|What is AIFD?
The American Institute of Floral Designers was established in
1965 by a small group of leading floral designers dedicated to recognizing
and promoting the art of floral design as a professional career. Today, it
is the floral industry's leading non-profit organization committed to
establishing and maintaining higher standards in professional floral design.
With over 1,200 members worldwide, AIFD and its members are in the forefront
of the industry in presenting educational and design programs.
Accredited Membership in AIFD is selective. To be
accredited, a floral designer must fulfill rigid qualifications and
demonstrate advanced professional ability. Members are distinguished by the
letters "AIFD" used as an addendum to their name. To maintain accreditation,
they must meet certain continuing education requirements.
From diverse backgrounds and interests, from small-town
florists to large-scale party designers, from college professors to Rose
Parade consultants, from nationally known corporate advisors in product
development to winners in international design competition, AIFD members are
found in virtually every aspect of floriculture.
Avante Gardens' staff members have had the honor of
presenting numerous programs for AIFD, including its regional and national
symposiums. Phil Rulloda, a member since 1976, received AIFD's first
ever Award of Design Influence for his contributions to the
advancement of floral design in the U.S.. Cathy Hillen-Rulloda was
inducted in 1985 and has served as regional President and National Symposium