• Boot Camp

  • As a continuing educational opportunity, ISFA offers a series of two-day classes of 8 hours of intensive designing that are held four times a year created to boast your design skills and enhance your floral education.  Designing within the themes of Everyday, Wedding, Sympathy and Event/Holiday, students design eight or more, take home floral creations per weekend series.   Offered annually at the Champaign County Farm Bureau in Champaign, IL, all product, supplies, notebook and lunches are provided.  For additional information, please visit ISFAflorists.com or contact Judi Borah at aifd66@hotmail.com

    Cost is $275 for ISFA Members or $325 for Non-ISFA Members.  Note: A $25 rebate will be given to ICPF members at completion of the weekend series.

    Instructors: Judi Borah AIFD, ICPF, Certified Floral Judge, Trisha Locke AIFD, ICPF, Certified Floral Judge, Jonathan Reiman AIFD, ICPF, Julia Marie Schmitt AIFD, EMC, ICPF and Carrie Waterman ICPF, ICD, CFD

    2019 Schedule

    Everyday Expressions 

    April 7-8, 2019- Completed, See 2020 Dates Below

                    -Understand the Principles and Element of Design

                    -Recognizing Styles and Shapes of Floral Design

                    -Design Mechanics

                    -Roses, Roses, Roses

                    -Bulbs and Branches

                    -Fun and Fanciful

                    -Web Site and Wire Service Orders

                    -Flowers to Cheer

                    -The Art of Developing your Signature Style

    Today's Wedding Designs

    June 9-10, 2019- Completed, See 2020 Dates Below

                    -Wedding Trends


                    -The Art of Round Bouquets

                    -Hand-tied Designs

                    -Designing in Foam

                    -The Art of Cascading Bouquets

                    -Do you have RHYTHM?               

                    -The Art of Flowers to Wear

                    -Wiring and Taping

                    -Cold adhesive gluing


                    -Pricing your Weddings

    Advanced Boot Camp

    July 28-29, 2019- Completed, See 2020 Dates Below

                -PREREQUISITE REQUIRED, must have had taken and completed all 4 bootcamps.

    Saying Good-bye Sympathy (click here to register)

    September 22-23, 2019

                 -Taking back the Sympathy Market

                 -Funeral Work Do’s and Don’ts

                 -Caring for you Fresh Flowers

                 -Form…The Shape of Design

                 -Flower Shapes-Line, Mass, Filler & Form

                 -The Art of Personalized Family Tributes

                 -The Art of Container Designs

                 - Balance…No tipping please

                -The Art of Standing Spray, wreaths, and Set piece Designs

                -The Art of Flowering and Foliage Plants

    Party with Us 

    October 27-28, 2019 (click here to register)

               -Floral Design Techniques

               -Sculptural Design

               -Finding the Element of Texture

               -The Art of Floral Jewelry

               -About Body Flowers

               -Offering the Unusual

               -The Art of Memorable Parties…

               -Party/Reception Trends

               -Designing the Table

               -The Art of Interpretive Design…

               -Editing, Line and Space

    Classes will be held at:

    Champaign County Farm Bureau Building
    801 N Country Fair Dr
    Champaign, IL 61821

    Class Hours:

    Sunday 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

    Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Course Fees:

    ISFA members $275

    Non-Members $325

    *ICPF Members will receive a $50.00 rebate check at completion of class

    Refund/Cancellation Policies

    The Illinois State Florists’ Association (ISFA) reserves the right to cancel an event (or partial event) due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.

    If ISFA cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.

    Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, ISFA has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

    Transfer Policy: ISFA members may transfer the financial value of their registration to a co-worker for no charge if written notification (to skpisfatreas@yahoo.com) is given 30 business days before the event – unless specifically stated on registration materials. After that point, the transfer service fee is $25. Companies who are not members of ISFA can transfer their registration at any point for a $25 service fee.

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given; please plan accordingly.

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Champaign, Il Hotel Block discount rates are available for ISFA Boot camp students at La Quinta Inn Champaign.  Contact Judi Borah @ aifd66@hotmail.com for further details!

    Details: reserve room 2 weeks in advance for the discount and Mention ISFA Boot camp

    Contact Information: 217.356.4000

    For More Information:

    Judi Borah AIFD, CFD, ICPF



    Plan now for 2020 class dates:

    Everyday Expressions: April 5-6, 2020

    Today's Wedding Designs: June 14-15, 2020

    Advanced Boot Camp: July 26-27, 2020

    Saying Goodbye Sympathy: September 27-28, 2020

    Party With Us: November 1-2, 2020


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