March 5, 2018

Floral Design program hosts guest artist

The Kishwaukee College Floral Design department hosted a guest designer as part of the Artist In Residence (AIR) program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) on Wednesday, February 28 at the College.  Students in Janet Gallagher’s Floral Design class watched a demonstration by John Windish AIFD CFD, in the morning and then created table top pieces with him during the afternoon for a hands-on experience.

John Windisch has over 40 years of experience in the floral industry, after starting a small shop in Sandwich, IL in 1976. He is an alumnus of the Kishwaukee College Horticulture program from 1978 - 79.  He was accepted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2004. Windish won the 2004 Land of Lincoln Cup design competition and receive the first Bill Bythe Award for continuing education in the floral industry. He speaks at floral events across northern Illinois and currently works as a freelance designer and for Floral Wonders in Geneva, Il

While at Kish, Windish presented and then worked with the students to create unique tablescapes. The students’ works were constructed and displayed in a lounge area at the College for a week, allowing students and staff to enjoy the clever and beautiful designs.

The AIR program is offered through the AIFD to bring together industry professionals and floral design students at colleges and universities that have Student AIFD chapters. Kishwaukee College is one of only 14 colleges in the nation with an SAIFD chapter. 

For more information on the Floral Design Program at Kishwaukee College, contact Janet Gallagher at 815-825-9504 or at For more information on the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), visit