• 2020 Schedule of Events

  • Friday, March 13, 2020

    4:30pm-9:30pm Illinois Certified Professional Florist (ICPF) Comprehensive Assessment CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION 

    4:30pm-9:30pm Illinois Certified Designer Assessment (ICD) Assessment CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


    3:30-5:30pm Tablescape Contest

    4:00-6:00pm Land of Lincoln Contest

    6:00-9:00pm Designer of the Year Contest

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    8:00-5:00 pm Registration Open and Breakfast Pastries Available- Sponsored by SKP Accounting

    8:00-5:00 pm Marketplace Open

    9:00-10:00 am Stage Presentation:

    2020 and Beyond

    presented by 2019 Designer of the Year John Windisch AIFD

    An in depth look at the up and coming color trends.  Learn more about Pantone’s color of the year- Classic Blue- as it pertains to home decor and events.                  

    Sponsored by ISFA 

    9:00-10:30 am Hands-On Workshop

    Mechanics of Floral Art

    presented by Alejandro Figueira AIFD

    Alejandro will share his knowledge of mechanics to help you create floral art that is not only stunning, but will take your designs to another level.

    Sponsored by Design Master and Bonnett Wholesale

    9:30-11:00am Hands-On Workshop: 

    The Key to Successful Design: Principles and Elements 

    Thinking of participating in PFDE testing? Competing in a floral competition? Or just want to better your everyday design skills? Join Katy for a hands-on review of the essential principles and elements of design.

    presented by Katy Selmi AIFD

    Sponsored by AIFD North Central

    11:00-12:15 pm Open Seating Luncheon and DOY Faceoff

    11:00-12:30pm Marketplace Closed

    12:15 -1:15pm Student Design Competition

    12:45-1:45 pm Stage Presentation:

    With Deepest $ympathy

    presented by Darcie Garcia AIFD

    Sympathy designing with purpose and profitability. Taking the talent we have and making the most with it and of it.

    Sponsored by Kennicott Brothers Wholesale

    1:00-4:30pm Corsage Bar Open

    1:30-3:00pm Hands-On Workshop:

    "CHA CHING" Increasing Profits With Everyday Designs

    Presented by Donny Johnson AIFD

    Learning ways to elevate your floral design mechanics to save time, money, and increase your stores bottom line. Watch as he designs in a more efficient and profitable manner to elevate the multiple possibilities of your designs to help cut labor and inventory.

    Sponsored by Kennicott Brothers Wholesale

    3:00-4:00pm Stage Presentation:

    History Repeating! 

    presented by Jacob McCall AIFD

    Join Jacob as he shows the art of blending dried natural botanicals with fresh cut botanicals. 

    Sponsored by Knud Nielson

    4:00-5:00pm Hands-On Workshop: 

    A Modern Look at Botanical Jewelry

    presented by Courtney Turner AIFD, CFD, ICPF

    This is not your average floral jewelry! Courtney will demonstrate how to create beautiful works of functional jewelry using botanical materials. Learn tips and techniques that will guide you in your exploration of this seldom-tapped market and learn how you can use these innovative ideas to make your business stand out from the rest.

    Sponsored by Bill Doran Co.

    5:00pm Marketplace/Registration Closes

    6:00-7:00pm Board Photos

    6:00-7:00pm Cocktail Reception

    7:00-8:30pm 2020 Presidential Ball/ Awards Ceremony- Featuring ISFA Past Presidents and Hall of Fame Recipients

    9:15-11:30pm Hospitality Suite Open

    Sunday, March 15, 2020


    8:30-12:00pm Registration Open

    8:30-2:00pm Marketplace Open

    8:30-10:00am Hands-On Workshop:

    On the Hinge

    presented by Darcie Garcia AIFD

    We all get those last minute calls for an unique yet cost friendly floral display. Join Darcie and learn how to make that last minute, time consuming detail the quickest and prettiest possible.

    Sponsored by  Kennicott Brothers Wholesale

    9:00-10:00 am Stage Presentation:  

    Inspiring Floral Structures

    presented by Alejandro Figueira AIFD

    Join Alejandro as he inspires you to create floral structures utilizing unconventional items such as pvc pipe. You will leave this show wanting to create unique and profitable floral displays at your shop.

    Sponsored by Design Master and Bonnett Wholesale

    11:00-12:00pm Stage Presentation:

    A Fresh Element"  Inspiring Everyday Designs

    presented by Donny Johnson AIFD

    An Inspiration to create artistic designs filled with natural elements, exciting textures,  and vibrant colors  from inside your cooler.

    Sponsored by Kennicott Brothers Wholesale

    12:15-1:15 pm Luncheon/Annual Meeting

    1:30-3:00pm Stage Presentation:

    Weddings with Style

    presented by Ian Prosser AIFD, AAF, NDSF, PFCI

    "Weddings with Style" is unlike any other wedding program you’ve seen. Ian will show you how to sell and increase your wedding flower sales, as well as be in control of the entire visual segment of the wedding including add-ons. Learn how to create a signature look that will set you apart from the competition.

    Sponsored by FTD

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