Look to the Future – Convention 2018

Boy, how time flies. It only seemed like yesterday that we were hopping on a trolley taking a tour of Asheville where last year’s convention was held. And this year’s convention is quickly speeding towards us. We are headed back to Greensboro for this year’s convention which is only 55 miles from the center point of North Carolina.

The slogan for this year’s convention selected by our President Don Holmes is “Look to the Future, Seek, Embrace, and Create and will lean towards a “Star Wars and Space” theme as seen by many images on this page. This theme should bring out the design brilliance from our talented members in some of the competitions.

You can go to the main convention page for all the details on purchasing your tickets and booking your rooms.  You can click on the button below to go there now.

Boy, how time flies. It only seemed like yesterday that we were hopping on a trolley taking a tour of Asheville where last year’s convention was held. And this year’s convention is quickly speeding towards us. We are headed back to Greensboro for this year’s convention which is only 55 miles from the center point of North Carolina.

The slogan for this year’s convention selected by our President Don Holmes is “Look to the Future, Seek, Embrace, and Create and will lean towards a “Star Wars and Space” theme as seen by many images on this page. This theme should bring out the design brilliance from our talented members in some of the competitions.

You can go to the main convention page for all the details on purchasing your tickets and booking your rooms.  You can click on the button below to go there now.

DATES: August 9th thru the 12th

DETAILS: Full schedule of all the events below

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Friday, August 10th
Registration Desk Open 5 - 7:30pm

7:00 – 8:30 am . . . . Designer of the Year Set-up

8:30 am . . . . Designer of the Year Briefing

9:00 am – Noon . . . . Designer of the Year Competition

12:30 pm . . . . Jim Treadaway Cup Briefing

1:00 – 3:00 pm . . . . Jim Treadaway Cup Competition

4:00 pm . . . . NCSFA Board Meeting

3:00 – 5:00 pm . . . . Workshop – “EVERYDAY TO EXTRAORDINARY” featuring Donna Pittman,  AIFD, CFD, NCCPF and Michael Whaley,  AIFD, CFD

4:30 – 6:00 pm . . . . FFA Workshop featuring Sarah Rouse Callahan

6:00 pm . . . . Headdress/Body Flowers/Masks in place for Judging

6:15 pm . . . . Practice walk-through for contestants 

7:00 pm . . . . Welcoming Reception

8:30 – 10:00 pm . . . . Headdress/Body Flowers/Mask Competitions

10:00 – 11:30 pm . . . . Entertainment

11:30 pm . . . . Clean-Up

Sunday, August 12th
Registration Desk Open 9:00 - 10:00 am

9:30 – 11:00 am . . . . Design III Program

10:00 am . . . . Bridal Bouquets on Display

10:30 am . . . . Bridal Bouquet Competition Judging

11:30 am – 1:00 pm . . . . Business Luncheon and Memorial Service

1:30 – 3:00 pm . . . . Design IV – Dogwood Cup Competition Stage Presentation

3:00 – 4:00 pm . . . . Judging for Dogwood Cup

3:00 – 4:00 pm . . . . Awards Presentation – Dogwood Cup, Tablescape, Decorate-a-door, Centerpiece, and Bridal Bouquet. 

New Officers announced, Closing Remarks, Announcements for theme and Convention 2019

5:00 – 6:00 pm . . . . Clean-Up

Saturday, August 11th
Registration Desk Open 8am - 12noon

8-12 noon . . . . Tablescape entries on display

8:30 am . . . . Miniature Competition Entries on display (lobby)

8:30 am . . . . Silent Auction Opens

9:00 am . . . . Miniature Entries Judging

9-10:30 am . . . . Design I Program – Designer of the Year

10:30 am . . . . Centerpiece Competition Entries on display on luncheon tables

11:00 am . . . . Centerpiece Judging

Noon – 1:30 pm . . . .  Members’ Luncheon

1:30 – 5:00 pm . . . . Decorate-a-door Competition 

1:30 – 3:00 pm . . . . Design II Program

3:00 pm . . . . Remove Miniatures for display

3:00 pm . . . . Silent Auction Closes (Winners pay at registration table)

3:00 – 5:00 pm . . . . Vote for People’s Choice Treadaway . . . . Corsage Bar Opens

5:30 – 6:30 pm . . . . Past Presidents Reception

6:30 – 11:00 pm . . . . Presidential / Members’ GALA . . . . (Nominees running for a Board position will be presented)

11:00 – Midnite . . . . Clean-Up

THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT IN THIS YEAR'S CONVENTION

