Parsons achieves flo­ral de­sign’s high­est des­ig­na­tion


Poppy Parsons for­mally re­ceived her Ac­cred­ited in Flo­ral De­sign des­ig­na­tion at the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Flo­ral De­sign­ers 2014 Na­tional Sym­po­sium in Chicago on July 3 to 7.

Parsons, owner of Smart Flow­ers in Swift Cur­rent, had pre­vi­ously re­ceived her Cer­ti­fied Flo­ral De­signer sta­tus through the or­ga­ni­za­tion, with this lat­est hon­our plac­ing her among the elite in the flo­ral in­dus­try. She was one of 16 in­di­vid­u­als in Chicago rec­og­nized to have achieved AIFD sta­tus, along with in­di­vid­u­als from South Korea, Ja­pan, Costa Rica, and China.

Her AIFD des­ig­na­tion ends an over two year process to achieve her high hon­our.

“The process was ac­tu­ally quite amaz­ing,” Parsons said of the test­ing pro­ce­dure where she at­tended ma­jor Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Flo­ral De­sign­ers events in or­der to show her pro­fi­ciency.

She achieved her Cer­ti­fied Flo­ral De­signer sta­tus in 2012 af­ter at­tend­ing a Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Flo­ral De­sign­ers Sym­po­sium in Florida, and this past sum­mer she proved her tal­ents at a Sym­po­sium in Las Ve­gas.

She can now use the AIFD mark now that she has been for­mally pre­sented with the des­ig­na­tion.

Parsons said she ap­pre­ci­ates the recog­ni­tion from other top f lorists in the in­dus­try now that she has this des­ig­na­tion. She notes is was spe­cial to be rec­og­nized by fel­low Cana­dian Hit­omi Gil­liam from Van­cou­ver, as she has loved her works over the years and was mo­ti­vated by her.

“To be rec­og­nized by her, some­body who I’ve ad­mired and loved and has been like a men­tor to me. For her to start ask­ing me to come help her on projects, and for her to give me a great big hug when she saw me in Chicago and con­grat­u­late me and be rec­og­nized for be­ing one of them,” Parsons said. “To work along side them now, and be rec­og­nized in the same way that they are, is pretty re­ward­ing.”

Her Pro­fes­sional Flo­ral De­sign Eval­u­a­tion was con­ducted through a four hour de­sign ses­sion where her work was eval­u­ated by a panel of AIFD mem­bers. The ar­range­ments were judged on bal­ance, colour, theme, line, cre­ativ­ity and me­chan­ics.

“Ba­si­cally I let my cre- ativ­ity come out a lit­tle bit bet­ter,” Parsons said of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion eval­u­a­tions which scored higher in Las Ve­gas than her first try in Florida. “I kind of learned from my mis­takes from the pre­vi­ous year, kind of honed my time, and made sure that I had enough time to do all the pieces. I was a lit­tle more pre­pared I guess. Not so ner­vous.”

She is now ex­cited to share her tal­ents with her cus­tomers. Her new des­ig­na­tion will help her get ac­cess to new prod­ucts a lit­tle bit faster, with com­pa­nies send­ing her sam­ples to work with in recog­ni­tion of her skills.

“It’s just hav­ing the abil­ity to show Swift Cur­rent pro­fes­sional f lo­ral artistry, and just be rec­og­nized that I do have good skills. As soon as you have a des­ig­na­tion that re­ally helps.”

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Poppy Parsons re­ceived her Ac­cred­ited in Flo­ral De­sign des­ig­na­tion from the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Flo­ral De­sign­ers at their 2014 Sym­po­sium in Chicago ear­lier this month.

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