A Series of Tutorials

The AIFD Foundation Board of Trustees has continued to work diligently throughout the pandemic and is pleased to launch A Series of Tutorials titled Perspectives. These will be posted virtually, announced on social media and housed on our website for you to view at your leisure. The first of this series showcases the talents of an extraordinary presenter! Take a look!

Perspective One : Reverse Proportion

Meet the Presenter...

René van Rems has been hailed as the rockstar” presenter by professional horticulture and floriculture industry leaders. As a world renowned floral ambassador, his travels have taken him to Asia, South America, Canada, Europe and every state in the United States.

A multi-national award-winning designer and presenter, René has bridged life- style and floral art to the general public, working for horticultural societies, museums, special event shows and conventions. He is a recipient of the prestigious Influence of Design” Award from the American Institute of Floral Designers. He has received awards from the Society of American Florists, American Horticultural Society, California State Florist Association and the “Governor of California Trophy” for California Cut Flower Commission’s float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. He is a life-time honorary member of AIFD and the National Garden Clubs of America.

Originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, René has called San Diego, California home ever since landing in 1978 as a horticultural exchange student. Educated in the full spectrum of horticulture and floriculture at the famous Aalsmeer Horticulture Institute, The Netherlands, he also studied at the Amsterdam Academy of Art after which he moved to work in London for a year before arriving in California.

He is the author of two industry best-seller books on floral design (Renes Bouquets and Renés Bouquets for Brides), and leads sell-out presentations and master classes on a variety of subjects. René’s work has been featured in many leading industry publications and consumer media. He has been an invited guest on HGTV. He is frequently called upon to judge flower shows and competitions to include the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Tournament of Roses Parade.

As the founder and President of René van Rems International, a creative marketing and design consulting firm and product development services company, René was fundamental in the branding of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC), as Director of Promotion. Currently, René is affiliated with the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California as Creative Director.

Product List
  • Rosa hybrid ‘Carpediem’, in various stages of opening.
  • Achillea millefolium ‘Terra Cotta’  (cottage yarrow)
  • Amaranthus caudatus
  • Heteromeles arbutifolia fruit  (California holly)
  • Punica granatum fruit  (pomegranate)
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
  • Muehlenbeckia axillaris  (wire vine)

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