Sunday, August 13, 2017

Summer School with Holly Chapple and Hitomi Gilliam

A two day workshop with Holly and Hitomi covered business, social media, floral mechanics and hands-on sessions on how to create "Tropical Nouveau" bouquets and tablescapes.

Holly beginning her demo on her special version of a bridal bouquet.

The ladies of Grace Flowers, Honoka'a, taking pics of their bouquets.

Group project - tablescape.
Hitomi showing the mechanics behind quick garland making.

The finished tablescape moved outdoors.

"Tropical Nouveau" at its best!

Selfie time with SuV Expressions.

My first attempt incorporating Holly's new technique with tropicals from Green Point Nurseries and temperate flowers from Florabundance.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aug. 6//7, 2017 Workshop in Kona, HI with Holly Chapple & Hitomi Gilliam



Join Holly & Hitomi on the Big Island of Hawaii for this limited seating special workshop!!!

Workshop Includes: 2 full days of instruction with Holly covering bridal bouquet styling and décor, as well as business aspects of the wedding business.  A full day of co-instruction with Hitomi showcasing ‘Tropical Nouveau’ trend in wedding flowers, and sharing lots of useful mechanics and techniques for bouquets and décor.

– Lunch is provided daily.
– All flowers and supplies are provided.
– Photo Shoot opportunity with professional photographer
– Final Dinner

Also included (optional attendance): August 5th (Saturday AM) – ‘Tropical Nouveau: Softer Side of Hawaiian Tropicals’ a design program with Hitomi Gilliam AIFD + MidPac Conference Breakfast at Mauna Lani Resort

*Accommodation is not included
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Join Holly & Hitomi on the Big Island of Hawaii!
2 full days of instruction with Holly covering bridal bouquet styling and décor, as well as business aspects of the wedding business. A full day of co-instruction with Hitomi showcasing ‘Tropical Nouveau’ trend in wedding flowers, and sharing lots of useful mechanics and techniques for bouquets and décor.
Lunch is provided daily + Final Dinner / Photo Shoot opportunity with professional photographer

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Florists' Review Photo Shoot

  Back in September 2016, I flew to Maui to join other floral designers from Hawaii for a photo shoot by Florists' Review magazine for their February 2017 issue.
  We were given different topics to choose from and I immediately decided to create something with a Hawaiian theme.  And what better Hawaiian theme to use than our version of head garlands.  We call them "Haku" head lei, which is one of the techniques used to make these head leis.

Two pu'olo (ti leaf packages) waiting to be opened.
Opening the first pu'olo.

Orchids, mini roses, hypericum berries, foliages and kauna'oa (dodder) make up this head lei.  Hawaiian head leis are worn down low over the forehead and slightly higher in the back.

Second pu'olo opened to reveal a lavender colored Haku.

This is an accompanying small nosegay of roses, orchids, sandpaper flower and foliages.

Roses, orchids, hydrangea, sandpaper flower, foliages and spanish moss are in this Haku.

Mahalo to Travis Rigby, Publisher of "Florists' Review" magazine, Sarah Collier of "Taken by Sarah" Photography, Eric Tanouye, President of "Green Point Nurseries" and "Saja Wedding" for the gowns.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017 Punahou Carnival Haku

It's that time of year again...the 2017 Punahou Carnival has come and gone so quickly but we were able to help with the pre-carnival haku making.

First haku in greens, fuschia, white and silver colors.

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For the second haku, we were running out of flowers so I made one mostly of foliages.

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The last one was made on the second night and I only had time to make one because this one had alot of ingredients.  I chose a brighter palette because the first one was more pale.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2017

florabundance inspirational design days 2017
  We are excited to announce that the FIFTH ANNUAL Florabundance Inspirational Design Days is now open for registration!
The event will take place in Santa Barbara, California on January 9, 10, & 11, 2017. And, we are absolutely thrilled to be returning to the magical Lotusland Gardens!!
This conference will provide workshops focusing on inspirational designing, the industry’s latest trends, social media expertise, the business end of floral, and more. Plus, an incredible bounty of exquisite flowers to design with at your fingertips!
The three day event will feature the following Designers and Presenters: Ariella Chezar, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD PFCI, Amy Osaba, Francoise Weeks, Holly Chapple, Alicia Schwede, David & Leanne Kesler AIFD PFCI, and Emily Carter.
Come let the beauty of the American Riviera inspire your work to reach new heights!
– Lotusland Tour and 3-Day Access to the property
– All cut flowers used during the event and design sessions
– 4 Unique Design Sessions (including all necessary materials)
– Professional photos of your curated designs
– Daily lunch and a wonderful closing dinner
Registration is now open for 2017!
Register for Design Days 2017 in our online store by clicking here.
If you need further information or have any questions please contact your floral consultant.
Hotel Reservations:
A block of rooms will be reserved for the event from January 9th through the 11th at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara. The special room rate will be available October or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
You can now book your hotel room and receive our group rate. Just click here and you will be taken to the resort’s reservation page. If you have any specific Reservation requests or challenges please contact Ruthie Swanson who is Fess Parker’s on-site Reservations Group Coordinator. Her e-mail address is and her direct line is 805-884-8587.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 AIFD National Symposium in Anaheim, CA

These are a few of the amazing designs seen in and around the Anaheim Marriott Hotel where the annual AIFD Symposium was held this year.  I was not able to attend the design shows because I was "in hiding" for a day and a half as a surprise guest for René van Rems who received the Award of Design Influence.  Some of the finished designs that I did get to see were in a separate room but not labeled so I don't know what program they were from and who the designers were.

Lobby designs

Orchid plants were plentiful all around the hotel.

A skirt made of fasciated branches and hanging amaranthus.

Bustier made of carnation petals.

Hundreds of tiny safety pins made up this intriguing necklace.

Colorful, fun bouquet.

One of the centerpieces by Micheal Quesada AIFD incorporating tropicals from Green Point Nursery.
The reason I attended the Awards Dinner!  René van Rems was awarded the 2016 Award of Design Influence.

Closeup of the award.    
CONGRATULATIONS René!  You are most deserving of this award and have been an inspiration to me and so many others.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

AIFD contest

Are you going to the AIFD Symposium this year?  Here is a chance to win registration for 2017!

Friday, June 10, 2016

King Kamehameha Day Lei Draping Ceremony

Today starts the festivities for the 100th celebration of King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii.  It begins with draping of lei over the arms of the King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu, HI.  I jumped off the bus and took these photos.

The long arm of the fire truck is used to place the lei over the statue's arms.

The yellow lei is plumeria.

The guys on the bottom collect the lei from the various organizations who are donating and hand it over to the firemen who place the lei over the statue's arms.
Various halau line up to donate lei or other floral gifts.

This halau is carrying their lei to drape.

This group is carrying floral gifts to place at the foot of the statue.