October 20, 2005

Strickland finishes floral design course

Irene Strickland received certification in floral design with the Shelton-White School of Floral Design in Memphis a few weeks ago.

“The concentrated course of study includes selling and shop management with emphasis on elements and principles of design, flower identification, flower arranging, sympathy work, wedding floral work and potted plants,” Strickland said.

Frankie Shelton is owner of the only school of floral design in Memphis, according to Strickland. She said there are few schools like this in the United States.

Shelton and her husband John S. Shelton, established the school in Houston, Texas, in September 1967 and operated successfully for 25 years. The school was sold to Richard S. White of Memphis, where it continues to operate under the current name. Principal instructor is Frankie Shelton, following the death in May of the cofounder of the school, the late Richard “Sandy” White, both certified with the American Institute of Floral Designers.

White was owner of Flowers by Sandy in Memphis.

The school is now in its 39th year of operation and nationally recognized as one of the finest floral schools in the country, Strickland said.

She said the two-week intensive course is just a first step in the process toward becoming AIFD certified, an ambitious goal she would like someday to attain.

Shelton, educational director at the school, has taught internationally and served as a White House decorator at Christmas-time. She was selected as a designer of Vice President and Mrs. Bush’s Washington home in 1985, designed at the Liberty Weekend Celebration in New York, and served as a chairperson of the Presidential Inaugural floral design teams in both 1985 and 1989.

Shelton has served as president of AIFD and received numerous prestigious awards for teaching and service to the floral industry.

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