For the past two weeks, beach-loving consumers, bloggers, and florists alike have been casting their votes for their favorite arrangement custom designed for the quintessential summer girl. Thank you for voting!

With summer in full swing we knew you’d be enjoying or waiting for a lovely vacation and for many of you that means the beach. We also know how important it is to make a gift special, and wanted to show you the breadth of florists’ talents and their panache for matching flowers to recipients’ personalities. So, our Summer VaseOff! Challenge was set forth to four talented florists. The Challenge?  To design an arrangement sure to delight a friend who loves the beach and can’t get enough of the sun, surf and sand.

Tranquil Motion - Photo Courtesy Tony Medlock, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMF

Tranquil Motion

With each design garnering many votes, the winning favorite was Tranquil Motion by Tony Medlock, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMF.  Congratulations Tony! Tranquil Motion as described by Tony: “Using cool blue and green colors you can smell the breezy salt air. Adding a keepsake bento box, handmade starfish and flip flops will ensure this gift will last far beyond beach season. The hand woven lily grass crests as waves cascading from the arrangement. The perfect arrangement for the Beach Girl.”

All of the entries were top notch and we would like to also thank our other contestants for sharing their incredible talents with us: Lizzie Borchers with Bora Bora, Leanna Gearhart-Theye, CF, with Barefoot With Waves, and J. Robbin Yelverton, AAF, AIFD, CF, PFCI, with Island Girl.

All of the designs in the VaseOff! Challenge showcase the artistry, expertise, and quality that you get from working with a professional florist. Whether for yourself or as a gift, florists can create a special gift custom fit for the recipient. Please tell us  your favorite themed gift you’d like to see below. We’d love to hear your ideas!

Please visit back often for great news, tips, information and inspiration about flowers. We want to be your “Flower Central.” And if you loved the Summer VaseOff! Challenge, check out the Spring VaseOff! Challenge on wedding bouquets, and stay tuned for the next Challenge coming in late November. It will be a holiday theme. Have specific ideas of what you’d like our florists to create? Please share them below.