Authority on Southern Architecture & Design
Susan Sully is the author and photographer of many books published by Rizzoli International Publications, including The Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style and The Southern Cottage: From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys. She has also co-authored books with leading Southern architects and interior designers including Bobby McAlpine, Phoebe Howard, Ken Tate, and Jim Strickland of Historical Concepts. Her newest book, Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style will be released in April 2013.
A graduate from Yale University with a degree in art history, Sully has contributed articles to The New York Times, Veranda, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Accents, Town & Country Travel, and other publications. Her books have been reviewed and excerpted in magazines including Architectural Digest, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, and World of Interiors. Sully lectures frequently on the subject of Southern architecture and design at organizations including Sotheby’s Institute, the Smithsonian’s National Building Museum, garden clubs, antiques shows, and design centers. She also writes a blog about Southern architecture and design called SouthernCosmopolitan.com.
RALPH NULL, AIFD, AAF, PFCI
Ralph Null is an internationally recognized leader in the floral arts and retail floriculture. During his floral career, he has presented more than 850 lecture demonstrations throughout the world. His personable style and exceptional speaking skills create an excellent learning atmosphere that is both educational and enjoyable. For more than 25 years, he was associated with Mississippi State University where he rose to the rank of full professor and was awarded Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 1992. He is a member of Teleflora’s acclaimed Education Specialist team.
His floral creations have graced White House state dinners, presidential inaugurals, the windows of Saks and Macy’s, Neiman Marcus catalogues, and have appeared in many national and international publications. He has exhibited in London, Oslo, Cape Town, Sydney and Tokyo, as well as throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He has judged national and international floral exhibitions and competitions. He has served as president of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), and is the immediate past CFO of the AIFD Foundation.
He has authored A Florist Guide to Successful Weddings, which is used as an accompaniment to Teleflora’s Wedding Album; A Christmas Collection, Spring Arrangements from the Southern Garden and Summer Arrangements from the Southern Garden, and Fall and Winter Arrangements from the Southern Garden, a trilogy of garden-season books.