AIFD Educational Partner, Palmer School of Floral Design
  homeabout uscoursesregisterpoliciesfaq  
  about us

Mission Statement
The Palmer School of Floral Design is dedicated to providing the best possible education using the latest techniques in floral design for all occasions.

Program Director
Angela Palmer,AIFD, AAF, AOE, the founder and director of the Palmer School of Floral Design, began this school in 2000 to provide Northern Colorado with training to meet the growing needs of the floral industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Metropolitan State College. Angela worked in the floral industry for 30 years at Palmer Flowers, which she co founded with her husband Spiro Palmer. Palmer Flower's is the 2005 Retail Florist of the Year recipient. This award is given by the Wholesale Florist and Florist Supplier Association (WF&FSA) and the Florists' Review magazine.  Palmer Flowers was voted Best of Fort Collins for 11 years running and also the best place to work. Angela found a way to combine her love for both professions to benefit the community. She is loved and respected by her students and employees for her caring ways and the expertise she shares with them.
Angela Palmer, AIFD, AAF, AOE is the founder and director of Palmer School of Floral Design

Angela has taught at many schools, including Colorado State University in their Floral Design Program in the fall of 2003. She continues as co owner of Palmer Flowers and Palmer Design Gallery, working in production and with customers to create beautiful and unique designs. Her vast experience includes arrangements in both fresh and silk flowers, from everyday designs to party, holiday, wedding and funeral designs.

Angela keeps her skills updated through attendance at floral industry conventions, and trainings from American Institute of Floral Design (AFID) certified floral designers. She is currently a member of AFID. She also helped to establish the Colorado Retail Florists Association (CRFA) in 2002, sits on the Board of Directors, and is among the designers who teach new skills at their meetings.

In addition to the CRFA, Angela is a member of the Society of American Florists, the Ladies Philoptohos Society and the Daughters Chapter 145. She was inducted into Strathmore Who’s Who Lifetime Leadership and Achievement for Occupation, Industry and Profession in 1996. She was honored in 2000 and 2002 as one of the Notable American Women for outstanding professional achievements and contributions to society, and in 2003 as one of the Great Minds of the 21 Century for her work as an educator, florist and author.

The Palmer family continues a tradition that began in 1912 in Joliet, Illinois, and continues here in Fort Collins, serving Northern Colorado over 29 years as leaders in the floral industry with Palmer Flowers. Understanding the demand, the Palmers have created the Floral Design Certification Program, a comprehensive exploration of the art of floral Design.

The School opened in January 2001 with an overwhelming response from throughout Northern Colorado.

The school is located at 2528 S. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525. The class accommodates both lecture sessions and design space for floral designing. Reference materials are available. There are bus lines and eating facilities nearby. Workshops may also be held at Palmer Flowers and Palmer Decorating Gallery.
Our classroom

For more information, please contact us via email or call us at (970) 632-8328. You may also contact the school's director, Angela Palmer, directly via email at

Best of Fort Collins 2009 - US Commerce Association

Palmer School Of Floral Design has been selected for the 2009 Best of Fort Collins Award in the Floral Arrangement Instruction category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
CONTACT: U.S. Commerce Association Email:

Here's what a few of our past students are saying...

Hi, Angela,
Just a note to update you on what I'm doing now with floral design in my life. I was in the Jan. 2005 classes for floral design certification. My experience at Palmer School of Floral Design was wonderful. I learned so much. We moved to California shortly after the classes were completed. Since our move, my husband and I have become members of a Floral Design Group with emphasis on creative design. The gruop is affiliated with the California Garden Clubs. I attended a Creative Floral Design Symposium in the Fall, and will start a Flower Show Judging School in August to become a Flower Show Judge, judging both floral design and horticulture. Every step of the way I have drawn on the essentials of floral design that I learned at Palmers. I have had the opportunity to present several programs to local garden groups on different floral design concepts.
Without my comprehensive experience at your wonderful school, I would never have had the ability or confidence to pursue all of these wonderful opportunities that are now part of my new life here in California. The end of March we have been invited to attend the regional AIFD Design meeting in San Bernardino, CA. We are very excited and hope to pursue AIFD membership.
- Linda

I want to take this opportunity to say thanks for having the confidence in us to allow us to arrange flowers in the fresh flower area of Palmer Flowers. What a wonderful experience. I learned so much.
- Diane

Dearest Angie,
I just wanted to say a few words to those who may be looking at the possiblility of attending Palmer School of Floral Design - "You've found the very best". I attended this school a few years ago and there's not another school in this region that compares. The quality of flowers and other supplies you have access to, the creativity that Angela shares and the 
attention that students receive is priceless. After your training, you'll be so enthusiastic, that you'll just know you can accomplish whatever you desire to do in the floral field.
Thank You Angie for sharing your vast knowledge, beautiful designs and the wisdom from your years of expertise in the floral industry.



approved and regulated by the colorado department of higher education and division of private occupational schools