Artists de Fleur is a club for floral design students and others interested in retail floristry. Through weekly meetings, flower sales, and student-initiated events, you will have the opportunity to socialize and build leadership and management skills while expanding your knowledge of flowers, floral design and other aspects of ornamental horticulture.
The Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers (SAIFD) is housed under the Artists de Fleur umbrella. This organization is an honorary for high achieving students in the Floral Design and Marketing major. Students who qualify for membership have the opportunity to attend AIFD National Symposium and compete against the best of the best collegiate floral designers from the US and Canada.
Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day Flower Sales: Students design Thanksgiving centerpiece prototypes and market them to the campus community. Members hold a fun group design session to fill all the orders using an assembly line method. For Valentine’s Day, members select rose varieties, carnation colors and other supplemental flower choices and develop a marketing campaign directed to the campus community. Proceeds from these sales support student travel to national competition.
SAIFD National Competition:
The AIFD National Symposium takes place during the month of July in selected cities throughout the US. Typically occurring over the Fourth of July holiday, students enjoy travelling to places like Chicago, Las Vegas and Washington DC for a weeklong floral design conference where they rub elbows with floral industry elite. Highlights include participation in the national floral design competition and the formal black tie and ballgown gala.