Attend the AIFD National Symposium 2024 - 'Emerge' in Orlando

The Symposium will feature 10 dynamic Main Stage educational programs. Each is very unique and presented by leading floral educators from around the world.

By: THURSD. | 19-06-2024 | 4 min read
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More than just an ordinary flower show, the AIFD® National Symposium is the floral industry’s premiere floral design education event. Emerge 2024 is destined to be a gathering of design talent from all points of the globe. With its exciting and engaging lineup of programs and presenters, this year's event is sure to show a spectacular display of world-class floral artists.

AIFD National Symposium Coming Up in July

The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) National Symposium is one of the annual highlights in the floral design calendar, attracting professionals and enthusiasts from around the world. The 2024 symposium, themed 'Emerge', promises to be an exceptional event, offering a blend of education, inspiration, and networking opportunities. Set to be in Orlando, Florida, this symposium will take place from July 2-6 at the luxurious Signia by Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort.


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'Emerge' signifies a theme of growth, transformation, and new beginnings. The symposium will focus on innovative floral design techniques, emerging trends in the industry, and the personal and professional growth of the participants. This theme encourages attendees to embrace new ideas, expand their creative horizons, and rise strong as leaders in the floral design community.


Workshops during the AIFD Symposium
Creative and fun workshops during the AIFD Symposium


A workshop and class with Per Benjamin
Class with Per Benjamin during the AIFD Symposium in 2023
Photo: @floraldesignandmore


Program Highlights

Ten engaging 'Main Stage' educational programs, each one distinct and delivered by top floral educators from across the globe, will be featured at the Symposium. Additionally, Emerge provides several hands-on workshops that you can add to your learning.  There is limited seating for these workshops, so make sure to register early.  


Scott Shepherd with Brenna Quann
Host of the Flower Podcast, Scott Shepherd with Brenna Quann


Numerous educational opportunities with added value will be available to attendees, including trend-setting product displays, lectures by well-known industry professionals, and the well-liked Industry Showcase, where attendees can network with a range of floral suppliers and growers and learn about new merchandise. Sign up right away and get ready to be thrilled, motivated, and amazed!


Attendee at the AIFD Symposium


During the Main Stage programs, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in ten dynamic educational sessions. These sessions are led by some of the most respected floral educators in the world, offering insights into the latest trends, techniques, and business strategies in floral design.


Floral Design by Bruno Duarte
Floral design by Bruno Duarte of @freshfloralcreations for the Symposium in 2022


Social events and networking sessions are integral parts of the symposium. These events provide a relaxed environment for visitors to connect with peers, share experiences, and build lasting relationships. Networking with fellow floral designers and industry leaders can lead to new opportunities and collaborations.


Floral design during the AIFD Symposium
Photo: @ikukohashimoto


Set up for Accent Decor for the AIFD Symposium
Photo: @donaldyimaifd


For the full program details take a closer look at the brochure AIFD has prepared for you.

Venue and Accommodations

The Signia by Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando provides an elegant and comfortable setting for the symposium. The resort is conveniently located near many of Orlando's top attractions, making it an ideal destination for attendees who wish to combine professional development with leisure activities. The AIFD has secured a special symposium rate, ensuring that participants can enjoy their stay at a reasonable cost.

Additional Features

An educational book is available for purchase at the symposium, which is a valuable resource, offering detailed insights, techniques, and inspiration that participants can refer to long after the symposium ends. Attendees can also take advantage of various discounts and travel information provided by Visit Orlando. These perks make it easier to explore the city and enjoy its many attractions, dining options, and entertainment venues.

All in all, the AIFD National Symposium 2024 promises to be a transformative experience. The symposium aims to inspire growth and innovation in the floral design community. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a passionate enthusiast, the event offers a special opportunity to learn, create, and connect.


Phil Rulloda at the AIFD
Phil Rulloda at the Symposium in 2022


For more information and to register, visit the AIFD Symposium website. Don't miss the chance to be part of this extraordinary event and emerge as a leader in the world of floral design.


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