Meet Lori Himes, AIFD, CFD
Lori Himes loves flowers. She believes she was born a florist. Her first designs were jelly jars of wildflowers for her Grandma’s windowsill when she was 3. She grew up on a dairy farm (yes, she milked cows) and the farm was her first source of education and creative inspiration. She played with flowers, sticks and weeds like other girls played with Barbie dolls. High school Horticulture classes and FFA led her to a professional career as a florist that has spanned more than 35 years. Lori and her husband, Todd, have owned Abloom, Ltd. since 1992.
Lori was certified and inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 2009, which opened doors for her that she could only dream about. Since then, Lori has presented or assisted with stage presentations at Chapter and National AIFD Symposiums, the Tennessee State Florist Association, designed for the Philadelphia Flower Show and New Orleans Mardi Gras balls, and taught workshops for kids, adults and other florists. In 2015, she placed eighth overall in the prestigious Society of American Florists Sylvia Cup competition. Recently, she was certified as a judge/evaluator by the American Institute of Floral Designers, providing these services at local and industry competitions. She has also acted as Assistant Superintendent for the Maryland State FFA Floriculture Contest.
She believes in continuing to learn and compete in floral presentations to constantly challenge and feed her creative soul.