SUNY Cobleskill Plant Science Students to Demonstrate at Philadelphia International Flower Show

February 14, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill Plant Science students will participate in an “Iron Chef” floral design demonstration at the Philadelphia International Flower Show on Sunday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m.


Ashlie DeArmitt (Cuba, N.Y.), Erika Sheerin (Ghent, N.Y.) and Sherilyn Thomas (Barton, N.Y.) will represent SUNY Cobleskill and design in a studio on stage in front of a large audience. A floral show “app” is in development to allow the audience to vote for a people’s choice winner, and the students will receive critique from nationally acclaimed members of the American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD).


DeArmitt, Sheerin and Thomas are members of SUNY Cobleskill’s Floral Design Club, which involves students in local and national events. Advisors Theresa Colucci and Mary Robinson expose students to the AIFD national symposium and host AIFD guest designers, allowing students to stay current with trends and contemporary designs.


The Philadelphia International Flower Show is the largest indoor flower show in the world and held annually at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The country’s premier landscape designers and florists are featured and turn 10 acres of exhibit space into a floral fantasy world with exotic plants and eclectic designs.


SUNY Cobleskill offers a variety of educational opportunities within its Department of Plant Science, from greenhouse production to landscape design. In addition, a new floral design certificate course is expected to be introduced this fall. The certificate will be offered to students for credit, and professional advancement for adult education. 

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