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Love Letters

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Cristina


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.


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!


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!!


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!


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"!"


Julian


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!


Julie


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


Laurie


Thank you for an amazing program - it far exceeded my expectations and I'm certain I will continue to reap the benefits in the years to come. Looking forward to continuing my journey with FDI and all you have to offer!


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!


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!


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