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Love Letters

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.


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.


Kimberly


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!


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. 


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,


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!!


LuAnn


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.


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!


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!!!!


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.


Meagan


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Diane


I liked going at my own pace and fitting in my lessons around my work schedule.


Kelly


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!