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Class size: 2 students
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Class topics:

Consumer Bunch of Flowers
3 hours training
includes flowers, container & handouts

Tropical or succulents
2.5 hours training
includes plants & containers

Fall Door Design
3 hours training
all silk & dried materials included

Flowers to carry/Weddings
6 hours training
2 sizes & styles

Flowers to wear/Weddings
8 hours training
ring, necklace, wrist & pin on

Holiday table design
Halloween-Fall-Christmas-New Years
4 hours training
fresh and permanent materials

Hand tied table garlands
4 hours training
fresh foliages & flowers

Have a topic that's not listed you are interested in learning more about....Contact me for pricing and set your appointment for 2!


I am looking forward to meeting you in the classroom and sharing my floral passion and knowledge with you!! I love to learn new things....Hope you do too!!

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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD
floral artist & instructor

10820 W. 64th st. suite 102B
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66203


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Oasis Idea Weekly

January  2018
Can Pantone’s Piquant Purple Propel your 2018?
Pantone Color Institute’s forecast of an expressive purple for its 2018 Color of the Year communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.

As if 2017 wasn’t dramatic enough, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violetalso suggests mystery and intrigue for the new year ahead.
To see recipes in purple along with our lists of purple flowers and accessories, click the image above or green button below.
Complex? Yes. Contemplative? Certainly. Good for floral design and designers? Absolutely.

Does Pantone’s forecast matter? Can we see example floral designs with suggestions for using or featuring purple in any arrangement? What about a list of flowers that come in purples as well as decorative accessories?

Yes to all!

To read the blog, see recipes featuring purple along with our list of popular and practical purple flowers and accessories, click the green button below. 
Your IDEAs
Share Your IDEAS on Reducing Costs, Get Free Tape 
Have a great way your fellow floral designers can reduce the costs of creating arrangements? We'd like to collect these into an upcoming IDEA Weekly article. Send suggestions to with Reader IDEA in the subject line. Include your name, workplace, location and any professional designations. If you have photos available, please note that in your email. If your idea is selected, we will send you a free roll of time-saving OASIS® Waterproof Tape: it's pre-split on a single core for efficient mechanical design.
This Week's Floral Video IDEA
Make this Farm to Table Valentine's Design
Farm to Table is one of five exciting Signature Styles for Valentine's Day created by Smithers-Oasis floral design directors. This 88-second video demonstrates the steps to create this oval tin pot arrangement with a rustic wire heart. 
54 new Valentine's Day Design Ideas
Five new Valentine's styles, 40 plus 14 designs 
You'll find more than 100 ideas for Valentine's Day floral designs in the IDEAS section of The latest? 40 arrangements in five new Signature Styles: Etsian, Pretty in Pink, Modern, Farm to Table and European. The other 14 new designs are Designer's Choice: whatever our floral designer directors wanted to create! Click the image above or link below to see them all. 
Every OASIS Floral Products product in detail—and more! has the complete information you need on every available OASIS Floral Products product including sizes and colors. You'll all find floral recipes, how-to videos, design ideas and inspiration. If you have questions, ideas or concerns and for order support, contact customer service at 1-800-321-8286 or

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Slow Flowers 2018 Forecast & Insights

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Slow Flowers'
2018 Floral Insights & Industry Forecast 
This is our 4th 3rd Annual Report -- inspired by YOU and your stories!
Since 2014, I have drawn from the input of the Slow Flowers Community, past guests of the Slow Flowers Podcast and other progressive leaders in the floral industry -- including farmers, florists and design creatives -- to "predict" the future. While by no means a technically statistic survey, the Slow Flowers' Floral Insights and Industry Forecast serves as a botanical crystal ball to identify emerging themes affecting the domestic floral industry. I'm excited to share these new key insights for the fourth year in a row. In addition to online and audio versions, this report appears for the first time in print form, in the pages of Florists' Review's January 2018 issue.
I've titled 2018: "BOTANICAL DIVERSITY WITHOUT BOUNDARIES," an overarching theme which reflects the disappearance of silo-like barriers that previously separated growers of flowers from sellers of flowers from designers of flowers. Thanks to technology and social media, the ability of conventional "gatekeepers" to control the flow of information and product has greatly diminished. Transparency is power, making it easier than ever before to identify sources of fresh and uncommonly beautiful flowers and foliage. So here's to a new floral landscape where accessibility is the driving force -- and I hope these TEN Slow Flowers' Insights for 2018 resonate with you!