Friday, August 10th
Registration Desk Open 5 - 7:30pm

7:00 – 8:30 am . . . . Designer of the Year Set-up

8:30 am . . . . Designer of the Year Briefing

9:00 am – Noon . . . . Designer of the Year Competition

12:30 pm . . . . Jim Treadaway Cup Briefing

1:00 – 3:00 pm . . . . Jim Treadaway Cup Competition

4:00 pm . . . . NCSFA Board Meeting

3:00 – 5:00 pm . . . . Workshop – “EVERYDAY TO EXTRAORDINARY” featuring Donna Pittman,  AIFD, CFD, NCCPF and Michael Whaley,  AIFD, CFD

4:30 – 6:00 pm . . . . FFA Workshop featuring Sarah Rouse Callahan

6:00 pm . . . . Headdress/Body Flowers/Masks in place for Judging

6:15 pm . . . . Practice walk-through for contestants 

7:00 pm . . . . Welcoming Reception

8:30 – 10:00 pm . . . . Headdress/Body Flowers/Mask Competitions

10:00 – 11:30 pm . . . . Entertainment

11:30 pm . . . . Clean-Up

Saturday, August 11th
Registration Desk Open 8am - 12noon

8-12 noon . . . . Tablescape entries on display

8:30 am . . . . Miniature Competition Entries on display (lobby)

8:30 am . . . . Silent Auction Opens

9:00 am . . . . Miniature Entries Judging

9-10:30 am . . . . Design I Program – Designer of the Year

10:30 am . . . . Centerpiece Competition Entries on display on luncheon tables

11:00 am . . . . Centerpiece Judging

Noon – 1:30 pm . . . .  Members’ Luncheon

1:30 – 5:00 pm . . . . Decorate-a-door Competition 

1:30 – 3:00 pm . . . . Design II Program

3:00 pm . . . . Remove Miniatures for display

3:00 pm . . . . Silent Auction Closes (Winners pay at registration table)

3:00 – 5:00 pm . . . . Vote for People’s Choice Treadaway . . . . Corsage Bar Opens

5:30 – 6:30 pm . . . . Past Presidents Reception

6:30 – 11:00 pm . . . . Presidential / Members’ GALA . . . . (Nominees running for a Board position will be presented)

11:00 – Midnight . . . . Clean-Up

Sunday, August 12th
Registration Desk Open 9:00 - 10:00 am

9:30 – 11:00 am . . . . Design III Program

10:00 am . . . . Bridal Bouquets on Display

10:30 am . . . . Bridal Bouquet Competition Judging

11:30 am – 1:00 pm . . . . Business Luncheon and Memorial Service

1:30 – 3:00 pm . . . . Design IV – Dogwood Cup Competition Stage Presentation

3:00 – 4:00 pm . . . . Judging for Dogwood Cup

3:00 – 4:00 pm . . . . Awards Presentation – Dogwood Cup, Tablescape, Decorate-a-door, Centerpiece, and Bridal Bouquet. 

New Officers announced, Closing Remarks, Announcements for theme and Convention 2019

5:00 – 6:00 pm . . . . Clean-Up

THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT IN THIS YEAR'S CONVENTION

COMPETITIONS FOR EVERYONE, NOVICE OR PRO

Competition Entries have closed.

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Designer of the Year Competition

The number of contestants may not exceed 24. Entries will be determined by the order in which their entry was received by the contest Chairman. There will be five categories of design. Surprise Package, Sympathy Design, Buffet Design, Wedding Design and Designer’s Choice Design. Contestants may not use any materials or supplies other than what is provided by the committee. Only fresh and/or natural flowers and/or foliage is allowed.

Extension cord, glue and glue pan, oasis corsage glue, stem tape , knife, scissors, a couple of chenille stems, wire cutters or snips, bind wire if possible, wire (2 different gauges), and zip ties. No Green GLO or spray adhesives are allowed. *Also an extra bucket so you can sort your flowers and greenery.* Also there will be a briefing before we start. Be there at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning.

This year’s Chairperson is Donna Pittman, AIFD

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NC Treadaway Cup Competition

The first 14 entries on or before August 4, 2018 will be accepted for this competition. Contestants must be full-time employees of a voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest not limited to one voting member shop. Full-time is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member shop. There will be a pre-briefing at 12:30pm. Entrants will interpret a print image (seen below) chosen by our current president with a fresh and/or dried material floral design within a four foot square area for display. Each entrant will be responsible for all materials needed for the display including props, tables, etc. The entries will be on display to the public. Entires will be judged on interpretation, scale, color harmony, and design mechanics. The winner will be announced at the convention on Sunday, August 12th, 2018.

