President’s Message

Fall greetings everyone!

I can’t believe how quickly the summer came and went!

Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to the entire northeast region for all of the support and encouragement in my presidency so far. The motivation, advice and guidance that I have received really are the reason why this region is truly the best!!

As we move along in this busy season there have been some events in our region that are worthy of congratulations.

Amanda Randell AIFD won the gold medal and best in show at the Chelsea Flower Show!! Her entry was a beautiful open crescent with two birds that appear to be in flight.

Jane Godshalk AIFD hosted a mock test for the PFDE® candidates before the real PFDE® at the summit in October. Two of our own from the Northeast tested at the Summit, Heather Towne from Fairless Hills PA and Rhoda Burke from Maine.

Looking forward- There are talks in the works for events planned for the spring that would include a hands-on workshop that teaches us a new skill, and to take it over the top, flower installations that will educate the public on who we are… AIFD®!!

Ron Mulray AIFD  has agreed to host another palm braiding workshop! I took this workshop in the spring of 2020 and it was AH-MA-ZING!! It was a skill that definitely challenged my dexterity and put some arsenal in my technique game.

PHS made the announcement that the Philadelphia Flower Show will take place June 11-19 2022 at FDR park. “In Full Bloom” will be the theme and we will be outdoors in the elements once again.

Laurie Lemek AIFD, the historian committee chair, is looking for “History of AIFD®”.  AIFD® will be celebrating 60 years soon, and we want to commemorate the evolution, changes and the growth this amazing organization has seen.

My heart has been warmed by the support and love you have all given to myself and the region. It is a great feeling knowing there is always someone a click, email, text or call away.  I look forward to what’s to come.

In love and bloom,

Darcie Garcia AIFD, CFD
North East Chapter President 2021 – 2022

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