John Grady Burns, a noted author and floral designer, will be at the Fairyland Club on Wednesday, February 3, and will sign books at 9 a.m. and speak at 10 a.m. He will conduct a workshop on flower arranging at 1:30 p.m.
If you would like to attend the "Stump John Grady" workshop, please include that payment as space is limited. Bring a container you think may be hard for John Grady to arrange and try to stump him! You will not only be able to bring home your container with flowers, but you will also get to watch him put together 30 unique arrangements! He will explain and demonstrate arranging flowers using oasis, frogs and simple containers.
Burns is a native of Natchez, Miss., attended St Mary’s Cathedral Schools and graduated with a degree in retail floral management from Mississippi State University. Upon graduation he arranged flowers for the White House, the Blair House and numerous embassies and other foreign and domestic dignitaries.
He attributes his level of taste to the garden club ladies of Natchez, saying, “Not only do they appreciate and preserve beauty, but they promote it.” His second home is in Natchez, at Beekman Place Livery, a charming bed and breakfast.
In the 1980s, Burns worked in both the retail and wholesale end of the flower industry, carving out a niche in the floral arena specializing in weddings, parties and events. He taught floral design at Kennesaw State University for over 13 years and for the past nine years has been teaching the art of floral design at Halls Atlanta Floral Design School.
He has done florals for the Atlanta Symphony Ball, Atlanta Ballet Ball, Junior League Ball, Atlanta’s Swan Ball and for Wynnona Judd at the Cecil Scaife Visionary Awards held at the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta. He has won numerous awards over the years as well as appeared in many major publications.
These events led him to the publication of his three books, “Personally Yours, Flowers for Weddings, Parties and Events,” “Evergreen, Decorating with the Colours of the Season” and “Collections, Sharing the Passion.” Burns leads demonstrations, seminars and flower programs across the country. He was recently invited to become an honorary member of the GCA Chapter “Garden Lovers of Natchez.” He is always grateful to have the chance to travel and meet new friends.
Reservations are $50 per person for the presentation and $75 per person for the workshop; they are due by January 15. Download the payment form here (PDF).
Please make check payable to: Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, P.O. Box 11, Lookout Mountain, TN, 37350.