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!
I'm thrilled and honored to receive the certificate, its such a beautiful and gorgeous design. I'm glad that I have chosen your school for my floral advancement, and thank you again for your expert guidence.
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.
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!!!!
Hi Leanne! Just a quick note to tell you I'm LOVING the basic floral design class and am wondering if there's room left in the advanced course that immediately follows?
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!
Thanks again. You and David (and the Floral Design Institute) are the best investment in my future that I have ever made!!!!!
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.
I can't believe I've finished my second week of #floraldesignschool. It is going by way too fast! The second day of class I found out that we get to take our flower arrangements home everyday. Since that day I've been giving my arrangements away to people that I pass on the street everyday. The other day I gave a bouquet to a woman. As I walked away she stopped me and told me that she had the absolute worst day. So I stood there and talked to her for a couple minutes. As she was thanking me and we were saying goodbye her voice began to crack and she started to cry. After I got home I went on a walk and was thinking about the conversation I had with her. I realized that this career is not only giving me the opportunity to do something I love, but to also have the opportunity to touch the lives of others in times of highs and lows. Everyday that I am in school learning more and more about floral design I fall more and more in love with it. I feel so grateful everyday to finally find something I love to do and that I have the opportunity to make others happy. Today I gave a bouquet away to this sweet girl walking by. #fdi #floraldesigninstitute#dosomethingyoulove
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.
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.
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.
Finding FDI was the best thing that could have happened to me! After being home with my kids for 10 years, floral design had been a love and a hobby of mine for many years. As my kids all went off to school I had to opportunity to figure out what I really wanted to do career wise. To be able to pursue my education in floral design from my home was a dream come true. And to be able to get such a great education and continued support was more than I could have hoped for. Thank you!
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!!
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"!"
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.
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.
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.
What does one say to someone and a team of someones who have literally helped one transform one's life? Thank you to all of you amazing people who taught and gave and loved with no judgement, no scorn and with complete unfiltered joy and passion. I am forever grateful for the experience. Our lives are better for it. With Love, Thank You!
Dear Leanne, I've been watching and re-watching this fabulous series of clips for some weeks mainly because of you, your manner and evident love of floral art is so accessibly presented, the projects, interesting and well thought through, easily repeated by the enthusiast or professional. I eagerly await further demonstrations, and wish you every success in doing what you so obviously love!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the videos and the kind of communication your school is known for. I feel that my status as a student in your distance learning means that I am cared for by the school. This is not an easy thing to accomplish via distance learning. You all do a fabulous job making this an intimate and a positive experience for the distance learner. Bottom line, I really am enjoying your school. You all are doing a fabulous job serving those of us in the distance learning community. Bravo!
What a wonderful experience I had attending your class. You can’t imagine how much you have helped me and in so many ways.
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!
I have really, really enjoyed these classes! You are the best!
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!!
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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!”
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.
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!
Hi Leanne!! Just thought I’d give you an update, (and perhaps you could pass it on to some of the teachers, I know they were curious) I got the job at the florist shop!! They had me start this morning, without even a real interview to speak of! I’m so happy that I’m already designing in a shop! Got loooooaaads of roses and rose arrangements done today! So so happy to be using all the skills I learned at FDI, thanks for everything again.
Thanks so much! It was an incredible experience and I truly feel that I was taught by the best! If you ever need a recommendation or a "testimonial" I would gladly attest to the wonderful teachers and the great program that you have. I would someday like to have my own shop, but I realize that I need a lot more experience and knowledge so I will continue with some of your advanced courses and would love to do that in person. I will see what my schedule will allow and sign up for a class this summer. Thanks again for all your help and constructive criticism....it really helped me a lot. This is not goodbye....but will see you soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I just received my apron and student business cards! I was so surprised!! Thank you so much. I am truly enjoying the classes. I am learning so much, the tips and suggestions on my floral photos is very helpful, I am certainly taking notes!! I must say it feels great to be a part of the Flower School. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time.
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,
This course has exceeded all my expectations! I loved the in depth videos, the recipes of each arrangement, and of course the fact that I was able to do it all on my own time! I am so excited to begin the job hunt and put all I have learned to the test out in the real world! Thank you!
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.
Many thank yous for the excellent, comprehensive, interactive, enjoyable and exhausting class ! Two days later Tess and I are still synthesizing and mulling over the information and ideas you two and Kathy imparted, as well as the content and practices gleaned from the group conversations.
Thank You FDI for the incredible training, which inspired my design confidence! I just landed a great design job!
I had always assumed that I just lacked the intrinsic knack for floral design, but was determined to give my daughter the flowers she wanted for her recent wedding. I closed my eyes, jumped off the cliff, and signed up for your Wedding Flower Boot Camp class. The instructors were so much fun, and I felt so successful even after just one day that I was able to approach my daughter's wedding with confidence! I'll definitely be back for more classes. Who knew you could be approaching fifty before you realized what you really loved doing? I think it's never too late.
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!