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Swift Current florist continues to educate herself about her trade

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Poppy Parsons was a part of a major symposium in Anaheim recently. Here, she poses with a model who was part of the show to which Parsons contributed. Poppy Parsons was a part of a major symposium in Anaheim recently. Here, she poses with a model who was part of the show to which Parsons contributed.

Swift Current florist extraordinaire Poppy Parsons’ knowledge, contacts and passion for flowers and design continues to grow ... literally.


Parsons who is the sole member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and the Canadian Academy of Floral Art (CAFA) in Saskatchewan, as well as a certified floral designer, attended the AIFD’s annual symposium from June 30-July 8.
Not only did she attend, but she was significantly involved. Parsons worked alongside prestigious floral designers from around the world and was asked to assist in the main stage program  Points of View by Gerry Gregg AIFD member from California.
“It was inspiring to work at this ... to be part of a team which was recognized by all of the florists (at the symposium),” explains Parsons. “Being on stage, working alongside florists across the world ... the prestige is incredible with helping in this event.”
Parson met so many creative minds from all over Canada, the United States, Mexico, Great Britain and Korea.
Seeing how different florists use creativity for, not only floral bouquets, but adding how they can be used in weddings and other celebrations was also interesting such as photo shoots and floral crowns. She believes all of this will lead to new ideas which will inspire local customers.
She was also pleased to have the opportunity to talk to owners of similar-sized floral shops to exchange ideas on business in smaller markets.
She says she also got the inside look at new products which are coming, as well as innovations in other areas.
“(I) got a chance to learn more on how to execute large scale design techniques,” she adds.
Parsons hopes to teach some more classes or hold some local seminars in the future.
She also hopes to create some showpieces and have some shows in the future although she was working on confirming that.
In the meantime, the inspirational trip is allowing her come back refreshed and she hopes her education continues.
Her enthusiasm and creativity is well-known and becoming global. She was already asked to help with a large-scale floral show in Seattle next year.

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