Chairperson is Tammy Yow-Russell, CFD, NCCPF

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Headdress Competition Rules

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Limited to the first 15 entries. Headdress may consist of fresh flowers and foliage, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of both. The design must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the headdress committee. Must be worn by one person with NO added assistance. Height must not extend more than 3 feet above the models head and diameter must not exceed 3 feet. Completed headdress must not weigh more than 10 pounds. No neck braces allowed. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Venetia Gentzler

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Advanced Headdress Competition Rules

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Limited to the first 15 entries. Headdress may consist of fresh flowers and foliage, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of both. The design must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the headdress committee. Must be worn by one person with NO added assistance. Height must not extend more than 5 feet above the models head and diameter must not exceed 5 feet. Completed headdress must not weigh more than 12 pounds. Neck braces will not be allowed. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Venetia Gentzler

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Body Flowers Competition

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. In case of a tie, the highest score in “Technical Execution/Mechanics Concealed” will produce the winner. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.

Chairpersons: Bill McPhail, John Herron

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Advanced Body Flowers Competition

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. In case of a tie, the highest score in “Technical Execution/Mechanics Concealed” will produce the winner. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.

TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.

Chairpersons: Bill McPhail, John Herron

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Mask Competition Rules

Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. No monetary limit on the floral products used. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used. Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, ie:  3 little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit. May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.

Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Lona McKinney

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Advanced Mask Competition Rules

Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. No monetary limit on the floral products used. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used. Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, ie:  3 little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit. May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.

Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.

Chairperson is Lona McKinney

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This Year’s People’s Choice Fashion Flowers

Joan Caudle of Young’s Florist will be chairing this year’s People’s Choice Fashion Flowers. Anyone registered for the Friday night function at this year’s convention is more than welcome to participate and compete. There is no age limit, so you kids be coming up with some good ideas. Your ideas may be constructed ahead of time and brought to the convention or you can construct them from the design bar provided by the generosity of donations. If you’re a sibling of one of our members, get them to register you by using the form below. Make sure to print out the rules so you’ll know exactly what’s required and/or needed.

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Miniature Design

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Contestants must provide a physically stable and secure means of displaying their design and all accessories in a professional manner.  No part of the display should protrude into the walk areas.  Any display creating a walkway obstruction or tripping hazard will be removed. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any of these items. Entries shall be constructed on site. Contestants will have 3 1/2 hours to complete their displays and thirty minutes to clean up immediately following the competition.  4 hours total.

Competition chairperson is John Herron

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Miniature Design

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Design must fit within a five inch (5″) square. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any of these items. Each person may enter one design. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given if at least 5 entrants. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Derek Wood

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Centerpiece Design

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. The centerpiece entry must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh flowers and foliage, dried and natural materials or a combination of these may be used  Contestants must provide their own flowers, materials, props and accessories for this competition.  There is NO price limit on any of these items.  All items used must be stable and physically secure at all times.  NO live animal props may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Doug Odom

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Decorate a Door

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter.  Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any items. There are no limits to the style of the door or décor, unless specified by the Competition Chairman. There is no price limit on any materials or accessories used in this competition.  Entries may be constructed by one person or a group registered together. CONTESTANTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN DOOR to not exceed 36″ wide and the display should not exceed a depth of 24″. No limit on height, but must not touch the ceiling.  Contestants must provide a physically stable and secure means of displaying the doors and accessories in a professional manner. Doors must be self-standing and must not protrude into the walk area. Any display creating a tripping hazard will be removed.Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given if at least 5 entrants. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Steven Custer

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Bridal Bouquet Competition

Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter.  Designs may be constructed of fresh, dried and natural materials, permanent botanicals or a combination of any items. There are no limits to the style of the bouquet unless specified by the Competition Chairman. There is no price limit on any materials or accessories used in this competition.  There may be only one entry per person.  Contestants must provide a physically stable and secure means of displaying bouquets in a professional manner, such as a type of vessel or bouquet stand. There is NO set theme for the entry unless specified by the Competition Chairperson. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given if at least 5 entrants. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.

Competition chairperson is Janice Rhinehart

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NC Dogwood Cup Competition

Last year’s on-stage Dogwood Cup competition went over so well, we have decided to stick with that format for this year’s competition. This year’s event will be a real test for our entrants. Instead of interpreting something they can actually view and touch, this year they’ll be interpreting a “quote”. (see below)

Each competitor will be provided with their own 30″ x 72″ table to work and create their design. The height of their design must not exceed 48″. There are no other restrictions. The design must be displayed on their table when completed and may spill over and downward but not touch the floor. Each competitor will be provided with the same exact flowers. All hard goods, container or containers will be provided by the contestant. You may preset your foam but no insertion in any manner may be applied until time is called to start. Each designer may bring 5 items of their choosing to enhance their design for creativity and uniqueness. No silk or permanent product of any kind may be used. No hot glue, cold glue or spray aerosol may be used when designing. When time has been called you may not touch your board or design in any manner. The contestant will have 15 minutes to clean their table and floor area and remove product, tools etc. (You may have one person assisting you.) Each contestant MUST dress as a professional stage designer, black and white attire preferably required.

