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Proudly Serving The Floral Community for 102 Years

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Mission Statement

FSFA International is committed to providing education to the floral industry and the public. 

Our Objective is to cultivate relationships, promote the interest of all parts of the floral industry, and foster the solidarity of all of our members to the industry and the public. 

2023 Award Winners 

54th Annual Sylvia Cup Competition 

President Elect - Michael Smith AAf AIFD CFD FDI FSMD PFCI - Grand Prize Winner 

Desig Challenge International 

Anna Wawrzyniak - Poland - Winner    -    Edana Yen - Malaysia - 1st Runner Up     -    Deb Sherwood AIFD - 2nd Runner Up 

Designer of the Year 2023 - Sponsored by Bloomnet 

Anna Dementieva AIFD CFD - Winner    -    Sharon Ivey AIFD CFD PFCI  - 1st Runner Up     -    Pattie Rob Wallander AIFD CFD - 2nd Runner Up 

FernTrust Cup 2023 - Sponsored by FernTrust, Inc

Anna Dementieva AIFD CFD - Winner    -    Sharon Ivey AIFD CFD PFCI  - 1st Runner Up     -    Pattie Rob Wallander AIFD CFD - 2nd Runner Up 

FSFA Tablescape  2023 - Sponsored by Kuhn Flowers 

Andrew Stnson AIFD CFD - Winner    -    John Henderson CFD FSMD  - 1st Runner Up     -    Sharon Ivey AIFD CFD PFCI- 2nd Runner Up 

Ian Prosser Bridal Bouquet Competition 2023  - Sponsored by Botanica Design Studio 

Ellie Grande AIFDCFD EMC - Winner   

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Did you know the official state flower of Florida is the Orange Blossom?

Tip and Tricks 

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Florist Basics: 

  • Always trim flowers at an angle. ...
  • Remove any foliage that will be below water level. ...
  • Use a clean vase. ...
  • Refresh the water daily. ...
  • Give your arrangement some flower food. ...
  • Use fresh, local, and seasonal flowers. ...
  • Incorporate unexpected elements.


"FSFA International  Scholarships and Mentorship Make a Difference"

Spotlight on Kim Esworthy FSMD 

When I first joined FSFA International, I do not think I understood what it was all about. And I didn’t know the impact it would have on my floral career! I work full-time as an executive assistant to a non-profit CEO, and floral design has been my second job since moving to Florida in 2016. I became a member of FSFAI after meeting Bob Tucker and others at a workshop event in Bradenton, Florida in 2018. Since becoming a member: Achieved FSMD Accreditation - Florida State Master Designer As we all pivoted during COVID, FSFA continued to support and encourage florists in new ways! The annual “Over the Top Bridal Bouquet was held virtually, and I placed fifth! –the only designer to place from Florida. Designer of the Year took place virtually, and I was able to compete with floral industry giants. Executive Director Bob Tucker and I had a conversation that developed into FSFA Tea Talks, where we would all meet virtually and discuss the impact of COVID-19, and how to continue to thrive. As a result of relationships developed through FSFA, I met members of AIFD’s Southern Chapter, who created a fundraising virtual floral art exhibition event called “Phoenix Rising”. My Phoenix Rising project was featured in Naples Daily News in July of 2021 Through FSFA, I was awarded a mentorship with Ian Prosser AIFD PFCI. There are no words to describe all that I learned from this gracious and giving individual and his team, family & friends at Botanica International Design. The epic event that I had the opportunity to work on through the mentorship with him in March of 2022 gave me the confidence to create a magical floral-filled wedding in June of 2022. This wedding was awarded honorable mention in Florist Review’s “Picture-Perfect Weddings” Contest. You cannot imagine what it felt like to see a photo of my work in an international magazine! Ian’s request for me to freelance for him in September of 2022 was a highlight, and although those events had to be postponed as SWFL was being ravaged by Hurricane Ian, Ian himself reached out to make sure I was okay in Naples, which was a kindness I will not forget. Because of connections like these, opportunities like these, my little “side hustle” has continued to grow. I’ve become a preferred vendor for the first time in my career, I’ve provided wedding florals at exclusive venues, and I even provided florals for an event that featured Goldie Hawn as the keynote speaker! Please accept my gratitude, for the people, for the opportunities, for the education, for the welcome, for the laughs & the tears, for the support & the cheers and for this wonderful community of Florida State Florists Association, International. You have changed my life, and helped my dreams come true.  

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