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30 Jul

Local Florist Receives Coveted Industry Designation

As a lot of my friends and clients know- I’ve been on the go a lot the last 6 months from Holland, Germany, Italy and then off to Miami (a blog about Holland and my floral experience there is long overdue and will be coming out shortly), but I wanted to share this press release with you, which was released by the American Institute of Floral Design.  It will explain why I was in Miami in the dead heat of the summer! Enjoy and thank you to all of my fellow industry friends and my new AIFD family, you are an inspiration to me!

Local Florist Receives Coveted Industry Designation

BALTIMORE (July 2012)Katie Noonan AIFD, CFD of Noonan’s Wine Country Designs in San Luis Obispo, Calif. was awarded the floral industry’s coveted Accredited in Floral Design designation, and was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) during ceremonies on Saturday, July 14 at AIFD’s internationally acclaimed 2012 Symposium “Caliente” held July 12-16, 2012 in Miami, Fla.

A non-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of professional floral design through education and leadership, AIFD Accredited membership is regarded as a high honor in the floral industry. Members are distinguished by the use of the “AIFD” mark as an addendum to their name.

With approximately 1,200 members worldwide, AIFD recognizes those who have excelled in their floral design skills. Candidates become accredited by successfully demonstrating their advanced abilities before an international panel of evaluators.

The 2013 National Symposium “Passion” will be held June 28-July 2 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Katie with AIFD president Tom Bowling



About the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)

Established in 1965, the American Institute of Floral Designers is, today, the floral industry’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to establishing, maintaining and recognizing the highest standard of professional floral design. AIFD and its worldwide accredited members are at the forefront of the industry in presenting educational design programs and in designing flowers for such renowned events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, Academy Awards and Presidential Inaugurations. Find more information at

Katie Noonan receiving her gold pin on stage


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