Anaheim CA Flowers  Blog by Avante Gardens Florist
15 March 2010

Battle of the Flower Designers Competition

It’s been almost 2 decades since I last entered a floral design competition but one of the young designers at asked us to be part of a fun March Madness Floral Design Challenge so we agreed… in part to encourage more local florists to show their own work in social media and in part to make me finally learn how to use my cute little Flip

The challenge required each entrant to create an arrangement using the following flowers:  

- 5 tulips
- 5 gerbera daisies
- 3 hydrangeas
- 7 roses
- 5 snapdragons
- 3 dendrobium orchids
- 1/4 bunch of statice
- 7 carnations
- 4 types of greens (foliages of choice)
- 1 twig-type material (birch, curly willow, pussy willow, flowering branches)

We had to use all the flowers on the list but could select our own color palettes, foliages and containers – giving us plenty of leeway to show our own signature styles.

Each designer filmed and uploaded his/her entry to YouTube where it could be reviewed and then submitted for voting.

Rather than just video taping the arrangement from different angles, I included a little bit of information about our Anaheim flower shop, my foliage selection process and our philosophy on floral design. So here’s our first foray with the Flip and Windows Movie Maker:

And a static shot of one side of the flower arrangement:

Battle of the Flower Designers Arrangement 















We're competing against the talented designer at Affairs to Remember in Melrose, MA who managed to garner some fantastic local coverage about the floral design competition on Wicked Local's Melrose edition.

Vote in the Battle of the Flower Designers here.

In all, 8 florists are vying for this March Madness prize and you can view the videos and vote in the other head-to-head competitions by following the links below:

Hollyhocks Flowers and Gifts, St. Louis, MO vs Twig Flowers, Yerington, NV   View videos and vote

Everyday Flowers, Tustin, CA vs Mums and More, Wagner, SD   View videos and vote

Anytime Flowers, St. Paul. MN vs Belvedere Flowers, Havertown - Philadelphia, PA   View videos and vote

Congratulations to all who entered. Break a stem.

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# Linda said:

Wonderful, informative post. I especially love the last little bit, " Break a stem". lol!

15 March 10 at 6:20 PM
# Lori Kunian said:

Thanks for the props, Cathy...

We are running neck and neck and i couldn't be happier going up against you and your talents, I knew this would be a real challenge and your design is a beauty.

Good luck, we are both winners just for entering, no matter the outcome!!!

16 March 10 at 8:56 AM
# avantegardens said:

Hope you guys have had fun, too. Thankfully, this competition is a lot less stressful than traditional on-site battles.    

17 March 10 at 6:49 PM
# Adam said:

Thanks for setting the bar high for us Cathy! Your designs are spectacular!

27 March 10 at 4:08 AM

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