About Our Staff of Floral Design Instructors

Michael Gaffney Flower Design Star
Michael Gaffney

Michael Gaffney instructs at all the schools. He greets every student at his schools and gives away all the secrets, tips and advice on how to be a “Design Star”. Michael has designed for Macy’s Annual Flower Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show, NBC ABC and CBS television network’s as well as weddings and events all over the world. His “Da Vinci Code” method of floral design is his specific formula for getting all his students accomplishing great designs. Watch his many YouTube videos for a sample of his teachings. Michael makes himself available to his students after graduation to help them with any concerns as they start creating gorgeous designs. Michael Gaffney spent years deciphering the methods, patterns, formulas of great design. He has taught class on the Today Show, Hallmark Channel and every major network ! Why? Because his methods work. We include lots of flowers, tons of information and most of all, an understanding of  design. An approach that produces spectacular results.

Ashley Fox
Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox brings her 15 years experience in the floral industry, a degree in plant science and 5 years as an educator at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to the design bench. Recognized four years in a row Best of Floral by Minnesota Bride Magazine 2010-2014 she will share her knowledge of floral technique, attention to detail and flower names while creating in a fun, relaxed, informative and focused classroom experience at the Minneapolis School of Flower Design.

Beth LeonGuerrero

Beth is a Charleston native with over 25 years of professional floral design experience. Yet before any formal instruction or work-related experience, she was very particular about each and every one of her ‘arrangements’. “I have had a deep love of flowers ever since I was a little girl. I was THAT little girl. Picking flowers from the neighbor’s yard and putting them everywhere — in old perfume bottles, soda bottles and just about anything that would hold water.” In 2007 Beth founded WildFlowers Inc. which quickly grew into one of Charleston’s top wedding and special events florist. Beth understands that even after producing over 1,000 weddings there is always room for learning and personal growth. Most would say she has mastered floral design, but she continuously strives to develop her craft. Beth understands traditional values while staying current with fresh techniques, new technologies, and trend forecasting.
“I can’t wait to share the art of floristry with you. I truly care about providing you with all the tools and knowledge you need to develop and master your own voice in floral design.”

Kim Rivas Flower Design Star
Kim Rivas

Kim is one of our floral design instructors at the San Diego,  Los Angeles and Orange County Schools of Flower Design. Kim has worked in the floral industry for 20 years. Kim is the flower spokesperson for KTLA and FOX 5 San Diego  television shows offering monthly design tips live on air! She is now one of our top floral design instructors. Kim has studied Ornamental Horticulture and Nursery Management at both Miracosta & Shasta Colleges, and has worked in flower shops all over the State of California. Not only has Kim taught floral design for 8 years, she is an expert florist for weddings, events, design contests, television segments and everything in between. Kim has been married to her husband Thomas for 14 years. They have two boys, and when not teaching as one of our floral design instructors, she spends her time with them camping, hiking and at the beach.

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