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Love Letters

Becky


I passed the AIFD's CFD exam and have earned my designation based on their email to me!Thank you for your Floral Design Programs that allowed me to have an excellent understanding of what was needed to accomplish this. This was something that I had dreamed about since I was in my 20's! It only took 30 years, but you helped me fulfill a life long dream. My mom always said that God works in mysterious ways. I love the continued podcasts and learning that you offer and it makes me feel like part of something larger than myself! Thank you for all you do to support the Tulip Tribe!


Laura


Hello flower lovers.  

 I am writing this “brag” because I wanted to tell whoever I could about my incredible experience at the Floral Design Institute.  

Let me tell you a little of my story.  In June I retired after nearly 25 years of teaching.  I knew that I wanted to “do flowers” for a long time.  I have done flowers for our church for a long time and wanted to “expand” my horizons.  I looked into several programs and decided on FDI.  The next decision was do I do it at the Learning Center in Portland or do it online via distance learning.  After calculating everything my husband and I decided to head to Portland with our pull behind trailer and I would do the Basic class offered in September.  I attended the Basic class.  During the basic class I realized that the advanced class would be the week following the basic class so stayed and completed the Advanced class in September of 2017 as well.  

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the school, teachers, and help provided after the classes but I will make an attempt to say those things now.  The school.  From the beginning the school was very helpful not only in what was related to school but things like information in regards to RV parks etc.  

The teachers.  Our main teacher for both the Basic and Advanced was Michelle.  I feel that being a retired teacher I have a pretty good grasp on what good / great teaching looks like and Michelle is a great teacher.  She is an encourager, one who teaches with care and love.  She lets you know how to improve without putting you down.  She gives multiple opportunities for success.  I can’t thank her enough.  Leanne was also one of our instructors periodically and she shared her expertise and ways of doing things. We got her perspective as well.  It was really good to have two insights into the “creative” part of floral design.  I can’t leave out David who provided what I would call the “practical” nuts and bolts of working in the floral industry.  Also very knowledgeable and a very important part of the training.

Since the training has concluded…. I LOVE the live streams on Wednesdays and also I have ordered multiple videos from the library to further and broaden what I learned at the learning center in Portland.  The resources available to purchase are wonderful as well.  My husband gave me a gift certificate from FDI for Christmas and right after school I put together my tool box with many items ordered from the school.

In summary I cannot say enough wonderful things about FDI, Leanne, Michelle, David and the support staff.  I wish Portland was closer so I could attend some of the shorter trainings and weekends.

Leanne keep up the good work! It’s awesome!!!!


Corinne


I am very excited to reveal the opening of Pretty Petals floral shop!!! I actually did it!! I am so excited and want to welcome you all to a Grand Opening of my little shop..... Now that I have made my dreams come true.. I am so excited and can't wait for the warmer weather and more beautiful flowers!!


Niki


Great support, easy to communicate any time. They give you constructive criticism and acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.


Jessica


The Floral Design class at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, would like to thank you for providing such a great educational tool for our classroom. We watch your video's every Friday (we call them “Leanne Friday’s”) and other occasions when we deserve a break. Again, we thank you for being with us in our classroom! The students wanted me to tell you “We Love You Leanne!”


Shari


Leeann I just can't praise you enough for he inspiration you give to me. The designs are always so beautiful and unique. My dream as a little girl was to be a florist. However Motherhood and finances came to interfere. Now at 67 I enjoy your emails and the encouragement that I can actually put together a centerpiece for a holiday and make it look beautiful too. Thanks you for the encouragement to continue to please others and myself.


Raven


Absolutely wonderful! I signed up for classes on a whim and couldn't believe how it changed my life. The instructors were professional and practical. After I finished the beginning classes I kept going back for other classes and bought the educational videos.


Shelia


Today was the first day in the flower shop! I go back Monday and Tuesday too! The owner let me jump right in and start designing. The owner stated that my designs were beautiful, look nice and full and held well during delivery due to my weaving technique. It was a grand day and I look forward to doing it again on Monday and Tuesday.


Kim


Thank You FDI for the incredible training, which inspired my design confidence!  I just landed a great design job!


Michelle


I would like to take a moment of your time the THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being my mentor, even though we have never met in person. I just passed my test for the Florida State Master Designer. Thank you so much for caring about our industry and for offering all types of education for all of us. Thank you for going above and beyond.


Eden


I just wanted to tell you that the entrepreneurs weekend was absolutely fantastic. Alisa and I learned SO much! My mom and I have been planning and dreaming for some time, and now I think we have the information to get us started.


