Kelsey Marshal

Kelsey Marshall Aifd, Cfd
Floral Designer, Growers Direct

Kelsey was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Design in 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Growing up in her Mom's flower shop, Kelsey developed a deep passion and love for designing and hasn't stopped creating and learning since. Kelsey currently operates Grower Direct flowers in Grande Prairie, Alberta

Lea Romanowski

Lea Romanowski
Owner, Designing on the Edge

Lea Romanowski AIFD CAFA CAFD CFD is the owner of Designing on the Edge. She has used her experience and expertise to become a mentor, teaching floral/event/wedding design at Mount Royal University for the last 15 years. Her work has been featured in Canadian Florist, Floriology, Canadian Special Events, WED LUX, Metro and Avenue. She is also an award winning designer and creative event professional whose work has been featured around the world. After over three decades in floral design, Lea lives in a world where imagination meets art in fantastic floral and sculptural creations. Always being asked to come up with “A fresh look” is a great challenge for Lea. She has since been nicknamed “McGyver” the problem solver in Calgary’s event world. With thousands of events and weddings under her belt, the next opportunity to create is always a welcomed challenge. Lea thinks “As designers we are blessed to be a part of an industry that celebrated nature’s incredible beauty, what a gift we have to share”
Linda R new photo- website

Linda Rambaud
Floral Designer, Flowers by Merle

Linda Rambaud is passionate about nature and art.She found the perfect combination of her two loves by becoming a floral designer. Linda started her background with a horticultural degree at ESA (superior school of agriculture) in Angers, France. This gave her a strong knowledge about flowers and plants. She then completed amaster’s degree in management and commercialization in the green industry. Then Linda achieved a master degree in floral design inthe prestigious school “La Piverdiere” in Angers – France. For over 15 years, Linda has created all kinds of designs and floral arrangements for all occasion andevents. Linda worked for some very talented florists recognized in the French and Canadian Industry, such as Jean Tessier in Nantes, Celine Dussaule in Paris, France.Since 4 years now Linda lives and pursue an international career as a floral designer for, Flowers by Merle, Edmonton, Alberta. In 2017 she also created Lindara designs to promote the floral industry through creative trendy floral designs, workshops floral designs class, social media advice for florists, event planner.
Links :Facebook:
Instagram :

Flowers by Merle logo
Lisa Alary

Lisa Alary
Owner, Fleur-de-Lise

Born and raised in southern Alberta, Lisa is the owner-designer of Fleur-de-Lise and a nationally accredited floral artist. Art and design has been a lifelong passion for Lisa, who studied printmaking at the Alberta College of Art + Design and earned a bachelor of fine arts in 1999. After four years of slinging ink in a basement printmaking studio, Lisa felt it was time for a breath of fresh air. She enrolled in a floral design course at Mount Royal University and didn’t look back. Flowers became her muse and artistic medium of choice over a career that has spanned 16 years and counting in just about every industry role imaginable. In 2016, Lisa again felt the pull to try something new and launched Fleur-de-Lise, a St. Albert-based design studio that specializes in inspired fresh floral design for weddings, personal and corporate events. That same year, she was also inducted into the Canadian Academy of Floral Art.

Lisa considers herself a bit of a “design chameleon,” drawing on a number of different design styles. Much like the artists she’s studied and admired, Lisa enjoys turning convention on its ear—in a tasteful and beautiful way. When she isn’t thinking about flowers—which isn’t often—she’s probably spending time with her husband and their five-year-old son. But she’s probably thinking about flowers.

View Lisa’s work at

Margaret Ann Hinkley

Margaret-Ann Hinkley
Owner/ Floral Designer, Two Buds Floral

Margaret-Ann Hinkley of Two Buds Floral Artistry has been designing flowers for 10 years.  She started working in the industry while finishing up her BSc in Biology and has been hooked ever since.  In 2015, Margaret-Ann started Two Buds Floral Artistry with her good friend - and that's where the 'Two Buds' comes from!  A young entrepreneur - or a floralpreneur - she has a vision for design trends, innovative designs and using natural and local materials in a creative way that best represents the changing seasons.  Participating in her second Maple Leaf Cup, Margaret-Ann is excited to see what's in store for the competition and thrilled to be a part of showcasing Edmonton's local talent in the floral design industry!

