The Society of American Florists holds one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions during its annual convention. Flower growers from Florida, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee as well as Colombia and Ecuador brought what they considered to be their most exceptional flower varieties to the last Outstanding Varieties Competition in September. They exhibited 184 types of roses, chrysanthemums, bulb flowers, gerberas, alstroemeria, carnations, potted flowering plants and decorative foliage.
A panel of floral experts evaluated the blooms on a range of criteria including color, commercial appeal, bloom form and size, and overall presentation. The panel choose the best flower in 11 categories and had the difficult task of crowning one Best in Show. Convention attendees voted for their favorite and gave it the People’s Choice honor. This is the first in a 3-part series showcasing these outstanding flowers.
Best In Show and Best Cut Bulb: An Oriental Lily named ‘Tabledance’ won the hearts of judges and the contest’s top honor. Its subtle sweet fragrance and magnificent blooms make it stand out. The judges also point out its dreamy gradation from pink (similar hue to Pantone’s Rose Quartz in 2016) to a bright white in the center.