TSFA’s innovative approach to Virtual Learning will encompass a variety of subjects hosted by a wealth of talent! The selected subjects will address the most relevant of topics and highlight the most creative of techniques. Each Live Presentation and Demonstration will be catalogued at tsfa.org for learning 24-7. It’s TSFA On Demand! It’s new! It’s original! It’s available to you to learn at your leisure in the comfort of your own home! 

There are three different categories to the TSFA On Demand Virtual Learning which will allow you to either interact, watch, or allow students to join in to expand their learning.  The Virtual Learning Schedule is listed below notating which event will be Hands-On, Classroom or Virtual Event.  Each Category is set up for a different style of discussion. TSFA Classroom will be introduced later on for teachers, until then, we encourage teachers to join in on the Virtual Learning Sessions TSFA has to offer.

In the event a hands-on component is included in the lesson, a list of materials will be shared online at tsfa.org for you to gather! Perhaps you have the list on hand at the shop or can take the time to purchase from your local wholesaler.  When possible TSFA encourages you to purchase from the Texas Floral Education Underwriters located at the bottom of each page of the TSFA website.  Hands-on is certainly not required to take part. More good news is that with the class being On Demand you can gather the materials in advance or at your convenience and go back and watch it again and again and again!

This year allows TSFA to again show that we are at the forefront of the industry in education and technology. Announcing the TSFA Virtual Event!The circumstances are perhaps not ideal, but we are pleased that we can provide TSFA members these opportunities to be a part of our community and continue to thrive as an organization.

Design Stylings

Thursday, July 2  | 3 p.m. CST
American as Cherry Pie: Patriotic Bouquets for a Festive 4th of July
Laura Dowling  I Product List Biography
A “cherry pie” bouquet of summer roses, zinnias, hydrangea and orchids in a woven “pie crust” vase is designed to set a nostalgic American theme for the 4th of July. In addition to this centerpiece-style design, Laura will demonstrate how to create a chic red, white and blue hand-held bouquet in the French style featuring her signature braided ribbon wrap.

Friday, July 31  | 3 p.m. CST
Summer Blooms
Charlie Groppetti AIFD
Join Charlie as he cuts from the landscape to create a bouquet perfect for a summer setting. Whether it be to accent the home or adorn the patio table, the combination of materials will enhance the beauty of summertime.

Friday, September 11  | 3 p.m. CST
In Remembrance: Designs of Solace
Laura Dowling  I  Product List  I  Biography
Learn how to craft an inspirational wreath that focuses on conveying feelings of comfort and compassion using seasonal materials in gentle hues. Laura’s techniques include wrapping, wiring and bundling materials, both organic and fabricated, to create various levels and layers of color and texture applied to a classical wreath form.

Friday, October 9  | 3 p.m. CST
Fall in the Garden
Charlie Groppetti AIFD
Seasonal fruits and vegetables take center stage surrounded by simply the best in botanical cuttings. Experience and see just how these fall delights can easily extend into trans-seasonal charm.

Friday, November 6  | 3 p.m. CST
Christmas Tidings: Bouquets of Joy and Celebration
Laura Dowling  I  Product List  I  Biography
During the holiday season, jewel-toned flowers, berries and gilded foliage arranged in organic containers create a joyous and welcoming mood. In this class, Laura shares tips and tricks for creating her signature garden-style bouquet – in the spirit of Christmas.

Friday, December 4  | 3 p.m. CST
Holiday Gatherings
Charlie Groppetti AIFD
There is no time of year that speaks as well to a gathering of family and friends. Let your creative voice be heard! Gather around Charlie Groppetti AIFD as he shares seasonal components from his “Cut from the Landscape” Series. Inspired learning at its best will help you prepare for the many gatherings that await your artistry.


Simply Social

Friday, April 24  | 2 p.m. CST
Social Media and Social Distancing
Creating Authentic Digital Engagement in the Era of COVID-19

Ashley DeFranco
Helpful Language During a Crisis: Over Promising vs. Hope

"Don't worry! Everything will be fine"  vs "This might be difficult but together we will get through it"

"I'm sure this will be over in a few weeks" vs "This might take a while. Let's focus on what we know today."

"Things will be back to normal soon." vs "Things might look different in the foreseeable future. Let's focus on how we can adapt."

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State of the Art Techniques

Friday, June 28  | 3 p.m. CST
Organic Structures
Stacey Bal AIFD EMC
Functional interdependence and reciprocity of organic materials and flowers undoubtedly result in a  symbiotic relationship. Join me for an in depth focus on the methodology at the core of the process of these constructions, the awareness of and value attached to them, and the emotional impact of a custom creation.

Friday, July 17  | 3 p.m. CST
California Wildflowers
Stacey Bal AIFD EMC  I  Product List
Material driven, earthy designs will be featured in these wildflower and dried crossover demonstrations. Join me as I experiment with mixing eclectic textures and colors.

Friday, August 14  | 3 p.m. CST
Let’s Focus on Foliage
Stacey Bal AIFD EMC  I  Product List
Celebrate change! With the spotlight on greens, discover new ways to highlight long lasting, cost effective, and easy to procure foliage.

Friday, September 25  | 3 p.m. CST
Kokedama Centerpiece
Stacey Bal AIFD EMC  I  Product List
A stunning alternative to traditional centerpieces, a kokedama collection is a fresh way to set the tone at the table. A few surprising additions elevate this crowd favorite.

Friday, October 23  | 3 p.m. CST
One Bouquet, Three Ways
Stacey Bal AIFD EMC  I  Product List
Explore the possibilities of taking different paths on the same journey! Expand the potential of your designs and each material with out of the box edits and re-imagined silhouettes.

Friday, November 20  | 3 p.m. CST
Neo Minimal
Stacey Bal AIFD EMC  I  Product List
Whether your limitations are dictated by space, availability, or budget learning effective ways to approach thoughtful minimal designs with intention is a great way to reset. Effective and powerful communication can be achieved with just a single stem and the right techniques.

The Business of Flowers


Surviving a Corona Summer  I  Friday, June 19  | 3 p.m. CST
Archived Posted: TSFA Staff  I  06.19.2020
Summertime in the floral industry is often difficult enough!  Join Derrick as he outlines tips for surviving a Corona Summer!  To be clear, we are not referring to surviving an adult beverage when we speak of Corona!

Contact Derrick:
Derrick Myers CPA CFA PFCI
President/Co-Founder of:
Crockett, Myers & Associates, Inc.
7422 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.  I  Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410-760-5555  I  derrick@crockettmyers.com

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