Kelly’s taking the stage with her lighthearted perspective about floral design and business and she’s bringing talented, kind friends who have a heart to see you thrive in your life with flowers!

(TENTATIVE) Max Gill Design

My Journey with Flowers

Max is a sought after florist in Berkley, CA.  His work features botanical rarities from local growers, nurseries and his own formidable cutting garden. Watch Max create a signature arrangement and learn how he moved from studies in Environmental Science at to floral design, a medium that would allow him to draw from his passion for gardening, sculpture, painting and art and theater history. His designs have graced the pages of Martha Stewart weddings and most recently, In Full Flower, published by Rizzoli. 

J Schwanke

High Profit Flower Business & Flower Jewelry Workshop

J is a fourth generation florist and managed a million dollar flower shop, greenhouses and event business for 18 years. Curious how he did it? J shares the inside scoop and stories to inspire you and your creative work with flowers. He is also hosting a hands-on flower jewelry workshop at the event. J is passionate about our industry and has traveled the nation filming flower documentaries that will make you smile. His new program, J Schwanke's Life in Bloom premieres with PBS April 2018.  


The Elements and Principles of Design & Floral Demo

James is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; cook; author and lifestyle expert. He is extremely knowledgable about the elements and principles of design and applies them across all his creative endeavors. Learn to see the elements and principles in a deeper way, from a new perspective, and apply these timeless principles in your own work with flowers. Your favorite elements and principles will quickly rise to the surface and help you establish your own signature style. 

Sweet Root Village

Floral Installations

Lauren and Rachel are Co-founders of Sweet Root Village. Go behind the scenes at this crazy fun floral design studio in the metro D.C. area and see how this team puts together installations that feel a lot like magic! If you haven't fallen head over heels in love with these flower champions over their Instagram stories yet — don't worry...you will. Sweet Root Village has been featured on Martha Stewart and in numerous other publications. They recently opened a sister company, Simply Sweet Root.  


Event Sponsors