Flower Design has evolved alongside human culture for the last 5 millennia, dating back to the Bronze Age. Ancient Egyptians were the first florists by trade, receiving commissions to design highly stylized wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces for big events such as banquets, processions, burials, and temple offerings (which, of course, still happens today). I wonder if the Ancient Egyptians ever gathered the best and brightest of their designers together in an extraordinary round table of floral education, workshops, awards, and breathtaking stage programs… Did they, too, have an annual National Symposium, attended and lauded by designers from all over the world? If so, I hope it was something as magical as the approach of the AIFD Symposium X!
AIFD (American Institute of Floral Design) exists to advance the art of professional floral design and to recognize excellence by those who flourish. AIFD sets the standards for professional floral design, and those standards are lofty. Because of this, AIFD's accredited members are highly sought after, designing flower arrangements for huge events such as the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Academy Awards and Presidential Inaugurations — and these extraordinarily talented artists will be in Seattle July 1-5 for AIFD's Annual Symposium, and so will we!
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