“Explore beyond the Shore” is the theme of the 2013 American Institute of Floral Designers Southern Conference to be held April 11-14 in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. The four-day conference will offer an opportunity to explore Old San Juan and participate in a “Pirates of the Caribbean” opening reception and costume party, according to an AIFD news release.

The conference will feature six design programs led by well-known industry leaders, a President’s Banquet and Awards Dinner and an opportunity to participate in two hands-on workshops led by designers Hitomi Gilliam and Mario Antonelli. Designers eager to learn about the steps to AIFD membership will join Jackie Lacey on April 13 as he presents “Steps to AIFD.” Advance registration will close on March 29.