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Catherine Hillen-Rulloda, AIFD, PFCI      
Owner of Avante Gardens and a professional florist for more than 20 years, Cathy has received top honors in dozens of floral design competitions, including the coveted Society of American Florists Sylvia Cup (its national award)  and the Grand Prize for winning the 13th Annual California Top Ten Competition (California Designer of the Year). A much sought-after speaker, Cathy has appeared as a designer and lecturer for professional industry events throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

Cathy first won international recognition for her work during the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. She designed the athletes’ awards bouquets and venue arrangements, as well as the hotel floral decorations for the International Olympic Committee.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications including InStyle, Modern Bride, Flowers&,  and Club Management Magazines. Her designs have contributed to the success of Teleflora’s National Selection Guides and acclaimed Wedding Album which are used by more than 30,000 florists in North America.

Cathy's knowledge of flowers, fashion and photography gives her unique insights to create life's most important personal flowers. 'I believe floral decor must support and reinforce the other elements of a wedding or event. The fashions, the venues, the linens, the mood.  Every detail makes the difference to help us create our clients' visions of their memorable occasions.'


Phil Rulloda, AAF, AIFD, PFCI
Phil is widely acclaimed as one of America's leading floral designers. He has appeared throughout the world as a featured speaker and designer for the industry's worldwide events. Phil has been a guest lecturer and designer in over 500 programs. His award-winning designs have been featured in publications both within and outside the industry. Phil was invited to the White House to assist in Christmas decorating and has been a visitor in many foreign countries at the invitation of heads of State.

After winning four first place awards in the coveted FTD America's Cup competition he went on to take two first place awards in the Global Inter-floral Competition. Phil then took two more first place awards at the Atlanta Invitational Competition. This gives Phil a total of eight first places in National and International competition, a mark not yet equaled among his peers.

In addition, Phil has judged the Las Floristas Pageant of Headdresses in Hollywood, assisted float companies in the Tournament of Roses Parade and contributed his design expertise to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

Phil is a member of the American Academy of Florists, the American Institute of Floral Designers and the Professional Floral Commentators International. He has served on the advisory board for Flowers & Magazine. Phil was also the first inductee into the Arizona Floriculture Hall of Fame. Phil was awarded the first ever AIFD Award of Design Influence which was created to recognize floral designers who have made a significant impact on the art of floral design in America. He is the Director of the Southern California School of Floral Design in Anaheim, CA, located adjacent to our flower shop.

At Avante Gardens, Phil specializes in corporate and event floral design - his tropical and contemporary creations making memorable floral statements for clients from around the world.


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