Heather


Floral Design Institute has taught me so much! It's a wonderful learning opportunity that will open so many possibilities up as you are on your floral path. The choice is yours in doing something you love and making an impact on the lifestyle you desire.


Terri


Thanks for everything. I want you guys to know that I have learned so much. Every class I've taken with the Floral Design Institute has been excellent in every aspect. Keep up the good work.


Lucia


I wanted to send a big thank you your way. The course has been everything I was looking for and more so far. I appreciate all the value adds in the segments like flowers for the diary and in modules 4 and 5 the additional demos on vessels and arrangements. It's a great experience and incredible value for me so far! Your team is friendly and I appreciate all the technical feedback too, I mean I want to be good at this!!!


Tracy


Thanks again. You and David (and the Floral Design Institute) are the best investment in my future that I have ever made!!!!!


Shannon


I had an amazing time in your Distance Floral Design Course! I learned more than I ever thought I would! It has made my love for flowers even greater, and I have gained a greater appreciating and understanding for floral designers and all that goes into making beautiful arrangements! So thankful I found this course to help me through this rough time in my life, and thank you for all your help and understanding along the way! I look forward to furthering my floral design education and can’t wait to see where this career path takes me, when I am feeling well enough to work again! I hope to make it to your location and meet you all in person!


Diane


I recently completed the basic floral design distance learning program. I just wanted to say hats off to you for putting together such a great video course. And hats off to Elizabeth (lilybloomers) for being such a great coach. I wasn't quite sure how I would like a distance learning program as I am truly a hands-on person and prefer to have someone right there with me to watch and ask questions. But between your excellent video demonstrations and Elizabeth's thorough evaluations, comments and suggestions, it felt like I had a personal instructor and coach which combined to make a wonderful learning experience. The basic course covered so much more than I expected which makes me all the more eager to take the advanced course. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to do that in the near future. And if I ever get to Portland, you can be sure I will stop by to personally meet both you and Elizabeth! Thanks again, and keep up the great work! You are truly an inspiration!


Jessicajo


Thank you!!! I am so thrilled. I brag about FDI all the time. I so appreciate you, your leadership and the other teachers. Your post graduate support is top notch. Thanks for changing my life!


Mary


I have appreciated and valued every lesson I have gotten, and looked forward to each and every constructive criticism given on each of my assignments. I have appreciated the time, hard work and love shown by each of my teachers to help ensure that I have the best education I can have. While I have not communicated directly with each and every lesson, I have always felt as though all of my teachers are just a email away for extra support should I need it. I have come to love and treasure my Wednesday live streams, and consider them an extension of my education, as well as time to connect with other like minded people.


Shannon


Thank you so much for teaching and sharing your vast knowledge of floral design with the rest of the world! I learned so much from each one of you in Basic Floral Design and hope to see you all again. You are all awesome!


Ana


I just want to take a moment after finishing my module 7 (almost half of the course!!) to let you know how I'm feeling about this great distance learning experience. I am very happy with the course and although it is challenging, and a bit stressful, what I'm learning and experiencing is really, really worth it all. I have been learning a lot and feel that these lessons are exactly what I was looking for.


Aimee


Yeahhhh! I’m so excited! I just completed the basic floral design online course. Thank you all so much! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this program and the personal satisfaction it has given me now that I have a way to express my creativity in a way I could have never dreamed of! Thank You so much!


Teresa


I loved the Wedding Specialist course and learned so much, having the DVD's for reviewing what I’ve learned through the FDI is an added plus. I'm very thankful to FDI for offering the online courses, and of course the awesome teachers.


Cheline


I am so happppppyyyy. Thank you so much!!!! The trip to Portland to learn from all of your WONDERFUL instructors was an amazing educational experience and a priceless investment into my career as a floral designer. I learned new techniques and most of all had a new prospective in the path I want to take in my career. Whenever someone tell me they want to be a floral designer I tell them to go to FDI! Thanks again! It’s only up from here for me!!!!


Brenda


Before any more time passes, I want to tell you how much I enjoyed my first experience at the Floral Design Institute. I took the Basics of Floral Design class last week as a personal gift to myself. I love arranging flowers, so I wanted to see if this might be a career path. Kathy was our instructor. She was excellent - made the class informative, fun and a beautiful. I learned a lot about the process of floral design and how hard florists and their staff have to work to produce the beautiful creations we give and receive. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thank you for an awesome day!