Paul Jaras


Paul combines a lifelong interest in art and design, studies in Architecture, Fine Art and Clothing Design with a career in the floral industry that spans more than 25 years. He has gained a wealth of knowledge and a mastery of skills that encompass all areas of the retail flower trade. Paul is an enthusiastic teacher, presenter and workshop facilitator of creative floral design. He has competed internationally and is a Canadian national award winner. His natural sense of aesthetic and his keen eye for design have also lead to work as a freelance stylist for interior design and lifestyle magazines.

Paul was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2000 and has served in a leadership role on both the Northwest Regional and National Boards of Directors. In 2013 he became an AIFD Certified Evaluator/Judge. He is ever-ready to share his tireless imagination, experience and love of creative floral art.
Sherry Benko

Sherry Benko
Owner, Buds & Blooms

I have always loved flowers. I started the road to being an entrepreneur at the age of 8, in my hometown of Fernie BC.  My parents were both very creative and could literally make anything. They taught me to see something and figure a way to recreate it. I like to think that I pass this onto my children and others who come to our workshops. I am an adventurer I purposely take the road less traveled.I have won international competitions for photography, have had a photo printed for William and Kate, in a book from Canada post. Designing whether it be flowers, photos, fabric, or any other medium has been where I lose all track of time.I am a retired refrigeration Engineer who wanted to follow her dream of owning a flower shop. I learned many things while working for others but enjoy my time being self employed the most. I truly believe that being a florist is what I was meant to be. At 56, I have no plans of retiring.I have owned the flower shop for five years and have no formal training. I look forward to competing in the Maple leaf cup with excitement and fear. Both of these can make for creative designs.

Wayne Archibald

Wayne Archibald
Floral Designer, MacArthur’s Floral Shop

Wayne graduated from Humber College’s Retail Floriculture program in 1978. After working for various floral shops in Toronto, Wayne returned to his home province of New Brunswick. His 40-year design career includes teaching, owning his own shop, and designing for wholesale shows.
Wayne is well known in his community for his Christmas decorating show, a show he hosted for 15 years. Wayne placed first in three Atlantic Canada design competitions and represented Atlantic Canada in two Maple Leaf Cups. He looks forward to competing in the 2018 Cup and meeting all the competitors.
Adele Peterson Huculak-website


Flowers have been passed down from my mother to become a central part of my personal story. My mother opened Corinthia Flowers back in 1975, and as a young girl of twelve I worked alongside her on weekends and after school. I was keen and interested in learning the art of floral design. She taught me everything she knew, and I owe much of my knowledge in the trade to her and other wise mentors over the years including Ken Linkewich of Margo’s Flowers back in the 80’s. I have owned and operated our store for the last twenty one years, creating florals for many occasions and events including designing flowers for the Queen as well as Princess Diana and Prince Charles for their return flights home thanks to my relationship with EIA. I am very excited to participate in this years Maple Leaf Cup and meet all the talented designers in the field. I have set out to make 2018 a year of reaching long awaited goals starting with this event, as well as furthering my education and achieving accreditation so that I may teach and inspire the next generation of floral artists.



Trish Fjeldsted has been a floral design enthusiast since the age of 8, when she was part of the Brandon Horticultural Society’s Junior Gardeners Club. Competing annually in the junior division of the Garden Club Show creating everything from miniature floral arrangements to vegetable creatures, became not just time spent with her Grandmother who introduced her to all things growing, but the beginnings of a life-long career and passion. It became her first part-time job, working in the back room of a local flower shop, and continued while she attended a year each at Brandon University and Community College. Although she made several attempts to leave working in the floral industry in those early years, it kept drawing her back. After a year at college, another full-time design position was advertised at another local shop, for which she successfully applied. After working for, and then managing that business for ten years (1999-2009), she purchased it, and has been an owner/operator of The BloomBox with her husband Shaun ever since(2009-present). In 2016, she decided to pursue accreditation through AIFD, and after successfully obtaining her CFD designation at the PFDE in Anaheim California (Symposium ‘Inspiration’) she was also invited to become an accredited member of AIFD. In 2017 she was inducted at Symposium ‘X’ in Seattle. Trish is married to Shaun who is also her business partner and co-owner at The BloomBox, and they have 3 children and live on Buttercup Bay (for real y’all) in Brandon, Manitoba.