President’s Message

Hi and Hello from the Northwest Region,

Spring is here and with it comes new vibrant life!!! We’ve had some springtime flower fun recently in our region. The Floral Artists of The Bay Area held their Design Program featuring Sahshah Middleton in Redwood City CA on February 22nd. Their program was themed “Unconventional Materials, Ordinary materials found anywhere”. They also recently held their April 9th annual membership meeting that featured a design demonstration by past NW president, National Rep, and Symposium Program Coordinator Wil Gonzalez AIFD.

Up to our North, some of our fabulous folks in Burnaby BC Canada held a live, in-person, wedding design weekend at United Floral Inc. on April 9th. Featured designers and commentators were, Nick Smart, Vivian Liu, CC ROA, Gloria Henry, and Brenna Quan AIFD. United Floral Inc has also been hosting live Creative Wednesday workshops with NW featured designers such as Susanne Law AIFD, Paul Jaras AIFD, Alexis McCleod AIFD, Brenna Quan AIFD, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, and Rebecca Raymond EMC

Speaking of Spring—It’s time to get out of the house and back out in to nature! The NW AIFD Region is hosting our very first virtual design contest fundraiser. The theme is spring “FORAGED AND FOUND” and the entry deadline runs through April 30th. We encourage any and all floral designers or enthusiast to enter. To get more info or to enter our contest please visit our brand-new website www.nwaifdfloristry.orgWe can’t wait to see what fabulous foraged floral designs you have in store for us!

Stay tuned for a fun afternoon live virtual event we have planned that will be hosted at a local NW AIFD member’s flower farm mid June. There will be a “What is AIFD?” Q&A session as well as some live design demos. We would love to see you for a virtual visit!

Speaking of virtual tours, have you heard of our new NW Neck Of the Woods Video Tour series? We are asking all NW members to take videos this Spring and Summer of their travels and adventures pertaining to the Floral and Garden Industry, and then share it with our President Elect and communications chair Frank Blanchard AIFD, and Vice President and social media Chair Brenna Quan AIFD. We want to highlight, support, and celebrate your content.

The assignment is—

  1. Wherever you are please give us a virtual tour. Are you visiting a national park, a botanical garden, a wholesale market, a grower’s field, a garden club, a floral industry gallery event, or even your own back yard?
  2. Then create a floral design composition that was inspired by what you saw in your travels.
  3. Send it to us for the website blog or to be shared on our NW social media pages.

Don’t forget to also check out any of the upcoming spring courses and classes offered by our NW located schools and colleges —Floral Design Institute OR, City College of San Francisco CA, and Langara College BC Canada.

Recently, in the end of March, our incoming President Frank Blanchard AIFD was able to attend the national board meeting virtually as he prepares for our new year ahead together. I also traveled to Chicago to attend the national board meeting as well. Unfortunately, I become very ill while traveling and was unable to attend the meeting in person, however I am very happy to report that I am now home and on the mend. I am so thankful to our NW and extended national AIFD flower family for helping to get me home safe and sound. Also, Thank you for the beautiful get-well flowers! If you know of anyone in our region that may need some Sunshine or Celebrating, please let us know by contacting our NW Secretary and Sunshine chair Vic Castillo AIFD so he can send a card on our behalf. In the next few months ahead, Frank and I are eager to share National and Northwest news, so stay tuned for that.

Also, stay tuned soon for the announcement of our NW Election results and scholarship winner results. We are so excited to welcome these new folks with open arms!

As the spring bulbs are taking root, so too should we! Don’t forget to be an early bird and get yourself registered ASAP for symposium ROOTS! Plus grab your early bird seat for a fun hands-on workshop too! If you can’t join us in person there is also a fabulous virtual attendance option, this year. Visit www.aifd.org to check out all the details. Our region will host a NW sales and awareness booth during the partners expo at symposium on July 5th from 12:00-5:00 so be sure to swing by for your NW swag, purchase some pretties, and grab some goodies from the Northwest table! We have many NW member presenters, volunteers, leaders and teachers for ROOTS, so lets do as the springtime sunshine does, and help them shine! Sending everyone lots of love and bright blooming wishes for a happy, healthy Springtime season ahead!

Sharrai Morgan-Faulkner AIFD, PFCI
NW Chapter President 2021-2022

 

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