#1 Flower Farmers Diversify into Seeds, Bulbs and Plants
Beyond selling their crops to wholesale, retail and independent florists, entrepreneurial flower farmers are finding new ways to turn expertise into cash flow. This phenomenon has moved far beyond seed-swapping and informal exchanges of plant cuttings. One story of diversification comes from Bailey Haleof Ardelia Farm + Co. in Irasburg, Vermont. A trained horticulturist, Bailey now raises specialty cut flowers for farmers' markets and florists and provides full-service wedding and event design. He turned his own hunger to find sources for uncommon "couture" flowers into a spin-off venture called Farmer Bailey, a custom plug brokerage.
#2 Flower Farmers Launch Direct-Ship Wholesale Programs

Smaller farms are getting in on the act of shipping to florists outside their own markets. I'm tracking a number of micro and boutique flower farms that are expanding wholesale sales to florists via direct-shipment programs. There are challenging logistics behind these American-grown connections to meet demand from florists who desire seasonal and domestic product when it's not available in their local market. Innovators are overcoming those challenges
(c) Ranunculus from Sunny Meadows Flower Farm & The Columbus Flower Company
#3 Retail Garden Centers Add Floral Design Services
Last year's report highlighted "Return of Brick and Mortar," a reversal of the decades-long decline in floral retail, as we witnessed studio florists with a distinct local and community focus open a new generation of retail flower shops.
The next wave in this movement continues the shift with a number of retail nurseries and garden centers opening or reviving in-house floral shops with a distinctly local emphasis.
#4 Flower Farmers Shift into Retail
While it may seem "counter-trend," we've identified a number of flower farms who are opening retail spaces in prime locations where their flowers are marketed alongside related hard goods and artisan products.
As flower farmers enter retail with their own shops, pop-ups and store-within-a-store formats, it's a move welcomed by consumers who want to buy farm-direct in urban and suburban markets.
We've identified Chicago, Boston and Albuquerque, among other cities where flower farmers have opened retail spaces where their blooms are on display with other homegrown offerings. The reasons vary, but the upside for flower farmers is to provide a service that might be otherwise missing in their town.
#5 Aromatherapy and Wellness Remedies

Botanically-inspired fragrances, body care remedies and other herbal and scented goods have a natural affinity for floral consumers, and I've noted some brilliant ways that florists are taking advantage of this. From developing their own candle and soap collections to offering aromatherapy-themed events, florists are tapping into ways to cross-promote flowers and aromatics.
Making the connection for floral consumers who want fragrance of all kinds in their life, well, that's both inspiring and also a smart way to extend your passion into a new revenue stream. (c) Photo from Stacey CarltonThe Flora Culturist
#6 Cause-Related Flowers
Flower farmers and florists alike are investing their talents in helping nonprofits and others in their communities.
Floral philanthropy or "flowers with heart" efforts are inspiring, and I love seeing flowers used as a currency to change lives and advance important causes.
A number of feel-good projects caught my attention in 2017 and I am certain they will continue in 2018. (c) Photo from WOW Farms
#7 From the Forest: Woodland-inspired botanicals
Past Floral Insights have identified Cultivated Wildflowers, Flowering Native Plants, Modern Everlastings and Luxe Tropicals as newly or re-emerging floral styles worth noting.
Those have remained important and to this list I'm adding "From the Forest."
While the authentic, natural, earthy appeal of woodland-styled botanicals has long felt relevant in specific regions or seasons, the stylistic influence of the forest environment is reaching into unexpected places like bridal, wearables and tabletop, not to mention everyday blooms.  (c) Tobey Nelson bouquet photographed by Sullivan & Sullivan
#8 Slow Pottery
Florists are stepping into the realm of product development via innovative collaborations. This means an emergence of curated pottery and vase collections, as well as other product lines that allow florists to expand what they offer to clients.
When it comes to vases, however, the demand for American-made pottery has never been higher. This idea first caught our attention when the New York Times published an article in December 2015 called "The Budding Ceramics-to-Table Movement," and the subtitle: "Why handmade ceramics are white hot." The article points out: " . . . the rejection of factory-produced sameness in dinnerware and vases reflects a desire to get back to something more essential." (c) Photo from Flowers by Semia
#9 New Chemical-Free Mechanics
Progressive manufacturers are on the lookout for new products, and I anticipate a splash from one inspiring partnership about to hit the marketplace in 2018. Floral designer and educator Holly Chapplehas teamed up with Syndicate Sales to unveil a new line of mechanic accessories and related vases called Holly x Syndicate.
Those of us who detest designing with floral may also know that chicken wire and flower frogs are the only realistic alternatives for floral design mechanics.
The design freedom that comes with using these egg and pillow shapes is quite freeing, and frankly, guilt-free, because the chicken wire can be used over and over again or recycled — rather than just going into a land-fill and leeching formaldehyde into the ground, as is the case with foam. (c) Photo from Holly Chapple Flowers
#10 Plant-Based Dyes for Ribbons and Tabletop Textiles
In the way that contemporary calligraphy and hand-lettering have become an essential part of the "branding" of weddings and events, custom-dyed fabrics and ribbons are now inspiring components of couture floral design. In keeping with seasonally-harvested and foraged botanicals, nature's pigments elevate floral design to a new level and we anticipate that artists will continue to experiment with petals, leaves, seeds or bark to expand their design palette. (c) Photo from Nettle Textiles by Susanna Luck
Click here to read the full 2018 Report from Slow Flowers►
Slow Flowers Year in Review

