Eileen Johnson is the Founder and Creative Director of FlowerSchool New York. She started FlowerSchool New York in 2003 after having been the Director of Outreach for the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the largest privately funded program in the United States for students from grades K through 8. She had previously worked in publishing and has had experience working for magazines as varied as Cosmopolitan and Gourmet. In addition to magazine articles, her published books are “The Art of Floral Arranging: Learning from the Master Florists at FlowerSchool New York,” “Entertaining in the French Style” and “Tropical Flowers.”
Calvert Crary is the Executive Director of FlowerSchool New York. Previously an award winning photographer Calvert made the transition to floral entrepreneur, having opened and successfully run three flower shops in New York City. Calvert has trained and coached many students to open shops and reorganize existing floral businesses into thriving careers.
Ariella Chezar is the author of Flowers for the Tableand the flower workshop, and a Master floral designer whose work has graced the covers and pages of Martha Stewart Lving, O Magazine, Smitten, Sunset, Garden Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Domino, Real Simple, Sweet Paul and many more. Ariella teaches workshops all over the world and has also designed flower arrangements for the White House. In the fall of 2017, Ariella came onto the FlowerSchool New York staff as Artistic Director and Master Designer.
Brittany Lenig graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Art History and from Pratt Institute with her MPS in Arts Administration. With a passion for decorative arts, Brittany worked many years in the interior design business, which later led her to FlowerSchool New York. It is here that Brittany’s love of design intertwines with a passion for flowers as the Operations Director for the school. Brittany is a certified agent and director for the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.
Growing up on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado Samantha was surrounded by nature from an early age. After graduating from the University of Southern California where she studied Classics, Samantha moved to New York City with her eyes on graduate school. However, when she was inbewtween jobs, she took a course at FlowerSchool New York and decided perhaps graduate school could wait. From there she interned at Opalia Flowers in Brooklyn where she was quickly hired and eventually promoted to Shop Manager. In 2013 Samantha retuned to her home in Colorado where she continued to hone her skills in floral design working at Fiori Flowers in Boulder as well the Production Manger, and later Floral Manager for The Perfect Petal, a large floral company in Denver. Samantha is currently back in New York City, working at FlowerSchool full-time with the eventual intention to open her own business in the near future.
Meghan got a particularly early start in her career in floral design, with now over 15 years of experience. She studied Hospitality Management and Event Planning at Roosevelt University in Chicago and has utilized her education to develop her skills. From her first design job at a local shop outside of Chicago to her current position as Wedding & Events Manager at Opalia Flowers in Brooklyn, she has developed a unique style in the art of floral design for all types of events. Her work has been featured in ‘Chicago Style Magazine,’ ‘Style Me Pretty’ and ‘The Knot.’ When Meghan is not on the clock, she volunteers as a design instructor at Bloom Again – a nonprofit organization that refurbishes flowers and gives them to homebound seniors, local nursing home residents and others in need.
Native New Yorker Barbara Mele’s floral aesthetic was inspired at a young age by her grandmother, a landscape architect and professor at Notre Dame University. Wild and playful, Barbara’s style is adaptable like nature itself. Her work has been developed working in retail shops in New York and Chicago, beginning in a European style bouquet shop, where a Dutch woman schooled her in the art of the hand-tied bouquet, an invaluable wedding design skill which she relishes sharing. Most recently, Barbara spent the past five years strengthening her event design and management muscles at Starbright Floral Design in New York City. In the summer of 2016 Barbara opened her first storefront in Tudor City, Gatherings Floral Design. The only spare time she sometimes finds is spent reading on the train, or with her wonderful husband and three daughters.
** Barbara speak fluent Spanish and leads our Spanish speaking classes **
Laura Seita is the owner of Fig & Squill Floral Design in Exeter, Rhode Island. Her parents, both avid gardeners, instilled her with a love of nature, design, and order from an early age. Sixteen years ago in Chicago while working at a boutique flower shop she found her passion for creating beautiful environments. Since then she has worked as a manager at Verbena Floral Design in Austin, Texas, a lead designer and manager at Belle Fleur in New York, and as head designer and manager for Lewis Miller Design in New York. She has also had the opportunity to work freelance for ‘Martha Stewart Weddings’ Magazine and Matthew Robbins Design in New York. She has contributed to the books, ‘Handmade Weddings,’ by Shana Faust and ‘Styling Nature,’ by Lewis Miller. Her floral work has been featured in the magazines, ‘Martha Stewart Weddings,’ ‘Rhode Island Monthly,’ and ‘Design New England.’ She has taught floral design at Rhode Island School of Design, and currently teaches floral design at FlowerSchool New York.
Florist and design blog author Beth Horta brings twenty years of floral design experience to FlowerSchool New York. After studying and training in Arizona, California, and Washington, DC, working for small shops and as the in-house florist for The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, New York City beckoned. Her eye, style and floristry have been honed working for designers and firms such as Takashimaya, Renny & Reed, Belle Fleur, Antony Todd, Lewis Miller Design and David Stark. When she isn’t designing flowers, she’s cataloguing the beauty she finds living in New York City through her blog, Sweet Sabelle.
Ingrid Carozzi is one of New York’s most sought-after florists and the owner of the acclaimed Tin Can Studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Her work has been covered in publications such as Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Design*Sponge, The Knot, and more. Past work includes event collaborations with Facebook, Krug Champagne, Moet Chandon, Prada, chef Marcus Samuelsson, The Red Hook Winery, The Mandarin Oriental, Viacom, LVMH, and Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark Farm to name a few. Ingrid teaches large-scale installation and design classes at FlowerSchool New York and is an FSNY alumna.
Jenya started his career in his hometown of Odessa, Ukraine at the ITIS GALLERY; the most progressive and luxury company in Ukraine lead by visionary Arthur Balzhyk. Jenya’s modern, romantic style of arranging flowers is intended for different occasions including weddings, private dinners, parties, fashion shows and styling installations. Jenya has designed all over the world including Italy, Spain , Mexico and Turkey and has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Past clients include Ralph Lauren Home ,McGrath II, Condé Nast , Acumal Beach Resort and ARUTIN.