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Hitomi Gilliam AIFD


Hitomi’s biggest pleasure in life is ‘SHARING EVERYTHING I KNOW’!

Hitomi Gilliam AIFD is a Japanese Canadian floral artist, keynote lecturer, demonstrator, educator and a consultant in all aspects of the Art and Business of Floral Design. She is the Creative Director for DESIGN358 (2008). She has guest-designed extensively throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Bermuda, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Belgium, Korea and India.

She owned and operated Satsuki’s Florist in Mission, British Columbia for 28 years. She currently works with her son, Colin Gilliam in an Event & Education business, DESIGN358 which was established 8 years ago.

Hitomi has lectured at Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Chicago Botanical Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (Nashville), Museum of Fine Art Boston, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Bouquets to Art (San Francisco), Houston Museum of Fine Art, New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Honolulu Academy of Art, Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), Longwood Gardens, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (Richmond,VA), Detroit Institute of Arts, Vero Beach Museum of Fine Arts, The Strong Museum (Rochester, NY), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC) and Columbus Museum of Fine Art. She has also presented at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Newport Flower Show and Singapore Garden Festival.

Hitomi is the founding organizer of the Annual ‘Survival of the Creative Minds’ Conference in Taos, New Mexico. 19th Annual Conference ‘EXTREME’ is scheduled for October, 2017.

Hitomi has collaborated with Tomas De Bruyne from Belgium to create a comprehensive ‘European Master Certification’ Program. EMC cycle 3 just completed its final stage (Sept. – Oct. 2016, PART III ‘Advanced’ class in 2 languages.


Inducted into American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)

Silver Medallist – Great American Design Competition – North American Championship (New York)


Gold Medallist – Great American Design Competition – North American Championship (Las Vegas)

Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in San Francisco – program ‘Jewels of the North’


Featured Designer of a group program at AIFD National Symposium in Orlando, FL.


Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in Newport Beach, CA. ‘Gardens of the World’


Featured Designer at AIFD national Symposium in Atlanta, GA with John Haines AIFD program titled ‘EARTH MAN SPIRIT’


Became the 5th recipient of the coveted AIFD ‘Design Influence’ Award in Boston – awarded to individuals who have made a significant impact and influence with their style.


Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in St. Louis, MO – program titled ‘ORIGIN’


Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in Palm Desert, CA – program titled ‘JOURNEY’ introducing the talents of Paul Jaras AIFD & Donald Yim AIFD


Recipient of American Horticultural Society’s ‘Frances Jones Poeltker Award’ bestowed on a person who has made significant contributions to the appreciation of creative floral designs in publications, on the platform and to the public.


Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in Seattle, WA as one of the honoree of the AIFD Design Influence Award.


Recipient of Gold Honors, for by invitation only ‘Windows to the World’ International Floral Exhibit at Singapore Garden Festival, and the winner of ‘Best of Show’


Recipient of lifetime Honorary Membership to Garden Club of America (GCA)


Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in San Francisco, CA – program titled ‘NEW GENERATION’ introducing the talents of Lois Hiranaga AIFD, Scott Hasty AIFD, Jim Martin & Brooke Raulerson AIFD.


Featured Designer at AIFD National Symposium in Chicago – program titled ‘ORIGINAL’

Main Info

Floral Designer / Educator.
Based out of Bowen Island, BC, Canada

author of 8 books:

1994 – EARTH MAN SPIRIT, with John Haines AIFD & Sanford Mauldin
1996 – Fundamental Theories of Design, with John Haines AIFD
1999 – Design Compendium – Styles & Methods, with John Haines AIFD
2005 – ARTFLOR – Advance Design + Process
2007 – Creative Edge – a Retrospective, with Philippe Martin-Morice
2009 – NEOTROPICA, with Lois Hiranaga AIFD
2013 – Fresh Look at Judging Floral Design, with Kathy Whalen AIFD
2017 – NEOTROPICA (2nd Edition), with Lois Hiranaga AIFD