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LOS ANGELES (December 10, 2007) – Teleflora, the world’s leading floral service offering the best choice in floral arrangements and convenient local delivery announced today its 2008 Education Center schedule.  The Teleflora Education Center, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is the industry's only wire service sponsored education center for florists and has been providing classes for over 20 years.  The announcement of the 2008 class schedule follows the most successful year in the history of the Education Center.

“We offer in-depth floral programs, taught by renowned instructors at a state-of-the-art facility,” said Marie Ackerman AIFD PFCI, Vice President, Education.   “Florists receive hands-on experience, a proven formula for helping them grow as floral artists.”  

Classes held at the education center kick-off in March and continue through October.  They cover a wide range of topics including floral design that focuses on flowers to wear at the prom, traditional wedding design and European hand-tied bouquets.   The Business Smarts Summit, hosted each year at the education center, provides a comprehensive look at business management, increasing sales, financial controls and technology.

Teleflora’s 2008 class schedule is as follows:
March 2-5, 2008
Flowers to Wear: Prom, Corsages & Boutonnieres
Instructor:  Sharon McGukin AIFD PFCI

April 6-9, 2008
Sympathy Expressions
Instructor: Bert Ford AIFD

June 8-11, 2008
Basic Design Training
Instructor: Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD PFCI

June 22-25, 2008
Traditional Wedding Design
Instructor:  Joyce Mason-Monheim AIFD PFCI

July 13-16, 2008
Creative Edge – Design Influences from the East
Instructor: Hitomi Gilliam AIFD

July 27-30, 2008
European Hand-tied Bouquets
Instructor: Els Hazenberg AIFD

August 17-20, 2008
Decorating Today’s Home with Permanent Botanicals
Instructor: Matt Wood AIFD

September 7-10, 2008
Business Smarts Summit: Operating a Successful Retail Flower Shop
Instructor: Paul Goodman CPA, Tim Farrell AIFD PFCI AAF and Marie Ackerman, AIFD PFCI AAF

September 28- October 1, 2008
Everyday Design
Instructor: Tom Bowling AIFD

October 12-15, 2008
Contemporary Weddings
Instructor: Susan Ayala AIFD

Tuition for Teleflora members is just $549.95 and can be billed on their Teleflora Clearinghouse statement or placed on a major credit card. Scholarships to attend the Education Center are available from local Teleflora Units.

For more information on Teleflora’s Education Center or to register for classes, please call (800) 456-7890 and descriptions of the classes can be found online at www.myteleflora.com

About the Teleflora Education Center

The Teleflora Education Center was founded in 1984 and has conducted classes for thousands of retail florists. Housed on the second floor of the Teleflora Office in Oklahoma City, the school features a state of the art classroom, custom workroom and pleasant hospitality area. Classes are limited in size to enable personal coaching of each participant. The Education Center also sponsors and coordinates Teleflora LIVE! a two-day on the road education show and hands-on classes which travels to several cities each year.  

About Teleflora
Teleflora is the world’s leading floral service offering the best choice in floral arrangements and convenient local delivery.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has approximately 23,000 member florists throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America.  Teleflora offers industry-leading floral arrangements and gifts, technology, marketing and education services.  Teleflora also provides its extensive member florists’ network with online support through www.eflorist.com and www.findaflorist.com.

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