In his own words

Michael Derouin AAF, AIFD, PFCI, CAFA



"There is an immense sense of fulfillment when sharing knowledge and teaching others.  A feeling that pales in comparison to most others.  The designer who presented at the first design show I ever attended made a lasting impression on me.  I was inspired and knew at that moment I wanted to do that very same thing. I could only hope that I might have that same affect on someone, someday.”


Michael Derouin is a second-generation floral designer, raised in his family’s florist where he learned a career by osmosis. After almost three weeks in college, he realized what he wanted to do with his life, so he came back home and continued his father’s legacy. 

After his family closed their stores in 2007, Michael joined McArdle’s, the state’s largest florist, located in Greenwich, Connecticut. Today, as the Director of Floral Design, Michael manages the design department and leads the team that creates florals for the company's discerning clientele.  

By the age of 31, Michael fulfilled a personal goal he set as a teenager. He was invited into membership into the industry’s four most prestigious organizations. They include, The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), The American Academy of Floriculture (AAF), Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI), and The Canadian Academy of Floral Art (CAFA).

Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Connecticut Florists Association where he serves as Vice President. He is humbled to be the recipient of numerous design awards including The 2001 Connecticut Floral Designer of the Year.

While Michael enjoys all aspects of the floral industry, his passion is education.He enjoys presenting garden club programs in addition to teaching and learning from industry professionals. In his own words, 

“There is an immense sense of fulfillment when sharing knowledge and teaching others.  A feeling that pales in comparison to most others.  The designer who presented at the first design show I ever attended made a lasting impression on me.  I was inspired and knew at that moment I wanted to do that very same thing. I could only hope that I might have that same affect on someone, someday.”