President’s Message

Our North East Chapter is starting this new year with lots of amazing ideas!

We participated in a floral retreat. Floral Bliss, was a two-day workshop held at a Bed & Breakfast in New Platz, New York on October 7 – 9.   We shared design techniques and worked in a beautiful barn setting.  Thank you to Theresa Colucci who coordinated this event!

Next up, Fleur de Villes  which was held at Hudson Yards, NY October 25 to November 3rd.


The event director reached out to me when they had a designer drop out due to a medical emergency. Theresa Colucci AIFD, Darcie Garcia AIFD and myself agreed to design the mannequin and space with the specifications from our sponsor Jardin Blanc of the Chelsea Flower Show. With 4 days of prepping, planning and ordering the flowers we met at Hudson Yards to begin the design segment. We met many challenges, and had a blast making it work!  We took home second place for most original!!

Now on to fundraising !!  At Floral Bliss, I suggested that we select a hands-on class that would be taught throughout the region at various wholesale venues, all with the same theme.

We are in the midst of planning this and will send it out to the chapter when the dates and locations are firm.

If you would like to propose an event that would benefit our chapter as a fundraiser please contact me via my email I can send you the “Pop up Series Guidelines” and the NERC programs Guidelines.

We will be getting a lot of use of these guidelines throughout the coming year as we put NERC on the map!

I look forward to all of the floral possibilities. Keep in touch and look for my emails!

Laurie Lemek  AIFD, CFD, PFCI, AAF
North East Chapter President 2019 – 2020

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