Providing world class education, design inspiration, networking, trend research, and opportunities to source new products, AIFD’s National Symposium is the floral industry’s five-day premiere floral design event.

New to 2018: Four (4) education tracks encompassing all areas of your education needs; Inspire Creative Sessions; Impact Business Sessions; and Innovative Hands-On Workshops.

To view the full education line up, view the Symposium Brochure below.

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Featured Programs

8 Main Stage Events

9 Innovate Hands-On Workshops

10 Inspire Creative Sessions

8 Impact Business Sessions

Additional Featured Programs

3 Early Bird Education Programs | 2 In-Step Programs | Trend Lounge | AIFD Book Store


2018 Symposium Volunteer Experience

Volunteer Coordinators | Commitment | Opportunities | Prerequisites | Eligibility

Partners’ Expo

Download the Partners’ Expo Application and Agreement brochure.

Special Instructions

Advance/On-Site Registration | Registration | Cancellation Policy | Dinner Seating | Where To Stay
How To Get There | What To Wear

Hotel Information

Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Room rate: $159 + tax for Single/Double occupancy

Rate includes complimentary standard in room internet
Reservations must be made by May 30, 2018


The AIFD 2018 National Symposium will take place at the historical Marriott Wardman Park Hotel ideally located in Northwest D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood.

You can book your reservations in the following ways:
Marriott Reservations 1-877-212-5752
For special rate, reserve by May 30, 2018
Refer to the group as AIFD or “Amer. Institute of Floral Designers”

Parking at Symposium hotel: To obtain the $25/night reduced rate to park in the hotel garage, be sure to mention to the desk agent upon hotel check in that you are parking in the garage so that they can update your record. Your room key will get you in and out of the garage throughout your stay and upon checkout.


*AIFD advises against using a debit card to check into your hotel room, and instead suggests a credit card for check in purposes. The hotel will charge your form of payment for the daily room rate plus 14.9% tax, in addition to a $25 per night hold for incidentals. If the nightly incidental charges are not used, your card will not be charged the $25 per night at the end of your stay.

Other Events

FTD America’s Cup

Slow Flower Summit*

*Separate registration and registration fee required.

Become an AIFD Symposium “Discover” Partner

Our partners are ELITE, and this year we have more opportunities than ever before: Premier, Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Emerald or Ruby. It’s never too early to get involved. Opportunities will go fast. Enhance your marketing and “Discover” the new AIFD Elite Partner Benefits for 2018-2019! With more options to choose from, you can find one that is a perfect fit for you! Click here for more details.


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