Kyoko


I just want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for providing me such an amazing learning opportunity of the floral design for last 4 weeks. I leaned so many different and new things from both of you during both basic and advanced courses. It was not easy experience for me to learn so many new things after working in different industry for such a long time. However, I truly was able to enjoy this challenging opportunity because of the great program, your sense of humor and strong encouragement from you. Developing and providing the training program of Visual Merchandising used to be one of my key focus in my career. I totally understand that it is not easy to teach any creative matters to people who is leaning it as a new experience. I am just so amazed that your curriculum covered not only basic matters but also the creative development in such a short period of time. I was so excited to come to the class every morning to see what I will learn today! Also, our class room was always filled with big smiles and laughter because of your sense of humor. I am sure that I will miss our class room tomorrow morning. Well..... it is a time for me that I will keep leaning and improving my skill as a Floral Designer. Once again, I thank you so much for the amazing support to let me start new chapter in my life!  I look forward to seeing you agin in the different classes or any future opportunities.


Bryan


As I take my next step in my floral career, I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for the opportunities you have given me. Contributing to both my personal and professional growth, I would like you all to know how much I appreciate what you have helped me accomplish thus far.


Tanya


I have really, really enjoyed these classes! You are the best!


Karan


I continue to be extremely grateful for the empowerment that all you taught me has given me. You filled my floral design toolbox with countless treasures for exploration and floral design fulfillment. I simply love it!


Elisa


It was the best decision I ever made. I love it so much and its a great way to use your creative skills. The teachers are so helpful whenever you need to ask them anything. They are a call or email away!


Tomasi


Thank You, your institute has given me a well rounded approach to floral design. It has also given me a foot forward in this industry far exceeding my expectations. I could not have gone as far as where I am today without your excellent instructions and hands on approach to design. Furthermore, your institute is my lifeline if I have any questions about Floral Design ,and or questions pertaining to the Floral Industry. Many thanks to Leanne & Dave Kesler and your wonderful staff for their hard work, and dedication to the Art of Floral Design.


Karen


I am just dropping a short note to announce that I have finally completed my Beginner Certification through FDI.  Life has been full of twists and turns through this extended journey down the flowery path of floral design certification but I am pleased to have stayed the course and at last call it complete.  Thank you, one and all, at The Floral Design Institute for your supportive teaching methods, timely responses and unerring patience. 


Genevieve


I have taken all basic, advanced as well as wedding specialist courses online, they are all wonderful, and let you work at your own pace. They are challenging and exciting and so much is learned. All the teachers were available and to help and talk you through, and support you even after you graduate would recommend to anyone.


Risa


Thank you for all of the enthusiasm, encouragement and education that you have given me in these 15 online modules of Basic Floral Design. You will be in every bouquet that I make.


Laurie


I loved taking the basic course this summer! Challenging, fun; learned a lot! Instructors gave continuous useful feedback. ...Wonderful having flowers all over my apartment, too!


Kelsey and Leah


Thank you so much for the excellent Floral Entrepreneur’s Workshop! It was amazing how much practical knowledge we gained in just one weekend. We came away knowing just what next steps to take to launch our business. And, as time goes on, the learning continues. We are reading the books you recommended, we reference our workshop binders constantly, and in our heads, we can hear your nuggets of wisdom (“Prepare for success!”). Even better, your marketing methods are working. We have adapted the “drop and run” and thank you note techniques and it is paying off slowly but surely with clients and referrals. It is also wonderful to be a part of the Floral Design Institute community. We are energized and inspired by your Flower Tribe who are all committed to the growth and success of the floristry industry well into this century and beyond. There is no doubt in our minds that the Floral Design Institute is THE place to go, not only for the best floral design education, but also for the best floral business education. By starting own floral business, we are truly doing something we love, and we could not have done it without you.


Julie


Online classes are great! You will learn a lot and the flexibility is nice!!


Kat


I started the new Basic Floral Design Online Program last week and it is amazing.  You have provided so much wonderful information that I am enjoying reading/watching everything twice! My first submission will be this weekend! So excited!!


Kathleen


I want you to know how very much I enjoyed "flower school"!!  Your institute is a top notch, first rate organization.  Previously in my life I have attended various other vocational schools and even taught dental assisting at a post secondary school in Las Vegas.  Your school far exceeds the standards and quality of education provided at any other school I have ever been associated with.  Everything from the curriculum, the enthusiastic talented teachers, the incredible arranging supplies, to the delightful work space is absolutely perfect!


