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John Klingel

Image of John Klingel John Klingel's love for flowers reflects in the serenity of his smile. One of the most loved florists of Florida, John is the Director of the South Florida Center For Floral Studies. Best known for his creativity in floral designs , John will be one of the six judges to participate in the Interfloral World Cup competitions to be held in Shanghai, China from March 26-28, 2010.

"This is truly an honor to be asked to participate in such an important event within the floral industry.  I feel that it is my duty not only to judge fairly and accurately but also to represent the United States as a good will ambassador during this experience," says Klingel

After earning an Associate Degree in Commercial Art at Ivy Tech in Evansville, Indiana, Klingel attended a floral design school short program in 1973. He moved to South Florida in 1974. His journey began as an in-house designer and display artist for a floral design shop and he later went on to become one of their buyers and a manager eventually.

Klingel was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 1980 in Washington, D.C. He says "I feel that everyone wants to be recognized as a professional in what they do so passionately and AIFD offers that and so much more."

Besides serving as President of the Florists’ Association of Palm Beach County and Director for Florida State Florists Association, Klingel was also declared as the Florida State Designer of the year.

Freelance floral design was a part of his professional life before purchasing a retail florist in the south county area in 1994. "That was when my real education in the industry began," he says.

Klingel's professional brilliance in Floristry came to the fore once again when he was made a member of the American Academy of Floriculture(AAF) in 2001.

Having been in the industry for over 35 years, Klingel believes in imparting his knowledge assimilated over years of professionalism in Floristry and floral designing to the next generation. "I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. Mentoring brings me a sense of fulfillment," he says.

Having most recently participated as one of the floral designers for the FTD Selection Guide in Chicago, John’s work now appears in shops all over the country. Klingel also serves as one of the members of FTD's Education Team.

John Klingel was awarded the prestigious Sylvia Cup at the Society of American Florists Convention in Palm Beach. The Sylvia Cup is the only design competition held by SAF and is considered one of the foremost design competitions in the nation.

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