with Max Gill, Nicolette Camille, Erin Benzakein and Amy Merrick.
I first expressed this passion professionally through garden design. After receiving degrees in fine art and landscape architecture, I designed gardens for ten years; all the while keeping a hand in growing and arranging flowers. Kailla Platt Flowers is my opportunity to express and share the way I see flowers -- with a gardener's heart and an artist's eye.
I am interested in expressing what is most essential and vital about each season. My designs use the most lush and vibrant blooms available, sourced from local farms, gardens and growers.
For more about Kailla visit her website at www.kaillaplattflowers.com
or follow her on instagram @kaillaplatt
Two Masterclasses with Amy Nicole Floral
Tuesday, March 19th
"Artful Bouquets" from 9am to 12:30
"Painterly Centerpieces" from 2pm to 5:30
with a lunch and meet and greet
AMY WAS BORN NATURE OBSESSED WITH ART AND FLOWERS IN HER BLOOD.
With an art filled upbringing and generations of plant loving people before her, she was destined for this work. It all came together at 19 years old when she took her very first floral design class.
ARRANGING EACH STEM WITH INTENTION AND POETIC MOVEMENT WAS INTOXICATING TO HER.
THE TACTILE NATURE AND UNIQUE CHALLENGE OF MANIPULATING MATERIALS WAS SOMETHING SHE CRAVED IN HER OTHER ARTISTIC STUDIES BUT SHE HADN’T FOUND IT UNTIL THAT MOMENT.
BY THE END OF THAT FIRST CLASS, SHE KNEW THIS WAS HER MEDIUM.
IN FACT….IT WAS HER CALLING.
From that moment forward, she immersed herself in training to be the professional designer and expert she is today. She received her professional training at the accredited Golden West College Floral Design and Shop Management program and has continued to study and learn from some of the best in the business.
Her experience has spanned two decades in retail floristry and special events and over the past two decades she built a successful freelance career working alongside many industry giants and launched her own special events studio, Amy Nicole Floral.
WITH ALL OF HER SUCCESS, AMY HAS FOUND THE MOST FULFILLING PASSION AND ULTIMATE CALLING IN TEACHING.
SHE IS A NATURALLY GIFTED COMMUNICATOR, OFTEN CAPTIVATING STUDENTS WITH HER EXPRESSIVE, RAW AND HONEST APPROACH TO FLOWERS.
AMY CARES DEEPLY FOR THE ART FORM JUST AS MUCH AS DISCUSSING PROFITABILITY, QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY IN OUR WORK WITH FLOWERS.
SHE BELIEVES THEY ARE SYMBIOTIC.
Her experienced voice has now led her to teaching and training floral designers across the country through private and group workshops and speaking at floral conferences nationwide.
Featured on *Design Sponge as one of the “20 Florists to Follow on Instagram,” Amy has won multiple design awards including “Mastery in Principles of Design” chosen by the Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart.
In 2018, Team Flower named her “Designer of the Year” and her work has been featured and published in major international and national wedding blogs, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Once Wed, Hochzeitsguide, and many more.
AMY IS DEEPLY PASSIONATE ABOUT EDUCATION, HER YOUTUBE CHANNEL HAS BEEN WARMLY RECEIVED AS A VALUABLE AND RELEVANT RESOURCE OFFERING SUCCINCT DESIGN TIPS, PRODUCT REVIEWS AND FLORAL HACKS.
SHE INDULGES HER WONDER AND CURIOSITY OF THE NATURAL WORLD AND INVITES YOU TO JOIN HER EXPLORATIVE JOURNEY ON INSTAGRAM AT @AMYNICOLEFLORAL.
Françoise Weeks, born in Belgium, has infused her work with a quintessential European reverence for flowers and nature. Combined with creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystalized her singular style of Textural Woodlands and
Botanical Haute Couture pieces, garnering a global following.
Her generosity of knowledge and perspective in use of floral materials, structure and techniques, create rigorous and exciting learning opportunities for her students to explore all that nature has to offer.
Françoise’s studio is located in Portland, OR. She teaches workshops in her studio and offers online courses and
skype classes as well. She also has taught in many cities in
the US - in studios, at wholesalers, garden clubs and
conferences - and in Mexico, England, Sweden, China
Later this year she will teach in Iceland and in Canada.
Her dynamic work has been published in national and international publications
Françoise Weeks Master Class ~
In this workshop she will teach many new techniques and mechanics that will expand the way you think about flowers.
Students will hone their artistic talents and will be encouraged to listen to their intuition and further their own vision. There will be a strong emphasis on the commercial and saleable value of the designs.
Tuesday October 9 – Woodlands For Françoise, the Woodlands sprouted from a childhood memory that took a life of its own. Using foliage, bark, berries, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs and some flowers, she’ll explain how to make woodland bouquets as well as centerpieces
Wednesday October 10 – Botanical Couture We’ll explore different ideas for botanical headpieces and will discuss sourcing materials and the mechanics involved to create a variety of these unique designs. The afternoon session will focus on botanical jewelry.
Floral designers who wish to explore and expand on their creativity pursuits will benefit greatly by studying with Françoise. Her signature woodlands and botanical couture styles will introduce a new way of looking at materials, both fresh and hard-goods, to every designer. In each of the workshops the mechanics behind the scenes will be discussed and practiced in depth, as Françoise is known for building strong & sturdy foundations to her floral designs.
Françoise has a vast set of techniques, mechanics, and secrets to teach, but encourages you to pursue your own ideas when inspiration strikes. She works through projects with you, and assists with the intricate mechanics so that you can focus your time and efforts on exploring designs and creating multiple pieces.
After receiving his degree in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, Max Gill was compelled by more creative pursuits, eventually finding floral design the perfect medium as it seemed to him to draw from all of his greatest passions: gardening, sculpture, painting and art and theater history.
Originally from upstate New York, Max has called the Bay Area home for almost 35 years. Perhaps best known for his work at Chez Panisse where he has done the flowers for over a decade, Max started Max Gill Design in 2005 and now offers full floral services for weddings, special events and private clients such as Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Lauren McIntosh.
Informed by natural process, Max’s work is distinguished by his reliance on specialty blooms and botanical rarities gleaned from local growers, his own formidable cut flower garden in North Berkeley, and a long list of bay area nurseries.
Max Gill Master Class ~ Completed 2018
Join Max Gill for a one day workshop where he will teach us how to make a large scale arrangement from
locally sourced materials.
Max is such a wonderful teacher. He is warm, friendly and super funny. He is also extremely talented.
Come spend the day with Max, at a floating home on the Willamette River, overlooking downtown Portland.
We will welcome you with open arms, feed you a delicious and healthy lunch. After class, we will have social hour,
where you will have the opportunity to sip a cocktail, have a bite and visit with Max and your new floral designing friends.
The designs you create in class will be yours to keep. Fee includes all the flowers and materials you need.
Class size is limited. Please register early and don’t hesitate to drop us line if you have questions.
Due to demand, the fee is non-returnable 24 hours after booking.
For more about Max Gill, visit his website at http://www.maxgilldesign.com
July 24th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $800