• Boot Camp

  • Illinois State Florist Association is proud to offer Four Hands-on Boot Camp Classes a year.  Covering the themes “The Art of Everyday Design”, “The Art of Wedding Design”, “The Art of Sympathy Design” and the “Art of Event/Holiday Design”, floral designers can take their floral design skills to an even higher level and enhance their floral education.  Offered annually at Parkland Community College in Champagne, IL, the classes span a two day period of 8 hours per day of theory and practical floral education.  Classes start Sunday at 10am, Monday at 8am. They are 8 hours in length, plus an hour for lunch.  You will design and take home 8+ projects.  All product, supplies, notebook and lunches are provided. 

    Click here to register for the next ISFA Bootcamp.

    Classes cover the following themes, techniques and mechanics:

    Holiday and Event Boot Camp “Creative Celebrations”  

    Nov 5-6, 2017

               -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

    2018 Schedule

    Everyday Boot Camp

    April 8-9, 2018

                    -“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”

    Wedding Boot Camp “Wedding Dreams Fulfilled”

    June 10-11, 2018

                    -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

    Sympathy Boot Camp “Consoling Creations”  

    September 9-10, 2018

                 -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” “

    Holiday and Event Boot Camp “Creative Celebrations”  

    November 4-5, 2018

               -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:

    Parkland Community College

    Tony Noel Building 9W- Building Room 115

    2400 west Bradley Ave

    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


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  • Become an Illinois State Florist Association (ISFA) Board Member

    What is the Illinois State Florist Association Board?

    The Illinois State Florist Association (ISFA) is managed and under the administration of a Board of Directors comprised of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasure and Regional Directors.  Board members are chosen from ISFA members in good standing.

    Why should You consider becoming a ISFA Board Member?

    Because of your commitment to education and as an ISFA member in good standing, the ISFA Executive Board and Board of Directors would like to invite you to consider becoming an ISFA Board Member.  By becoming an ISFA Board Member, you can enhance your career, enabling you to make a positive impact in our industry as well as grow personally.  As a member of the ISFA Board, you have the opportunity to gain insights and new knowledge about various aspects of our industry.  You have the opportunity to give back to the floral community by channeling your passion, commitment and motivation in a positive and productive way by assisting other floral professionals.

    Through your association with ISFA as a board member, you also are given opportunities to grow as a leader in the floral industry.  By being involvement in the ISFA’s decisions making process that reflect emerging issues, you will be working with like-minded people who are making choices that will affect the future betterment of our profession.  Your knowledge of current events in our industry will offer you the chance to develop your skill base in interpersonal communication, decision-making, problem-solving, team-building and time-management skills.  Furthermore, you will be able to expand your networks by making connections with other board members and other influential individuals in the floral community.

    What is ISFA Board Members Required to do?

    As a board member, you will be asked to:

    -attend six annual board meetings which are held in Springfield, Illinois,

    -sit on various committees

    -participate in the Annual Design Floral Show during the third weekend of March at Decatur, Illinois Conference Center


    How long is a ISFA Board Term of Commitment?

      Your term on the Board normally requires a three year commitment.

    Become an ISFA Board Member

    If you are interested in becoming an ISFA Board Member, please download the ISFA Board Member Application and return it to Julia Marie P. Schmitt AIFD, CFD, EMC, ICPF, Chair of Nominating and Human Resource Committee, at Pualeialii@hotmail.com and Adam Havrilla AIFD, CFD, ICPF, President of Illinois State Florists' Association