Held annually in early October, the Fall & Winter Classic is Koehler & Dramm’s biggest design show of the year! This is a two-day event that includes a trade fair featuring vendors and growers from all over the world, our Designer of the Year Competition and Student Exhibition, professional networking opportunities, and a full day of design education demonstrations and seminars that showcase the industry’s best and brightest, internationally recognized, expert designers and educators! Education sessions cover the season’s hottest trends, the latest and greatest in technique and design, and more.
Past Classics have featured:
Tim Farrell AIFD AAF PFCI
Deborah De La Flor AIFD PFCI
John Hosek AIFD PFCI CAFA CFD CF
Loann Burke AIFD CFD PFCI
Sharon McGukin AIFD CFD AAF PFCI
Dan Kotecki AIFD CFD
Jim Johnson AIFD AAF TMFA
Patience Pickner AIFD CFD PFCI SDCF
Join us for our 2017 Fall & Winter Classic Design Show and Trade Fair, featuring guest designer Françoise Weeks!
Born in Belgium where flowers are an integral part of everyday life, Françoise trained with florists in Antwerp. She started her business venture in 1996 in Portland, OR specializing in weddings and events. She has translated her passion for nature and the garden into a distinctive, lush, and textural style. Her signature designs are woodland arrangements and botanical couture.
She now shares her trademark style and vast knowledge of floral design and mechanics with professionals and students from around the world in her intimate studio workshop setting and at hosted locations throughout the United States and internationally. Françoise has been the subject of numerous magazine articles throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The story about her work on OPB’s ‘Art Beat’ won an Emmy award in June 2015.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, September 30th - 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
Come in for an evening of events featuring an open house-style trade show with vendors from all over the world, hors d'oeuvres and beverages, the Designer of the Year Competition, a summary presentation of AIFD Symposium, a special presentation by guest Deb Schwarze, networking opportunities, and more!
Sunday, October 1st - 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Join us on Sunday for a powerhouse design day as Françoise takes the stage! She will present three sessions on designing for the holidays in her signature woodland botanical design style. A silent auction will be held for Françoise's gorgeous pieces from Sessions I & II, and her Session III pieces will be available for bidding during a live auction at the end of the day. You do not want to miss this event!
7:30 am - Doors Open - light breakfast served
8:00 am - Session I with Françoise - Autumn Designs
9:15 am - Shopping/Convenience Break
9:45 am - Session II with Françoise - Trans-Seasonal Designs
11:00 am - Lunch is Served!
12:30 pm - Session III with Françoise - Winter Designs
1:45 pm - AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Françoise
2:15 pm - Designer of the Year Competition Finalists Announcement
2:30 pm - Raffle Drawing & Live Auction
3:00 pm - Sunday’s event concludes
Admission Saturday is FREE when you buy a ticket to attend the design show on Sunday! Early bird ticket rates expire on Wednesday, September 27.
Monday, October 2nd - Hands-On Class
Session I: 8:00-12:00, Session II: 1:00-5:00
Françoise will be teaching two sessions of her hands-on workshop-style class, providing instruction on how to achieve her signature botanical couture design style. Students will be designing a woodland-inspired piece that is unique to them, and working on technique and the intricate mechanics that Françoise is known for. Natural materials like moss, a variety of foliage and plants, herbs and vegetables, accents like rosehips and various pods, some small blooms, and more will be used. Françoise will be teaching the same lessons in each session, so please only sign up for one. Space in the class is VERY limited - get your seat early!
A block of rooms is being held at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville, MN - less than ten minutes away from Koehler & Dramm. They are offering a special rate of $110 per night. Please make your reservations no later than September 9th, and let them know you are attending the Koehler & Dramm event when you inquire.
Radisson Hotel North
2540 Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
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