Shannon


Thank you so much for a wonderfully informative Entrepreneur's Weekend.  I thoroughly enjoyed both days and learned so much.  I've started my website research and can't wait to get my social media on point.


Suzanne


I’ve been thinking about the things that make me the happiest and, next to my family (of course), were learning to read and learning to play with flowers. Of all the skills I have learned over the years, these two continue to enrich my life daily. So thank you for your wonderful school where I have such grand memories of learning and growing, for your inspiring videos and for continuing to bring beauty into the world.


Jess


I did FDI basic with the intention of getting better at a hobby I enjoyed....by day 2 I realized I landed in a Gold Mine program. My whole body and soul screamed this is what you want to do with your life. Fast forward, I bought a studio, 3/4 acre flower growing operation, hired a social media person, passed my CFD exam and on to AIFD next and run my own small business. I love it so much! Thanks to all the amazing teachers of FDI for a world class program, teachers and amazing ongoing continuing support and education.


Meredith


Last year, after doing a lot of research on different schools, I enrolled for the Basic Floral Design online classes with FDI, and I must say it is the smartest thing I have ever done for myself. They are so truly interested, they are easy to get a hold of, so positive, so inspiring - and as AIFD they have incredible knowledge and a respect for the craft that shines trough in everything they do. After one year of Basic Floral Design I landed an internship and because of them I am never in doubt that I know what I am doing, simply because I know I am trained by the best.  If you are going to choose a school, this is the best one you can find.


Amy


Hello Leanne,  First of all I just want to say "I love you" .  Thank you so much for your video sessions.   I've been following you in years.  I even went to take some classes, with you teaching approximately 4 years ago. I just want you to know that I appreciate all your floral videos.  You have given me so much knowledge and support throughout the years. You are the most talented, beautiful person on earth next to Martha Stewart :).  I wish you continued success. Your forever avid fan,


Peggy


Hi, Leanne!  I have been meaning to send this email for the last few years, but this year I can no longer put it off!  I don’t know if you remember me but my wonderful husband gave me gift certificates to take the basic, and then the advanced floral classes as a distance learner  several years ago.  As someone who does love to play with flowers, I had such fun learning the “real” concepts involved in floral design, but never really had a plan to open or work in a flower shop.  I just continue to do arrangements for myself, friends and family, albeit much better than before my classes!

 2 years ago I went to a local flower shop here in Hattiesburg, MS – one that had helped me with my studies – and asked to help at Valentine’s Day.  They graciously allowed that!  They were impressed that I had my own knife, scissors, etc and actually knew how to use them!  I did a few rose arrangements and some cash and carry roses.  This year I asked again, and they invited me back!  (Whew – I hadn’t put them out of business last year!!)  When I arrived Monday afternoon I found that this very small shop was down a designer!  (Talk about being nervous….)   Well, long story short, I did almost all of the rose arrangements – from single stems in paper to the grand luxury dozens, as well as some spring flower arrangements that seem to have been popular for Valentine’s Day this year. They have asked me to come back for Mother’s Day, too.

I guess what I am trying to say is this…. I know I was not exactly your target audience with no plans for a floral design career, but even so, all the wonderful things that I learned really did prepare me extremely well to act as a floral designer.  I continue to watch the weekly videos and Facebook live sessions, and I always learn something new.  I will be retiring from my “current” career as a nurse here in a few years and – who knows?  Maybe it will turn out that I really am your target audience!

Thank you for all you do – and all you have done for me!


Francesca


Leanne and David thank you for sharing so much with me and helping me. Words can't express the gratitude I feel when I think of you two.


Debbie


The online training has been amazing, I am now I am coming to the end of the Advanced I am starting my final exam. I have learned so much and Leanne, Marisa and the other teachers have helped me along the way. I totally recommend taking the online courses they are lots of fun and loads of information. You will love taking classes online at Floral Design Institute!


Roberta


I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know how much I LOVE the brand new monthly wedding DVD's series. I've gotten so much from them and I look forward to ordering them each month.


Deepthi


It really was a pleasure going through this course with all your support and gentle guidance..   I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the videos. In fact, it was one of Leanne's videos on YouTube that drew me to this course in the first place. I have loved every bit of it and I am eager for what's in store next.


Dani


It's been two years since I had my class at your school and life was not the same after that. I am writing to share with you how successful my first business venture is. I decided to open not just a flower shop but a party rental and event company. To date, I have the nearby hotels around me that have us as their preferred vendor. Our presence has made a mark in the industry with the quality of work we do. Thanks to all you have imparted to me and for the inspiration of "doing something you love"!"