Katie Hendrick

Bob Friese Inducted into Michigan Floral Foundation’s Hall of Fame

For the past decade, a few of the nation’s most talented designers have transformed a 5-acre plot in western Michigan into a floral fairyland, which has enthralled thousands of locals every fall. Known as “Nature’s Creative Edge,” the event has benefited various organizations, including local charities and the American Institute of Floral Designers. And it’s …

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Flower Giveaway Goes Viral

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, thousands of people had a most remarkable “hump day.” That’s because dozens of industry professionals — including growers, wholesalers and retailers— devoted several hours to pass out complimentary bouquets during a feel-good campaign called “Petal It Forward.” Playing off the “pay it forward” concept, in which people perform random acts of …

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Detroit Florist To Turn Abandoned House Into Something Magical

In 2012, Belgian designer marked his debut with Christian Dior by hosting, hands down, the most stunning fashion show ever. In homage to Dior’s passion for flowers and gardens, he blanketed five rooms of a Parisian mansion with one million blooms  — blue delphiniums, white orchids, pink peonies, and yellow and orange roses. People around …

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Two Stars Are Born

Mayesh Wholesale Florist recently announced the winners of its annual Design Star contest. This year, Jerome Raska AIFD, AAF, PFCI, CF and Shawn Michael Foley outshine a field of 17 talented designers to earn the coveted title. Foley, a designer at Hothouse Design Studio in Birmingham, Alabama (owned by another Design Star alum, Mandy Majerik, …

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‘Brilliant Stars Green Pink’ Wins Best in Show

The Society of American Florists kicked off its 131st annual convention Wednesday in Amelia Island, Florida. To launch the event, the association hosted a flower contest, The Outstanding Varieties Competition, which featured 225 entries from 33 companies, from Florida, Oregon, California, Ohio, Hawaii, Colombia, Ecuador and Israel. Nine judges, consisting of three growers, three wholesalers …

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Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, Talks European Design

In this week’s blog post, we caught up with Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, of Design 358 in Vancouver, British Columbia, who recently conducted a European Master Certification program in Atlanta with partner Tomas de Bruyne. Titled “Intimate to Ultimate,” the event focused on weddings.