Dogwood Cup entrants MUST be a past winner of the NC Jim Treadaway Competition and a past Designer of the Year to be eligible to compete. Designers will be judged during stage presentation and on their completed design. The competition will be commentated as the designs are being created. This year’s competition is limited to the first ten (10) entrants. No entry fee is required.

Competition Head – Nelson Simpson, AIFD, PFCI, CFD, NCCPF

“Though Difficult to See, Always in motion IS the Future”

Convention Competitions Entries NOW CLOSED
Good Luck --- Game On!

The GTFA at this Years NC State Fair

Huge GTFA Participation at this Year's NC State Fair

Each year, the NC State Fair is our biggest fundraiser for the Greater Triangle Florist Association! There was a great turnout this year. There was only one slot that didn’t get filled. A lot of that was because of the help from our President, Danny Hinton and Theresa, the new manager at Cleveland Plant and Flower who offered to transport entries to and from the fairgrounds for those who had no transport. We owe them a great thanks. We also owe a great thanks to Pat Murray (Lifetime NCSFA member) for lining up all of our judges and making the entire process run smoothly. We also picked up some new members who participated at the fair. There were three shows with five categories and ribbons for places 1st thru 4th. Also, each competition had a “Best in Show” winner as well.

Author:  Sarah Callahan, GTFA Secretary

Door Piece:  The Seasons of NC

Create a door piece representing one of the four seasons. Pick any season you would like and make sure that season is showcased. Your entry will hang on a display door with your provided hanger.

Sympathy:  Summer in NC

Create a memorial piece for an avid gardener who’s favorite time of year was summer using some of the things that would have been in their garden blooming at that time. No easels and the piece dimensions may not exceed 3×3 ft.

Surprise:  Spring in North Carolina

Spring has Sprung! Create an arrangement fit for a spring Carolina afternoon tea party.

NC Products:  Winter in North Carolina

Create a Winter centerpiece composed primarily of greenery and other natural items. Examples may include (but do not have to include) evergreens, magnolia, berries, pine cones, and you may also include dried materials. Must contain products that are native or grow in North Carolina.

Bridal:  Fall in North Carolina

It’s fall wedding season in the South. Create something for a fall Carolina bride to carry down the aisle. Can be a bouquet, cascade, or other structure as long as it can be carried. Must be no longer or wider than 2 feet. Please provide a holder or sturdy vase with your name on the bottom for all entries.

First Show (Oct. 12th)

NC Products:
  • 1st Place – Brandi’s Botanicals (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 3rd Place – Southern Belle Florist
  • 4th Place – John’s Flower Shop
Surprise:
  • 1st Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 2nd Place – Bloomies on 42
  • 3rd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place – John’s Flower Shop
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 2nd Place – Southern Belle Florist
  • 3rd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 4th Place – Bloomies on 42
Bridal:
  • 1st Place – Venetian Gardens
  • 2nd Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 3rd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place – Watered Garden Florist
Door Design:
  • 1st Place – Flower Gurl
  • 2nd Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 3rd Place – Venetian Gardens
  • 4th Place – No Show

Second Show (Oct. 16th)

NC Products:
  • 1st Place – Cleveland Plant & Flower
  • 2nd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place – Knightdale Florist
Surprise:
  • 1st Place – Jodi McLeod
  • 2nd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place – North Raleigh Florist
  • 4th Place – Falls Lake Florist
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place – Jodi McLeod (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 3rd Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 4th Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
Bridal:
  • 1st Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 2nd Place – Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place – John’s Flower Shop
  • 4th Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
Door Design:
  • 1st Place – Cleveland Plant & Flower
  • 2nd Place – Falls Lake Florist
  • 3rd Place – Great Blooms Florist
  • 4th Place – Brandi’s Botanicals

Third Show (Oct. 19th)

Bridal:
  • 1st Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 2nd Place – North Raleigh Florist
  • 3rd Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 4th Place – Bloom Works
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 3rd Place – Great Blooms
  • 4th Place – Flower Gurl
Surprise:
  • 1st Place – Wake Forest Florist
  • 2nd Place – Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 3rd Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 4th Place – Great Blooms
NC Products:
  • 1st Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 2nd Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 3rd Place – Brandi’s Botanicals
  • 4th Place – Flower Gurl
Door Design:
  • 1st Place – Great Blooms
  • 2nd Place – Purple Poppy Florist
  • 3rd Place – Floral Dimensions
  • 4th Place – Great Blooms