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Join Jackie Lacey, director of education and industry relations at Floriology Education Center in Jacksonville, Florida, for an in-depth presentation and demonstration of the 2023 floral trends.

Jackie will construct and share several designs to show today’s market trends for florals while rooting each of the designs in the elements and principles of design. We all know the elements and principles of design are the ABCs of floral design, but in his true form of being a floral artist and educator, he will show the color trends, style guides, varietal availability, collections and groupings, and size preference, with an emphasis on the elements and principles of design and how they work in each of these categories.

The Garden Club thanks past president Gloria Nunn, who is serving as honorary chair of Designer of Distinction.

Jackie Lacey has more than 35 years of experience in the retail floral design and education. His portfolio includes an extensive background in the retail floral market and wedding/event design. Jackie now utilizes his experience to provide education and instructional design programs, market showroom set-up, private retail consulting, product development, as well as design and event planning. His current position as director of education and industry relations with Floriology, BloomNet, and Napco, and as senior design team specialist and senior editor of Floriology Magazine keep him on top of market trends, current design trends, industry education, and retail marketing.

Jackie has won numerous awards in floral design competitions in both multi-state, national, and local floral associations. His work has been published in Floriology Magazine, SAF, Flowers &, Modern Bride, Inside Weddings and many others. National television exposure includes designing for WE TV programs “Platinum Weddings” and “I Do Over.” He has created designs for major motion pictures starring Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Diane Lane, Cheryl Ladd, Cindy Crawford, Richard Gere, Matthew McConaughey, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

He has done stage presentations and continuing education for multi–state associations and national industry leaders such as SAF, AFE, Virgin Farms Direct, Smithers-Oasis, BloomNet, FTD, Fitz Design Team, Floral Strategies, and John Henry Company. His designs have appeared in Tournament of Roses Parade floats, and he worked on the product development team for the largest import/export show in the world.

Jackie has served as a leader in numerous industry associations, including his current position as president of FSFA International, AFE trustee and board member, 2019-2021 AIFD National President, AIFD National Membership Committee Chair, CFD Committee, International Committee, and previous Southern AIFD board member.

His awards include the 2021 FSFA Lifetime Achievement Award, AIFD 2021 Special Award of Dedication, AIFD 2022 Special Award of Recognition, and 2022 GLFA National Service Award. Through his travel across the United States, Hong Kong, China, and Europe, Jackie has interacted with designers of all levels and shared this extensive background and experience with florists everywhere.

The Designer of Distinction is an annual fundraising event that presents an expert in the field of floral design demonstrating and discussing his work. The presentation will be followed by a raffle of his arrangements and a three-course catered lunch.

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Circle members

Please contact the Garden Club if you want to sit with your circle by calling 904-355-4224 or emailing info@gardenclubjax.

Ballroom tickets

  • $60 for Garden Club members (plus up to three guests)
  • $85 for nonmembers


Catering by Chriss will serve a three-course lunch:

  • Salad: Kale and arugula salad, house-pickled vegetables, and fresh citrus olive oil dressing, served with fresh bread and butter
  • Entree choices: Sous vide beef tenderloin or pan-seared fish, roasted baby carrot medley, asparagus spear, fresh spinach herb oil, rustic colcannon potatoes with cabbage, strawberry balsamic reduction. Vegetarian: Roasted vegetable stack on colcannon potatoes topped with filo dough crisp and finished with fresh spinach herb oil.
  • Dessert: Coconut crème brûlée topped with fresh blueberry compote.

Raffle tickets

We will be raffling the arrangements made by Jackie Lacey during the program:

  • $5 for one ticket
  • $25 for six tickets

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