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South Dakota Florists Association

2024 Convention

March 1st-3rd

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Convention Itinerary


Friday March 1st

5:30p-8:30p vendor fair and cash bar

Saturday March 2nd

8:00a-9:00a breakfast
9:00a-10:00a hands on “Leave it to Leaves “
with Gerard Toh AIFD CFD CCF
10:30a-11:30a shopping
11:30a-12:30p round table discussions
12:30p-1:15p lunch
1:15p-2:30p shopping
2:30p-3:30p hands on “Enhancing Common Spaces”

with Lynn Tischler EMC AIFD PFCI AAF
3:30p-4:30p shopping
4:30p-5:30p Design Show "When Words Fail”

Gerard Toh AIFD CFD CCF 
6:30p Dinner 1950’s theme centerpiece contest and 1950’s costume contest
8:00 DJ and dancing


Sunday March 3rd
-9:30a breakfast and shopping
9:30a-10:30a pasque design off
11:00a-12:00a design show

"Commercial and corporate containers are MY THING”

12:00a-2:30a lunch and shopping
2:30a auction

Vendor Registration & Vendor Letter

Vendor Registration Form


Convention Hotel

Ramkota Hotel | 605-224-6877

Mention SDFA for room rates

Convention Sponsors

Thank you to our convention sponsors for your contributions to SDFA!

We appreciate you! 

Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist

Len Busch Roses

North American Wholesale Florist, Inc.

Syndicate Sales

UCI Containers

Greenpoint Nurseries

Bronze Sponsors | $500+

Silver Sponsors | $1,000+

Gold Sponsors | $3,000+

Platinum Sponsors | $5,000+

Design Competitions

Must be current SDFA member/employee to enter design competitions.

Judging will be during Pasque design competition Sunday morning.

Please include a printed sign/notecard with your design including the following information: Design Level, Your Design's Name, Designer's Name, Business Name & Cell Phone Number.  

Level 1: Under 2 years floral experience.

Create a design with theme: "1950's"

Wholesale cost under $50 | Must include detailed cost sheet including props

Size no more than 2.5’ x 2.5’ x 2.5’

Register design at 9am Saturday, March 2nd at registration desk

Cash prize of $100 for first place


Level 2: 2-5 years floral experience

Create a design with theme: "1950's"

Wholesale cost under $100 | Must include detailed cost sheet including props

Size no more than 3’ x 3’ x 3’

Register design at 9am Saturday, March 2nd at registration desk

Cash prize of $100 for first place


Pasque Design Competition: 5+ years floral experience

Test your design knowledge and skills by entering

our exciting Pasque Design Competition!

Create a design with theme: "1950's"

Wholesale cost under $150 | Must include detailed cost sheet including props

Size no more than 4' x 4' x 4'

Register design at 9am Saturday, March 2nd at registration desk

Design-off between the top 3 individuals will be Sunday, March 3rd at 9:30am

Winner will be 2024 Designer of the Year!

Cash prize of $100 for first place.


Doug Hesnard Design Competition | Excellence in Design

Designer must have been a past Pasque design-off contestant or have higher education certification (AIFD, PFCI, etc) to enter Doug Hesnard Design competition.

Showcasing experienced designers using advanced design and techniques and principles and elements.

Create a design/collection featuring theme: "1950's"

No restriction on size, materials or cost! Be creative!

Must present design to judges, between 3-5 minutes | Including principles and elements of design, color and design style

Register design at 9am Saturday, March 2nd at registration desk

Additional Contests

Centerpiece Contest

Create a design with the theme: "Fabulous 50's"

Wholesale cost under $60 | Must include name & detailed cost sheet including props

Size no more than 11" in diameter and 9" tall*

*Can be taller IF you can see your table mates under the flowers

Must be placed NO later than 6p

1st place $100, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25

Costume Contest

Saturday March 2nd during meeting/dinner

1st place $100, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25

Stage & Hands On Designers

Gerard Toh AIFD, CFD, CCF

Gerard Toh is passionate about flowers and is equally passionate about sharing his love of design. He owned three stores over the course of 25 years. In his wide ranging career, he has grown his craft and gathered experiences throughout many facets of the floral industry. He won the California State Designer of the Year when he started competing which led him to become active in the floral community, participating in associations like the California State Floral Association and Teleflora’s Los Angeles Coastal Counties Unit. He has held positions such as director at large of the American Institute of Floral Designers and have been active on several committees. He has presented at National AIFD Symposium twice. As a freelance designer and consultant, Gerry’s jobs have been as diverse as Art Director for a national magazine, and creative director for a silk flower manufacturer in China where he directed product development and managed 5 showrooms. He is a member of one of the floral design teams that bouquet up the Accent Décor Showrooms in Dallas and Vegas. He is also the showroom designer for Harvest Imports and consultant for a floral container import house, Modern Containers Inc, and several other floral shops. Having been an educational specialist for Teleflora, Gerry has taught and lectured on floral design throughout the states and shares his insights and knowledge with the floral community. One of his current jobs includes bouquet development and photo and video styling for Teleflora. Gerry was also the publisher of the Southwest AIFD chapter’s digital magazine: Design In Line for 7 years. His experience comes from his self published book “Floral Vignettes” on which he calls a journey of flowers, collecting and home. Having discovered that creating websites was just as fulfilling as designing flowers, he also diversified into laying out advertising posters too. He was the co-chair for the AIFD magazine: Focal Points. He dreams of traveling the world, visiting all the gardens and flower shops someday and living out his life motto, “Always take life in small steps and enjoy every little miracle along the

Lynne Tischler EMC, AIFD, PFCI, AAF.
Since 2002 Lynne has been the lead floral artist and owner of Your Enchanted Florist. LLC in St Paul MN. Her growing works of art have received numerous awards from the cities of St Paul and Minneapolis. You will find her container creations in Midwest Home magazine. Lynne’s bridal work has been featured in the knot (Minneapolis and New York) as well as bride’s magazine. Some of Lynne's floral adventures include placing 7th in the FTD America’s Cup in 2022. Participating in the Sylvia Cup and helping SAF (society of American Florist) host this prestigious competition. Working with Shaffer Deigns at the Philadelphia Flower show for years. Fleuramour in Belgium, One Presidential inauguration, Two White House Easter Egg rolls, designing at the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion, Minneapolis Art in Bloom and the Swedish institute. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys spending time in nature with her dog, discovering new restaurants and playing board games with her family.


Contact: Kathy Jones

307-660-6573 |

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