Covering the Slow Flowers Community has put me in a lot of airplane seats this year. I’ve been able to meet with, interview and gather together with florists and flower farmers in thirteen states and one Canadian Province. I thank friends and colleagues who hosted Slow Flowers workshops, potluck dinners, cocktail parties, events and meet-ups Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Ontario, Canada, for amazing and inspiring experiences. 
The #slowflowers hashtag is the floral industry’s most widely used brand intended to convey seasonal, local and sustainable floriculture — and I am humbled by the impact and reach of a term that has exploded far beyond my imagination in just five years since the publication of my book, Slow Flowers.
Thank you for being a part of this movement and If you haven’t, I hope you’ll make the next step by investing in the continued relevance and success of this brand and join Slow Flowers as a member. Follow this link to learn more about the benefits and values of joining the Slow Flowers Movement.
Click here to read 2017 Highlights & Recap►
What's New in the Slow Flowers Journal
"Slow Flowers Journal" (print edition) appears in the pages of Florists' Review. Inspired by our online magazine, also called Slow Flowers Journal, the print edition is packed with beautiful, relatable stories about florists, flower farmers and other pioneers in the Slow Flowers community. Discover more fresh, original content online at
Click here to read the December Issue recap and download free PDFs►
Click here for Florists' Review's special subscription offer►
Save the Date: Upcoming Slow Flowers Events & Workshops
Galentine's Party is the official kickoff event of We Fleurish, a new social media and branding collaboration involving Slow Flowers' founder Debra Prinzing and Tammy Myers of First & Bloom, a Slow Flowers member based in the Seattle area (and photographer Missy Palacol and event planner Karen Thornton).

Our first event takes place on Tuesday, January 30th in Bellevue, Washington -- You're invited to join us at the Galentine's Party -- a networking and social engagement party geared to lifestyle bloggers and Instagram influencers.
We're excited to engage with creatives in cross-over lifestyle categories including food/beverage, travel, fashion/beauty, health/wellness, design and floral, of course.
Tammy's design demonstration will feature all American grown flowers, while our exclusive guest list of attendees will try their hands on a romantic floral DIY project that helps them connect with flowers as they develop Valentine's Day content.
Click here for more details, including tickets ►
SEATTLE— Floral Wars is a new “friendly” competition between the Northwest’s most talented professional florists, joins the big line-up of feature attractions at the 2018 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, February 7-11 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.
The event is co-produced with Slow Flowers’ founder and creative director Debra Prinzing.
Presented by American Grown Flowers, “Floral Wars” will be held each day from 3-4 p.m. on the North Hall Stage.
It pits two top floral artists against each other as they create three arrangements—a bridal bouquet, a centerpiece and a “surprise” floral creation—all in an hour or less. It’s a test of the contestants’ grace under pressure as they showcase American-grown flowers, USA-made floral accessories and eco-design techniques.
“Garden enthusiasts yearn for more flowers in their lives and ‘Floral Wars’ delivers on a promise—to inspire and educate our audiences with great ideas for floral design. It’s a fun way for showgoers to learn how to choose, combine and arrange flowers from your own backyard.” -- Debra Prinzing
Click here for more details, including NWFGF tickets ►
LISTEN: Slow Flowers Podcasts for December
Each week the Slow Flowers Podcast releases a new episode featuring timely interviews with flower farmers and floral designers whose wisdom and insights will inspire you! Listeners have downloaded more than 266,000  to date!
Check out the wide range of guests introduced to you last month and join the thousands of listeners we educate and inform each week:

Episode 326 (December 6): Solstice Garden Gatherings and the Farm to Flower Shop trend with Barbara Rietscha of Boston’s Field & Vase
Click here to subscribe to our FREE weekly Podcast►
Welcome to our New Slow Flowers Members

We welcomed 7 new & renewing members to in December! Check them out and be sure to say hello!
Christina Flower Co., Bristol, Rhode Island
Flying Bear Farm & Design, Langley, Washington
Green Earth Growers, Prior Lake, Minnesota
Green Gate Farm, Austin, Texas
Laughing Goat Farm, Enumclaw, Washington
Laughing Girl Flowers, Seattle, Washington
Tanglebloom, Brookline, Vermont
Click here to Create Your SLOWFLOWERS.COM Listing►


When: Friday, June 29, 2018 (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Where: Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
Why: We're excited to co-locate with AIFD's National Symposium "Discover"
What is the Slow Flowers Summit?
Called a "TED Talk for Flower Lovers," the SUMMIT is a one-day lecture series for creative professionals, thought leaders and pioneering voices in the progressive American-grown floral community. Designed to stimulate curiosity, examine conventional assumptions and explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry, the Summit agenda asks speakers and audience members alike to inquire, inform, include, instigate and inspire
Who: Debra Prinzing developed the SUMMIT as an a new "live" component to the American Flowers Week campaign (June 28-July 4). AFW devotes a week of activity via events and social media platforms to promote domestic flowers, raise consumer awareness and unite America’s flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry.
Click here for Tickets & More Details on the 2018 SUMMIT►
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Christina Burton-Fox AIFD floral artist & instructor