Category: ‘VaseOff! Design Challenge’

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Over the last two weeks, flower enthusiasts, bloggers, and florists have reviewed the entries and cast their votes in the Society of American Florists’ VaseOff! All-Stars Challenge. For the grand finale in our series of online floral design competitions, we had the five winning florists from previous VaseOff! Challenges go head-to-head and compete for the ultimate title: VaseOff! All-Stars Champion! Each contestant was tasked with creating an arrangement that inspires a friend to live life to the fullest, depicting the notion, “Live Colorfully – Dare to be Different.”

Which design inspired you most? Outta the Box by Bryan Swann. Congratulations to Bryan, the VaseOff! All-Stars Champion!

OUTTA THE BOX By Bryan Swann

“A dear friend taught me one of the best life lessons, which is to live every day to the fullest. Embrace life,” Swann said describing his floral arrangement. “As floral artists, we are able to convey that lesson through the beauty of flowers. I have always loved the inherent energy that is found in the colors of hot pink, purple and coral. I started my design by creating a box with the liatris and then wove the other elements throughout this forest of liatris to bring the design Outta the Box!”

All of the entries showcased the theme Live Colorfully – Dare to be Different, and we thank our other contestants for sharing their talents with us: Walter Fedyshyn and Art Pop, Rowena Johnson and Color Your World, Tony Medlock and Flowing River, and Coby Neal and A Case for Life.

The five VaseOff! Challenge entries represent the artistry, expertise, quality and customization that you get from working with a professional florist. A floral gift can inspire and empower, and is a great way to congratulate a graduate, celebrate a friend’s new job or promotion, or simply say “thinking of you” to make someone’s day special. Read More

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VaseOff! Challenge All Stars

by Jennifer Sparks on May 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

We’ve asked the five winning florists from previous VaseOff! Challenges to go head-to-head and compete for the ultimate title: the VaseOff! All-Stars Champion! For this Challenge, each florist has been tasked with creating an arrangement that inspires a friend to live life to the fullest. Which arrangement inspires you?

VOTE NOW and help crown the All-Stars Champion!

(Click on the pictures below to see more design photos and information.)

Voting ends May 29, 2014.

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Outta the Box

by Jennifer Sparks on May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

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OUTTA THE BOX

By Bryan Swann

I have to say, this theme made me tear up a bit. A dear friend taught me one of the best life lessons, which is to live every day to the fullest. Embrace life. As floral artists, we are able to convey that lesson through the beauty of flowers. I have always loved the inherent energy that is found in the colors of hot pink, purple and coral. I started my design by creating a box with the liatris and then wove the other elements throughout this forest of liatris to bring the design Outta the Box!

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Flowers and materials featured: Variegated ginger leaf, crispy wave bird’s nest fern, ‘Leonella’ gloriosa lily, prairie gay feather, lily grass, ‘Miss Piggy’ rose, Japanese fantail willow, ‘Cerise’ Parrot tulip, ‘Blue Vanda’ orchid, snowball viburnum and ‘Captain Rosette’ calla


About the Florist: Bryan Swann

Bryan Swann has been with Karin’s Florist in Vienna, Va., for more than five years and has over 16 years of industry experience. He is the shop’s director of special events, has a horticulture degree and studied floral design abroad, influencing his design with worldwide aesthetics. Bryan won the Victorian Christmas Centerpiece VaseOff! Challenge in December 2012.

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Flowing River

by Jennifer Sparks on May 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

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FLOWING RIVER

By Tony Medlock

My love of architecture, particularly Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in southwest Pennsylvania, inspired this floral design. I wanted it to feature a lot of texture and multiple varieties of flowers and elements for added interest. There is also hyacinth for fragrance. The lily grass runs through the arrangement for continuity.

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Flowers and materials featured: Blackberries on the stem, flowering grevillea, pyrus japonica, viburnum berry, snowball viburnum, succulents, amaranthus, craspedia, lily grass, dianthus, solid aster, hyacinth, allium, green hypericum, dendrobium and cymbidium orchids


About the Florist: Tony Medlock

Tony is the creation team leader and president of PJ’s Flowers & Events in Phoenix. His floral designs have been featured at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the Phoenix Art Museum, and several other national functions including five Rose Parades. His floral creations have been published in Phoenix Home and Garden, Architectural Digest, international books and floral publications. He is a member of the American Academy of Floriculture, American Institute of Floral Designers, Professional Floral Communicators-International and is an Arizona Master Florist. He also led the floral decorations team for two of the Society of American Florists’ annual conventions. Tony won the Summer VaseOff! Challenge in July 2012.

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Color Your World

by Jennifer Sparks on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

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COLOR YOUR WORLD

By Rowena Johnson

The colors flowing from a paint bucket is to inspire a person to think in many different directions. Having a variety of different flowers and colors makes this arrangement have the feel of adventure — to think outside the box and try new things.

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Flowers and materials featured: Green chrysanthemums, pink ‘Matsumoto’ asters, ‘Gold Factor’ daisy chrysanthemums, bells of Ireland and orange alstroemeria


About the Florist: Rowena Johnson

Ro is lead designer of Rochette’s Florist in Farmville, Va. Her floral design career was inspired while living on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The high school was having its prom and had no florist on base. With no experience, she began creating flowers, realizing and nurturing her floral skills. Upon return to the U.S., she began taking classes at Virginia Beach Vo Tech and gaining experience working with local florists. Her 30 plus year career has included work for Bob Timberlake, Inc., Sandals Resorts and Mays Wholesale to name a few. Designing on a competitive level is new for Ro and she already has a few awards with the Virginia Professional Florist Association. Ro won the Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge in May 2013.

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